Just Sold: The Charlie Chaplin House/1494 N Kings Rd - List: $1,725,000/Sale: $1,650,000

Real Estate Agent with Rich Kids Real Estate: The Brokerage

I am pleased to announce the sale of Charlie Chaplin’s residence on 1494 North Kings Road in the prime Hollywood Hills. Escrow was closed yesterday and I could not be happier for my Buyer! As an agent I certainly enjoy being able to make a living doing what I love, but my true satisfaction always comes from seeing the pure excitement on a client’s face on closing day! I think I say this in every “Just Sold” article, but I am always reminded of this fact with each closing!

When you have an extraordinary synergy with the team facilitating the sale and a very easy escrow, you have to give some shout outs! Since this is an Oscar Worthy home, I am going to give my props as if I was were giving an Oscar Speech!

First and foremost, I want to welcome my client as the newest member of the Rich Kids family. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and cannot wait to see the place once you are all settled! This house is not only a show place, but a piece of Hollywood history! Congratulations!!!!!!!

To Listing Agent, Matt Altman – Here’s to the next generation of young agents! I appreciate all of your hard work!

Sue Nichols at Granite Escrow  - You always made me laugh or smile when we were on the phone together!! You rock!

Lou Nanquil, Transaction Coordinator Extraordinaire/Westside TC- Thanks for being with me through every deal…I don’t know what I would do without you!

Dana Benson, Benson Design + Build – You have been so generous with your time working with us to take a stunner like Kings to the next level. I really appreciate your creative thinking, thoughtful responses, and just your over all coolness. Benson Design + Build has certainly been the best contractors I have worked with, hands down!! I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Last but Certainly Not Least – JP Meglio at Bank of America and Doug Burton at Prospect Mortgage. We as the agents facilitate the sale, but at the end of the day it is the lenders who make it happen for the clients. I cannot thank you enough for backing up your words with actions. By accommodating my client’s special day, you made us both beyond ecstatic! I never once sweated the transaction, which is quite a feat. Major kudos to you guys!

Now that the awards portion of the entry has come to a conclusion, I suppose you would like to learn a bit about the property? Please see below on an article I wrote upon going into escrow. One thing I discovered yesterday. Roberty Downey Jr had his children’s names, Indio and Elias, written in the wet cement of the driveway in 1992. How cool is that????? See photo!

1494 North Kings Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 – Prime Hollywood Hills, Roughly 2763 sq ft – List Price: $1,725,000, Sold Price: $1, 650,000

Few homes have the Hollywood pedigree as this Spanish stunner located on prime Kings Rd, north of the Sunset Strip. Comedic legend Charlie Chaplin was the original owner. What I thought was especially cool about this fact was that as I was looking at the chain of title for my buyer, the original documents from the 1920′s showing Chaplin as the owner were included in the scan. These docs are so old that it looks like they could call apart at any moment, but a cool piece of history non the less. Another interesting factoid about this property is that Robert Downey, Jr was an owner and as fate would have it, gave an Oscar Nominated portrayal Chaplin in the film “Chaplin”. Kelly Osborne was the last celebrity owner in the mid 2000′s and as you can see in the photos below, her English thumbprints are especially noticeable in the meticulously done bathrooms. As it pertains to the home, one item that kind of amused me was that out of all these decadent rooms, one room that is not over the top (although still gorgeous) is the kitchen. I was joking with my client and the listing agent that my hunch was that not much eating was happening in this home when you look at it’s most current, famous owners!

This Spanish is attractively situated just above the Sunset Strip offers exceptional access to an innumerable array of entertainment and dining options. Beautifully restored and updated for modern living with stylish upgrades throughout, this charming home is warm and welcoming allowing for both comfortable daily living and intimate entertaining. Open floor plan with lots of natural light, fine dark hardwood floors throughout, dramatic original beamed ceiling living room, stunning dining room with French doors leading to patio for great indoor/ outdoor flow, large chef’s kitchen and recently remodeled baths. The two story master suite offers high ceilings, two bathrooms, multiple closets, spacious sitting area, city views, and French doors that open to a secluded backyard with lovely entertaining patios and fountain. Two additional private en-suite bedrooms and grand office with exceptional views complete this classic Hollywood lifestyle.

Downey Jr Kids Prints

Master Bath


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Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Congratulations on your recent sale!!  Great history behind this home....I am sure that you were very pleased to be a part of it.

Sep 15, 2011 07:25 AM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Lovely post...and well done, you!

Sep 15, 2011 07:58 AM #2
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Congratulation on the sale.  WOW.  Charlie Chaplin's house.  I would love to be able to say I lived in his house.  What history there must be at the house.

Sep 16, 2011 04:54 PM #3
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