When I saw the charming Spanish Revival-style hacienda that actress Annie Potts is selling in Tarzana, California, I may have actually squealed out loud. I love how much color and personality it has — something you don’t always see in celeb houses. No gray and white minimalism here, that’s for sure…
The 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath house with the red clay tile roof sits on about 1.5 acres.
Other celebrities have owned the house over the years, including both Robert Young and Robert Wagner.
Annie and her husband, director and producer James Hayman, bought the property in 2003 for $2.5 million.
They’re reportedly selling it now because they’re spending most of their time on the East Coast. She told the Wall Street Journal, “I’ve only been in Tarzana six weeks this year,” adding that it’s the kind of house that deserves to be lived in and loved.
Potts says she oversaw the meticulous renovation of her house: “I stood over every workman and made sure every screw, every nail was done right. I’m a deeply demented person and I had to do that.”
Yahoo! Homes describes the style as “very old-school L.A., where Spanish and Moorish influences rub elbows with a bit of Hollywood Regency style.”
The house was built in 1934 and still has many original details, like the colorful vintage tile in the bathrooms.
The brightly tiled kitchen with vintage appliances is unexpected and fun, and I love the curved built-in bench beside the fireplace:
Here’s the floorplan, which gives a better idea of how the rooms connect in this sprawling ranch:
Want it? They’re asking $6.495 million. To read more about the house and see more photos check the listing and the article in the WSJ. (Photos by Shooting LA.)
Did you know she was originally cast as Alex in the movie Fatal Attraction but dropped out to play Mary Jo Shively on Designing Women? That movie would’ve had a very different vibe without Glenn Close starring in it. And Designing Women wouldn’t have been the same without Annie Potts, either!
Remember Iona, the quirky and colorful character she played in the classic ’80s rom-com Pretty in Pink? I could totally see her living in a house like this today.
Although she might add a few records to the ceiling…
Potts now has a recurring role on the ABC Family show The Fosters:
I’m kind of obsessed with that house (love the show, too). On it she plays Stef’s mom Sharon. Here’s a photo of some of the cast members in the (fabulous) Craftsman kitchen:
But I can’t talk about Annie Potts without mentioning the Sugarbaker house from Designing Women. It was was set in Atlanta, but the exterior they used was actually the Villa Marre house in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Watching that show in the late ’80s made me think it would be a lot of fun to be a decorator and work with a group of friends in a house like that. Then I got an internship working for a designer and learned…uh, yeah, not as fun as it looked onscreen. Ha.
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