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Designer Waldo Fernandez buys a home with flair

Designer Waldo Fernandez buys a home with flair
Built in 1940, the house was redone by John Woolf who popularized the Hollywood Regency style. (Michael McNamara)

Interior designer

Waldo Fernandez

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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

Merv Griffin

in the late '80s. His celebrity clients have included

Brad Pitt

,

Tobey Maguire

,

Elizabeth Taylor

and

Goldie Hawn

.

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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.

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