Oscar-Winning Composer Atticus Ross Lists Hollywood Hills Home for $1.6M

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8577 Cole Crest Dr., LA

Ross and his composer-wife Claudia Sarne's house has four bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths.

Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Atticus Ross and his composer-wife Claudia Sarne have listed their Hollywood Hills home for $1.69 million.

Located just a few turns off Laurel Canyon Drive, the three-level wooden treehouse has four bedrooms, 4½ baths and three outdoor decks.

Ross, who won the Oscar for best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original score in 2011 for The Social Network and the Grammy for best score soundtrack for visual media in 2012 for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, said the home's cedar beams are his favorite design feature. "They were originally salvaged from a convent downtown and beyond their obvious beauty provide a warmth, security and aesthetic which infuses the rest of the house. There's a history and soulfulness to them that no amount of glass and concrete could ever match," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

The contemporary house, which was originally built using wooden beams and elements salvaged from a convent in downtown Los Angeles in 1987 but has since been rebuilt and expanded overtime, has exposed post and beam-style architecture throughout.

Though Ross cites several spaces and rooms as his favorite — including the upstairs area, master bedroom and bath and the bottom studio level ("there's nowhere else in the world I feel more creative") — he also listed the multiple decks high on his list.

"They look into the canyon and beyond — one can see the Hollywood sign in the distance," the composer told THR. "Although we're just a few minutes drive from the heart of the city, it's incredibly quiet and peaceful. Some people prefer a city view, but for me it's always been the canyon, and particularly this one where nature dominates man rather than the other way around." 

Large windows and white accents across the three-tiers brighten the space, inviting the Southern California sun indoors while overlooking the expansive views of the canyon, mountain and landmarks below. For those who enjoy basking in nature, hiking trails are nearby.

Ideal for the music-maker, the house features two recording studios, as well as a separate "man cave."

Recalling his favorite memory of the home, Ross said: "Bringing home two children to begin their lives here."

Richard Stearns and Carrie Berkman Lewis of Partners Trust are the listing agents.

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