As Destin Daniel Cretton prepares to hit the big screen in September with his very first major blockbuster film — Marvel Studio’s Asian-led superhero pic “Shang-Chi & the Ten Rings” — it appears the veteran indie filmmaker is already celebrating his impending showbiz stardom on the San Gabriel Valley’s residential front. Records reveal Cretton and his wife, fashion designer Nikki Chapman, are upgrading from a one-bedroom rental in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, doling out $1.7 million for a significantly larger three-bedroom, three-bathroom Spanish-style house in Altadena.
Born in Hawaii in the late ’70s, the Asian-American director most recently helmed the critically acclaimed social justice drama “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, a young Harvard-educated attorney who attempts to overturn a guilty verdict for Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a black man wrongfully accused of murdering a white teenage girl in the Deep South. He’s also known for the films “Short Term 12,” which won the top jury prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, along with “The Glass Castle.”
Cretton’s newly acquired home features stucco siding and a red terracotta-tiled roof typical of the Spanish style; out front is a grassy yard with a swing hanging from a graceful Dutch elm. Originally built in the 1920s, the place has been renovated in recent years, complete with over 2,000 square feet of living space on two levels highlighted by hardwood floors, beamed ceilings and dual-pane windows drenching every room in sunlight.
A large wooden front door leads the way into the bright and airy interiors, where a wide-open space greets with a formal living room sporting a white brick fireplace. A great room abuts the gourmet kitchen, which is outfitted with custom cabinetry, high-end Thermador appliances, quartz countertops, an eat-in island with farmhouse sink and spacious pantry; and an adjacent breakfast nook opens via French doors to a covered al fresco dining area.
Two bedrooms are located off of the main living area, secluded behind a quaint sliding door. The master provides an ensuite bathroom equipped with a custom vanity, upgraded vintage-inspired hardware and a standalone shower clad in terrazzo-style tile, while the additional bedroom has access to a full bath.
A Dutch door hides a staircase that leads to the lower level, which includes a third bedroom and bathroom that could be used as a guest suite. There’s also an office and laundry room, as well as a family room with a brick accent wall and French doors that open to a large patio offering city lights and ocean views, plus a pool with water feature, and whimsical A-frame playhouse ideal for kids and adults alike.