Regina King, who got her showbiz sea legs as a teenager on the late 1980s sitcom “227,” has spent the last five or six years hoovering up a slew A-List industry awards. And now, the four-time Emmy winner (“American Crime,” “Seven Seconds,” “Watchmen”), who took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her supporting role in the 2018 film “If Beale Street Could Talk,” has a more than $4 million Los Angeles villa to hold all her trophies.
Built in 1926, newly remodeled and securely hidden behind imposing gates, the home marries vintage charm with up-to-date high-end finishes. As long as one isn’t too bothered by traipsing up and down a lot of stairs, there’s plenty of room to roam in the nearly 4,500-square-foot villa that contains a total of five bedrooms and five and a half baths over three floors.
The home is entered on the top level, where a skylight topped foyer leads to spacious formal living and dining rooms. With chunky exposed wood beams across its vaulted ceiling, the nearly 35-foot-long living room was designed for relaxed entertaining with a small wet bar and a simply designed but interestingly asymmetrical fireplace. Both rooms have French doors to slender balconies from which there are open, over-the-treetops views across the city. Skylights fill the expensively and stylishly appointed kitchen with natural light. Cabinets are painted a deep navy blue with trendy brass fixtures, and countertops are a mix of white and black marble. At one end of the space is a lounge area, and at the other a cozy breakfast nook with built-in banquette seating.
Downstairs, a family room that opens to an elevated terrace is surrounded by a couple of guest bedrooms, as well as the main bedroom, which comprises a walk-in closet, terrace access and a designer bathroom. A third en suite guest bedroom on this level has an outside entrance. There’s a second family room on the lowest level, as well as a fully permitted one-bed/one-bath ADU complete with its own address. A spacious laundry room and a marble-tiled pool bath with an open shower area and a stand-up urinal — something one doesn’t see every day in a private residence! — round out the lower level.
Drenched in sun and surrounded by dense foliage, the backyard is surprisingly flat and expansive for a house in the hills. In addition to an outdoor gym space and a built-in grill, there’s a sunbathing deck and a freeform plunge pool and circular spa.
Set to appear in the upcoming western “The Harder They Fall,” which halted production earlier this month following a positive COVID test on set, the skilled actor continues to own a substantially smaller 1930s Spanish bungalow a bit farther east, in the Los Feliz area, that tax records indicate was scooped up in 2013 for a bit less than $1.5 million.