At 63 years old, with her badass salt-and-pepper mane of hair and DGAF-about-wrinkles attitude, Andie MacDowell has become synonymous with aging not only gracefully but also gorgeously — and she claims to have “never felt more beautiful.” It seems that same philosophy extends to architecture as well, with the longtime L’Oréal ambassador and veteran actress — now starring in the Netflix series “Maid” alongside her real-life daughter Margaret Qualley — embracing a classic 1920s storybook Tudor in the Eastside Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake. In keeping with its lovely historic roots, the property was recently renovated.
Records reveal MacDowell beat out other bidders for her five-bedroom, four-bathroom home, paying $4.1 million, or $200,000 over the asking price. The acquisition adds to the star’s burgeoning real estate portfolio, which already includes a two-home compound in L.A’s Highland Park neighborhood and a vacation house in Montana.
Situated on a compact 0.16-acre parcel, and separated from the street by a landscaped yard dotted with towering cypress trees, the whitewashed structure charms from the outset with its varying rooflines and windows. A wrought-iron staircase leads to an ornate wood door opening into more than 3,400 square feet of creamy neutral interiors accented throughout with gentle curves, blonde hardwood floors and abundant natural light.
Holding court front and center is a spacious formal living room boasting a large Palladian fanlight window and wood-burning fireplace decorated with a stylish veined-marble surround. Steps ascend to a formal dining room boasting another large window and a balloon-like chandelier. An updated kitchen is outfitted with an eat-in island, pricey La Cornue range and Miele appliances tucked away behind custom panels for a seamless finish, plus backsplashes and countertops matching the marble in the living room fireplace. Elsewhere on the main level are two bedrooms and an equal number of baths.
A curved staircase spills out into an upper-level media room offering up panoramic reservoir views. The second floor also holds a trio of bedrooms, including a fairytale-inspired one sporting a play area underneath a 15-foot pitched ceiling, built-in bench and French doors that open to a Juliette balcony. The primary suite features a sitting area and walk-in closet, plus a luxe bath equipped with dual vanities, an oval soaking tub and yet more of that beautiful marble that seems to be a running theme.
Though compact, the fenced grounds are still picturesque with a native California garden and “spool” designed by L.A.-based landscape firm Terremoto. There’s also a separate two-car garage with a loft that’s been converted into a space ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Karen Lower of Compass held the listing; MacDowell was repped by Natalie Trabin of Compass.