Now that Jonah Hill is shacking up seaside at ritzy new digs in the Malibu Colony gated community, it seems the two-time Oscar nominee (“Moneyball,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”) no longer has any need for his other house, an attractive Colonial-style gem in the city. Less than two years after he paid $6.7 million for the Santa Monica pied-a-terre, property records reveal he’s quietly sold the place in a clandestine off-market deal.
Nicolas Dreyfus, CEO of the Frame fashion brand, paid $7.2 million for the Santa Monica home, which Hill had purchased from singer-songwriter Jesse Jo Stark in 2019. Coincidentally, the former owners of his new $9 million Malibu mansion are none other than Stark’s parents, Richard and Laurie Stark, who own the popular Chrome Hearts jewelry/apparel line. Way to keep it all in the family!
While Hill is hobnobbing with his high-profile Malibu Colony neighbors — which include the likes of Sting, Flea, John McEnroe and Rob Reiner — or perhaps spending some time on the East Coast at his posh Manhattan loft in the city’s NoHo district, Dreyfus will be residing at this elegant four-bedroom, four-bath house resting along one of Santa Monica’s most sought-after streets.
Nestled atop the rim of woodsy Santa Monica canyon, just a few blocks from the Palisades Bluffs, the home is tucked securely away from the street behind mature magnolia trees and gates. Inside, 3,100 square feet of living space includes a living room sporting a cozy wood-burning fireplace and built-ins, along with a snazzily updated kitchen outfitted with high-end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. An adjacent breakfast nook shares space with a brick pizza oven, and there’s also a spacious den/study, along with a formal dining room boasting French doors that open to a bougainvillea-laced patio.
Situated in its own private wing on the main floor, the master retreat boasts a fireplace, as well as a luxe marble-clad bath replete with a chandelier, dual vanities, a soaking tub and standalone shower. Two additional bedrooms on the upper level share a balcony that spans nearly the entire length of the home; a one-bedroom guesthouse with a fireplace also is tucked away in the backyard, where visitors can enjoy an indoor sauna in combination with outdoor lounging and al fresco dining via a secluded, tree-shaded brick patio, or maybe a dip in the sparking pool and spa gracing the picturesque 0.28-acre grounds.