Seems as though some of Tim Federle’s very own cocktail concoctions could be in celebratory order. Records reveal the San Francisco-born author of “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” — chock full of recipes for whimsically named drinks like “One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest” and “The Lime of the Ancient Mariner” — has splashed down $1.2 million for a revamped 1920s house in L.A.’s ever-eclectic Atwater Village neighborhood.
Resting on a serene cul-de-sac within walking distance of the L.A. River and Griffith Park, and recently redone by the boutique real estate development firm Better Shelter, Federle’s newly acquired cottage features a petite 1,377 square feet of living space with two bedrooms and two baths. Built in 1924, most of the structure’s original details are long gone, but period-inspired style within includes French oak floors, arched doorways, colorful tile work, vintage lighting and vaulted ceilings.
Unassuming from the street, the white wood and brick structure’s ambiguous architectural style lies somewhere between colonial and modern farmhouse. Accented by trendy black window frames and a touch of stone, and separated from the road by a one-car driveway and raised flower bed, the home flaunts a bright blue door that opens to a fireplace-equipped living room.
The updated kitchen is outfitted with forest green cabinetry, a white tile backsplash, marble countertops and stainless appliances, including a high-end Bertazzoni range. One of the home’s two bedrooms opens to a private deck encased in wood; and the compact backyard is bordered by a tall wood fence, and features a faint strip of grass, plus an attached converted garage that serves as an additional living space with a kitchenette and bathroom.
In addition to “Tequila Mockingbird,” which has sold over half a million copies, 41-year-old Federele also wrote the Hollywood-themed “Gone with the Gin” and novelty board book “Hickory Daiquiri Dock,” along with “The Great American Whatever” and “Better Nate Than Ever.” His most recent book, “Life is Like a Musical,” is a guide to life based on his experiences on Broadway (he appeared in the original casts of “The Little Mermaid” and “Gypsy” as an actor, dancer and singer).
A screenwriter as well, Federle co-wrote the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting” and made his feature film debut as co-screenwriter of Fox Animation’s Oscar-nominated Best Animated Feature “Ferdinand.” He also created “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” for Disney+.