Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ryan Seacrest House | Casa Di Pace | Hollywood Hills

There are hosts, there are consummate hosts, and then there is Ryan Seacrest. The cherubic emcee of American Idol, the most popular show on television, also anchors E! News and the globally syndicated radio program American Top 40. He cohosts the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He presided over the 2007 Emmy broadcast and will do the honors in early February for the Super Bowl’s new, expanded pregame show. “I’m trying not to appear in too many more places in the near future,” says Seacrest, sounding almost apologetic, during an early-morning phone call from Omaha, Nebraska, where he is auditioning talent for Idol’s next season. “Right now I’m very much looking forward to coming home.”

Home is a rambling Mediterranean villa in the Hollywood Hills known as Casa di Pace, or the House of Peace. It is not an old house (circa 1970s), but it has a stately, Old Hollywood feeling, with city-lights views, lots of palm trees, a pool and a tennis court, a screening room, a wine cellar and a sterling celebrity pedigree (previous residents include Kevin Costner and Richard Dreyfuss). It is the entertainer’s hard-won sanctuary. “I looked for the right property for years,” he relates. “It was really tricky to find something that had the convenience factor—I wanted to be at work in 10 minutes—and at the same time the escape factor. In my head I was seeing the sort of villa you might see in Spain or Italy. The day I saw the house was the day I made an offer.”

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