After five seasons as a whip-smart multi-lingual assistant to David Spade’s character on the network sitcom “Rules of Engagement” and then landing the titular (and controversial) starring role as an Afghan interpreter who moves to Ohio on the primetime sitcom “United States of Al,” which is soon to premiere its sophomore season despite a tidal wave of backlash kicked up when the first season aired earlier this year, South African actor Adhir Kalyan and his actor wife Emily Wilson (she’s best known for her recurring role on “General Hospital”) have plunked down just over $2.8 million for a spacious home in L.A.’s tony Windsor Square neighborhood.
It wasn’t so long ago that Kalyan, who is of Indian descent, would not likely been able to buy a house in the historic and historically affluent neighborhood. About five miles west of downtown and just east of Hancock Park, Windsor Square was the first neighborhood in the city to have underground power lines. And, like a lot of L.A. neighborhoods developed in the early 20th century, it also had private restrictions and racial covenants in its original deeds, slipped in by developers, that forbid non-Caucasian people from owning or even occupying property unless as a domestic worker. Racial covenants are no longer legally enforceable, thankfully, and nowadays Windsor Square is highly diverse with the largest number of residents being of Asian descent.
Hidden behind dense clouds of bougainvillea that explode with spikey sprays of hot pink flowers, the spacious ochre-colored mid-1920s Spanish residence Kalyan and Wilson have picked up sits at the edge of the charming Larchmont Village shopping and dining district that anchors the neighborhood. The five-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bath property was listed with Jenna Cooper at Compass, while Kalyan and Wilson were represented by Max Shapiro at Westside Estate Agency.