The Beverly Hills compound belonging to Kathryn Bigelow is now up for $8.4 million
In the mountains between Beverly Hills and Studio City, Kathryn Bigelow has been on and off the market for nearly three years, but it seems like it might almost be easier for her to win a third Oscar than to sell her sophisticated, loft-like house near the woodsy top of Coldwater Canyon.
The alluringly secluded architectural compound was initially listed for sale in late 2018 for $12.9 million, but the current asking price is just under $8.4 million following a succession of high-profile listing agents and declining prices. Compass currently offers it through Platinum Triangle heavyweights Tyrone McKillen and Ron de Salvo.
In 1989, she and her ex-husband James Cameron bought the not-quite-two-acre property for $1.8 million as the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. She and Cameron separated in 1992, and the existing residence was custom-built for Bigelow in 1996 after the property was transferred to her by Cameron.
Set down a picturesque wooded slope, the property is tucked away down an unassuming private lane with a couple of equally secluded homes. Natural materials and soaring walls of glass soften the boxy and modern concrete exterior. There is a detached three-car garage with a spacious guest apartment, as well as a detached guesthouse next to the swimming pool in addition to the main house.
There is enough space for an indoor roller skating party in the cavernous but comfortable L-shaped living space, which has both hardwood and polished concrete floors, as well as 16-foot exposed wood ceilings and two minimalist fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the dining area. There is also a double-height media room overlooking the living room beneath a wall of glass that offers a leafy and cinematic view of the San Fernando Valley, as well as a library/office with built-in bookshelves.
Two flights of stairs down from the media room, the main bedroom features a lofted sitting/fitness/meditation area, a fireplace, and walls of glass in both the bedroom and bathroom that frame the surrounding trees in a serene, painterly way.
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Bigelow worked as a fine artist. In 2017, she directed the critically lauded 2017 box office dud "Detroit," and in 2018, she was an executive producer of the Ben Affleck-starring Netflix film "Triple Frontier.”