They say crime doesn’t pay, but tell that to Bailey Sarian. A former Sephora employee and Southern California native of Armenian ancestry, Sarian began posting YouTube makeup tutorials a decade ago, but her channel was overlooked until 2019. That year, she pioneered the “true crime makeup” YouTube genre with her “Murder, Mystery & Makeup” video series, discussing notorious murder cases or serial killers all while applying makeup to her face. Her most popular video, a Jeffrey Dahmer analysis, racked up 23 million views.
Sarian really shot to global fame circa mid-2020, shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic relegated people to their homes and sent YouTube viewership numbers skyrocketing. Today, the 33-year-old sports 6.5 million subscribers and 800 million lifetime views, most of which were accumulated in the last two years alone. While Sarian’s net worth is not public, she’s widely believed to have raked in many millions — and that income is substantial enough to comfortably afford her a $4.1 million house in the Hollywood Hills.
Designed by celebrated architect Wallace Neff, Sarian’s 1930s Tudor-style residence sits atop a high knoll, flaunting its unobstructed L.A. skyline views. There are three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one powder room within about 3,700 square feet of living space, and the residence also has a detached two-car garage at street level, far below the house itself.
If this property looks vaguely familiar, it’s perhaps because the place was featured numerous times on the Bravo reality TV show “Flipping Out.” Series star Jeff Lewis bought, renovated and sold the house on two separate occasions — after unloading the house in 2006 for $2.8 million to a buyer who later lost it to foreclosure, Lewis re-acquired it at a 2011 fire sale, paying only $1.6 million.
Lewis then dumped an enormous amount of money into his second renovation of the premises, installing a hand-cut black and white marble floor in the oval dining room and a glitzy wet bar near the contemporary chef’s kitchen, and putting a high-gloss ebony stain on the existing hardwood floors. He also added solid wood paneling to the staircase and the halls of a long corridor, giving things a classic dollop of Old Hollywood glam. In 2015, he resold the home for $2.9 million; it changed hands again in 2017 before going to Sarian.
One of the home’s bedrooms lies on the main floor, while the other two are tucked away upstairs. The master suite occupies its own wing of the upper level and is fully kitted out with a fireplace, window seat, a boutique-sized closet and marble bathroom with a standalone tub and steam shower. There are still many original features throughout the heavily modernized home, too, including leaded glass windows and brick fireplaces.
Outside, the terraced yard spans more than a third of an acre and is fully landscaped; wraparound formal gardens intermix with pathways and multiple patios, nearly all of them equipped with views of city lights. In addition to a backyard pool with inset spa, the grounds also offer patches of grassy lawn, a fire-pit and full outdoor kitchen.