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Kat Von D Buys The Mansion From “Cheaper By The Dozen”

But there’s nothing cheap about the raven-haired “LA Ink” star’s new property!

Kat Von D is leaving her mark on the Los Angeles, CA, real estate market. The tattoo-aficionado-turned-beauty-tycoon just dropped $6.5 million on a historic, three-story Victorian home in LA’s Hancock Park neighborhood, and it’s just as unique as the former reality starlet. But here’s the real kicker: It’s the home from  the hit 2003 flick Cheaper by the Dozen, based on the popular children’s book about a family with more kids than they know what to do with.

Measuring 12,565 square feet, the 11-bed, 10-bath spread is a true taste of turn-of-the-century Los Angeles. Built in 1890 when the city was experiencing huge growth, the house was designed by Isaac Newton Van Nuys and then moved to its current location by his son in 1915. Located on a 27,000-square-foot lot in Windsor Square, the Victorian beauty is big on architectural details — and neighboring homes are too. It’s no wonder celebs like Damon Wayans and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes flock to the neighborhood!

Step through the grand entry into the main floor’s sitting room and continue through the library and dining room with linen-fold paneling and stained-glass windows. A hidden bar room has hand-carved walls and a secret exterior door, while a cozy den overlooks the swimming pool. The formal living room is called the “French ballroom,” and a large eat-in kitchen with butler’s pantry provides enough space for the whole family. (But maybe not a family with 12 kids!)

The third floor is almost a house of its own, with more bedrooms, a stage with original footlights, and even a kitchenette. Additional space for guests is available in the two-bed, one-bath carriage house located over the garage. It’s a ton of space for Kat — and it’s not her first foray into SoCal real estate! She has owned a Gothic mansion in the lower Hollywood Hills since 2011, which she bought for $2.175 million.

Images courtesy of Zillow. The listing agent was Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.