Morgan Brown Picks Up Historic Hollywood Hills ‘Village’

location: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, Calif.
price: $12.5 million
size: Compound consisting of five separate structures

Though she’s probably best-known to the general public as Gerard Butler’s longtime on/off girlfriend, Morgan Brown has substantial independent means of her own — she’s an accomplished interior designer and real estate investor who’s owned and built a number of luxury homes in the L.A. area. She’s also a daughter of the late Harry Joe Brown Jr., a prominent property developer, and the granddaughter of prolific Hollywood producer Harry Joe Brown Sr.

Over the years, Brown has followed in her father’s proverbial footsteps, dipping her toes into real estate development by building and selling homes in posh areas like Beverly Hills and Hancock Park. But now she’s substantially upped the investment ante — records reveal she’s acquired her biggest project to date, a multi-structure compound in the Hollywood Hills that cost her $12.5 million.

Originally built in 1929 and designed by Cecil B. DeMille’s onetime art director Wilfred Buckland, the Spanish Revival-style compound is known as Las Orquideas and was modeled after the Andalusian villages in coastal Spain, per the listing. Tightly packed on a .35-acre lot, the cluster of five tower-like buildings comprise nine separate residences and total more than 10,500 square feet of living space. There are street-level garages for each of the structures, and steep steps lead from the roadway up to the individual homes, where communal gardens keep the residents connected.

Inside, each of the sunny units offers a charming bevy of details: colorful tile, original fireplaces, beamed ceilings and intricate wrought iron work. The entire complex was recently renovated by the Spanish Revival design specialists at Howell + Padgett, and so all the units have modern appliances, central heating and essentially soundproof walls. Outside, lush gardens and intimate plazas overlook the bustling city below.

Monthly rents for the nine townhouse-like residences, which are done up in various configurations offering one, two or three bedrooms, typically run in the $3,000 to $7,000 range. Brown also financially benefits from the historic property’s Mills Act designation — landmarked estates pay far lower taxes than a $12.5 million sale price would typically engender.

And the property’s prime location is just seconds to a number of iconic city destinations: the Sunset Strip, Runyon Canyon, Outpost Estates, Mulholland Drive and Yamashiro restaurant.

Besides her $12.5 million village, records show that Brown continues to own a lavish compound elsewhere in Los Angeles. Sited on what is arguably West Hollywood’s most prime residential street, her personal residence is on a double-wide lot and spans nearly 10,000 square feet of living space. Records show that Brown recently invested millions into a full-scale renovation and expansion of the classic 1920s estate, which was briefly on the market last year with a $19.5 million asking price.

Barry Gray, Joshua Gaunya and Mike Deasy of DeasyPennerPodley hed the listing; Nikola Kretchmann of Figure 8 Realty repped Brown.

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  1. Liz says:

    If she was so “accomplished”, she wouldn’t need to use Butler’s name to try and get publicity for herself. No one ever heard of her prior to her dysfunctional relationship with him. She’s a flipper with a trust fund, and that’s it.

  2. Valentina says:

    This is true, she always uses the name of Butler for her some kind of mercantile affairs, before that nobody really knew her, and only thanks to Gerard her name can mean something, despite her fuss

  3. Gavin Elster says:

    Well…..at least a lot of these entitled show-biz-adjacent “flippers” have a choice of attractive places to “shelter in place.” Those homeless folks in the tents, almost next to this “village” not so lucky. How many elderly and/or fixed income people, on so-called “rent control” were evicted to flip, and make a quick buck on these apartments?

  4. dana debora says:

    money does not make the couple happy, if there is no love this inevitably breaks down over time ,, however much you want to please if you are not affectionate, compassionate, honest, loyal and faithful to your man, which I stop being little while ,,
    you can not continue to lie facing reality or force someone to be with you, if your motto is: look at the woman I am, morgan? You should be more humble before society, that’s why your man looks at other women, because he is bored and tired of what they have, it shows in the look every time they take a photo with you and this is not from now, it’s from before 2018, and you know what I mean, too bad you don’t do charity, right? Why don’t you help the African butler kids with money, right? It is pitiful to see this, I feel your only regret.

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