I was a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow’s movies back in the 1990s – Emma, Great Expectations, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors, A Perfect Murder, The Royal Tenenbaums. She was like a modern-day Grace Kelly. In fact, A Perfect Murder was a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 Dial M for Murder starring Kelly, one of Hitchcock’s favorite “icy blondes.” Two of Paltrow’s childhood homes have recently come on the market, and I thought it would be fun to take a tour!
Let’s start in Brentwood, California where Paltrow lived in the 1970s with her mother, actor Blythe Danner and her late father, director producer Bruce Paltrow before moving to New York. It features 2,418 square feet with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and .41 acres. It also boasts a dreamy Christopher Peacock kitchen! Offered through Sotheby’s for $3.195M, the listing reads:
A true East Coast Traditional tucked into a verdant setting in Brentwood Heights. The childhood home of Gwyneth Paltrow, is now available for first time in nearly 20 years. Enter into a greeting room and feel the serene and warm essence of the home, anchored by its solid wood floors throughout. French doors in the large living room offer an indoor/outdoor flow. The formal dining room would produce an advert worthy holiday event, with a Butler’s pantry featuring a built-in-banquet table en route to the kitchen. The timeless checkered marble floor, wood top center island, over sink bay window, and Dutch door are reminiscent of another period or place. Slate tiled roof, wood windows, bamboo clothed walls and designer tiles and cabinetry are just a few of the qualities that make 670 North Saltair so elegant yet comfortable. The privately gated and grassy front yard offers a wonderful entrance for friends and family. Enjoy additional outdoor spaces in back, or up a magical walkway to your upper canyon view deck, looking over of what is now becoming one of the most in demand parts of Brentwood.
Images below, and click here for a video tour…
As a teenager, Paltrow’s family moved from California to New York City and into a grand Upper East Side townhouse off Central Park at 9 East 92nd Street. According to city property records, her parents, late producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, owned the seven-bedroom home from 1984 to 1992. Offered by Brown Harris Stevens for $15.5M, it features seven bedrooms, seven baths, and two half baths. From the listing…
This house was built in 1890-1891 by the architect, Walter Reid, Jr. for his father in the Renaissance Revival style. It has an unusual curved full height bay extending to the top floor of the townhouse, which allows an exceptional amount of light to flood into the building. Low townhouses to the south and north further facilitate the abundant interior light.
This townhouse contains approximately 7,205 total INTERIOR gross feet, which includes a basement of 1,285 gross feet.The EXTERIOR space includes the front area, the garden, the deck, and the terrace and comprises approximately 934 gross feet.
The original details have been meticulously maintained. There are six fireplaces, all of which are wood-burning. Lastly, there is a magical orange tree in the garden that bears fruit all year long!
Speaking of movies, if you enjoyed The 1999 movie version of The Talented Mr. Ripley, you might enjoy Purple Noon (Plein Soleil) which was released in 1960s France and loosely based on the 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. It’s dark for sure, but a visually beautiful psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat!