It took more than a year and several price chops, but Kat Von D has finally succeeded in unloading her wildly idiosyncratic California mansion. The colossal house went for about $7.8 million, or roughly half the $15 million that the tattoo artist-turned-cosmetics baroness originally requested. Still, it would seem the place was sold just in the nick of time — the sale recorded on March 28, beating the new Los Angeles mansion tax implementation by less than a week and saving Von D more than $300,000 in additional fees.
Per TMZ, who first reported the deal, the discount buyer is Hollywood Forever cemetery co-owner Tyler Cassity, whose main residence has long been a hillside estate in the Hollywood Dell neighborhood.
Built way back in 1896 and sited on a big corner lot in prime Windsor Square, the imposingly gothic Victorian house was originally designed for business mogul Isaac Newton Van Nuys, founder of today’s L.A. neighborhood of Van Nuys, and was famously featured in the 2003 Steve Martin remake of “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Von D acquired the place in 2016 for $6.5 million, and subsequently spent another small fortune giving it a highly personalized, top-to-bottom remodel.
In addition to all the luxury amenities expected in this price range — there are manicured gardens, a multi-zone HVAC system, top-of-the-line security system and a kitchen with premium appliances — the estate boasts some rarely seen features, including intricately carved wood paneling throughout, a ballroom/music room, a third-floor theater/stage room and a hidden speakeasy-style bar with a “secret” door.
But by far the property’s most eye-catching attribute is undoubtedly its crimson swimming pool, which is encircled by a stone patio. Also on the premises are a two-bedroom carriage house located atop the garage, a motorized car turntable in the driveway for easy egress and ingress, a backup generator and state-of-the-art plumbing and electrical systems, both fully restored at great expense by Von D during her ownership.
Von D has moved to rural Indiana town of Vevay, where she and husband Rafael Reyes recently acquired another late-1800s mansion sited on 10 acres of land. The 41-year-old, who was born in Mexico and raised primarily in California’s gritty Inland Empire region, first came to public prominence through her starring role in the mid-2000s reality show “LA Ink.” But it was her namesake cosmetics brand, now known as KVD Beauty, that made her a millionaire many times over.
Kirby Gillon, Bryce Lowe of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate and Jamie Sher of The Sher Group held the listing; Michael Bergin of Compass repped the buyer.