Soon-to-be-divorced couple Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have put their 15,000-square-foot, 13-bedroom estate in Hancock Park up for sale. The Wall Street Journal reports that the palatial, Italian-Revival-style house is designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann, the architect behind a number of other grand Hancock Park houses as well as a famous, 1940s San Bernardino resort. If there were a middle ground between other handsome Hancock park houses and a luxury resort, this three-story estate would be it.
Outfitted with a two-story "banquet hall," hand-stenciled ceilings in the dining room, box-beamed ceilings everywhere else, and covered walkway along the courtyard, the main house looks a lot like a beautiful old church. In 2000, the couple bought the house next door, demolishing it to add the lot to their property; it holds gardens and vast lawns now. With the addition, the property is over an acre and a half. Purchased in 1999 for $4.2 million, the home is now asking $16.1 million.