There’s no such thing as too much space—just ask Jessica Alba. The actress’s Beverly Hills home, which she shares with her longtime producer husband, Cash Warren, and their three children, might span a cool 5,000 square feet, but the sprawling mansion takes advantage of every inch. Now, her storage-savvy Los Angeles retreat can be yours for $6 million.
Having recently upgraded to a much larger home up in the hills, it’s about time that Alba and Warren put their former abode on the market. According to Variety, the wellness maven purchased the half-acre property over a decade ago for a little over $4 million. Despite the fact that the home was built in the mid-1970s, the house exudes Spanish-inspired flair by way of ornately defined archways, iron-clad balconies, and stone floor tiles.
Already well-suited for a growing family, the real draw is in all the built-in storage. Between the cozy workstation in the kitchen to the floor-to-ceiling shelves that flank the office, the Fantastic Four star’s former getaway is primed for efficiency.
Here are four genius storage ideas that will work wonders in any home—no matter the price tag or size.
The Kitchen Desk
When the home’s next owners aren’t congregating around the U-shaped island in the kitchen, they can get down to business without leaving the conversation at the neat and tidy desk in the corner. With enough room to squeeze in an armchair, this nook is the ultimate spot for jotting down a last-minute grocery list, taking a work call, or lending a helping hand with homework.
The Guest Murphy Bed
Situated above the four-car garage, the home’s private guest apartment boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge, and a kitchen. Suffice it to say that there’s a lot of space up there—all thanks to the Murphy bed. A close cousin of the sleeper sofa, this hideable cubby is a smart way to ensure guests have a comfortable place to crash at night and an even more comfortable space to walk about during the day.
The Shelving-Savvy Library
Forget stuffy filing cabinets—we’re digging the floor-to-ceiling shelves that line Alba’s long and narrow home office. The ornate screens that frame the built-ins encourage the sunshine seeping in from the French doors to light up the entire room.
The Do-It-All Fireplace
Upstairs, an impressive black-and-white tiled fireplace lends a Mediterranean mood to the master bedroom. On cool SoCal nights, residents can keep warm by piling on the firewood without even worrying about trailing wood chips through the house—the clever built-in cubbies on either side of the hearth are there for that very reason.
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