Not long before “Youngblood” Luke Hemmings, 25-year-old lead vocalist of the top-selling Australian bubblegum boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, and singer Sierra Deaton, one-half of the former duo Alex & Sierra who won the third (and last) season of “The X Factor US,” announced their engagement to his seven-million Instagram followers, they splashed out a tech more than $2.8 million — the full asking price — for a home in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills.
Shy behind a towering hedge and entered through a courtyard garden gussied up with flowering plants, the circa 1972 home has been comprehensively updated with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in about 2,700 square feet. Throughout the house there are pale hardwood floors, paneled accent walls and in-ceiling speakers for pumping music throughout the main-floor living and entertaining spaces.
A long bank of telescopic glass sliders open the living room to the backyard, and the dining area, which also spills out to the backyard, flows into an open-plan gourmet kitchen arranged around a large island with delicately veined marble (or marble-like) counter tops and premium-quality commercial-style stainless-steel appliances. Upstairs, there are three guest bedrooms, one with a private bath, plus the primary suite which offers a fireplace flanked by custom closets along with a room-wide wall of windows and a slender balcony.
With a deck that extends out over the steep hill that falls away behind the house, and an oblique, canyon-framed city lights view, the backyard is simply landscaped with a lots of concrete terracing, a wee patch of grass and a swimming pool with an unusual eye-shaped spa.
For now, Hemmings continues to own a boxy contemporary in L.A.s’ Laurel Canyon that he picked up about 4.5 years ago for $1.525 million.
The Australian singer, who’s sold more than 10 million albums with 5SOS, and whose songs have been streamed more than 7 billion times, is all set to release his debut solo album, “When Facing the Things We Turn Away from,” in a few weeks, while Deaton, whose won several international Irish dancing competitions in addition to her singer/songwriter career, co-wrote the 5SOS song “Lover of Mine” for the band’s fourth studio album, Calm, that was released last year just as the COVID-19 pandemic forced stay-at-home orders around the globe.