Sitting high above Laurel Canyon, overlooking Los Angeles, is a four-structure compound with a rich history and quite a few famous past residents.
Built in the 1930s, the four-structure compound — known as The Crown Jewel — consists of a two-bedroom, two-bath main house, a charming pool house, an A-Frame guest house with its own kitchenette, and a hillside bungalow dubbed “El Nido de Nestor” — paying homage to its former longtime tenant, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer Nestor Almendros.
But the Spanish cinematographer is not the only celebrity to have lived in the Laurel Canyon home.
Up until a few years ago, the whole property was owned by actor and director Corbin Bernsen (who sold the place in October 2020 for $2,040,000, public records show).
Perhaps best known for his eight-year stint as retired police detective Henry Spencer on the beloved procedural Psych or as Arnie Becker on L.A. Law, Corbin Bernsen is also a familiar face among fans of series like The Resident, General Hospital, or The Young and the Restless, where he made several appearances.
However, 2114 Kew Drive’s most famous resident was FRIENDS actress Jennifer Aniston.
Aniston reportedly lived in the A-frame on the property, renting it for a while before she reached stardom.
In fact, she was living here while filming FRIENDS, before her iconic portrayal of the funny, spoiled Rachel Green (and the accompanying haircut) made her a household name.
Now, the star-studded Crown Jewel of Laurel Canyon is being offered for sale at $2,595,000. Wendy Moore at Compass holds the listing — and even she was mesmerized by the house.
“2114 Kew Drive stands out among the homes I’ve listed in LA as a personal favorite,” Moore tells us via email.
“What sets this property apart is its unassuming charm; it’s been dubbed the Crown Jewel of Laurel Canyon, yet it maintains the laid-back, funky vibe that draws buyers to this neighborhood. Truly, it’s a one-of-a-kind gem!”, Wendy Moore added.
The compound has a total of 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, and interior spaces — including the living area and dining room — thoughtfully oriented to provide awe-inspiring vistas of the landscaped surroundings and downtown Los Angeles,
The generously sized kitchen features a captivating architectural ceiling, and seamlessly flows onto an outdoor dining patio, perfect for enjoying meals in the open air.
But each of the other structures on the compound has its own charm and vibe, adding to the allure of the property. And they all make the most out of the breathtaking views, which stretch from downtown LA to the vast expanse of the ocean.
Much like our FRIEND, Jennifer Aniston, we love the A-frame the most, with its warm, rustic-chic appeal.
Outside, outdoor seating areas, a pool, and spa all offer relaxation spots with scenic views of the city.