An architectural star has been born in Calabasas.
Rumors circulated over the past week that Jackson Maine’s (a.k.a. Bradley Cooper’s) house from A Star Is Born was a rustic but modern charmer located in the upscale community just west of Los Angeles.
The rumor is true: Permits on file with FilmLA confirm that the production team at Warner Brothers Pictures shot at the home for 15 days.
Built in 1973, the single-story dwelling in the Monte Nido neighborhood of Calabasas was designed by Malibu architect Douglas Rucker, who, coincidentally enough, also designed a house for Kris Kristofferson, star of the 1976 version of A Star Is Born opposite Barbra Streisand.
The Calabasas home was later renovated by Dan Meis, the Staples Center architect who bought it in 2015 and lived there until last year, when he sold it to an LLC named Eden Wild for a smidge over $2 million.
While it’s located just on the outskirts of a major city, its secluded feel reflects the country singer’s low-key personality and apparent discomfort with his own fame.
Like the best film locations, it serves as a thematic outgrowth of the character. It’s also simply beautiful to look at.
The production would have filmed in the home during a period of transition. Meis listed the post and beam residence for $2.495 million in February of 2017, but it didn’t sell until September, giving Cooper and company enough time to swoop in and utilize the space in May and June of last year.
A Star Is Born was filmed all over Los Angeles, at such iconic locations as the Shrine Auditorium, the Chateau Marmont, Griffith Park, the Hollywood Roosevelt, the Regent Theater, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, and The Short Stop bar in Echo Park. The home of Lady Gaga’s Ally, meanwhile, is located at 739 East Kensington Road in Arlington Heights.
The Calabasas home was first identified on October 6 by Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman, who tweeted “Amazing news!!!! We have tracked down my dream home from @starisborn movie and it’s only $2 million, so I will be moving in immediately!!!!”
Amazing news!!!! We have tracked down my dream home from @starisbornmovie and it's only $2 million, so I will be moving in immediately!!!! https://t.co/IUOZQSqCSY pic.twitter.com/Pk1dev68lS— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) October 6, 2018
Nestled among a grove of mature native oak trees on a full acre of land, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom midcentury boasts an idyllic indoor-outdoor feel thanks to generous skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in natural light. Meanwhile, vaulted and beamed ceilings give it the unmistakable aura of a forest cabin, a quality that reflects Maine’s country-boy roots.
Appropriately, the 2,986 square-foot home also features a spacious art studio with its own private entrance, along with three fireplaces (two indoor, one outdoor), an outdoor deck with built-in barbecue, and a detached two-car garage.
It’s easy to see why Cooper, who also directed A Star Is Born, chose the house as Maine’s sanctuary.
But unfortunately for Kaufman and the rest of A Star Is Born’s arena-sized fanbase, the home is no longer up for grabs. Some dreams just aren’t meant to be.
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong address for Ally’s house. The filming location is a residence in Arlington Heights, not Eagle Rock.