A lot of us swooned when we saw Patrick and Jillian Dempsey’s warm and laid-back Malibu home in Architectural Digest last year.
Since then, they announced that they’re divorcing and selling their Frank Gehry-designed “Tin House.”
The article in AD says Gehry designed the “rhomboidal corrugated-metal-clad” house in 1968 as a combination studio and residence for artist Ron Davis.
Speaking of Gehry, he just designed Facebook’s new headquarters in Menlo Park. It’s being called “the largest open floor plan in the world” with 430,000 square feet. You can see photos of it at Arch Daily.
Dempsey said, “We were looking for a little land and space, and a house with some architectural significance. The exterior’s simplicity appealed to me, and the inside felt very expansive and calming.”
The house has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 5,547 square feet.
It sits on over 3 acres with ocean views: “It’s geared for family fun and entertainment, with a pool surrounded by a recycled-wood deck, a large seating area around a fire pit, a climbing wall and a pizza oven.”
The property surrounding the house is pretty amazing itself, especially when you consider the house once sat on “an undeveloped dirt parcel, with an asphalt drive and no proper outdoor living spaces.”
According to Variety, Dempsey has moved into a modern beach house. Update: Sid Bass purchased this house from Dempsey for $15 million.
Real estate blog Yolanda’s Little Black Book is reporting that the “Tin House” was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, along with hundreds of other properties in the area. You can see some of the damage via Streetview.
For photos and information about the Tin House in Malibu:
the listing, Zillow blog, and the March 2014 feature in Architectural Digest.
Photography by Roger Davies; styling by Carlos Mota.
Well! I’m not a fan of modern architecture or interiors in general, but I have to say that house is pretty sweet. Love the exterior styling. I covet an outdoor pizza oven, and the pool and raised-bed garden are both fab. It really fits the California landscape. Too bad about the divorce.
It really is too bad. They were married for 15 years, which is a long time for a Hollywood couple!
Stunning! Extra points for the Airstream, of course, but my favorite detail is the genius way they’ve furnished their open floor plan. I love all the furniture + what looks like vintage rugs.
Love. This fits in perfectly with my Dwell magazine tastes. The last photo with the pool is a dream come true.
Oh, wow, you hadn’t heard that? Sorry! It’s been a few weeks ago now and his departure was such a big deal it never occurred to me it would still be news. 🙁
I just added a spoiler alert in case anyone else hasn’t seen those episodes yet!
Thanks….I’m still a few weeks behind! Too much time spent reading blogs…..love yours, by the way.
Not a huge modern design fan, but that is a lovely home. I LOVE the outdoor spaces.
I think I could put up with being married to PD if it meant living in that house… 😉
That’s really big of you to make a sacrifice like that, Maria. Ha. 😉
Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
If he comes with the house, I will find a way to buy it…lol. Love the outdoor living space!
I have a big family so 3 bedrooms is too small for me (also the 14 million is an issue) I supose I could have someone sleep in the camper!
Yeah, just send a couple of them out to the camper, Corinne. They’d probably love it! 🙂
Frances in England says
I’m not a fan of modern houses usually (and I find that front door really un-nerving for some reason – who knew I have such delicate sensibilities?! LOL) but there are some really nice features here. All those windows are fab – and the dining table looking out onto the garden is to die for. Really like the exterior of the house, and adore the outdoor BBQ area. And, randomly, the hallway! Beautiful night-time pictures too.
Marianne in Mo. says
Hadn’t been watching GA for a few years, but hubs still does, so I was dumbfounded by that episode!
Have to say he’s a hunk and sorry they are splitting up. A beautiful family, such a shame they can’t work it out.
I wonder how people keep those doors open? Around here, we’d have birds inside all the time! Not to mention wasps, bees and other insects! But nice pad anyway!
Christina From Dallas says
Really nice house! I love that Airstream! Maybe Patrick and Matthew McConaughey can do a Thelma and Louise and ride across in the country in that Airstream.
On another note, I always think when a celebrity gets too famous they end up getting divorced when they realize that they could be playing the field from a massive array of adoring fans instead of being married.
I don’t particularly love the house, though as modern goes it’s much more pleasing to my eye than usual. Absolutely swooning for their furnishings. I would almost live in a open plan house just to have those two green chaises. And that dining table in the AD shots. I think what I like best is the plants. But that just proves what I really love are gardens. Maybe I should live in the garden.
After seeing this house in AD it has become my absolute favorite house ever!!!! The modern architecture mixed with the antique furnishings is so awesome! The contrast just gets me!!! Love it! And all the huge windows and the grounds are amazing. But man between the divorce, selling the house, dying on Grey’s…things aren’t going well for him. Sad about all of it. If I had an extra 14million lying around, I’d buy that house though 🙂
Alie B says
Love the interior, not so keen on the exterior of this one. Although the gardens and pool are pretty, the landscape looks rather dry and barren to me. And I’m not too jazzed over the modern, almost futuristic look of the metal cladding. It’s always sad to see a marriage end, especially when there are children involved, but I guess we never know what goes on behind closed doors. Maybe they will both go on to be happier alone or with other people.
This post has me reevaluating my life choices. I would totally be happy living in that Airstream with a garden and yard like this. Placing myself in the house with those large spaces and openness I felt kind of lost.
Esther George says
Hi Julia, I am a big fan of GA but I king of stopped watching when they killed off Mcsteamy I loved his scruffy looks. Last Tuesday they killed off Mcdreamy it was a very emotional episode, I’m not sure how the show will be after his departure. I love their home especially the outdoors. Thank you for sharing beauty. Till next time regards Esther from Sydney. PS wishing you a beautiful Mothers Day.
Thanks, Esther — same to you! 🙂
Now on to McDreamy. Here’s the thing. Dempsey wants to leave the show. The ONLY WAY to do it was to kill him off. Derek is too good a dad and husband to just “take off”… so in being true to his character, it was the only way to go.
NOT THAT I’M HAPPY ABOUT IT.
Now I’m just going to have to watch reruns and Can’t Buy Me Love over and over and over.
those green chaise lounges!!!! can’t stop thinking about them. the house is great, the furnishings make it warm, comfortable and lovely.
Carol Ann says
Fun fact of the day: My sweet and adorable daughter-in-law helped build and plant those wonderful raised garden beds. Patrick Dempsey brought her cold lemonade and cookies…she did not melt into a puddle like her mother-in-law would have. He was fascinated that an Organic Gardening major from the University of Alabama was in his back yard.
No kidding? That IS a fun fact! Love it. 🙂
I’d love to just have the grounds, even without the house. What a beautiful yard. I have always wanted a property that was my own park !
Cheryl Jordan says
I live near them.I believe they have a donkey.I hear them a lot, sounds are so sweet.
Love that they have a donkey. 🙂