When Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf rolled his longtime Sherman Oaks home onto the open market with a $2.25 million ask last month, a claws-out bidding war quickly ensued. Now, still in the heat of summer, the transaction has been finalized and the real estate tussle’s winner has been revealed: the Hummingbird Trust, an entity connected to a London-based buyer.
Of course, it’s little surprise that LaBeouf would want to sell this home; he’s already significantly upgraded to a $5.5 million Italianate villa in Pasadena. The “Honey Boy” actor managed to turn quite a profit on the Sherman Oaks deal; back in 2009, he paid $1.81 million for the stylish spread. The buyer, a World Bee Project founder whose IMDb bio describes her as a “Los Angeles-based entrepreneur and designer,” paid more than $2.4 million for the mini-estate — a full $150,000 over the initial asking price.
The buyer’s new house sits on a half-acre lot that’s dotted with palms and towering shade trees. Sequestered behind a tall gate, the midcentury post-and-beam residence features an open floorplan and includes three bedrooms and three baths within 2,463 square feet, plus a two-car garage.
Through the emerald-green double front doors, terracotta tiles and beamed ceilings stretch throughout the length of the residence. The old-school sunken living room is a jaw-dropper with stunning walls of glass (framed by black beams that contrast neatly with the all-white ceiling) and a curvaceous fireplace. The petite formal dining area lies directly next to the living room and offers an oversized globular chandelier.
The kitchen is centered around a generous island that serves multiple purposes — a breakfast nook, food prep station, sink and storage area. The cabinets are adorned with modern pull bars and stained a natural shade of warm brown that nicely complement the teal backsplash. Chef-style stainless steel appliances abound, including a large gas range with a large vent hood, and even a mini-wine cooler located across from the over-sized refrigerator.
During his ownership, LaBeouf converted one of the home’s two guest bedrooms into a paneled library, and there’s also a small private home office hidden away behind ribbed glass panels. The additional guest bedroom sports a beamed ceiling and a glass sliders that open to the lush backyard.
As for the master bedroom, it packs in a room-wide series of full-height windows that frame the lush yard and flood the space with sunlight. The combo master bathroom/closet is covered in blue and turquoise mosaic tile and features a steam shower, a spa tub and additional wardrobe space.
Out back, the gardens resembles a small tropical jungle with exotic plants — rubber figs and elephant ears among them. A dry sauna tucked into the lush foliage is located atop a series of stone steps, while a large pool lazily relaxes next to mature oak and Eucalyptus trees. The backyard also boasts clear sightlines across the San Fernando Valley, making for spectacular sunset viewing.