When Rufus Wainwright goes home at the end of a long day in the Southern California sun, a cozy, Hobbit-like world of cubbyholes and window nooks awaits.
The crooner recently bought a home in the Hollywood Hills that matches his creative soul, with a storybook footbridge and window seats with sylvan views. He paid $1.45 million for this 3-bedroom, 3-bath warren of enchanted spaces, which starts with a long stucco staircase leading to a half-oval front door.
A foyer with dark, exposed ceiling beams leads in four directions: To a sunny dining room, a tiled powder room, up winding stairs to the second story, or down winding stairs to a sunken living room. Topped by the same Tudor-like beams, the living space also features a fireplace, French doors and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases.
Wainwright’s new kitchen is updated with a double-wide oven, a vast refrigerator and a farmhouse sink. It adjoins a breakfast nook with built-in seating, and the entire room is paved, like an outdoor garden, with gorgeous, slate paving stones.
Most rooms in the 2,100-square-foot home look out onto a forested landscape, and some offer doors that will take you there. There’s also a large outdoor deck for dining alfresco or taking in music.