Whoever said money cannot but happiness probably had not tasted the luxury that comes with having millions of dollars to spare. Although we have always been told all we need are the necessities, there is nothing wrong with living large if you can afford it. Zach Woods is among the many celebrities who can now afford to buy luxurious homes thanks to their lucrative paychecks. There is not much known about the actor’s other real estate investments, so here is all you need to know about his new $1.7 million French villa.
The Villa dates back to the 1940s
According to Dirt, Woods’ French villa was built in 1946 but has undergone several renovations, the most recent one having been carried out in 2017. It is not clear if the renovations entailed changing the house’s layout to include or exclude some other rooms, but currently, it is a 3-bedroom house. It is located in Studio Coty, Los Angeles, and measures 2,019 square feet. The house comprises 2.25 bathrooms that include a full bathroom, a powder room, and ¾ bath.
The entire property is on a lot measuring 6,000 square feet giving the actor more than enough space to be creative and maybe add more amenities if he feels it is necessary. For instance, he has to share the driveway with three other homes since his property does not have a vehicular garage. Also, he might have to rethink a swimming pool since the one currently on the lot is regarded as a children’s wading pool. The yard is also quite small but is well-manicured and decorated with few potted plants and shrubs. Woods can also entertain guests outside on the concrete patio as they take turns at the plunge pool.
Inside the house is a large closet in the master bedroom, which adheres to the Feng Shui principle by incorporating lots of air facilitated by large French doors and a high ceiling. The two-car garage has been turned into a bedroom separated from the guest room by a long corridor that also enables access to the private office. His love for white is evident in the entire house, where the cabinetry in the bedroom and bathroom and the walls are white. Besides the state-of-the-art built-in stainless steel appliances, there is a kitchen island on which lies the stove. The countertops and breakfast bar are black, while the seats are white.
Zach Has Not Always Lived in Villas
Most of the successful people we view as our role models have hit rock bottom. Some like Steve Harvey had to live out of their car after going broke, but today they are millionaires. Luckily, nothing lasts forever, and such bad seasons come to pass. Woods was also not in the best place in life before he started acting. He wanted to become a musician and learned to play the trumpet, hoping it would help him pay for his college tuition. He learned improv and became so good that he became a teacher, which was due to a desperate financial situation as revealed to Interview Magazine.
His early 20s were not any better financially or mentally. He recalled that he would sleep until 1 pm in his basement apartment in New York. The apartment had no windows, and even when the light bulbs burnt out, he did not bother changing them. His go-to drink was bottled water, and once done, he would throw the bottles on the floor. The only time he used to get up from the couch was to attend commercial auditions, and he would stumble on the bottle-carpeted floor in the dark room to make his way to the door. Therefore, it is no surprise that he now appreciates the French doors and high ceilings that grant him enough air and natural lighting.
History of the French Provincial Style
According to The Spruce, French Provincial architecture dates back to the 1600s when French aristocrats built manors in the French countryside. Inspiration was from Versailles furnishings, and the style became popular during King Louis XIV’s reign. Although Aristocats mainly used it for their residential homes, the style was adopted in building commercial buildings. Aristocrats did not want to have their upper-class homes look too formal, so they preferred a more rustic appeal. During Ward War 1, American soldiers had traveled to Europe, and once the war over, they came back home. Since they admired the style of the rural homes they had seen in rural French, they used the same style to build homes in the US. The architectural design gained popularity, especially between 1920 and 1960 when it was adopted only from the original French design used in the 17th and 18 the century. Woods’ house is among the many built during the period when French Provincial architecture experienced a surge in the US.
How to Incorporate French Provincial Style in Your Home
Not all of us can afford to part with $1.7 million for a French villa, but if you are bent on having your own French Provincial style home, you can incorporate a few features. Home Beautiful enlightens us that with designs such as curved lines and carved details on the back of chairs, you are on your way to bringing the French style to your home. Colors also go a long way in satisfying your need; like the honey-hued floor and Italian cabinetry in Woods’ kitchen cabinetry, you can have neutral and natural tones. The timber does not need to be painted, but warm undertones are ideal if you cannot do without a bit of color. For the ultimate rustic appeal, incorporate linen fabric. A statement kitchen island helps to complete the look, especially if it has a marble top. Also, note that the white wardrobes are essential features in French provincial style country homes.