If you’re looking to rent a comfortable home with a celebrity pedigree in the Los Angeles area, why not consider renting from one of Hollywood’s funniest females? Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is renting out her Toluca Lake bungalow on a short-term basis, which could be your temporary home for just $10,000 per month.
Behind the Gates
Any home to a celebrity needs to establish some privacy and Melissa McCarthy’s LA rental offers an attractive gate, along with a fence high enough to keep out paparazzi and other riff raff.
McCarthy’s fellow comedian Tracy Morgan sold his former New Jersey home and lost $1 million.
Built in the 1940s, the home is a charming bungalow located in the upscale Toluca Lake neighbourhood, boasting three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms within a relatively cozy (for a celebrity home, at least) 2,167 square feet. McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone purchased the home in 2009 for a reported $780,000.
The focal point of the stately entrance is a dark blue door framed by windows on either side.
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The foyer features gleaming hardwood floors and a first glimpse of the features throughout the house, such as eclectic artwork and well-worn vintage rugs.
The home makes great use of statement-making light fixtures, which is definitely the case in the living room, an area that exudes both formality and comfort.
Light and Bright
Plenty of windows flood the living room with natural light, while the fireplace – surrounded by a stately mantel – holds focus.
Throughout the home, the decor balances chic elegance with comfort, with inviting couches, chairs and cushions and a faded vintage rug.
With bold patterned wallpaper, rustic table partnered with plush velvet chairs and more eclectic artwork, the dining room opens to the adjoining kitchen and the family room.
The kitchen is spacious and modern, with stainless steel appliances and a centre island made from an antique industrial trolley cart topped by a thick slab of white marble.
A Sense of Openness
A feeling of openness is evident in the kitchen and adjacent areas, creating a wonderful flow from room to room. Other features include glass-doored cabinets and a temperature-controlled wine fridge, with a small powder room discreetly tucked in the corner.
The comfy family room boasts a double set of wood-trimmed French doors that open to the backyard, with more eye-catching light fixtures overhead.
Open to the Dining Room
Roman-style columns help to separate the family room from the adjacent dining room without interrupting the flow from room to room.
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The master bedroom is quaint and cozy, with tulip-patterned wallpaper, antique chandelier and walk-in closet.
The master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom features both a glass-enclosed shower and a vintage-style clawfoot tub.
The master’s walk-in closet is spacious and efficient, featuring plenty of storage.
The home’s additional bedrooms are just as charming as the master, maintaining the home’s 1940s-era charm while still maintaining a sense of modern convenience.
Another of the home’s three bedrooms, with its own ensuite bathroom boasting a glass-doored shower step-in shower.
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Another of the home’s bathrooms, this one features a thick marble countertop, original medicine cabinet and soaker tub.
Perhaps uncertainly over whether to make this room a home office or a fitness room led to a vintage desk and leather chair to be added to a set of barbells to combine the two.
This cozy den with built-in shelving could also serve as a home office or possibly even a guest bedroom.
The expansive backyard hosts several areas for outdoor relaxation/entertaining, with tall, lush greenery ensuring privacy.
The fenced-in pool is surrounded by small plantings, along with a few statement-making plastic pink flamingos.
The pool is compact, but functional and adjoins a raised platform featuring a shady covered sitting area.
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