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An A-List Acquisition

Tour DiCaprio’s New LA Digs

Story courtesy of Top Ten Real Estate Deals | Photos by Todd Goodman/LA Light Photography

Leonardo DiCaprio has come a long way in two decades, leapfrogging from appearances on Romper Room and Friends to the Hollywood A-list and, throughout the years, acquiring a real estate portfolio that could make his peers envious. Some of his collection includes an LA home he bought in the 1990s from Madonna, a fabulous midcentury-modern home in Palm Springs built for Dinah Shore he purchased in 2014, and a $23 million Malibu home he acquired in 2017. But all of the megastar’s buys don’t stay in his portfolio—some are given as gifts to family members. In a very generous act, Leonardo recently purchased the Los Feliz home of Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson for his mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, for $7.1 million. A few years ago, he also purchased a Los Feliz home for his dad, George DiCaprio, for $4.9 million.

For many Hollywood celebrities, deciding where to put their money in an upside-down world has always been an issue, and many have opted for the security of real estate. While some stars have taken their property investments out of California due to the high taxes, the bulk of DiCaprio’s properties are still in the Golden State—except for a New York City apartment and an island in Belize. He still lives at his two-compound property on Sunset Strip, only a thirty-minute drive from his parents in Los Feliz.


One of LA’s prettiest homes, previously owned by Gwen Stefani and then Jesse Tyler Ferguson, this gated, Spanish Colonial–style mansion is almost five thousand square feet with endless character and charming outdoor spaces. The home comprises four bedrooms and six baths. The formal living and dining rooms have soaring ceilings and romantic Juliette balconies looking down from the second level. The careful execution of the renovation on this 1928 property retained and enhanced its period details. There are arched doorways, tiled roofing and floors, stained-glass windows, multiple fireplaces, elegant baths, sweeping staircases, an intricately carved entry door, and inlaid ceilings. The eat-in kitchen has all the bells and whistles that make it both pretty and functional, and the family room can alternatively be used as a media room with its drop-down screen. Almost all the rooms open to the attractively landscaped terraces, colorful gardens, courtyards, fountains, and views of the Griffith Observatory. There is also a separate bathroom by the pool and spa and a detached Zen/meditation/yoga room.

Following in the path of other Hollywood A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson, Kurt Russell, Keanu Reeves, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Affleck, DiCaprio has made a Netflix film, Don’t Look Up, which is expected to be released sometime in late 2021.

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Brett Lawyer of Hilton and Hyland represented DiCaprio during the sale of this listing held by Compass’s Jennifer Akbari of Beverly Hills. For more celebrity home news and celebrity home video tours, visit TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

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