Actor Justin Kirk bought a quirky, multilevel home perched on a high ridge in the Hollywood Hills last year so it was expected he’d put his longtime home above Beachwood Canyon up for sale. And now he has, with an asking price slightly shy of $1.2 million.
Purchased by “Weeds” star nearly 18 years ago for just under $600,000, the modestly sized and fashionably appointed 1962 cliffhanger was designed and engineered by Arthur H. Levine to float out over the steep canyon with two bedrooms and two bathrooms in a bit less than 1,300 square feet.
An extra-wide overhang creates a deep porch and two-car carport along the narrow winding street. The front door opens unceremoniously into a light-filled combination living and dining room where pale wood floors, creamy white walls and a whitewashed tongue-and-groove beamed ceiling provide a bright and neutral backdrop for walls of windows that showcase sweeping views of Griffith Park and the rugged surrounding mountaintops.
Open to the living and dining room over a bi-level snack bar island, the kitchen sports walnut cabinetry and up-to-date appliances. A Heath Ceramics tile backsplash hints at the home’s midcentury vintage without being unnecessarily didactic about it.
The guest bedroom is, as expected, cozily proportioned, and the guest bathroom is stylishly done with a bespoke floating vanity. More comfortably sized with ample closets, the main suite includes a fully carpeted bedroom, glass sliders to a slender balcony, and a bathroom that features an eye catching tiled shower and a deep soaking tub big enough to for two.
With an outside entrance and whimsical cobalt-and-white checkerboard flooring, a long and not particularly wide room on the lower level could easily serve as a home office, art studio or fitness room. As a bonus, the room opens to a terrace that hovers over the canyon with gorgeous sunrise views over the iconic domed rooftops of the Griffith Park Observatory.
The accomplished and award-winning stage actor, who most recently appeared in the neo-noir reboot of “Perry Mason” as well as the almost overwhelmingly dark Showtime dramedy “Kidding” with Jim Carrey, has moved on to another Hollywood Hills neighborhood where he dropped nearly $1.8 million on not-even-2,000-square-foot home that, like his old one, cleaves to a near vertical slope with nose bleed views over the city. The man likes what he likes.