Back in early 2015, acclaimed British music producer/DJ Mark Ronson — a Grammy winner for Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars) — wrote a song entitled “Leaving Los Feliz“. It is, Yolanda gathers, an anthem about ditching the “scenesters” in the hipster ‘hood for more bucolic pastures or some such nonsense (sorry, we’re much too old to appreciate young hip popular music, but we digress).
Anyway, Mr. Ronson may not like Los Feliz in his songs, but apparently real life is a different story. A couple months ago, a historic residence in the heart of the neighborhood sold for a big-time (for the area) $4,295,150. The buyer’s identity is shielded behind a boringly-named LLC, but a little legwork in response to a query from Yolanda’s longtime buddy Vlad the Revealer at Celebrity Address Aerial reveals that the new owner is none other than — you guessed it — Mr. Ronson.
Yolanda decided to do a little more digging into Mr. Ronson’s background. Married to French singer/actress/model Joséphine de La Baume since 2011, he reportedly divides his time between London and New York and has established himself as one of the top He’s worked with a slew of big-name muscians, including Lady GaGa, Adele, Christina Aguilera, and Duran Duran.
Designed in 1935 by architect William Asa Hudson — best-known for also designing the romantic and slightly iconic Beverly Hills Hotel bungalows — the gorgeous Spanish Revival casa measures in at a generous 5,218-square-feet with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. To be honest, Yolanda is unsure if that square footage includes the 1,100-square-foot guest house or not. We rather think it does, but for once we ain’t gonna act like we really know it all.
The house is situated on a generous .32-acre lot in what is often considered to be the best neighborhood pocket of Los Feliz. Gates, walls, and high hedges completely shield the structure from the often-busy street our front. Dense, semi-tropical landscaping pervades the property.
A proper entrance vestibule leads via hand-painted tile floors to a sweeping staircase that makes Yolanda swoon. Around this or that corner are a family room with some of those nifty sliding doors and a formal dining room.
A second, almost impossibly steep service staircase leads down from the upstairs to the fully-updated kitchen with its Carrara marble kitchen with its stainless steel Viking appliances, butler pantry, and even servant quarters (nowadays rich folks like to call them the hired help instead. Sorta like how secretary has become an “executive assistant” or even the dreaded “chief of staff”).
The master suite is remarkably lavish with its glossy hardwood floors, enormous living room with fireplace, a bathroom decked out in more Carrara marble, and a walk-in closet.
Elsewhere upstairs are two more bedrooms and an outdoor sitting area shaded by an royal blue awning.
The backyard sports a veritable forest of pine trees, grassy lawns, and a large swimming pool. Unfortunately for Mr. Ronson, there ain’t currently a recording studio on the estate, but with his money Yolanda is confident he can easily adapt the two-story guest house to suit his needs.
Listen, kiddies, we’ve gotta run because Yolanda is just oh so busy these days but eat your milk, drink your Wheaties, write a song about making a dragon wanna retire and you can have a house like this, too.
Listing agent: Jeffrey Young, Sotheby’s International Realty
Mr. Ronson’s agent: Rayni Williams, Hilton & Hyland