Formerly occupied by TV and film actor Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future,” “Taxi”) and also a one-time outpost of Howard Morris — best known for his role as Ernest T. Bass on “The Andy Griffith Show” — this Hollywood house was originally built almost a century ago, but has since been uniquely restored and modernized by architect Robert DeYoung. Last sold in 2009 for just over $1 million to a non-famous couple, the funky Spanish-style villa has returned to the market once again, this time asking nearly $2.5 million.
Nestled on a 0.17-acre parcel secured by an ornate gate, the white stucco and terracotta-roof structure boasts three bedrooms and an equal number of baths in a just over 3,400 square feet of colorfully hued living space adorned with artistic splashes of quarried coral, onyx and teak, plus rich hardwood floors, colorful tilework, arched doorways and vintage lighting.
Whimsical touches abound, including a quintet of Hobbit-style fireplaces, double-height solarium bathed in rare Honduras mahogany and 25-foot spiraling one-of-a-kind ceramic sculpture by Rococlay Studio gracing a vast majority of the kitchen. There’s also a gigantic buddha head holding court in a lush central courtyard filled with exotic trees and plants.
Other highlights include a fireside living room spotlighted by a high ceiling bolstered by steel cables and one of numerous art alcoves throughout. A formal chandelier-topped dining room sports a large tapestry, a cozy library has built-in shelves, and a windowed kitchen is outfitted with updated stainless appliances, a domed skylight and the aforementioned sculpture.
As for the compact grounds, the backyard packs in an above-ground pool and spa spanned by a footbridge, a lounging patio and covered al fresco dining terrace warmed by an outdoor fireplace. Rounding it all out: a two-story detached guest house featuring a kitchen and living room on the lower level, and a bedroom, bath and patio offering treetop views upstairs.
John Giddins of Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent.