L.A.’s ever celeb-popular, Eastside enclave of Los Feliz is seeing another star join its ranks. Though she’s also appeared on major productions like “Gossip Girl” and “The Sopranos,” Emily Wickersham is best-known for her role as the Oklahoma-born special agent Eleanor Bishop on the CBS action drama “NCIS,” a major part she’s played since season 11 of the long-running show, now 17 seasons strong.
Originally written into “NCIS” for just three episodes, Wickersham was later promoted to a series regular. That sort of professional success has facilitated the $2.6 million purchase of a 1930s Spanish-style villa with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a roomy 3,341 square feet of living space. The property was previously owned by Alexandra Edenborough, Gary Oldman’s fourth ex-wife, and before that by “Endless Love” and “Country Strong” director Shana Feste.
Located on a pretty, palm tree-dotted street, the house recently underwent a thorough renovation that sought to preserve its historic details and charm, per the listing. A pure black, hand-carved front door opens up into a balmy living room with casement windows, a hardwood floor, stylish arched ceiling and a Spanish Revival-style brick fireplace. From there, a couple of terracotta steps lead into the cozy formal dining room, which in turn spills over to a mosaic-tiled kitchen with stainless appliances. Neighboring the kitchen is a charming breakfast room offering built-in bookshelves and windows embellished with fanciful iron work, and elsewhere there’s also a snug library nook that’s been painted a chic shade of stormy grey.
The balmy master suite offers large windows overlooking the lush backyard, and inside the master bath there are dainty fish scale-style tiles covering the floor, a Jack-and-Jill sink and built-in soaking tub. Additionally, the main floor also has two guest bedrooms — one of them currently done up as a sitting room, the other as a makeshift media room. And tucked into the home’s petite basement level is a private guest apartment with a bathroom and kitchenette, perfect for those who prefer their overnight guests close but not too close.
Out back, the park-like yard is shielded from neighborly view by hedges and mature olive trees. In its center is a large rectangular swimming pool flanked by a pergola-covered fireplace and alfresco dining area with an airy coastal Mediterranean vibe, perfect for hosting an summer dinner party. And just beyond the pool is a former detached two-car garage that’s been upgraded into an ivy-covered creative space with a decidedly modern, industrial feel to it. The erstwhile garage includes large French doors and oversized windows that banish any lingering carport vibes.