Ryan Murphy’s $18 million compound in Laguna Beach, California, is, like all of his creative projects, devastatingly sharp in aesthetics and cohesive in tone.
The Pose creator, whose long list of television successes also includes American Crime Story, Glee, American Horror Story, Feud, and Nip/Tuck, recently put the stunning six-bed, seven-and-a-half bath property on the market after more than a decade of reinventing and refurbishing the space to perfection. (His collection of artwork and furniture is also available for purchase through a separate agreement).
The home, which sits on almost 1.25 hillside acres overlooking the coastline, is comprised of two separate residences that he combined into one; he purchased the main house in March 2005 for $4.475 million and snagged the neighboring property just two years later for an additional $3.34 million.
Inside, the homes both boast a museum-like quality, with carefully selected pieces of midcentury and contemporary furniture throughout, giving the space what Murphy himself described as “peaceful, clean-lined, modern, and oddly quirky” in a feature for AD’s February 2017 issue.
The main house spans 5,000 square feet and includes four bedrooms and five bathrooms, with concrete floors and vaulted ceilings giving the space an almost industrial feel (the exterior of the home is similarly a combination of concrete and steel). Numerous skylights throughout the home help to warm up the space with plenty of natural light.
One of the most impressive rooms of the home is the master suite, which features extensive rosewood built-ins, teak paneling, a private study, and an entire wall of retractable glass doors that lead out to the sunlit backyard. The en suite master bath is nothing short of divine as well, with a white fiberglass tub, custom-made lacquered cabinetry, and a separate standing shower partitioned off by a partial concrete wall. The second building, a two-story guesthouse, covers 2,700 square feet and features two en suite bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, with a stunning great room completely lined with walls of windows and a stone fireplace, as well as a cozy study and two-car garage. Outdoors, Murphy and husband David Miller really took advantage of their access to gorgeous coastline views with a concrete-walled 43-foot-long lap swimming pool and an adjacent poolside pavilion perfect for entertaining.
The pavilion includes a poolside lounge area with a fireplace, a pool bath, and an outdoor kitchen on the lower level, as well as a second outdoor fireplace and second bathroom on the upper level.
In addition to his impressive Laguna Beach compound, Murphy also owns a Spanish Revival mansion in Beverly Hills, which he purchased for $10 million in 2010, and a hacienda-style mansion in the ritzy Sullivan Canyon area of Los Angeles, which he bought in early 2013 for $9 million.