Kat Von D Lists Her Daring LA Victorian Previously Used to Film ‘Cheaper By the Dozen’
Known for the makeup line she created and her run on TLC’s LA Ink, Kat von Drachenberg, better known as Kat Von D, has a Los Angeles home with star quality. Originally built in 1896 by Isaac Newton Van Nuys, the stately structure in Hancock Park is the quintessence of Victorian architecture. While the tattoo artist purchased it in 2016, its first claim to fame was its appearance in the 2003 Steve Martin film Cheaper by the Dozen. After a meticulous restoration and as Kat Von D plans her family’s move to Indiana, the home now asks $12.5 million.
According to an Instagram post by the celeb, a self-produced documentary is in the works to highlight the six-year process it took to restore the home. “I wanted to showcase the before-and-after process of this restoration, the inspiration and historical references behind my designs, as well as intimate interviews with all the tradesmen and artisans,” she wrote in her caption.
What may have looked like a classic home in the family movie was certainly transformed by the star. Its Victorian architecture style is accentuated with its deep red brick and black accents. Across its 12,565 square feet are moody interiors with bespoke wooden archways and moldings. Signature carvings as part of the Gothic style are seen in fireplaces, the bathroom sinks, and even the stove hood.
The home holds 10 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, as well as several special living spaces. Like living in an LA castle, there’s a top-floor turret room with steep ceiling and lattice windows. Additional amenities include a theater and bar, a two-bedroom, one-bathroom carriage house, and even a red pool.
Jamie Sher of The Sher Group and Kirby Gillon and Bryce Lowe of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass share the listing, oozing punk-rock vibes.