Santa Monica is one of the best known suburbs of Los Angeles, home to many world famous celebrities and wonderful homes. It’s home to the famous designer Frank Gehry’s house, which is an amalgamation of house and warehouse. Basically, Gehry took an existing small house and built into it and around it, interesting and fascinating patterns that, eventually, make the house look more like a fancily designed warehouse than the traditional stylish home that most designers would live in. Light wood, corrugated metal and chain link; definitely not traditional by any means, and yet even with such harsh aesthetics it’s a popular home for visitors to stop by and take a look.
Of course, when we want to get back to what we expect of the rich and famous, we don’t have to look any further than the house actress Julianna Margulies is trying to sell. Presently being rented by another top actress, Kyra Sedgwick, this house is on the market for $4.2 million. Built in 1927, it’s 3,235 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room with a beamed ceiling and wood-burning fireplace. It has an open chef’s kitchen, a den, an office-library, a swimming pool, and the detached guesthouse has one bedroom and one bathroom. It also has a three car garage.
Then we have the Britney Spears home that’s still up for sale. At $7.9 million, it’s considered as somewhat of a bargain because it’s a spacious 7,453 square feet. It’s a wonderful six-bedroom Italian renaissance inspired house in a gated community. It also has six baths, a gated motor court, a wet bar, maid’s quarters, a library and looks down into the living room, a smoking room/den, a formal dining room, a grand entrance foyer, dramatic high ceilings and carved millwork, the standard pool and a chef’s kitchen.
Of course, not only the famous own lavish homes in Santa Monica. One wonderfully large home right on the beach, a 5-room European villa style home sitting on a double lot, is up for sale right now at $16 million. It’s a 2-story courtyard style house with a retractable roof, a master bedroom suite with his and hers bathrooms, large living and dining rooms with a professional screening room and a bar on the lower level. It’s a house that was originally built in 1927 (there seems to be a pattern here), but obviously has had many modern touches added to it.
But Santa Monica is known for the stars that live there, and the houses they live in. Stars include Jamie Lee Curtis, Ted Danson, Jane Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Judge Reinhold, Jeff Bridges, Mel Brooks and Tom Selleck. Even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lived in Santa Monica at one time before he married Maria Shriver, and still owns commercial properly there.