has bought a home in the Hollywood Hills West area for $2.4 million.
Designed in 1940 by architect F. Pierpont Davis and later redone by Hollywood Regency-style proponent John Woolf, the Italian villa was named "One of the 100 most desirable homes to own" by Architectural Digest.
The living room is adorned with 12-foot-tall, hand-carved ceilings from a European cathedral and an oversized limestone fireplace. A domed ceiling caps the dining room, where French doors open to a terrace overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. The master suite features a 16-foot ceiling, a skylight and a fireplace for a total of three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Fernandez, who started as a set designer on the 1960s films "Doctor Dolittle" and "Planet of the Apes," worked on the face-lift of the Beverly Hills Hotel for
in the late '80s. His celebrity clients have included
Property records show the house was last sold in 1984 for $267,500.
Brent Watson of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office was the listing agent. Roberta Foresta of Evergreen Realty represented Fernandez.