Even in Windsor Square, an area filled to the brim with some of the city’s finest pre-WWII architecture, this three-story Victorian stands alone. The dramatic mansion is owned by tattoo artist Kat Von D, who just listed it for $15 million.
The Gothic haunt has lived a busy life over the past century. It was built in 1896 by Isaac Newton Van Nuys, a businessman and the namesake of Van Nuys who owned much of the San Fernando Valley in the 19th century. In 1915 his son, J. Benton Van Nuys, moved the entire house to its present location in Windsor Square.
British screenwriter Lucy Dahl, daughter of famed author Roald Dahl, picked it up in 1998 for $1.3 million. During its ownership, the house achieved its greatest fame when it starred as the family home in the 2003 comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Dahl then quadrupled his money by selling it to Von D for $6.5 million in 2016.
Von D, whose full name is Katherine Von Drachenberg, has restored the venue to its original style. Today, it features bold spaces with chandeliers, ornate fireplaces, and stained-glass windows across 12,500 square feet.
The living room.
The living room.
The dining room.
Theater style space.
The rear terrace.
The swimming pool.
Highlights include a living room with hand-painted ceilings and a dramatic dining room with intricate woodwork. On the main level, a hidden bar with a hand-carved wall features a secret door that leads to a blood-red pool.
Elsewhere are 11 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a large living room, a library and a theater with original light railings and a bar. The property also includes a two bedroom carriage house above the garage. Vintage lampposts, custom statues and manicured gardens surround the house outside.
Originally from Mexico, Von D starred in “LA Ink,” a reality show about his tattoo studio that ran for four seasons on TLC. Last year, she released her debut album, “Love Made Me Do It.”
She announced the sale in an Instagram post, adding that she was moving to Indiana to restore another Victorian-style home.
Jamie Sher of Sher Group holds the listing.