It’s a sad day for mid-century modern design lovers: A stunning house that encapsulates the style in every way just went off the market. It belonged to Kristen Wiig, and though the purchase set the lucky buyers back $5.225 million—a cool $100,000 over the original asking price—we’re sure the investment was well worth it for the architecture aficionados.
Designed in the 1950s by Albert P. Martin, the home (originally listed by Maison Real Estate) sits on over 17,000 square feet of land. It marries old and new—old, in that much of the original floorplan and retro charm has been perfectly preserved. New, in that Wiig made some fabulous luxe updates to pull the home squarely into the 21st century.
A new screening room, a spacious 1,000-square-foot pool pavilion–slash-guesthouse, and state-of-the-art technology throughout are just a handful of the updates made. With tons of space, both indoors and out, the new owners of this palatial residence won’t be lacking room to decorate.
It’s a stunning home, with every room boasting a preponderance of natural materials and unexpected twists—starting with a bright red front door. We’re bookmarking it for future #doortrait inspo.
Wiig bought the home in 2014 for $1.7 million—though it’s not the only jewel in her budding real estate portfolio. Just last December, the talented comedienne and actress picked up a similar mid-century modern-styled home in Pasadena, California. It seems like we’re not the only ones with a penchant for vintage.
Ahead are some of the standout design moments we’re taking note of from the home. It’s no wonder it spent less than two months on the market.
From the statement-making to more classic examples, this home is chock full of enviable tile work. Demure black-and-white flooring instantly elevates the patio space, making it an inviting place to host alfresco get-togethers. Vibrant tiling takes center stage in the other bathrooms (peep the bright blue walls in the master bath!), proving that little else is needed from a chromatic standpoint.
On the ceilings, on the walls, on the built-in furniture… suffice it to say, Wiig seemed to be super on board with the resurgence of wood paneling. So much so that some variation of it is present in almost every part of the home. In the great room, Western Red Cedar planks make the ceiling stand out from the lighter-hued cement floor.
Between on-trend cement detailing throughout and stained glass paneling in the kitchen, this home is anything but cliché. You’re as likely to find slick laminate surfaces as you are to find tin ceilings. The beauty of this home is how nontraditional it is; there’s perfection in its dissimilarity.
This story was originally published on October 29, 2018. It has been updated with new information.
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