The concept of sanctuary (as structure, as salve, as the self) plays a major role in the work of multidisciplinary artist and singer Solange Knowles. Now, two of the spaces she owned — one secular, one spiritual — have officially been sold, following brief presences in the real estate markets in California and Louisiana, respectively.
Knowles first purchased a 1,360-square-foot loft at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard in 2007, which is surrounded by a constellation on the Walk of Fame and views of the iconic Pantages Theater and Capitol Records buildings. On April 5, after just two weeks on the market, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom space was purchased by an out-of-state buyer for $725,000. It was originally listed for $799,000 by Daniel Banchik and Amy Dantzler of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, the listing agents.
“This was a quick close,” says Yvonne Neustadter, owner of real estate agency The Property Lab who represented the buyer on the deal. THR. “It’s pretty typical for sellers to come down on price when it’s a quick close and there’s no loan involved.”
According to Banchik, the listing was remarkably popular. “We had quite a bit of activity on it and did quite a few screenings, more than I expected…in that building, [units] don’t usually sell as fast as this one.”
Neustadter’s client was initially looking for smaller properties, but Knowles’ aesthetic choices apparently won over the buyer. And in an age of countless offers online, smart, unique styling decisions (especially when well-photographed) can make a space stand out. “It was just so tastefully done,” says Neustadter. “Not just the decor, but some of the other finishing touches she did [too].”
Some of these eye-catching Solange-driven updates include a Japanese walk-up bathtub, modular velvet sofa, and concrete-plastered floors. “Instead of just concrete on the floor, she put some kind of special plaster paint on it [top] … I had never seen that before,” says Neustadter.
The two-story loft, which 36-year-old Knowles bought at age 19, was featured on the cover of Apartment magazine‘s 30th issue at the end of last year. In her interview, she shared some of the inspiration behind her custom designs and what space has meant to her over the years.
“I was a single mom and was looking for a building with a sense of security when I found this loft space in Hollywood. I really felt connected to the 1920s Art Deco architecture, the exterior and all the original moldings and details,” she said at the time, adding, “It’s been one of the most constant, grounded things in my life. ”
It is known that Knowles also divided her time in Louisiana and New York, but the singer revealed that she moved back to her former Hollywood loft during the recording of her widely celebrated third studio album. A chair at the table, which was released on September 30, 2016. “The neighborhood had evolved so much,” Knowles shared Apartment. “There was more of a scene, a real Hollywood pulse there.”
That momentum can be attributed in part to the branding of this area around Hollywood and Vine as Los Angeles’ “Vinyl District,” thanks to the proliferation of recording studios and music history along and between these intersections. “Last year was quiet in Hollywood… the urban areas like Hollywood and downtown LA, where I specialize, really took a hit with COVID,” says Neustadter. “But especially for this area I see quite a bit more activity than usual [would] … the area is only getting more popular and people are recognizing its value. They want an area that’s more artsy and filled with entertainment and cool hiking options.
Adds Banchik: “[Viewers] loved the light and the fact that you’re right there in the heart of Hollywood, but it still felt very zen and peaceful in the unit… I think the buyer was thrilled, it was a nice transaction.
The Gothic Art Deco style building was built in 1929 and designed by architect Aleck Curlett (who is also responsible for the Irving Thalberg Building at MGM). In 2007, the Palisades Development Group completed a $50 million renovation of the building, converting the office tower units into 60 living/working lofts. “This is something that has a great appeal to people because there are so many people working from home now,” says Neustadter. The buildings amenities include a 24-hour security guard and a rooftop terrace with a fire pit. It’s also protected by the Mills Act, which lowers property taxes in exchange for the restoration and preservation of historic structures — making it “a really great value” at $725,000, according to the broker.
“It was well priced, which I think is another reason why it moved so quickly… [Solange] and her business manager really discussed it and wanted to sell it,” says Banchik, who has worked on properties with Knowles’ business manager before, but not with the singer herself — until now.
“There are only a handful of buildings in LA that offer this [tax relief] and a lot of them just happen to be in downtown LA,” says Neustadter. “But in Hollywood, I don’t know of any other building that has the Mills Act, especially something more high-end.”
While loft units here have sold successfully over the years (and others are currently listed), the 1970s-inspired organic modernist space on Knowles’s third floor has been particularly appealing, hence the rapid sale. “The master bedroom was also definitely the showstopper for this property,” says Neustadter. “It’s a loft, and it’s a very open concept, but this is particularly a more open concept than I’ve traditionally seen with these lofts. In the master bedroom, the bathtub and double vanity are all open to the bedroom.”
One of Knowles’ other former properties, a 19th-century church in New Orleans’ Garden District, recently sold for $950,000, according to Nola. com. The 7,975-square-foot, two-bedroom, four-bathroom structure sits on a 0.16-acre lot and was formerly used as the creative headquarters for Saint Heron, Knowles’ multidisciplinary creative studio. The singer reportedly continues to live part-time in her French Quarter apartment.