Ellen Pompeo nonetheless remembers swooning over the seashore home the primary time she noticed it. There was one thing particular concerning the modernist construction, perched on a blufftop overlooking the ocean in Malibu, California.
However there was one main hurdle: The fee. On the time, “Gray’s Anatomy” — the ABC medical drama collection on which Pompeo has performed titular character Meredith Gray for almost 20 years — was nonetheless a brand new present, and the house was too costly. She begrudgingly let go of her dream to personal it.
However not for too lengthy.
Intricately-veined black marble covers accent partitions all through the house, together with the lounge. Credit score: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest
Quick-forward to 2013, and the house was in the marketplace once more. By then, Pompeo was one of many highest paid actors on tv, and jumped on the chance so as to add it to her actual property portfolio. (Her household’s major residence stays a Nineteen Twenties Mediterranean-style dwelling in Los Angeles.)
“I actually benefit from the craft and artwork of homes,” she informed the journal. “It workouts a unique artistic muscle.”
A basic property with fashionable touches
The three,000-square-foot property, designed by midcentury architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman, is the proper spot for weekend getaways. Initially inbuilt 1979, it wraps round a central courtyard flowing with grass, palm timber and a swimming pool lined with crisp white marble.
The property’s internal courtyard juxtaposes clear strains and crisp marble with lush greenery and pops of colour on poolside furnishings. Credit score: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest
All through the house are refined nods to that décor precept, including character to its dwelling areas. The house additionally displays “the attractive swagger of ’70s vogue,” because the journal places it — classic terrace chairs and leather-based couch in the lounge; a Nineteen Seventies chopping desk from Yves Saint Laurent’s studio within the entry lobby — and Pompeo’s appreciation for the period’s vogue icons, with framed pictures of Diana Ross and Grace Jones on show.
Surf’s up! The January 2023 situation of AD gives a tour of Ellen Pompeo’s Malibu retreat. Credit score: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest
As somebody the journal describes as having “a weak spot for actual property,” this isn’t Pompeo’s first dwelling renovation. She’s beforehand revamped a number of properties, together with a contemporary barn in Sag Harbor, New York. It marks her fourth venture with Bullard, even, and there is extra on the horizon. Pompeo and Ivery have purchased the property behind their seashore home, and plan to construct out what Bullard describes as a “true Malibu property.”
A brand new dwelling marks a brand new chapter
“I’m getting into a really thrilling section of my life, if I do say so myself,” Pompeo stated.