'Mad Men' Star Vincent Kartheiser Lists His Tiny Home in Hollywood

Measuring 603 square feet, “Pete's” bungalow has an elevating bed and many other clever, space-saving features.

'Mad Men' Star's Tiny Home

Vincent Kartheiser photo by: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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The living space is expanded by a private, covered courtyard that links the main house to the spa. The courtyard has a stylish, built-in seating area with a coffee table that converts to into an outdoor fireplace.

On the ultimate season of Mad Men, we see the ever agitated “Pete Campbell,” played by Vincent Kartheiser, moving to Los Angeles to start a Sterling Cooper satellite office, where he begins looking for a new house. Perhaps the real estate bug bit the actor in real life, because he’s now selling his celebrated tiny home in Hollywood, and likely looking for something a little larger to accommodate his fiancée. That would be actress Alexis Bledel, who, incidentally, appeared on Mad Men as a married woman with whom Pete had an affair.

If such a heavy dose of life imitating art is a little too strong for you, know that this is where it ends. While Pete Campbell is a competitive and petulant striver who always seems to be overreaching, in real life, Kartheiser, who also starred in the TV series Angel, is as low maintenance as they come. He bought the 2,325-square-foot, rundown Hollywood property back in 2004 for $547,000, and was content to live there for six years until 2010, when he hired architect Funn Roberts to spiff it up.

Photo courtesy of Zillow Vincent Kartheiser's bed descends for sleeping via an easy to use pulley system. The redwood headboard, which by day flips up into a desk, lays flat against the wall.

And spiff it up he did, knocking down all the interior walls of the 603-square-foot bungalow that was built in 1912. Roberts also opened up the vaulted ceiling and gave the whole place what he calls “Japanese Industrial” style, complete with a separate spa with a bath house-feel, in what was once the garage. Kartheiser recently put the property on the market for $808,000.

One of the more cunning features of the tiny space is a bed that easily elevates up to the ceiling via a pulley system. It has a redwood headboard that can be flipped out and used for a desk during the day. A heavy velvet theater curtain can be pulled across the bedroom area to separate it from the rest of the open home.

A striking, custom-crafted steel and glass door opens into the living area, which has a teak entertainment unit and a gas fireplace opposite a cozy seating space. Further into the room you’ll find the kitchen/dining area with teak cabinetry and full-sized stainless steel appliances. The bedroom area lies just beyond.

Photo courtesy of Zillow Vincent Kartheiser bought the 2,325-square-foot property for $547,000 in 2004. He updated it in 2010, and recently put it on the market for $808,000.

Storage closets and a full bathroom are hidden behind custom Shoji-inspired fiberglass and steel screens that run down one side of the house. The bathroom features a large stone shower and soaking tub, and a unique custom sink carved out of a handpicked boulder found in Topanga Canyon.

The living space is expanded by a private, covered courtyard that links the main house to the spa. The courtyard has a stylish, built-in seating area with a coffee table that converts into an outdoor fireplace.

The spa, which is lavish in material and space considering the size of the property, has a large double shower, a steam room and a dry sauna with an artistic ceiling hand-crafted from 2,500 pieces of wood. It also contains a laundry room with custom cabinetry, and a powder room.

This place is "hip off the charts," according to Realtor Tregg Rustad of Rodeo Realty, who is representing the property. "It's a rare offering of an incredibly well-honed, thoughtfully designed home; a creative and stylish environment for the price of a condo." Make that a luxurious, Hollywood condo.

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