It looks like Beverly Hills born and New York City bred fashion model turned designer/developer Morgan Brown, a.k.a. Scottish actor Gerard Butler’s longtime paramour, may have finally snagged a buyer for her sumptuous West Hollywood, Calif., compound.
Born into a family with deep Hollywood roots (her paternal grandmother, Sally Eilers, starred in films with Buster Keaton and Spencer Tracey and her mother was married to celebrated actor Peter O’Toole), Brown comes by her interests and talents in real estate and design quite naturally, she grew up the sophisticated globe-trotter daughter of late screenwriter turned real estate executive Harry “Coco” Brown. Best known to Angelenos for developing the celeb-packed Mulholland Estates enclave in the mountains between Beverly Hills and Sherman Oaks, Brown was also the developer behind a not fully realized effort to create a neighborhood of haute architectural homes the Hamptons village of Sagaponack.
Brown took over her father’s commercial real estate business after he passed away in 2005, running an international portfolio of office buildings and shopping malls. She left her father’s company in 2019, according to her own website, to pursue more personal interests in developing residential real estate, along with buying and refurbishing historic trophy properties around Los Angeles. Recent projects include the spectacular Patio del Moro and Remington Hollywood complexes.
Tax records reveal the two parcels that comprise Ms. Brown’s nearly two-third acre personal residence in West Hollywood, along one of the most sought after and expensive streets in WeHo, were purchased via corporate entity in two separate transactions, the first in late 2015 and the second in early 2016, for a total outlay of just over $6.2 million.
What followed the back-to-back buys was a radical transformation of what was once two separate 1920s bungalows into a unified one-of-a-kind compound that’s all but invisible behind dense ficus hedging. Rather than clump all the square footage into a single hulking mansion, Brown divvied up the compound’s 9,500-square-feet amid four separate structures oriented around a serene courtyard with emerald carpets of boxwood-trimmed lawn, ancient olive trees strung with lights, and a saltwater lap-lane swimming pool (plus a secluded spa). There’s also a small and rather sculptural skateboard park.
Brown’s worldly purview (and deep pockets) allowed her to fashion a relaxed and sophisticated, globally infused fantasia across the four structures that allow for maximum flexibility in accommodating family, friends and staff in bespoke bohemian luxury. Interior spaces showcase reclaimed wood floorboards and eye-catching built-ins, rough-cut stone walls, several antique fireplaces, and pivoting steel-trimmed windows and arched glass doors. All together, there are eight potential bedrooms and seven bathrooms, plus three more powder rooms.