Unless you’re thick in tune with the music industry’s inner workings, the name Andrew Watt may not ring any bells. But the 30-year-old New York native is one of the most sought-after hitmakers in the biz, with an eye-popping client rolodex that includes Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, and Post Malone — just to name a few. Watt has songwriting credits on “Señorita,” the Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello collab that became one of 2019’s biggest global hits, and on DJ Snake and Bieber’s “Let Me Love You,” which went top five on the Billboard Hot 100, although he may be best-known in the gossip columns for his on/off relationship with Rita Ora.
Those accolades, and more, have provided Watt with the financing to secure a $5.1 million Los Angeles house. Sited high in the mountains above Beverly Hills, in a neighborhood known as Beverly Hills Post Office, the contemporary estate was previously owned by Englishman Mark Gillespie, best known as the longtime music manager of Calvin Harris.
The home is set on a corner lot defined by massive wraparound hedges that visually engulf the .56-acre property. Two gated driveways — each of them on different streets — spill into a spacious motorcourt with room for several cars, and there’s an attached two-car garage for additional parking. Built in 1950, the house itself has been significantly remodeled into a boxy modern pad with nearly 3,700 square feet of living space and a two-tone façade offering creamy stucco and rich redwood siding.
Inside, the rooms are uniformly massive and monolithic, beginning with a great room that includes dedicated spaces for a sunken living area, formal dining, and an eat-in kitchen, all of them set atop polished concrete floors that really drive home the industrial-chic aesthetic. Built in walnut bookshelves imbue the place some much-needed warmth, ant the listing notes that the home’s “SoHo loft” like interiors are a “testament to an innate understanding of space, shape, and color.”
A separate breakfast area/lounge sits abreast from commercial-style wine refrigerators, and a floor-to-ceiling window features a glass garage door-style door for easy outdoor access, a unique feature that’s repeated in the kitchen. There are four bedrooms, the master with its own marble-slathered bathroom included ensuite.
But the sun shines brightest in the backyard, where there’s a large lawn, a petite casita with a multitude of potential uses, and a lap-lane swimming pool. Other amenities include a concrete deck, a sports court, and built-in banquette seating.