Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Selling Hollywood Hills Home
A modern Los Angeles residence with local political cachet was listed Monday for just under $2.6 million.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa is selling his four-bedroom, four-bathroom Hollywood Hills house, according to Aaron Kirman of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, who has the listing.
The home boasts far-reaching views of the city, including a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.
“If you want a house with a view, this is it,” said Mr. Kirman. “There are very few houses where you can see this far.”
That’s what attracted Mr. Villaraigosa, 68.
"The moment I first walked up the stairs in this home and took in the views, I fell in love with it,” he said in an email. “Everything is in sight across the city, from my youth in East L.A. to my days in Mount Washington, Venice and Century City, and iconic landmarks like Griffith Park Observatory, City Hall, Union Station Gateway, [plus the] LAX flight paths and the Pacific Ocean.”
Mr. Villaraigosa served as the mayor of Los Angeles. from 2005 to 2013, and was also the speaker of the California State Assembly and its Democratic majority leader. He ran for governor of California in 2018, coming in third in the state’s primary.
The politician bought the home in 2015 for $2.5 million, according to public records. He purchased it from film and music video designer Vance Lorenzini, who had given the property a complete makeover.
Mr. Villaraigosa has continued to preserve and update the 1977 building, according to the listing. That includes a renovated kitchen by Germany-based Martin Bulthaup with custom cabinetry, Gaggenau appliances, an island and a breakfast nook.
The home has an open layout with oversized windows throughout, allowing views from the main-floor great room and dining areas. In addition, pocket doors lead to the property’s covered and uncovered patios. The outdoor area is surrounded by local plantings, according to the listing.
There’s also a “great little gym” and a “really luxurious” primary bedroom suite which also boasts views of the city, Mr. Kirman said.
“It’s an awesome architectural house,” he explained. “It’s the kind of place we sell for $30 million, but this one is only $2.595 million.”