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Octavia Spencer Buys Toluca Lake Home

Catherine Sherman
July 3, 2013
Source: IMDb
Source: IMDb

Source: IMDb

Closing on a Toluca Lake house and making a red-carpet appearance for her latest film “Fruitvale Station,” Octavia Spencer’s keeping busy.

The Academy Award-winning actress just bought a 1,714-square-foot home for $841,500, according to property records. In the world of Los Angeles real estate, anything less than $1 million is typically not used as a celebrity’s primary residence. Time will tell whether Spencer moves in permanently or uses the place as a weekend getaway.

While modest in size, the 1927 Spanish-style home is filled with character — from dark hardwood floors and plantation shutters to vintage tiles and original fixtures. The property is also in a great location: a block and a half from Toluca Lake boutiques and restaurants on Riverside Drive.

Spencer received several prestigious accolades including an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film adaptation of “The Help.” The 41-year-old actress has several film and television credits on her resume, though she started her career as an intern on the set of a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.

“Fruitvale Station,” a 2013 independent Sundance film, is scheduled to release in theaters July 12. The movie is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who was killed by transit police in Oakland, CA on New Year’s Eve four years ago. Spencer plays Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson.


Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, industry trends and home improvement tips. Read more of her work here.