Mega writer and producer Shonda Rhimes has made her mark on Hollywood with an empire of shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Bridgerton, Inventing Anna, and her latest, Queen Charlotte, but she’s also cultivated an impressive real estate empire. The Chicago native began her career in the late ’90s, writing films including Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and Crossroads, but became a household name in 2005 with her TV show Grey’s Anatomy, the long-running ABC medical drama. Not long after Grey’s became a phenomenon, Shonda Rhimes began snapping up real estate in Los Angeles, and as her list of shows grew, she expanded her square footage as well, creating a bicoastal portfolio of properties.
Following the success of Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes created Private Practice, a spinoff of the series set in Los Angeles, which premiered in 2007. That same year, Rhimes purchased a Spanish-style duplex west of Los Angeles’s Hancock Park neighborhood for $1.66 million. According to Realtor.com, the 1920s property has two three-bedroom units and a pool.
Three years later, Rhimes purchased another Los Angeles property, this time in Hancock Park proper. She snapped up a 1920s mansion with six bedrooms and six full and three half bathrooms for $5.6 million. Rhimes bought the home from the musician Beck, who sold it for a $1.15 million loss. The 8,298-square-foot house was set on nearly a half-acre hedge-lined corner lot and featured a pool, cabana/entertainment lounge, and a large backyard. Juliet balconies on the second floor overlooked the yard, and French doors connected the living spaces to the manicured outdoor areas. The primary suite occupied its own wing with an office, sitting area, two bathrooms, and two walk-in closets.
Rhimes put the home back on the market in 2018 for $9.995. She cut the price to $8.5 million in May of 2019 and sold it for $7.166 million in September of that year.
Following the success of Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, which premiered in 2012 and 2014, respectively, Rhimes added another Hancock Park home to her portfolio. She purchased the 8,400-square-foot home—built by architect Elmer Grey, who also designed the Beverly Hills hotel—from actress Patricia Heaton for $8.8 million.