It appears that artist David Choe will no longer be artist-in-residence at the handsome Spanish Colonial Revival in Los Feliz he’s owned for more than a decade. A former underground street artist who achieved household-name status after his decision to accept payment for painting murals at Facebook’s headquarters in stock paid off to the tune of $200 million, Choe acquired the gated compound for $3.1 million in 2010 and listed it last week for more than double that price — $6.9 million, to be exact.
Like its colorful owner, who in recent years has branched out into podcasting, film, documentary television — his FX/Hulu series “The Choe Show” is now in its second season — and NFTs, the property has been through a few iterations. Originally built in 1926 for prominent real estate developer and copper miner Willis Hiram Bullinger, the stately residence was designed by the architectural team of Roy L. Jones and Dick Ward, who produced numerous commercial and residential structures around Los Feliz and Hancock Park during the 1920s and 30s in a variety of period revival styles. In 1939, subsequent owners enlisted the services of the illustrious Paul R. Williams for a partial remodel, which included the addition of a wood-paneled family room with barrel-shaped built-in bar. And in 1999, the firm of Kiyohara Moffitt was brought in to revamp the home’s kitchen and add a detached guest house with garage.
Sited on an expansive corner lot, the property is buffered from both street noise and prying eyes by dense hedgery and tall fencing. Spanish-tiled steps lead to the main house, which holds four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a step-down living room, formal dining room, breakfast nook, kitchen, a butler’s pantry with rolling ladder, and the aforementioned Williams-designed family room. Swoon-inducing period details include stenciled-and-coffered ceilings, beehive fireplaces, arched windows, hardwood floors, graceful wrought-iron staircase railings and sconces, stained glass, steel casement windows, French doors, and striking Art Deco-style bathroom tile mosaics.
Perched atop a four-car garage, the sunlight-drenched 1,300-square-foot guest house sports hardwood floors, French doors, vaulted open-beam ceilings, a fireplace, and built-in bookshelves and bar.
The half-acre property also offers a wide array of ways to enjoy the out-of-doors, including covered balconies, a central courtyard with wood-fired Argentine parrilla, a canopied lounge deck, a lap pool with spa, and a grassy lawn.
Lyonel Katz of Lux Realty holds the listing.