Leighton Meester Picks Un-Gossip-Girl-Like Home in Encino
In the case of Leighton Meester, real life doesn’t mirror television.
Leighton Meester plays uppity Blair Waldorf in the TV series Gossip Girl. Her character has a penchant for overambitious goals and expensive clothing, and would pick out a sleek and sexy modern pad in the Beverly Hills area.
The home Meester chose to buy, on the other hand, is an unassuming California ranch-style home in Encino for $1,457,500. While buying a $1.5 million property in the Encino real estate market is nothing to sniff at, it’s nothing compared to a home in Beverly Glen or Hollywood Hills. Median Encino home values are currently $487,900; median Beverly Glen home values are $1,214,300.
But maybe that’s why Meester chose Encino — hoping to get a little more bang for her buck, and perhaps a little more privacy, choosing a home a little off the paparazzi-beaten path.
Although Meester has had bit roles in film and television shows like “Entourage,” “CSI: Miami” and “House,” her breakthrough role was the main character in CW’s Gossip Girl. From there, Meester has had roles in films like “Going the Distance,” “Date Night” and “Country Strong.”
Meester’s new home in Encino has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 2,847 square feet of living space. The “zen” home is located in the upscale Royal Oaks neighborhood and features an “open, flowing floor plan,” hardwood floors, French doors and plantation shutters. The grounds feature mature landscaping, a black-bottomed pool and pool bar.
According to the Real Estalker, Meester also has a home in New York, which is presumably where she spends most of her time when she’s filming Gossip Girl.