In Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio plays washed-up TV star Rick Dalton, who shares his philosophy of the value of home ownership in Tinseltown: “Most important thing in this town is, when you’re making money, you buy a house in town, you don’t rent… You’re not just visiting, not just passing through, you [bleep]ing live here.” It’s a view shared by DiCaprio himself, who sold his longtime LA home in 2018. Less than a year later, the new owner has flipped the three-storey Spanish-style hacienda, pocketing a hefty profit along the way.
DiCaprio’s Silver Lake Home
Leonardo DiCaprio purchased this home in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighbourhood back in 1999, reportedly paying $769,500 for the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom house.
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Sold in 2018
DiCaprio sold the 4,006-square-foot home in 2018, when it was listed for $1.75 million.
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After owning the home for less than a year, the new owner flipped the home in October 2019, selling for $3.4 million – nearly doubling the investment.
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A charming open-air courtyard is situated in the middle of the home, offering a relaxing outdoor sitting area.
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The exposed dark-hued wood beams offer a stark contrast to the white walls and high ceilings in the living room, which features a wood-burning fireplace, two sets of double French doors and an expansive walk-through to the outside.
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Built in 1931
The home was originally constructed in 1931 and while it has been renovated and updated, it still maintains plenty of its original Old Hollywood charm.
Original features include the dark hardwood flooring, baseboard mouldings and curved doorways, such as these entering the dining room.
The formal dining room features two sets of double French doors to offer plenty of natural light in the expansive space.
More Living Space
Located adjacent to the living room is – another living room, opening to the central courtyard.
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Additional Living Room
Another view of this room, which accesses the kitchen.
There’s no shortage of space in this massive kitchen that would be the envy of any chef.
A whitewashed exposed brick wall serves as the backsplash, accented by rustic wood shelving, sleek marble countertops and dark cabinetry.
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A huge island in the centre of the kitchen offers bar-style seating for casual in-kitchen dining.
A butler’s pantry, containing a dedicated wine refrigerator, lies at the far end of the kitchen.
The kitchen also boasts this marble-topped wet bar – the perfect place for DiCaprio’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character to mix up a batch of his beloved whiskey sours.
More of the Kitchen
A stainless steel dishwasher is discreetly tucked in the island, while a spacious informal eating area is situated near a set of French doors opening to the outdoors.
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With more than 4,000 square feet of interior living space, there’s plenty of space for cozy little rooms like this one, featuring built-in bench seating and recessed built-in bookcase.
Why take the stairs when you can use this remodelled elevator, providing access to all three storeys of the home?
The roomy master suite contains a wood-burning fireplace and a separate sitting area with two sets of French doors opening to the courtyard.
Another of the home’s four bedrooms, this one offers its own ensuite bathroom.
A large window allows natural light to pour into this spacious bedroom.
One More Bedroom
Another of the home’s four bedrooms, this one also boasts its own adjoining bathroom.
The bedroom’s ensuite bathroom features a glass-enclosed rainfall shower.
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A sunken office space is located at the bottom of a short set of stairs.
It wouldn’t be much of a movie star home without a pool and DiCaprio’s former pad contains a swimming pool in the backyard, right off the back of the house.
A small bathroom, including a shower, is located adjacent to the pool deck.
The home’s Spanish-style detail is evident in this photo of the backyard, with the pool serving as the space’s focal point.
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Right next to the pool is this delightful open-air covered pavilion, offering plenty of seating surrounding a fireplace.
Overlooking the Pool
The outdoor living space overlooks the pool, offering an ideal space for al fresco entertaining or just plain chilling.
While the Oscar-winning actor has parted ways with this home, he still maintains a hefty portfolio of real estate, including two homes in LA’s trendy Bird Streets neighbourhood, two Malibu beach houses and a Palm Springs getaway, in addition to the Los Feliz he purchased in early 2018 (from Moby, no less!) and a deluxe Battery Park apartment in Manhattan.
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