Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Louise Roe, who has made a career as a stylist, television host, and writer, would base her decision to leave her “fab” townhouse just off of Melrose Place in Los Angeles in the name of fashion. “I’m going to blame my closet, really,” laughs Roe, who now lives in a three-bedroom house in the Hollywood Hills with her husband, director Mackenzie Hunkin. “We didn’t have space for all my shoes and bags. Fashion is my job, so it’s purely for professional reasons!”
But finding a new house wasn’t as simple as looking for listings with walk-in closets and calling it a day. For one thing, Roe or Hunkin aren't fans of the modern homes that make up a considerable portion of the city’s real estate. “We wanted something with character,” she says, citing her English upbringing. After a year of searching—all while planning a wedding across the pond—they finally found the right house the day they returned from their honeymoon in Italy. “I just knew immediately, even just from the photos online and before we'd seen it, that it was the one,” says Roe.
Built in 1935, the three-bedroom Hollywood Hills house had the sense of history and tradition the couple craved. As a bonus, it offered a gorgeous outdoor area that would be perfect for entertaining and a perfect backdrop for shoots for Roe’s blog, Front Roe, as well as her popular Instagram feed. “It's got a very mature garden, which in Los Angeles you don't often find,” she says. “The houses we were looking at, they threw a few cactus into the front and called that a garden, but this one's got great flowers and fruit trees and a lovely little pathway up to the front.”