Architectural Digest | December 2019
Chelsea Handler's Bel Air Estate is as Engaging as Its Owner
The contemporary L.A. refuge has been a labor of love that's paid off for the star
By Ariel Foxman | Photography by Tim Hirschmann
Don’t get the wrong idea. Chelsea Handler absolutely loves her Bel Air, Los Angeles, home. And those recent for-sale listings? “I always keep my house on the market,” the comedian, writer, and activist explains. “Just in case something great comes up or I find a house that’s great. That’s just an ongoing rotation I have going.”
Handler—whose longtime TV sidekick, Chuy Bravo, sadly died over the weekend at age 63—has lived in her house for a decade, and it’s no wonder she’s more than content to stay on indefinitely. The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath, 5,572-square-foot estate is an oasis: an open-plan glass jewel box, wrapped in swaths of greenery, that affords her plenty of privacy. The home is the perfect refuge for the peripatetic performer who loves to hunker down here when she’s not away on tour or off on a far-flung vacation adventure with family and friends.
“This is my mainstay,” says Handler of her master bedroom. “I spend most of my time here, either in my bed or on those two purple chairs. I meditate in here. I sleep in here. I am eating breakfast right now doing this interview in here. I watch MSNBC here. A lot goes down in this room.” Handler had removed a fireplace and added windows that open out to a balcony, reorienting the bed so that she could better enjoy the indoor-outdoor nature of the home. The abstract work on the wall is an Andy Warhol piece from his “Camouflage” series, a reproduction Handler found through an online auction.
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