Perched high above Sunset Boulevard, celebrity photographer John Russo readies his nest.
“If you don’t want to take your shoes off, don’t come over,” jokes photographer John Russo. “I’m a nervous wreck with this white floor!”
Guest-proofed or no, Russo’s house is precisely what the photographer envisioned, or as he’ll tell you, “manifested.”
The house, built in 1957, is only about 1,800 square feet—modest by today’s standards—but located in the Bird Streets, an exclusive enclave in the Hollywood Hills. (Neighbors include Keanu Reeves and Leonardo DiCaprio.) “This house has everything, especially privacy,” Russo explains. “It’s situated up high, almost on its own peninsula. From one side I see the ocean and from the other I see the mountain. And I don’t have neighbors on top of me.” The only intrusion is the occasional star tours bus. “When I’m out on the deck sometimes one will stop, so I wave,” Russo adds.
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