Tattoo artist Kat Von D snags a well-traveled Victorian in Windsor Square

Tattoo artist Kat Von D has paid $6.5 million for a 1890 Victorian that was originally built in Westlake and later moved to its current location in Windsor Square.
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Tattoo artist and television personality Kat Von D has inked a deal in Windsor Square, buying a noted Victorian-style home in the historic neighborhood for $6.5 million, The Times has confirmed.

Built in 1890 for Isaac Newton Van Nuys, the prominent landholder for which the San Fernando neighborhood of Van Nuys is named for, the mansion originally sat on a corner in Westlake, but was moved to its current location in 1914 by his son, J. Benton Van Nuys.


Fronted by a turntable driveway, the three-story home retains its vintage good looks with extensive brickwork, decorative trim and stained glass windows. A steep cross-gabled roof and domed turret lend a whimsical note to the exterior.

A grand entry, a wood-paneled sitting room, a library, a den and a ballroom/living room are within roughly 12,600 square feet of interior space. In a nod to the Prohibition Era, a hidden speakeasy features hand-carved walls and a secret door to the outside. A stage/theater room with original footlights resides on the third level.

Including a carriage house above the two-car garage, there are 12 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms.

A swimming pool, various patios, lawns and landscaping fill out the more than half-acre setting.

The property came up for sale in April for $8.195 million and was more recently listed at $7.35 million, records show. Prior to the sale, it last sold in 1998 for $1.3 million.

Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the listing agent. Jamie Sher of the Sher Group represented the buyer.


Katherine von Drachenberg, 34, appeared on the reality series “LA Ink” from 2007 to 2011, following a stint on “Miami Ink.” This year, she appeared on the CBS series “Life in Pieces.”

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