Kristen Wiig is not only one of Hollywood’s funniest women, she’s also a shrewd real-estate investor. Case in point: her stunning 3,500-square-foot home in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, which recently sold for $5.225 million, $100K over the $5.1M asking price – and more than three times more than the $1.7M she paid in 2014.
The Martin Residence
Originally designed in 1952 by LA architect Albert P. Martin – hence its designation as “the Martin Residence” – this 3,515-square-foot home remains a shining example of California-style mid-century modern architecture. Martin, by the way, was responsible for the design of such Los Angeles landmarks as LA City Hall and St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica.
For another mid-century modern stunner, take a look at this award-winning home in St. Catharines.
Situated on a sloping hillside on a 17,000-square-foot lot (actually two neighbouring lots that were combined) in LA’s Silver Lake, the 4-bedroom, 4-bath (3 full, 1 partial) home offers gorgeous views and celebrity-ready seclusion.
Shiny Red Door
The main entrance is accessed by a glossy bright red door at the top of floating steps.
Wiig reportedly purchased the property in 2014 for $1.7 million, and undertook an extensive (and expensive) renovation that preserved the innovative mid-century modern design while adding “elegant 21st-century state-of-the-art technology and artistry,” notes the listing.
Among the additions added by the SNL alum during the renovation are an infinity-style swimming pool and a large freestanding guest property, along with a studio and a sauna.
The 2,500-square-foot main level of the home was preserved as much as possible while adding updates that didn’t detract from the original architectural design, which remains evident in the living and dining areas.
The focus of the glass-walled great room is the massive, assymmetrical concrete-block fireplace.
The vaulted ceilings are lined with western red cedar, adding a warmth that works wonderfully with the dramatic concrete fireplace.
Sleek and Stylish
The mid-century mod look is complemented with a mix of contemporary and period furnishings.
Located off a slim front entrance hall, this office/library offers windows on two walls.
A sliding wall panel in the office conceals the cozy screening room, one of the additions from the recent renovation.
The master bedroom boasts a custom-designed closet and an adjoining dressing gallery, which accesses the vibrantly tiled master bathroom.
This guest bedroom is one of four in the home, and offers plenty of natural light via a window spanning the full width of the room.
Here’s another of the home’s four bedrooms, which could be put to an array of uses.
An expansive wraparound deck surrounding the hillside home offers spectacular views of Silver Lake.
Kristen Wiig isn’t the only celebrity dabbling in real estate; take a look at Cher’s surprisingly modest $2.5M Beverly Hills Tudor.
The sliding glass window can open up to allow a seamless flow from inside to out.
The dining room opens to an adjacent outdoor seating area on the patio.
Part of the renovation included the construction of this concrete pool house adjacent to the pool deck, which also features floor-to-ceiling glass sliders.
Here’s the main living area in the guest house, with sliding glass doors opening to the pool deck.
The concrete-walled bedroom in the 1,000-square-foot poolside guest house is definitely spacious.
The plunge-sized swimming pool and adjoining spa seemingly floats in the treetops, offering a gorgeous view overlooking the lake.
If you think this celebrity home is elegant, check out Cindy Crawford’s oceanfront Malibu mansion, sold for $45 million.