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Director Steven Antin adds another notch to his house remodeling belt with the sale of a 1919 architectural gem located in West Hollywood’s historic Spaulding Square neighborhood below Sunset Strip, making it Antin’s seventh reno to date.
Antin has sold the home he purchased for $1.3 million in 2012 to a London-based couple for the asking price of $2,932,000, a record sale price 30 percent higher than the previous neighborhood record, and a new price-per-square-foot record [at $916], says listing agent Jeff Kohl of The Agency.
The house underwent one year of extensive construction under Antin, who rebuilt it from the studs up. “All of it is inspired by classical architecture with a modern twist,” says Antin, who is most widely recognized as the director of the 2010 film Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera. The result is a light-soaked neo-Georgian masterpiece, boasting ebony floors, custom French windows, two fireplaces, a 40-foot saltwater pool, and bedrooms with private terraces and outdoor access. Waterworks and Ann Sacks fixtures are used throughout, and the master suite features a sprawling closet and marble bathroom.
“I take my knowledge of films and cinema and apply my aesthetic to the design of the house,” says Antin. “I look at the house and I see the angles and the views as camera shots, from the front and the side. It’s all based on light and symmetry and framing a shot — everything the eye sees.” Antin also drew upon the same principles for the landscaping, using manicured hedges that lend the lot an element of privacy.
Antin credits his love of design principles to parents Michael and Brenda Antin — owners of L.A. furniture showroom Brenda Antin — who regularly participate in their son’s renovation projects. Up next for the director? Remodeling a property built in 1922, north of Sunset Boulevard. “It sounds sort of silly, but I feel like I am contributing something to the city that I love and live in,” says Antin. “When I drive by the houses I have redone, I am so happy to look at them. It adds something beautiful to the neighborhood and to Los Angeles. I wish there were more people doing it.”
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