Actor Jason Schwartzman is putting his lovely one-bedroom condo in the historic Andalusia on the market. The Spanish-style courtyard complex, located steps from the Sunset Strip, is distinguished by its decorative teal and white garage door screens.
Schwartzman, best known for his collaborations with Wes Anderson, says he lived there for about five years before he and wife Brady Cunningham relocated to a midcentury in Studio City.
He dreamed about the condo before he bought it for $600,000 in 2005, property records show, when he was about 25 years old.
“When I was 18, I talked to... a friend of my family’s and... somehow his apartment came up, and he said: ‘It’s so beautiful, it’s only a one-bedroom, but it has these high ceilings, a wild fireplace, and black floors,’” Schwartzman tells Curbed. “Anytime I was trying to find a place to live in Los Angeles—what I was imagining was [this] place.”
It turned out to be the same exact unit his friend had owned, a serendipitous discovery made only after he started to get his friend’s mail.
Located on Havenhurst Drive, right next to another architectural gem, Leland Bryant’s Colonial House, the Andalusia contains just 10 units.
Built in 1926, it was designed by architects Arthur Zwebell and Nina Wilcox Zwebell, a husband-and-wife team that pioneered LA’s luxurious courtyard-style housing—individual residences in a communal setting.
Other buildings designed by the Zwebells include the dreamy Casa Laguna in Los Feliz and El Cabrillo in Hollywood, but “the Andalusia is considered perhaps their best,” according to a registration form for the property’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places. That designation was granted in 2003.
“Each of the apartments is unique,” the registration says. “All have at least one fireplace and many have access to a private or shared balcony.”
Schwartzman’s unit holds one bedroom and one bathroom in 726 square feet. Just as he had pictured as an 18-year-old, it also features a grand fireplace; tall, beamed ceilings; and dark hardwood floors.
Plus, it’s embellished with hand-painted tiles, wrought iron sconces, and two balconies, both of which look out into the courtyard, which holds an original tiled fountain. It was in the courtyard, Schwartzman says, that he and Cunningham shared their first kiss.
“It’s odd to always have this vision of something… and then to come to live in it,” he says. “I love it so much.”
But he’s finally ready to part with it.
“It might sound cheesy,” he said. “I don’t know that I’ll be able to drive by there and not say ‘thank you.’”
The asking price? $895,000.
- 1471 Havenhurst Drive [Douglas Elliman Real Estate]