An unassuming 1940s home in the mostly unheralded neighborhood of Valley Village — out in L.A.’s prototypically suburban San Fernando Valley — has been sold for nearly $1.4 million to Chris Pine, a native of the neighboring North Hollywood community. But the veteran actor (“Star Trek,” “Wonder Woman,” the upcoming “Dungeons & Dragons” film adaptation) won’t be returning to the valley, as the 1,800-square-foot house was acquired for a family member; Pine will apparently remain in his longtime Los Feliz retreat.
Tucked away on a mostly quiet side street lined with other similar bungalows, the house boasts a grassy front yard shaded by a giant magnolia tree. A walkway bisects the lawn on its way to the front door, which opens into a tiny entry vestibule.
Dark brown hardwood floors flow throughout the single level home — into the living room, which offers a large bay window and faux fireplace, a family room with a real fireplace, and an eat-in kitchen with newer stainless appliances, granite countertops, and perfectly ordinary cabinets painted in a decidedly unordinary red-and-white scheme.
On one side of the home, two guest bedrooms share a single full bathroom with the rest of the house; there’s also a compact master suite with a surprisingly narrow three-quarter bathroom, though the space has been nicely upgraded with dual vanities and new stone countertops. Out back, the detached garage has been converted into a large office that could also function as a fourth bedroom, gym, or studio, and an attached bathroom is there for convenience.
The completely flat lot also spans more than 9,000 square feet, large for this area of town. Arguably the property’s highlight is its pear-shaped swimming pool, which is surrounded by a grassy lawn. There’s also a loggia for shady al fresco dining or lounging, and privacy hedges for a park-like atmosphere. Tucked into the far rear of the lot is a wee shed for additional storage, while a driveway around front can accommodate at least two cars.
Way back in 2010, Pine forked out $3.1 million for his current Los Feliz residence. Tucked into the foothills above Hollywood, the sprawling compound-like estate was previously owned by “My Name Is Earl” actor Jason Lee.