Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas List Their Home in Hancock Park

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It seems that as goes the marriage, so goes the real estate. Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, who filed for divorce last year, have recently listed their splendid Mediterranean Revival estate in Hancock Park for a princely sum: $16.1 million.

I have to say this is an emotional one for me, not because the stars are splitting, although they were one of my favorite celebrity couples and they lasted for almost 20 years, but because this house is so reminiscent of my grandparents’ Mediterranean Revival mansion, right down to the watermelon red walls in the bar.Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas Sell House 6The carved wood beams, doors and balconies, the thick plaster walls with arched doorways, the tiled fireplaces, stairs and floors–oh the fun we had racing around and playing hide and seek when we were kids! Since both these homes were built during Prohibition, I bet there are even similar secret passageways, entrances and staircases. Now I’m trying to think of ways for my husband to come up with $15.5 million (he would most assuredly negotiate the price south). And it’s not just for me: Melanie and Antonio’s place has a state-of-the-art recording studio to tickle hubby’s fancy.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

But enough about us, let’s talk about this marvelous home. It has 15,110 square feet of indoor living space, with 13 bedrooms and 11 baths. It was built circa 1925, by architect Gordon Kaufmann, who is known for working on the famous Greystone Mansion, Scripps College, Cal Tech, Santa Anita Park, the Hollywood Palladium, Hoover Dam and maybe even my Nana’s house.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

The celeb couple was careful to preserve and restore many of the original architectural details, after purchasing it in 1999 for $4.2 million. About a year after moving in, they bought the property next door, demolished the house on it, and increased their own lot size to a little over 1.5 acres.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

The home has four fireplaces, the one in the massive living room/ballroom of carved stone. That room is two-stories high, and is overlooked by a mezzanine a lot like Nana’s, where bands would play on big party nights, and where, on more intimate occasions, my PJ-clad sister and I would spy on the goings on from behind the carved wood bannisters.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

As in so many of the Mediterranean styled homes of the era, there’s a central outdoor courtyard, this one with an intimate swimming pool. Also on the grounds are  extensive lawns, mature foliage, a rose garden and an organic vegetable garden (sounding more and more like Nana’s all the time), a motor court, a guest apartment, a fitness studio and the aforementioned recording studio. An elevator connects the three stories, and a state-of-the-art security system protects it all.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Even though they’re willing to let go of this grand estate, the celeb couple will hardly be left without a place to rest their weary heads. Records show they still own a 3,400 square foot apartment in New York on the Upper West Side, and a multimillion dollar compound near Aspen. I’ll bet they’ll each invest in smaller but equally elegant pied a terres in the Los Angeles area, once this one sells. In case you’re interested, it’s being represented by Brett Lawyer at Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. (Oh Husband Dear…)

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas List Their Home in Hancock Park

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas list

 

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas List Their Home in Hancock Park

 

 

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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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