Charlie Chaplin's Former Home Gets Eco-Friendly Makeover

Charlie Chaplin would have approved of the green features architect Chris Sorensen added to this gorgeous Zen home in California's Santa Monica Canyon.

Image Source: Everett Fenton Gidley and Simon Berlyn Charlie Chaplin's former two-home compound in Santa Monica, Calif., features a center courtyard with teak decks and an infinity pool and spa. Doors and windows can seemingly disappear to give the area a feel of expansive outdoor living.

Charlie Chaplin definitely left his mark on the Los Angeles landscape, building houses, apartments, professional buildings and the studio that the Muppets call home today. Every once in a while one of his storied structures comes on the market, like this Santa Monica Canyon private artists’ compound with a price that would have stunned the Little Tramp: $18,750,000.

About the House

Charlie Chaplin
  • Former Owner: British comic actor Charlie Chaplin
  • Listed By: Carol Bird of Westside Estate Agency
  • Price: $18,750,000
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The property includes two light-infused, eco-sensitive homes with a total of eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and three huge great rooms, all on three land parcels adding up to 19,500 square feet. Land like that is hard to come by in the coveted Santa Monica Canyon area.

But you won’t see Chaplin’s signature English architecture in this locale. Real estate developer Frank Damavandi bought the property from the estate of local artist Sam Francis, who had previously purchased it from Chaplin.

Eco-architect Chris Sorensen was called in to rebuild the structures, working with natural water and light to entirely re-create the environment. Sorensen is among L.A.’s hottest green designers, having worked with Jane Seymour, Pamela Anderson, James Keach and Anson Williams. He was recently hired to create a carbon footprint-free pool area for Brad Pitt, who is noted for being extremely discerning when it comes to architects.

This “World for Artful Souls,” as it has been dubbed, includes Sorensen’s signature amazing water features, like a saltwater pebble stone pool with a swim-up bar and stools, in addition to a  spa, glass walkways over stream beds, koi ponds and waterfall walls.

Permitting took years, but it was well worth it, according to real estate broker Carol Bird, who is representing the property. “It’s really big, but there’s an emotional, comfy, calm feeling there – I think the reclaimed teak floors really add to the intimacy,” she says.

Bird adds that “It’s a Zen world with Japanese gardens with exquisite natural sculptures.” She says much of the artwork and furnishings can be included in the price.

Something tells us the very forward thinking Chaplin would approve.

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