Though he had to get used to an F-18 cockpit while shooting his role as Navy fighter pilot Payback in the new “Top Gun: Maverick” movie, actor Jay Ellis has now found himself settling into a different kind of compartment altogether — this one a decidedly larger version of the real estate variety.
Ellis, who also appeared on the HBO show “Insecure,” recently picked up a revamped American Foursquare-style home in Hollywood’s historic Spaulding Square neighborhood in an off-market deal. Records show the 40-year-old South Carolina native paid $4.5 million for the house.
Originally built way back in 1919 — and since “renovated, remodeled and restored to European Five Star Hotel perfection,” per the listing — the gated residence features three bedrooms and an equal number of baths spread across two stories and 3,418 square feet.
Charming from the outset, the wood-paneled façade is centered around a striking columned portico resting amid a front porch running the length of the home; once inside, the sleekly designed interiors boast an all-white white color scheme accented by ebony walnut floors and copious built-ins, plus French doors throughout providing seamless indoor-outdoor environs.
Main-level highlights include formal living and dining rooms, along with a marble-clad kitchen sporting an eat-in island and high-end stainless appliances that connects to a cozy fireside family room. There’s also a wallpapered billiard room.
All three bedrooms can be found upstairs, including a deluxe master retreat that comes complete with a custom walk-in closet, expansive private terrace, and luxe bath equipped with dual vanities, a soaking tub and glass-encased shower.
The picturesque grounds span almost a quarter-acre, and include a grassy and hedge-lined backyard holding a lengthy pool and spa, along with a swanky pool house and an outdoor movie theater.
Sited in a historic preservation overlay zone, the house also falls under the Mills Act, which means homeowners can receive reduced property taxes in exchange for restoring and preserving historic structures.