Actor Mark Ruffalo has accepted an offer to sell his has three-bedroom house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills, which has been on the market for $1,685,000.
Again, we give major props to our friends over at the Real Estalker for sussing out who the celebrity is behind the trust that owns this property (the Piccolo Trust, and the trustee Stuart Gelwarg, for those fellow public-records fanatics out there). Your Mama broke the story on Wednesday of Ruffalo's listing of the 2,957-square-foot house.
The offer still may fall through, although most of the time, offers don't.
We should note that long before this house hit the market, it actually had been on our "to-do" list -- i.e., it was one of literally dozens of Los Angeles-area houses owned by whimsically named (and likely celebrity-owned) trusts whose owners had remained a mystery to us. Had we bothered to do even a scintilla of digging (consulting our friend E.J.'s Movieland Directory, for example), we'd have unmasked Mark and his ownership. One of these days, we should just post the entire raw data -- all the L.A.-area houses that we know of that are owned by trusts that we believe are controlled by celebrities -- and just let our readers go to town on that. Would you all be interested in seeing something like that?
Back to Ruffalo (who is shown here with his wife Sunrise). Built in 1933, his East Coast traditional-style house has two and a half baths (a third full bath is in a guest unit), superb original detail, French doors throughout, two wood-burning fireplaces, central air, a sun room, a separate breakfast room, a living room with an exposed-beam ceiling, and a kitchen with granite counters, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Viking appliances, according to public records and listing information.
To answer a question that had vexed the Real Estalker on Wednesday, we can report that Ruffalo's Piccolo Trust paid $1,650,000 for the house back in late 2004.
As Your Mama noted, the house was featured in the now-defunct Domino magazine in January 2009. Our own personal style maven (a physician by day, an interior designer by night) called the house's interior "rustic," "monochromatic" and "kind of spare." She also described some of the furniture as being "a grandmother's furniture" -- a far cry from the kinds of adjectives Domino used ("relaxed Bohemian," "adorable and eclectic") in its write-up.
Where is Ruffalo off to? We don't rightly know, but we'd assume that he and his large family (three kids) will stay in L.A. We will keep you posted on if this deal closes and if so, how much Ruffalo fetches for it. Stay tuned.