Up-and-coming 29-year-old actor Jake Borelli, who portrays Dr. Levi Schmitt on the long-running hospital drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” and its spinoff “Station 19,” has put some roots down in Los Angeles with the not quite $1.1 million purchase of a stylishly refurbished 1950s bungalow in a trendy up-and-coming nabe on the East Side of L.A. Digital records show the sale price is a tiny bit below the original asking price of $1.1 million but still a smidgen above its last ask of almost $1.05 million.
All but invisible behind a high fence and the canopies of tall trees, the apartment-sized bungalow comfortably squeezes two bedrooms and two snazzy bathrooms in barely more than 900 square feet. Top end finishes are highlighted throughout the highly customized home and the structure benefits from scads of recent upgrades, including to the roof, electrical system, HVAC and tankless hot water heater.
A cute-as-a-button Dutch door opens directly and efficiently into the living room. Exposed wood beams accent the pitched ceiling and a full wall of built-ins that incorporate a massive flat-screen TV adds tons of storage, a huge bonus in a small house. A skylight in the cathedral ceiling brings natural light into the petite dining space that flows into the small but smartly configured kitchen that’s outfitted with powder blue cabinets, honed marble counters and brass fixtures.
A built-in desk and custom closets add functionality to the compact guest bedroom that also incorporates a sleeping loft accessed by a clever staircase that doubles as a dresser, while the main bedroom, which includes an en suite bathroom inspired by the upscale NoMad hotels, spills out to the backyard through a glass slider.
Given the postage-stamp-sized parcel that’s barely bigger than 2,500 square feet, outdoor space is surprisingly generous. In addition to a gated driveway and carport, there’s a charming entry courtyard with built-in planters and benches. Out back, the slender backyard is thoughtfully arranged to include a covered deck, a sunny faux-grassed lounging area and a cedar hot tub.
Borelli publicly came out as gay a couple of years ago on his personal Instagram account — at almost exactly the same time his “Grey’s Anatomy” character also came out as gay, and last year he appeared in the silver screen rom-com “The Thing About Harry” in which his pansexual character and his former high school bully reunite and fall in love.