After a stint on a Subud commune in rural Virginia, and some time in Chicago, the tight knit and famously unconventional Arquette family eventually settled in Los Angeles, where in the 1970s they acquired a charming bungalow in the Hollywood-adjacent Larchmont neighborhood.
Following in the professional footsteps of their comedian grandfather Cliff Arquette, their actor father Lewis Arquette, best known as J.D. Picket on the 1970s TV series “The Waltons,” and their poet/acting teacher/therapist mother Brenda “Mardi” Nowack, the five Arquette kids become staples of the L.A. underground scene and mainstays of the film and television industry.
Rosanna co-starred with Madonna in the 1985 cult-favorite film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and Patricia has won scads of industry awards, including an Oscar for the 2014 film “Boyhood.” An Emmy nominated game show producer and a former professional wrestler, David is best known for his portrayal of Dewey Riley in the slasher franchise “Scream,” and cabaret icon Alexis starred in dozens of low budget and independent films, including “Last Exit to Brooklyn” (1989) and “Pulp Fiction,” before she passed away at 47 in 2016.
The Hollywood-adjacent home has stayed in the Arquette family for nearly 50 years; tax records show it has been owned for the last decade by Richmond Arquette, the least well known of the dynastic siblings. Also an actor, Richmond’s dozens of credits include several David Fincher films, “Seven” and “Zodiac” among them, and the mid-Aughts series “Dirt,” which starred his then sister-in-law Courtney Cox. However, it’s come time to sell, and the Arquette family’s longtime homestead has hit the market at a soupçon below $2.2 million; the listing is held by Joanna Suhl and Brad Holmes of Compass.
Set grandly above the street and fronted by a pretty garden and an inviting front porch, the circa 1915 Arts and Crafts bungalow measures in at almost 3,000 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. A cherry-red front door makes a bold statement on the otherwise unprepossessing residence, while numerous original details — narrow-strip oak floorboards, coffered ceilings, and oodles of built-ins — remain in place alongside careful updates that are in tune with the home’s architecture and history.
The living room, which spans the full width of the house, has a non-working, white-washed brick fireplace, the wainscoting in the dining room is shoulder high, and the kitchen, with its Shaker-style oak cabinets, has French doors to the backyard. One of the three upstairs bedrooms has a head-on view of the Hollywood Sign, while a wide picture window in an upstairs study off the principal bedroom provides a broad view across Los Angeles.
There isn’t a pool in the simply landscaped and tree-shaded backyard, but there is a one-bedroom and one-bathroom detached casita with a full kitchen.