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HGTV Home Improvement Expert Drew Scott Picks Windsor Square Fixer Upper

Drew Scott House
location: Los Angeles, Calif.
price: $2.3 million
size: 3,442 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms plus 900+ square foot attic

Canadian real estate broker and longtime HGTV star Drew Scott, along with his twin brother Jonathan Scott the co-host of the popular series “Property Brothers” and currently a contestant on the 25th season of “Dancing With the Stars,” shelled out $2.3 million for a major fixer-upper in the heart of L.A.’s historic and historically affluent Windsor Square between the tony Hancock Park and rapidly gentrifying Koreatown neighborhoods. Listing agent Bruce Walker of Rodeo Realty says the occasional actor and entrepreneur and his fiancée, Linda Phan, plan to live in the house once they finish a soup-to-nuts gut-renovation that’s already underway and will be featured on the upcoming HGTV program “Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House.
At the time of the telegenic home improvement expert’s purchase, the 3,500-square-foot, near century old residence was woefully worse for the wear but still retained a variety of dignified architectural details such as original moldings and hardwood floors, loads of built-ins and a Batchelder tile fireplace in the living room. In addition to a classic center hall entry flanked by formal living and dining rooms, the existing floor plan offered a den with French doors that opened to a ticky-tacky, sky light topped covered patio along with a huge butler’s pantry and small, ramshackle kitchen complete with vintage range.
Floor plans included with marketing materials indicate there were four spacious bedrooms and two antiquated bathrooms on the second floor plus a staff bedroom and bathroom squirreled away off a huge laundry porch behind the kitchen on the main floor. An additional 1,000-square-feet of living space was available in a warren of rooms tucked up into the third floor attic with wood floors and steeply pitched vaulted ceilings.
Like the house, the backyard was shabbily maintained and in desperate need of a complete overhaul but benefitted from a handful of mature shade trees and plenty of space to add a swimming pool and spa.
The Scott brothers, who wrote a 2016 best-selling book titled “Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House,” continue to co-own a home in Las Vegas, Nev., they bought in 2011 for $400,500 and transformed for their TV viewing audiences from a bland tract house into an adult playground with a resort-style backyard jam-packed with a huge swimming pool with curlicue two-story water slide and swim up bar, a retractable movie screen in front of a sunken lounge area, an al fresco dining terrace with built-in grilling station and TV-surmounted outdoor fireplace, a putting green, a Zen-inspired rock garden and a half-court basketball court.

  1. Frank says:

    This is the most fabulous area of historic homes.
    And it’s historic preservation zone.
    So many areas have been destroyed with megamansion tear down blight, it’s very sad.

    1. Julie Libel says:

      It is an amazing renovation & the wonderful job they did is spectacular. Can’t stand these naysayers. We’re so happy for you & your adorable fiancee, Linda. Happily ever after!!

  2. Clara Ann Jones says:

    I think you two are incredible with your keenness of architectural and beautifully aesthetic design! I will keep recording your programs from my little HUD apartment and keep on dreaming..(:

  3. steve says:

    The home was originally designed for Theodore van de Kamp of Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakeries founded in Los Angeles in 1915.
    Later, it became the childhood home of Joyce Rosenberg-Fickett, wife of architect, Edward H. Fickett, F.A.I.A.

  4. Trish De Rose says:

    Drew, you have definately been in my Thoughts and Prayers to keep you and your new CA home Safe from All the Fires in California at this time. You deserve a Happy start to your new Marriage!! Your in my constant Prayers! Bless you

  5. Chrstina Bechtold says:

    Had a good cry when the beautiful vintage home was virtually gutted and re vamped. My home in Beverly Hills that grew up in ended up having the same fate. The beautiful hand set tile and crystal door knows gone as well as the textured plastered walls. We had a huge leaded picture window with a coat of arms gone replaced with modern plate glass. Why by a iconic vintage home only to gut and tear out the old world charm. Go buy a new home and start from scratch to make your own memories. Leave these old homes to people who want to renovate them back to their old glory. These master builders are crying in their Graves to see the homes they created ruined by modernization that doesn’t fit the era.

    1. sandi c. says:

      I agree with Christin Bechtold. Property Brothers Bombed Big Time.The Homes Character was destroyed.Canadian Brothers are good example of Gentrification .Now the neighborhood becomes less affordable. The new master bedroom design belongs in New York. Historic Preservation was ignored.Hgtv Co-Host are probably in Shock from what you did to that poor house and neighborhood. YOU BOMBED BIG TIME .You should have called Hillary, Christina, Desert Flippers or someone who loves Architecture,who respect
      the work of Real Artist .We do not watch Home Improvement Shows to see your girl Friends. Reminds me of Omarosa taking wedding party to White House for wedding pictures.

  6. Christopher Smith says:

    The Scott brother ruined a historically significant home with period-incorrect “upgrades.” It made me sick to watch the Honeymoon House series. What a couple of hacks.

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