Movie stars and famous people are always buying large, showy mansions, so when one of them buys a house a normal person (well, a normal rich person—a humble millionaire) would live in, it's kinda news. Like this lovely, architecturally exciting 1920s Spanish bungalow with updates and a fancy studio that Spider-Man Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer have just bought, according to Variety. Located north of Wilshire in Santa Monica and not far from the Brentwood border, the main house was "transformed" by architect Ruben Ojeda, who raised the ceilings to 22 feet and added a second story, the listing explains.
The main house features transom windows, patios, a vine-covered sleeping porch, and hardwood floors. As listing photos show, at least two of the upstairs bedrooms feature curving, vaulted ceilings. Behind the 2,401-square-foot main house, there's a two-story, 1,200-square-foot art studio designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture. It could be used as an artist's studio (convenient, as Meyer is a jewelry designer), a home office, or a guesthouse. The two buildings are separated by a small, xeriscaped yard.
The Maguire-Meyers paid just $2.675 million for this new pad. They also own a Brentwood parcel where it's been rumored that Peter Zumthor, the architect behind the big LACMA redesign, is designing a house for the couple. That parcel is said to be not far away from the house that Maguire and his wife bought for $8.45 million in 2014 and flipped back onto the market about a year later, at $10.25 million.
· Tobey Maguire Nabs Santa Monica Micro-Compound [Variety]
· Ruben S. Ojeda, Architects : Studio by Koning Eizenberg Architecture [Deasy/Penner]
· Tobey Maguire is Flipping His Brentwood Home for $10.3MM [Curbed LA]