Now the fifth highest-grossing actress of all time, Elizabeth Banks has had quite the busy (and wildly successful) decade — and is saying #treatyoself to a new $6.85 million family estate with sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles, but far enough away in the San Fernando Valley to create some work/life balance.
The Pitch Perfect 2 director (who shattered records for first-time directors, grossing $69 million for the film's opening weekend in 2015) just closed on the traditional, European-influenced ranch home in Sherman Oaks, according to Trulia — most likely opting for a little more peace and quiet for herself, her husband, and their two young sons than was afforded by her former 3,200 square foot home in Studio City.
Featuring five bedrooms and five bathrooms in a spacious 6,500+ square feet — plus sweeping, manicured outdoor spaces spread across more than an acre — the Sherman Oaks home also features "a sweeping view of Los Angeles offered from every room," says MyDomaine.
French oak floors, rustic, exposed wood beam ceilings, and not one but three massive antique stone fireplaces throughout the single-story home evoke the traditional appeal of Provence or Tuscany — or perhaps, for the Massachusetts native, her home in the Berkshires. The open concept living areas and master bedroom create classic California indoor/outdoor living through floor-to-ceiling windows and wide, beautiful French doors leading out to the terraced patio and expansive yard with a swimming pool and hot tub.
In the main living area, a marble-clad chef's kitchen combined with a casual eat-in dining room and small den are the perfect family hangout. (Ignoring the very @PleaseHateTheseThings staging of an oil painting placed on the range hood, of course. Ew, we can smell the grease particles from here.) There's also a formal dining room for entertaining and holidays, and — #bosslady goals — a spa-like master bathroom to recharge at the end of her Hollywood power player days larger than most city apartments.
Banks and her husband, sportswriter and author Max Handelman, previously told Architectural Digest that they are completely obsessed with real estate — comparing it to betting on the ponies at the racetrack. While we're sure the staging in the listing photos isn't their own, Banks did tell AD back in 2017:
When it comes to interior design, [Banks] likes color, but she tends "to use a lot of neutrals and then use color in accessories" because you can always change a pillow, but it's a bit harder to replace wallpaper. And when it comes to the actual process of house shopping, Banks says she "really likes to take the bones of a home. I have never done a total teardown, so I am always looking for great bones in a home, and I like spaces where I understand how to live." What does that mean to the actress exactly? "If I walk into a place and I can feel how I am going to entertain my girlfriends for wine and cheese on a Friday night, then that feels like a home to me."