GOOD WILL HUNTING HOUSE 779K
November 24, 2011 by staff
GOOD WILL HUNTING HOUSE 779K, It’s an old-world kind of house — a unique Tudor straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
It was part of a 19th-century hilltop farm that overlooked Los Angeles that was subdivided in the 1920s, when a renowned architect was brought in to infuse a Viking-French Norman style to the structure.
But none of those details compare to a more recent historical footnote for this unique Eagle Rock real estate market home where two ambitious, Boston-bred friends set up camp and hammered out a screenplay that resulted in two Academy Awards.
No, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon do not come with this house at 2327 Hill Drive. But as a result of the creative whirlwind the pair cooked up inside these funky walls, this Eagle Rock address has unofficially become known as the “Good Will Hunting” home.
The marquee co-stars’ celebrated residency was enough to earn Affleck a place in the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society register. Seems that Affleck’s peripatetic college days at nearby Occidental College landed him at the Eagle Rock house, where Damon flopped for a spell, too.
Affleck once talked about how he and Damon got to live in the Hansel & Gretel-esque domicile:
I lived all over the place. I lived in Hollywood, then I moved. [Matt Damon] and I got money from School Ties (1992), and we blew it all in a couple of months. We made $35,000 or $40,000 each and thought we were rich. And we were shocked later on to find out how much we owed in taxes. We were appalled: $15,000! What? But we rented this house on the beach in Venice and 800 people came and stayed with us and got drunk. Then we ran out of money and had to get an apartment. It was like everything was exciting. So we lived in Glendale and Eagle Rock and we lived in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Venice, by the Hollywood Bowl, all over the place. We’d get thrown out of some places or we’d have to upgrade or downgrade depending on who had money.
In reality, the house that Matt & Ben “built” is not the “Good Will Hunting” house, but better known as the ”Braasch House” and “Ma Castle.”
Los Angeles real estate agent Michael Locke of Keller Williams Los Feliz holds the listing.
“We have had a lot of interest, but so far, no one has bit the bullet,” said Locke, a photographer whose work, displayed on Flickr, chronicles a great swath of Los Angeles real estate.
Locke said the house hasn’t been occupied for several years but it is in “reasonably good shape for a house of its age.
“The hardwood floors are in amazing condition; the windows have never been painted, so there’s not layers of paint to be removed. It has a new roof and chimney flue. It’s in an original unspoiled condition except for the kitchen, which was remodeled probably in the 1960?s and needs to be re-done. The big expenses involve the systems (plumbing, electrical, heating, etc.) which seem to be original and therefore probably need to be replaced,” said Locke, who has seen his share of Los Angeles real estate.
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