Published On: Mon, Jul 21st, 2014

Andy Samberg Buys Former Charlie Chaplin LA Home for $6.5 Million

Married since last September, Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom bought the mansion for less than asking price.



Life must be good for Saturday Night Live alum and current sitcom star Andy Samberg, who has just purchased a new home together with his wife singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom. The couple put down $6.5 million on a mansion with an history, Moorcrest,  in the Hollywood Hills, which was once the home of Charlie Chaplin.

Located in Los Angeles’ Beachwood Canyon, it was built as part of the Krotona Colony, a group within the Theosophist Society that tried for almost ten years to build a utopian community there in the 1920s. The Moorish-Gothic mansion has four bedrooms and six bathrooms. It is a 6, 432-square-foot gated estate, designed by philosophical architect Marie Russak. The house boasts views of the Hollywood sign and was recently restored with stained-glass windows, marble baseboards, hand-painted frescos and elaborate mosaic tiles.




There is a glass domed atrium which fills the house with sunlight, and a curved swimming pool surrounded by a stone cabana, man made cave and stepping-stone path. It also has stained-glass windows, copper and marble baseboards, custom cabinetry, hand-painted frescos and elaborate mosaic tiles

One bathroom features a plunging spa bath which is almost big enough to be swimming pool. A humongous dressing room is fitted with sinks, vanity lighting and walk-in-closet.

The living room boasts peaked arches in the Moorish style, high ceilings and a view of the outdoor foliage.

It was also once home to star of the Maltese Falcon actress Mary Astor.

The sellers acquired the property for all of $900, 000 back in 1999. They asked for $9.989 million in 2006, then reduced to $7.4 million in 2007, but as it was listed for eight years with no takers, they settled for less.




The 35-year-old comic and actor also commented on the recent firing of a number of young cast members from Saturday Night Live. When speaking with reporters who took part in a Television Critics Association set visit for his police comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox, Samberg said that it is a plus for someone’s career just having been cast on the show. “If you were hired there’s something good going on with you, ” he said.

Andy Samberg spent seven seasons as a cast member of the long running show, from 2005-2012.


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