Mindy Kaling first captured our attention in “The Office.” Now she captures our attention as the creator of “The Mindy Project,” and in films, stand-up and books.
Kaling has also captured the attention of real estate markets in Los Angeles and New York. After “collecting” three million dollar homes in LA, Kalnig has now consolidated her SoCal holdings into one classic Hancock Park neighborhood home. (Her very chic, designer condominium in Manhattan is still hers.) Build in 1929, this three bedroom, four bathroom home is just the thing for Kaling’s life and personal style, taste and expected newborn.
Kaling knows Los Angeles and its neighborhoods well after living and working there for 15 years. Hancock Park had always been a draw for her but she couldn’t seem to get near it. In fact, Kalig bid and lost three Hancock Park homes.”People just don’t sell their homes here and if they do, those listed homes last for maybe 30 seconds,” said Kaling. “I was able to get this one because it was a pocket listing and I paid more than the listing price in cash up front.”
In addition to this walking neighborhood being literally minutes from Third Street’s trendy shops and restaurants in the West Hollywood area and the Grove dining/entertainment complex, this vintage house is loaded with the kind of charm that Kaling loves. Bathrooms with brightly colored tiles instead of white on white “everything,” arched doorways, hardwood floors, thick plaster walls, intricate beam ceilings, built-in niches and wrought iron fixtures are hard to find in Southern California. Updates that “feel” normal (contemporary kitchen renovations and a garage convergence into a gym) rather than over the top extravagant are in sync with Kaling’s way of being. “I wanted to bring back the house to its former glory and I wanted to be able to comfortably live, work and entertain in it without having to have staffs of people to do all that.”
Kaling’s interior designer, Katie Ridder, took her design/decor clues from “…how Mindy dresses on the show…gorgeous arrays of oranges, greens, blues, yellows, teal bookshelves, pink pineapple wallpaper in the powder room…this is her home and I wanted it to reflect her charm.” Now that Kaling has recently sold one home in the Hollywood Hills and just listed another in Beverly Grove, this colorful workaholic will be able to get down to the basics of living with her soon-to-be born baby and working with her writers and talented friends in a neighborhood she’s loved for years.