Late last year, Katherine Von Drachenberg — the tattoo artist-turned-cosmetics baroness known professionally as Kat Von D — announced she’d be closing her Los Angeles-based High Voltage Tattoo parlor after 14 years in business to move to Indiana with her husband, musician Rafael Reyes. So it’s not entirely surprising that the Mexican-born former “LA Ink” reality star has put her gothic-style mansion in L.A.’s historic Windsor Square neighborhood onto the market, asking $15 million.
Though that’s way more than the $6.5 million Von D paid English screenwriter Lucy Dahl and her husband John LaViolette for the place six years ago, the makeup mogul has given the house an extensive, goth-inspired renovation. In its current iteration, the updated structure features a third-level stage/theater room with a wet bar and the original footlights, plus a hidden speakeasy with hand-carved walls. But perhaps the property’s most intriguing amenity: a blood-red pool and hot tub gracing the lushly manicured grounds.
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Built way back in the 1890s by businessman/rancher Isaac Newton Van Nuys — founder of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Van Nuys — the three-story structure was moved to its present-day locale in 1915 by Van Nuys’ son, J. Benton Van Nuys. The house, which later appeared in the 2003 remake of “Cheaper by the Dozen” starring Steve Martin, has 13 bedrooms and 10 baths sprawled across more than 12,500 square feet. There’s also a two-bedroom apartment atop the garage, which is fronted by a handy turntable driveway.
Nestled on over a half-acre corner parcel, behind an ornate wrought-iron gate and high hedges, the red-brick home flaunts a steep gabled roof and an eye-catching turret. Once inside, a grand entry flows into a wood-paneled sitting room, library, den and French-style ballroom/living room. Other highlights include a dining room adorned with linen-fold paneling and stained-glass windows, which connects to an eat-in kitchen outfitted with stylish vintage appliances; and five bedrooms on the second floor include multiple suites with lavish baths.
Jamie Sher of The Sher Group serves as the listing agent.
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