'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.
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.
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.
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.