This must be the week all the chronically unsellable properties finally find a buyer: first Fleur de Lys breaks a record at $102 million, and now Anjelica Huston's "fortress" house in Venice has reportedly sold for $11.15 million. The house, designed by Huston's late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, was first listed in 2010 for $18 million, but, despite some pricechops, the property languished. That's not to say there weren't a few close calls: The Hollywood Reporter says that producer/house collector Megan Ellison was in escrow to buy it late last year, and, before that, there was some totally serious, unironic talk of turning the house into a private "gourmet bathing club" with a farm-to-table restaurant and seltzer-water tastings.
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom house was most recently listed for $11.9 million and the anonymous buyer has been described only as "an architectural purist who appreciates the buildings the way they are." It's rumored that this purist might rent the building out to app company Whisper to use as its headquarters (it's departing a house in Santa Monica).
· Anjelica Huston's Venice Home Sells for $11 Million [THR]
· Take the Tour: Anjelica Huston's Venice Fortress Hits the MLS [Curbed LA]