English actor Julian Morris and his longtime partner Landon Ross have celebrated their recent nuptials with the purchase of a historic Hollywood Hills home, records reveal. The pair paid director/actor couple Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson $7.2 million for the three-story Mediterranean villa, which packs in everything from a gym/yoga studio in the lower-level guest apartment to a top-level tower room offering up impressive city lights views.
Best known as Wren Kingston in “Pretty Little Liars,” 39-year-old Morris was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Co. for three seasons before he made his U.S. debut in the horror film “Cry Wolf,” and he’s also appeared in the TV shows “24,” “New Girl” and “The Morning Show,” among others. As for Ross, he’s the son of attorney, financier and real estate investor Leonard Ross, whose fabled Hearst mansion in Beverly Hills was recently sold for $63.1 million at auction amid bankruptcy proceedings.
Designed in the 1920s by architect-turned-Tinseltown art director Harry McAfee, the place was updated by interior design firm Pierce & Wood during the Taylor-Johnson’s tenure, and is nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, just below Runyon Canyon. Fronted by concrete arches and a custom wrought-iron gate, the stucco and terracotta-roof structure features seven bedrooms and six baths in over 6,000 square feet of living space.
A striking turreted entryway opens into a dramatic foyer adorned with the original inlaid wood floors and a chandelier dangling from a hand-stenciled ceiling. From there, the main level is highlighted by a formal living room boasting a hand-painted stone fireplace and dining room with French doors spilling out to the grounds. An updated kitchen is outfitted with a breakfast nook connecting to a family room, and there’s also an ensuite bedroom.
A curving staircase heads upstairs, where an elaborate stained-glass nook immediately catches the eye. Four bedrooms can also be found on this level, including a spacious master suite sporting a fireside seating area, walk-in closet and spa-inspired bath; and the aforementioned octagon-shaped tower room holds court on the uppermost level.
Outdoors, the lush grounds host a terrace equipped with a freestanding barrel-shaped sauna and clawfoot tub for al fresco soaking, as well as a courtyard accented by a fountain, plunge pool and two-story treehouse. Rounding it all out is the guest apartment with kitchenette, which rests atop a two-car garage modernized with electric charging ports.