Back in 2002, the New York Times magazine published an appreciative essay on Hollywood Regency architect John Elgin Woolf. The eloquent homage—which describes Woolf as someone who "brought pomp to a city of circumstance"—was penned by hotelier/restaurateur Sean MacPherson, who writes of trading in an "oppressive, utilitarian, Modernist box" for a two-bedroom, two-bath Woolf house "designed like a small palace." A little over a decade later, MacPherson is relinquishing his petite palace in the Hollywood Hills. Per the listing, which offers no interior photos as of this writing, the 2,148-square-foot residence was built in 1939, and features a "double-crescent living room" with "parquet floors, high ceilings and 12-foot tall curved glass walls that literally wrap around the swimming pool." The description also extols the virtues of the house's "marble-clad, oval bathroom, perfectly-designed closets," and "stylistic green-and-black kitchen [that] features a vintage 1950s stove." Purchased in 1995 for $415,000, the .53-acre property is now asking $2.995 million. Update: Aha, thanks to a tipster for informing us that celebrity decorators Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have been renting this house (and showing it off to Harper's Bazaar).
· 2924 MONTCALM Ave [Redfin]