Ages ago, Yolanda’s friend Vlad the Revealer asked us about this stately Tudor located in an unpretentious (but still quite pricey) area of Studio City. On the market for the first time in more than 30 years — per the listing — the property recently transferred for $2,450,000 and was acquired by a blind trust.
Anyone who has been subscribed to this blog for more than a couple weeks should know that Yolanda is surprisingly (perhaps?) ignorant when it comes to celebrities. So we must confess that we’d never before heard of Mr. Gillies or Ms. Cook, but it turns out they are both quite famous. And of course, Yolanda instantly knew who Ms. Cook was once we connected her with She’s All That, the quintessential 90s flick that catapulted the lady to stardom. For his part, the New Zealand-raised Mr. Gillies is exceptionally recognizable (1.4 million Instagram followers and counting) due to his starring turn on The Vampire Diaries, a show that Yolanda blessedly ain’t never seen.
While the 1923 house in question doesn’t appear to have a celebrity ownership history — or at least your gurl couldn’t find any evidence of one — it is perfect for a famous couple like Mr. Gillies and Ms. Cook, as it is located at the very end of a tiny dead-end side street and tucked away behind tall hedges and a big gate.
A tree-shaded motorcourt leads to a grassy front yard with a brick walkway. There’s a big bell by the doorway that is kinda cute but also could be annoying if the neighborhood squirrels get frisky and start a-ringin’ during their play.
It’s clear the home’s interior decor could use an update — the wood and tile and black granite kitchen is rather ghastly. But the living room looks nice, albeit a bit cluttered. Check out the baby grand piano, the harp, and the harpsichord (??).
There are a total of 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a comfortable 4,214-square-feet within the main house.
The .39-acre lot has lots of fun is exceptionally private, with a forest-like canopy of trees and other assorted greenery sheltering the home from view. Out by the front gate is a 500-square-foot, one bedroom guest house that is a mini-replica of the main building. Elsewhere there’s a swing set and plenty of space for entertaining.
Last year, Ms. Cook and Mr. Gillies sold their previous home, a Paul Williams-designed Traditional set just above the bustling Sunset Strip, for $3,064,000 to a prominent (but not famous) medical doctor and her husband.