Whatever you’re expecting from a James Franco property, it probably isn’t this. The actor, writer, director, artist, student, teacher, and general weirdo is known for being a tad out there, so you’d be forgiven for assuming his habitat would be filled with discarded drafts for short stories, textbooks from various post-grad degrees, mirrors for naked selfies, and invisible art.
In fact, Franco’s recently-listed property in LA’s hipster haven of Silver Lake is surprisingly restrained. The boho-chic duplex combines two units for a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Franco purchased the apartments in August 2012 for US$775,000 from the Emmy-winning costume designer for Mad Men, Janie Bryant. The hillside complex was also once owned by musician, filmmaker, and European princess Tatiana von Fürstenberg.
The 1920s Spanish-style property is described as a “Romantic Andalusian Hillside Compound” in the listing. The lower unit, set atop a single-car garage, is the smaller of the two. It boasts one bedroom and one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen with vintage cabinets, and a living room with hardwood floors, an arched ceiling, and an expansive wood-trimmed Palladian window.
The larger unit is a three-story villa with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main-level living spaces includes a living room with exposed wood ceiling beams, a dining room with French doors, and a compact kitchen. The floor above contains a small study/bedroom and a larger master bedroom with an en suite bathroom. Through the larger bedroom you can reach the top-floor crow’s nest, and airy and light-filled space with commanding views of the Silver Lake Reservoir, Griffith Observatory, and the iconic Hollywood sign.
To complement the warm and inviting interiors, and make the most of southern California’s famously agreeable weather, the property has a number of outdoor nooks and terraces for al fresco entertaining.
If rustic charm with a famous pedigree is your thing, Franco’s pad is now listed on Zillow for US$949,000.