You may know Betty Thomas as the Emmy-winning actress from “Hill Street Blues.” She’s also the director of hit films including “Dr. Dolittle,” “The Brady Bunch Movie,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Her current role is home seller. She’s just listed her cool Hollywood Hills compound for $6,995,000.
And is this Los Angeles home ever a star! Originally built in 1954, the standout structure has been the home of numerous luminaries. The Italian artist Alberto Burri owned it for a spell, as did the comedian Billy Connolly. The structure was also captured by the celebrated photographer Julius Shulman.
Like many a Hollywood star, this home has had some work done. It was renovated by John Powell in 1993, and again in 2004. Thomas, who bought the property in 2004 for $3,905,000, was responsible for the second renovation.
The listing agent, Deedee Howard of The Agency, says you’ll notice something special about the home the second you drive onto the property.
“Upon entry, the gated compound unfolds to a large grassy yard at the front of the home—the elegant motor court makes for a grand arrival,” says Howard.
“The unique Memphis-style architecture allows for the warm California sun to stream in via perfectly positioned skylights and sets the stage to enjoy jetliner views across the City of Angels from the expansive outdoor terrace.”
The grounds are certainly impressive. The nearly 1-acre site is made up of three parcels.
A modern, solar-heated pool, spa and and an expansive terrace offer views for days, from Griffith Observatory to the distant western Valley. A fire pit lounge area is ideal for noshing, chatting, or just enjoying the surrounding nature and views.
The interior of this solar-powered house is equally impressive.
Five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms are spread across 5,696 square feet of light, bright, indoor living space, which includes the main residence, guesthouse and guest studio. Floating windows, walls of glass, and skylights, typical of the Memphis style, enhance the sunlight.
The home has soaring ceilings throughout, and gallery-sized walls for displaying art. It is designed for gatherings, with dual living rooms with fireplaces on the first floor.
A gourmet chef’s kitchen has a large center island, Corian quartz countertops, and premier appliances by Wolf, Fisher & Paykel, and Sub-Zero. The entertaining room, which has a bar and built-in wine fridge, is built for partying.
The master suite, which covers the entire second floor, features pitched ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, a spacious walk-in closet and dressing room, and a spa-style bathroom with dual vanities, a Japanese wet room with a dual shower, and a spa tub. Don’t forget those remarkable views.
No expense has been spared on the guesthouse, which has walls of glass, a view balcony, kitchenette, and a full bath with a spa tub and shower.
Down below is a guest studio with a Murphy bed, kitchen area, bath and balcony, as well as a path leading down the property to another viewing deck.
All this, and an excellent location as well?
“Woodrow Wilson Drive is one of the most star-studded enclaves in the Hollywood Hills, due to its close proximity to studios, fine dining, shopping, entertainment, and more,” Howard says.
In addition to her acting and directing credits, the multitalented Thomas has directed episodes of TV shows including “Parenthood, “Sons and Daughters,” and “Grace and Frankie.” She’s also produced films including “Charlie’s Angels,” “I Spy,” and “John Tucker Must Die.”
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