Maria Bello Makes a Quick Sale in Venice

The actress’ Craftsman-style home is chic, cozy and situated in a much sought-after location.

Maria Bello's Colorful Craftsman Exterior

Ruby red-pained French doors and windows, blue walls and butter-yellow detail make this Craftsman-style home bright and cheery, while fences, mature foliage and a sturdy gate allow the front deck to be used as living space, free from the prying eyes of people on Venice's walk streets.

It’s not uncommon for celebrity homes to sell a bit faster than others in the same market and price range, but actress Maria Bello’s Craftsman sale that took a mere 10 days from listing to escrow seems especially brisk.

About the House

Maria Bello
  • Formerly Owned By: Golden Globe-nominated actress Maria Bello
  • Sold By: Paul Lester and Aileen Comora of The Agency
  • Sale Price: $2,000,000

Perhaps it’s because as far as celebrity digs go, this one is relatively reasonably priced. Bello appears to have been particularly reasonable in listing her home at a $45,000 loss. She is reported to have purchased the brightly colored bungalow in 2005 for $1,895,000, and recently listed it for $1,850,000.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the home sold above asking price for $2 million. If that still seems like a lot of money for a 1,759 square foot home with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, consider the fact that it’s on one of Venice’s trendy walk streets, close enough to stroll on over to the chic restaurants and shops on Abbot Kinney.

The house has most of its original 1915 charm, although it’s been substantially refurbished. The listing ups the square footage to 2,085. The lot is smallish, at 3,330 square feet, but it’s gated, and includes front and back lawns, a patio/deck, a raised herb garden, a detached single car garage and room behind that for more parking.

The rooms themselves may not be massive, but they’re elegantly decorated with touches like a built-in buffet, chocolate brown walls and bright persimmon-colored drapes in the dining room. Wood floors, some of them original, run throughout the house.

The kitchen has been completely redone with white cabinets and a butcher block-topped island with an extra vegetable-rinsing sink. There are also stainless steel appliances including a large, commercial quality range.

Upstairs where the three bedrooms are located, there are plenty of windows to keep it light and bright, although there’s no beach view. The master has a walk-in closet and a bathroom with vaulted ceilings, a double sink vanity and a spa tub.

It’s not yet apparent where the actress, who has been compared to a younger Sharon Stone in that she’s a dusky-voiced blond with an edge, will move next. Professionally, after starring in films like A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking and World Trade Center, as well as TV shows like Prime Suspect and Touch, with Keifer Sutherland, she has a full plate of films in production. Among them are Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Third Person with James Franco and Mila Kunis.

Paul Lester and Aileen Comora of The Agency handled the sale.


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