After nearly four years of ownership, these married actors are performing a final curtain call in their Los Angeles home. Kate Mara (“House of Cards,” “A Teacher,” “The Martian”) and Jamie Bell (“Rocketman,” “Fantastic Four,” “The Adventures of Tintin”) are asking $3.2 million for this private retreat in the hills of Los Feliz, which the couple acquired in late summer 2018 for about $2.6 million.
Originally designed by acclaimed Pasadena architect Garrett Van Pelt, the traditional-style house was built circa 1936 and is currently configured four bedrooms and three bathrooms in just under 3,000 square feet.
The listing emphasizes the home’s privacy — the street-to-street lot is set on a somewhat remote pocket of town, up behind a maze of narrow, twisting roads. The entire property is also ringed by a thick hedge wall, with the house invisible from public view. On one side of the property lies a detached two-car garage; on the opposite side is the main entryway: a locked metal gate at street-level that leads down a steep flight of stairs to the house itself.
A comparison of photos from 2018 and now reveals Mara and Bell have made a handful of mainly cosmetics changes to the house. The cabinets in the previously all-white, skylit kitchen have been painted a graphite gray, and the living room sports two new built-in window seats. There are still hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings throughout, plus a sunroom with red brick flooring.
Because the house is sited on a notably long and rather narrow lot, the structure itself is also somewhat long and narrow. A lengthy hallway connects to the various bedrooms; the master offers built-in cabinets, plus a narrow walk-in closet, while the ensuite primary bathroom is outfitted with imported stone finishes and a built-in bathtub.
Multiple exterior doors open to various parts of the yard, where you’ll find grassy lawns, a swimming pool flanked by a brick patio and raised spa, a covered dining pavilion with an outdoor fireplace and what the listing describes as a “secret garden.” Mature trees, including native live oaks, shade much of the property from L.A.’s unforgiving summer sunshine.