It took over a year on the market and several price cuts later, but Sam Worthington’s Hollywood Hills estate has finally sold for $8.2 million. That’s notably less than the Aussie “Avatar” franchise star’s initial $9.25 million ask, but still a few notches above the $7.9 million he and wife Lara paid Simon Kinberg for the luxe spread, back in 2018. Records reveal the buyer is ex-Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson, the “Larry Gagosian of music,” and now the CEO of his own agency, L.A.-based Hallwood Media.
Located just above the bustling Sunset Strip near the base of the high-flying Bird Streets neighborhood, the ex-Worthington property stands out from its neighbors, thanks to sky-high hedges and impeccably manicured topiary. Weighing in at a mansion-sized 7,718 square feet with five bedrooms and 7.5 baths, the place puts a contemporary spin on classic East Coast traditional design, with sleek interiors bathed in natural light. There are honey-colored wood floors, pure white walls and recessed LED lighting throughout.
Guests will be wowed by the home’s double height foyer. Immediately to the right of the entryway is a formal dining area wrapped in blush-colored wood paneling, with windows overlooking the lush front garden. The foyer area flows further into the chic living room, which is decadently spacious and features an exposed brick masonry fireplace and Fleetwood doors.
The chef-style kitchen, which looks like it popped straight of a Williams Sonoma catalog, has calacatta marble countertops (with a matching backsplash) and jet-black cabinetry, which contrast neatly with one another. A long wooden table serves as a second, more informal dining area.
Upstairs, the master suite provides a tranquil space to unwind. Exposed beams line the ceiling’s length, while a marble fireplace provides a visual anchor for the room, and French doors lead to the private balcony. The principal bath is also lavish with a freestanding tub, oversized walk-in shower and dual sinks.
Outside, young olive trees provide shade for the lawn, while the outdoor kitchen and loggia are the perfect place to entertain al fresco. There are, of course, also a swimming pool and accompanying spa, and other fun amenities include a wee guesthouse — currently converted into a gym — a screening room and wine cellar.