Today's installment of "Where in the world is...?" involves the 1,285-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Venice area that is owned by actress Gretchen Mol, which she quietly purchased in 2005 for $1,505,000.


We realize that we have away from the blog for the last few days, mostly because of other, non-celebrity real estate writing projects like this one and this one. But now, we're back in the saddle and eager to talk celebrity real estate. And we have a lot to catch up on!

Let's start with the home of Mol, which has never been written about -- to the best of our knowledge, at least -- by any celebrity real estate gossip.

Built in 1914, Mol's one-bedroom house has one bath, according to public records. The duplex sits on a minuscule 0.09-acre (3,790-square-foot) lot, with a separate, 300-square-foot structure on the property as well, according to public records. That separate structure was built in 1923, according to public records.

Records show that Mol and her husband, director Todd (sometimes also spelled Tod) "Kip" Williams, bought their home in August 2005 (deal recorded in September 2005) and put $505,000 down. Interestingly, that area of Venice has become something of a celebrity row. Mol's house is just down the street a block from the 1,800-square-foot, Craftsman-style home of actor Elijah Wood, which Wood purchased from Grammy-nominated art director George Mimnaugh in October 2004 for $1,200,000, according to public records. (See the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon's 2006 report on Wood's 2004 purchase.)

And, Mol is just across Venice Boulevard from the 2,969-square-foot loft-style home of actress Olivia Wilde, which we profiled a few weeks back.