Inside Gary Oldman's LA Home

With an extensive acting career dating back four decades, Gary Oldman has starred in countless roles and received an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild award for portraying Winston Churchill in the 2017 war film, "The Darkest Hour," per IMDb. Also known for appearing in "The Dark Knight" and multiple "Harry Potter" films, Oldman purchased his former Los Angeles home in 2011.

Located in the Los Feliz neighborhood on almost half an acre of land, the home had yet to hit the market when Oldman purchased it for $2.87 million. Due to it technically being off the market, there is little known about the deal, aside from Oldman's settlement date in early 2012. The property itself has deep ties to Hollywood, although its origins aren't necessarily agreed upon. Some reports have stated that the home was built for cabaret actress Mable F. Farrell in 1922, while others say it was built by influential filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille for his mistress, silent film actress Julia Faye (via Flickr).

The home's value has continued to steadily rise, according to Compass, who reported that the property sold in 1998 for $690,000 and $1.5 million four years later. In 2008, the home was purchased by a Senior Vice President and General Manager at Symantec Corporation for $2.6 million, $250,000 less than what Oldman purchased the home for three years later. Dirt has also reported that the home was put up for lease at $10,000 per month in 2010.

The ins and outs of the home

At the time of Oldman's purchase, the ivy-covered brick Georgian colonial consisted of three bedrooms and four bathrooms with a detached garage that doubled as a guest house with an additional bedroom and bathroom (via Dirt). The 3,168 square foot home also included an office space, a music studio, and a charming country-style chef's kitchen with wood beams, butcher block, and stone flooring.

Wood flooring ran throughout the residence and was stained a dark espresso-like color, while the walls varied in color and treatment, according to Architectural Digest. The living room featured built-in bookshelves and a wood-burning fireplace, while the breakfast nook had floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out into the private yard. French doors and marble countertops could additionally be found throughout the house, adding a touch of romance and elegance.

Surrounded by hedges, the gated property is an oasis in the midst of Los Angeles. Filled with foliage, the front yard features gas lanterns from New Orleans, a small fountain, and a brick-paved walkway leading to an arched portico over the front door. The remainder of the property is fairly shaded with a variety of fruit trees, including lemon, olive, and avocado trees. With the addition of a pergola-covered deck, a pool, plenty of patio seating, a fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen, the yard is the perfect place to entertain and stay cool on a hot day.

The home's current owners

In 2018, after living in the home for seven years, the British actor sold the 1920s home for $5 million to actress Vanessa Hudgens, who found success starring in the "High School Musical" franchise in the 2000s, and her former boyfriend of almost nine years, Austin Butler (via Dirt). Because the property wasn't officially listed when Hudgens and Butler bought it from Oldman, the details of the sale and any knowledge of updates done by Oldman during his stay in the home are very limited.

Three years later, in October of 2021, Architectural Digest toured the home with Hudgens after it had undergone some remodeling to reflect her personal style. For the remodel, she worked with multiple designers and artists, added wallpaper and french doors to the breakfast nook, renovated the kitchen and master suite, and added feminine furnishings and touches throughout the home. During the tour, Hudgens did reveal that Oldman had replaced the flooring with 18th-century French oak from an old chapel in Europe and laid it out in a herringbone pattern, which had been a major selling point for her.

However, despite expressing her love for the home, Hudgens sold the property six months after the tour, according to Dirt. The new owners, Jon Lovett, co-founder of the media company Crooked Media, and his partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow reportedly purchased the home from Hudgens for $6.7 million in early 2022.