The Spanish Colonial-style Mansion That Leonardo DiCaprio Bought For His Mother
Leonardo DiCaprio is not only an Oscar-winning movie star and one of the most famous faces on the planet- he’s also a man of impeccable taste, with a keen eye for property acquisition. Take for instance this gorgeous piece of Los Feliz real estate which he bought for a whopping $7.1 million as a gift to his mother, Irmelin Indenbirken.
The place has a very starry past, with previous owners including pop star Gwen Stefani and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. But when you take a look around, it’s not hard to see why: this Spanish Colonial-style mansion is set in 5,000 square feet of immaculately manicured gardens. Indeed, the grounds offer a swirl of bold color, complete with stone fountains and cozy courtyards, all of which add to the old-world glamor of the place. It is a perfect example of Los Angeles architecture; affluent without being gaudy, it’s a triumph of both style and substance. Its gorgeously authentic façade affords sweeping, panoramic views which take in various landmarks of the metropolis, including the famous Griffith Observatory.
The home boasts four bedrooms and six bathrooms, as well as a pool, spa and meditation space. But what truly sets it apart is its character, which is distinctive and completely original, yet at the same time traditional. From the Old Hollywood sweep of the staircase to the exquisite Juliette balconies, the house provides a timeless taste of old-fashioned romance. Stepping through one of the beautiful arched doorways is like taking a step back in time.
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Though it was originally constructed in 1928, the property has since undergone a complete modernization. However, this has not robbed it of its unique sense of period flavor. If anything, it has merely enhanced it. The palatial high ceilings and stained glass windows are a perfect counterpoint to the tiled flooring and ornately carved fireplaces. Meanwhile, the utilities are all top of the range and functional, without sacrificing the vintage aesthetic. For instance, the family room also serves as a media room with a drop-down screen discreetly positioned for convenience without compromising character. The eat-in kitchen, meanwhile, is spacious and allows for casual yet comfortable dining.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s property portfolio certainly makes for impressive reading, boasting a number of residences in California, not to mention a New York atelier and an island in Belize. But there’s no denying that this latest purchase is a true gem that stands alone when it comes to quality and opulence.