Scream franchise star David Arquette lived in several architecturally stunning estates with ex-wife Courteney Cox—an A. Quincy Jones spread in Trousdale, a gorgeous John Lautner number on the beach in Malibu—but now that the two have split, he's rather unexpectedly still picking out beautiful houses. Like the fantastic turn-of-the-century O'Melveny House in ritzy Windsor Square, which he's just bought for $7.15 million, says Variety. Built about two miles away and pulled by horses to its current spot, the house was built for Henry O'Melveny, founder of the law firm now called O'Melveny & Myers, but for more than 50 years it was owned by prominent LA family the Rindges. (The most famous was perhaps May K. Rindge, who "rode horseback with hired guns" in the 1920s to try and keep her Malibu land from being taken by the state so PCH could be built. She did not succeed. The family also donated the land Pepperdine University was built on.)
A more recent owner gave the house a restoration so thorough, he "removed, reversed and put back in place" bricks to reveal their less aged sides. The seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom residence has a formal dining room, a fabulous mahogany staircase in the main entryway, a media room in the attic, a butler's pantry, a meditation pond, pool, and spa. It was most recently listed at $7.695 million this past June, but Arquette got a bit of a break, paying $7.15 million.
· David Arquette Buys Historic Windsor Square Estate [Variety]
· 1909 O'Melveny House in Hancock Park by Hunt, Eager & Burns [Curbed LA]