There are a lot of attractive houses in Los Angeles, but far fewer really cool ones. For an example of the latter, take this woodsy hideaway in Pacific Palisades. Built in 1959 and owned for decades by the same man, the place doesn’t have the pedigree of a famous architect. The floorplan is definitely quirky, some spaces don’t make sense, the gardens are slightly wild and untamed. But taken in at once, it’s obvious — the house is just cool.
Back in January, hundreds of people discovered just that. After the home’s 93-year-old owner died, a viral estate sale was held, and the line to enter the midcentury wonderland stretched across the yard and all the way down the very long driveway.
Shortly after the estate sale wrapped, the unique property popped up for sale. Qualified buyers flocked to the house, which ultimately sold for $4.3 million — a whopping $400,000 over the asking price. Records reveal the winning bidder is 26-year-old Bella Poarch, the singer and dancer who recently took the social media universe by storm. Margaux Glaser of Compass held the listing; Kerry Hogan and Jeeb O’Reilly of AKGRE repped the buyer.
Poarch had an unlikely rise to fame and fortune. Born into poverty in the Philippines, she was adopted as a toddler by a reportedly abusive military serviceman and his wife. After moving to the U.S. at age 14 and graduating from Herbert Hoover High School in Fresno, Poarch served three years in the Navy. It was during that time when she met husband Tyler Poarch, though that early marriage recently ended in divorce.
In 2020, Poarch shot to worldwide fame on TikTok by posting videos of herself singing and dancing. Today, she sports an almost unbelievable 92 million followers, making hers the third-most-followed account on the entire app — behind only those of Charli D’Amelio and comedian Khaby Lame. And a 10-second clip of Poarch lip-syncing remains TikTok’s most-liked video of all time.
As for Poarch’s unique new digs, the property is hidden away from public view, invisible behind gates in the Palisades foothills. Beyond its stained glass windows, the wood-clad modern structure opens into a foyer. Straight ahead is a fireplace-equipped living room connecting to a smaller sitting room, the latter fully wood-paneled and with backyard views. Directly to the left of the entryway is a dining room connecting to the kitchen, which features dated appliances but strikingly beautiful countertops.
While there’s no proper powder room, also in the main house are two small guest bedrooms that share a single full bathroom. Located in its own wing, the master suite offers dual walk-in closets, a fireplace, a separate wood-paneled reading room, and a bathroom clad in green mosaic tile. And on the opposite side of the house lies another large bedroom with ensuite laundry facilities, presumably for a live-in housekeeper.
Per the listing, there are more than 800 species of plants and trees on the estate, which spans over a half-acre. Multiple outdoor sitting areas are ideal for moments of quiet reflection, and there are overgrown pathways, dozens of sculptures and gurgling fountains. A Japanese-influenced bridge leads across the lagoon-style swimming pool. And at the far rear of the lot, accessible only by a long uphill pathway, there’s a Japanese-style tea house with its own full bathroom, study and private deck with peek-a-boo ocean views.