Magazine article Variety

YouTube Star Grace Helbig Buys Hipster Bungalow

Magazine article Variety

YouTube Star Grace Helbig Buys Hipster Bungalow

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Though Grace Helbig has yet to sell her first house (more on that in a minute), trusted celebrity real estate compadre Lucy Spillerguts snitched that the YouTube star, author, and podcaster has shelled out $915,000 for a renovated mid-century bungalow in the hipster-chic Glassell Park area of Los Angeles. Helbig, whose thrice-weekly vlogs get hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of views, must have wanted the property something fierce because she paid a whole lot more than the just-shy-of-$800,000 asking price.

Matte-finished and wide-planked maple floors run throughout the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that measures in at around 1,300 square feet. The open-plan living and dining room has huge picture windows that provide a glittery view, and, in the dining area, French doors lead to an al fresco dining deck partly shaded by a vine-draped trellis. The remodeled kitchen is open to the dining area over a multi-stool snack peninsula, and is finished with marble countertops on white-beadboard-accented cabinets, classic white-subway-tile backsplashes, and average-grade stainless steel appliances. A corridor with floor-to-ceiling shelves leads to two guest/family bedrooms that share a hall bath. Then there's the master suite that has 12-foot ceilings, a row of clerestory windows for ambient light, a walk-in closet, a separate office nook, and a renovated bathroom that opens to a private patio. The property includes a detached two-car carport and, unusual for a house in the hills, a flat expanse of lawn. It was listed with Sara Reichling of Bryant/Reichling Real Estate for Sotheby's.

Helbig continues to own a small two-bedroom, one-bathroom 1930s cottage with a detached office space atop a two-car garage in Silver Lake that she bought in the fall of 2014 for $900,000 - well above its $800,000 asking price - and currently has on the market at not quite $990,000.

Hollywood Twosome Steps It Up in Los Feliz

Married actors Kathryn Hahn and Ethan Sandler upgraded their residential circumstances, real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak whispered, with the $2.55 million purchase of a stylishly updated, 1920s Mediterranean villa in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. The not-quite-4,100-squarefoot residence, discreetly secreted behind a tall hedge on a 0.2-acre corner lot, has four bedrooms and four baths.

A grand, double-height foyer with snazzy, dark-stained, chevron-patterned hardwood floors steps down to a graciously proportioned living room with oversized windows on three walls that flood the room with natural light. The formal dining room connects through to a sleek and expensively outfitted all-white kitchen with a double-wide center island and an adjoining breakfast area set into a rounded bay that overlooks the backyard. An en suite bedroom on the main floor is perfect for guests or a live-in maid. Two more guest/family bedrooms on the second floor share a vintage-tiled hall bathroom, and the oversized master suite includes what listing details describe as "dual sleep chambers," along with a walk-in closet and a remodeled bathroom with a marble-topped, two-sink vanity, jetted tub, and a separate glass-enclosed steam shower. Outdoor recreation and leisure amenities include terra-cotta-tile terraces, a built-in grilling station, a petite swimming pool, a circular spa, and, along the side of the house, in the shade of a couple of mature trees, a bocce court.

Hahn - co-star of the comedy "Bad Moms" who also plays a tough but sensitive rabbi on the Amazon series "Transparent" - and her actor/producer husband (who occasionally pops up on "Transparent" and is listed as a co-executive producer on the sitcom "New Girl") previously owned a substantially smaller 1920s Mediterranean in nearby Silver Lake that they bought in late 2004 for $825,000. They sold that earlier this year for a bit more than $1.6 million, well above its not-quite-$1.4-million asking price.

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