For Rent: Los Feliz Villa Owned by Gerard Butler

Mark David

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A Los Angeles residence tax records show is owned by Scotsman Gerard Butler has come available as a fully furnished rental at $17,500 per month. Veteran celebrity real estate watchers may recall this is not the first time the rugged, oft-bearded actor and producer has made his handsome, Spanish Revival-style residence in the foothills of the low-key and high-cost Los Feliz area available as a high-end rental: In 2016 it popped up at $15,000 per month and at the same time was floated for sale as on off-market listing at not quite $4.4 million.

Set to appear in the upcoming action movie “Remote Control,” the “300” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise star has owned the property for almost a dozen years, spending $3.25 million to purchase the carefully restored and thoroughly updated 1930s hillside villa in mid-2008. Listings held by Ari Afshar and Jeremy Tuite at Compass show the characteristically whitewashed and interestingly turreted villa sits on a quiet cul-de-sac behind a high, vine-encrusted wall and a carved wood entry gate. Stone steps descend through lush plantings into a serene, tree-shaded courtyard garden with a massive river-rock fireplace. There are four bedrooms and four bathrooms in just under 4,500 square feet of living space that manages to be both effortlessly comfortable and unabashedly opulent.

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Renovations were mindful of vintage architectural details and, just inside the front door, the foyer features original, lustrously polished floor tiles. In the step-down formal living room, where arched French doors open one side of the room to the entry courtyard and a bank of French doors on the opposite wall lead to a sun-drenched terrace with open sunset views, old-world splendor reigns with slim wood beams across the ceiling, hand-treated plaster walls and down-cushioned furniture swathed in jewel-toned brocades and velvets. The wood-beamed ceiling in the formal dining room is a-swirl with a hand-painted floral mural and French doors frame a head on view of the downtown skyline, while the high-end kitchen is fitted with thick, poured concrete countertops on dark wood cabinets set off by gleaming, commercial-style stainless steel designer appliances. Beyond the kitchen, a family room/games room offers a video game console, an old-school pinball machine and a floridly carved, crimson-felted and gilt-trimmed billiards table Louis IVX would surely adore.

A tightly curved staircase enhanced with multi-colored stained glass windows leads to the second floor bedrooms that include a spacious, city-view master suite replete with fireplace, sitting room or dressing area, slender balcony and a fully up-to-date vintage-style bathroom. A wrought-iron corkscrew staircase just outside the master suite twirls up to the turret where a dozen or more wood-trimmed arched windows provide 360-degree views that on a clear day extend to the Pacific Ocean. Other creature comforts include a well-equipped en suite fitness room and a sumptuously soignée, black-walled home theater with a carved stone fireplace and a state-of-the-art surround sound system.

With a bougainvillea-draped open-air pavilion, plunge-sized swimming pool and semi-circular spa, the decidedly petite backyard includes wee patch of lawn that slopes down from the pool to a tangled hedgerow that effectively obscures the neighboring home but still allows for a glitzy, open view over the city.

Butler, involved a near fatal motorcycle accident in 2017, maintains an international portfolio of residences said to include a three-bedroom flat in Glasgow, Scotland, purchased a handful of years ago for about $850,000, as well as an “idiosyncratically opulent” duplex loft in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood that Butler himself described in Architectural Digest as a “bohemian old-world rustic chateau with a taste of baroque.” The nearly 3,200- square-foot penthouse loft was acquired in 2004 for almost $2.6 million and unsuccessfully set out for sale in 2017 at almost $6 million. And, in 2016, the “Angel Has Fallen” star considerably beefed up his Los Angeles area holdings with the clandestine, $6.45 million purchase of a two-residence compound on Malibu’s star-packed Point Dume. The secluded property was partially destroyed by the Woolsey Fire in 2018 and though he intends to rebuild, as of August 2019, more than a year after the fire, reconstruction had yet to begin.

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