Movie Star Losing Millions on Home

Not even A-list celebrities are impervious to the topsy-turvy real estate market. According to CNN Money and the San Francisco Chronicle, Scarlett Johansson bought a stunning Spanish style villa in Hollywood Hills in 2007 for $7 million, threw down even more cash to remodel it to her exacting specifications—and now it’s being listed by Sotheby’s for over $2 million less than what she paid.

The interiors are lovely, albeit surprisingly laid-back for a star who’s known for being so va-va-voom (not that we were expecting pin-up girl posters or anything, but the décor does feel sweeter and more approachable than we would have guessed coming from someone we always associate with big-time glamour).

The main floor of the gated four-bedroom house opens up to a light-flooded atrium—or in fancy (and somewhat preposterous) real estate terms, a “romantic loggia”—which ScarJo outfitted with cushy white slip covered sofas, jute rugs, and an old-fashioned piano. The kitchen is done in a similarly homey style, featuring charmingly retro lemon yellow “Big Chill” dishwasher, a wide farmhouse sink and pretty, colorful Spanish tiles.

Clearly the 25 year-old got the memo on how to turn her bathroom into a spa—hers is tricked out with soft, moody lighting and gleaming, perfectly uncluttered marble countertops (and also boasts his-and-hers sinks for her and her husband Ryan Reynolds). To take full advantage of its sunny Southern California location, the eco-conscious actress installed solar panels to keep the home powered naturally. And to round out the estate, there’s a lap pool, and lush, beautifully landscaped terraces, patios, and cascading gardens. All yours for $4.95 million.