Shortly after he his TV personality wife Elizabeth Chambers announced they’d called it quits — via Instagram, of course — and several months before he became salacious tabloid fodder thanks to some freaky, violent and sinister sexual proclivities publicly alleged by former paramours, “The Social Network” and “On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer and his estranged wife put their stately home in L.A.’s wealthy Hancock Park neighborhood up for sale at $5.8 million. Several substantial price chops, not to mention an avalanche of bad publicity, brought the asking price down to a wee bit under $5 million before a buyer stepped in and scooped the place up for $4.7 million.
Not only is the sale price more than a million dollars below the original asking price, but it’s a small amount below the $4.715 million the beleaguered actor and his soon-to-be ex-wife shelled out for the handsome 1920s faux-timbered and ivy encrusted English Tudor manor house barely more than two years ago. Set on more than a quarter of an acre along a pretty, sycamore-lined street, the nearly 6,300-square-foot faux-timbered red brick residence is hedged for privacy and gated for security.
Elegantly proportioned public spaces include a grand double-height foyer that showcases stained glass and a carved wood staircase, a cavernous 30-foot-long living room with a banker’s green marble fireplace, and a handsomely paneled formal dining room. Elsewhere there’s a den with fireplace, a window-wrapped family room that spills out to the backyard, and a dedicated breakfast room next to the upscale and nicely sized though not particularly stylish kitchen that’s outfitted with ordinary white raised-panel cabinets and dour grey granite countertops.
Listings indicate there are seven bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms throughout the three-story home. However, a careful parse of floor plans included with marketing materials reveal the house is actually configured with three principal en suite bedrooms on the second floor, including a massive primary suite that comprises a 32-foot-long bedroom with fireplace and a pair of conjoined baths, one with a sauna. Two huge walk-in closets were installed in what was once an en-suite bedroom. Another potential bedroom and bath are tucked up into the third floor, while a staff wing nipped behind the kitchen contains two bedrooms — one of the converted to a roomy laundry room — and a shared hall bath.
Out back, there are lots of tree-shaded stone terracing and an open-air cabana for alfresco dining and lounging. Waterfalls pour over a tumble of fake boulders into the lagoon-style swimming pool and azure tile spa.
The house had been cleared of the family’s personal belongings and staged for selling some time ago, though earlier this week Page Six reported that movers came over the weekend, “under the cover of night,” to haul away the home’s remaining contents, leaving the naked torso of a rope-bound mannequin in the garbage can at the curb, which, of course, did nothing to mend Hammer’s shattered reputation.
Amid a flurry of allegations of abuse, rape and cannibalistic fantasies, Hammer has left a handful of high-profile projects and was dropped by his talent agency WME. With the movie industry shut down, Hammer spent part of 2020 quarantined in the Cayman Islands before he headed out to Twentynine Palms, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park, where he helped an old friend renovate a vintage motel. With his career as a leading man in tatters and his house in L.A. sold with a hit to his bank account, maybe he’ll just stay out in the desert for a while.