Inside a Gossip Girl’s Very Modest Home

It seems that in real life actress Leighton Meester is very different from Blair Waldorf, the snooty character she portrays on the hit show Gossip Girl. Meester picked up a very modest four-bedroom home in Encino, Calif., for $1.457 million. The digs are a far cry from the lavish Upper East Side cribs frequented by Blair and the Gossip Girl clan.

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It seems that in real life actress Leighton Meester is very different from Blair Waldorf, the snooty character she portrays on the hit show Gossip Girl. Meester recently picked up a very modest four-bedroom home in Encino, Calif., for $1.457 million.
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The modest digs are a far cry from the Upper East Side lavish cribs frequented by Blair and the Gossip Girl clan.
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Meester picked up the ranch-style home for $1.457 million, which isn't much compared to the millions many celebs spend on mansions in popular hoods like Beverly Hills or Malibu.
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The suburban spread measures 2,847 square feet. The living room, located to the right of the entrance hall, features plantation shutters, honey-colored hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace.
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It goes without saying that the bland, fleshy pink walls in the living room need to go. Perhaps Meester will hire a decorator to re-vamp the home.
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The family room features two sets of French doors that open onto the outdoor dining and entertainment area.
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Meester is likely to use this Encino home as her second home away from home. The actress reportedly owns a crib in New York, where she presumably stays while filming Gossip Girl.
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The galley-style kitchen — complete with white raised-panel cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and granite counters and back splashes — is separated from the family room by a glass-top snack bar.
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Meester's master suite boasts a fireplace, walk-in closet, attached bathroom and lounge area.
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The entire pad comes with four bedrooms, one of which has a private entrance.
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The master bathroom features a double-sink vanity, soaking tub and glass-enclosed steam shower.
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A look at another one of the four bedrooms in the home. The previous owner sure had interesting tastes in art.
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Built in 1948, the home comes with this office. By buying in Encino, Meester is getting not only more bang for her buck but also more privacy — the paparazzi don't often venture to the San Fernando Valley.
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One of the abode's 4.5 commodes — er, make that bathrooms. Nick Lachey and his new bride Vanessa Minnillo recently bought a home here in Encino, too. Is Encino the new celeb town of the Valley?
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The outdoor entertainment and dining space opens to the lush backyard and features a wet bar, kitchenette and electric heaters.
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Meester can throw a bash with all of her <I<Gossip Girl cohorts. Her new home comes with a built-in outdoor barbecue.
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Of course, no SoCal celebrity home is complete without a swimming pool. Next to the black-bottomed pool, there's a cabana with changing rooms and a bathroom.
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