Inside Katie Holmes' $4 Million California Home
Katie Holmes, the millionaire movie star and once-upon-a-time wife of Tom Cruise, sold her chic contemporary mansion in Calabasas, California, for $4.011 million in February 2020.
The sale came a month after reducing the original price of $4.625 million to $4.25 million. Holmes decided to part ways with the Calabasas home after her split with Jamie Foxx.
Take a look inside this six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom house that is situated in the Oaks.
What's the Oaks?
It's that celebrity-stuffed suburban Los Angeles enclave where only the richest and most famous seem to reside.
Come take at Holmes’ multimillion-dollar mansion.
The house is 6,040 square feet.
The European manor-style house was built in 2007.
The Living Room
The home has a beautiful contemporary fireplace.
This living room has French windows on all sides, allowing tons of light.
Bright and Airy
Holmes bought this house in August 2014, about two years after she filed for divorce from Cruise in 2012. She was living in New York City at the time.
Various media reports said that Holmes feared that the Church of Scientology was following her and was concerned about the church’s potential influence on her daughter.
The Entry Living Area
According to a New York Post article in July 2012, "[a] team of beefy armed men parked themselves in a white Cadillac Escalade outside Holmes' place [in NYC] all day yesterday, snapping pictures of people outside the building and demanding to know who they were."
Holmes had been renting a $12,500-a-month apartment in Manhattan after leaving Cruise.
At the time, Cruise was filming the movie "Oblivion" and was 2,600 miles away, allowing Holmes the opportunity to escape.
Cruising for Something Else
Cruise and Holmes were together for six years.
They became engaged in 2005.
This photo was taken in Spain shortly after their engagement.
Open Floor Plan
Things may or may not have been as bad as the media reported, and we’ll never know for sure. It took Holmes two years to move from New York City to Calabasas, although she kept a residence in the Big Apple, too.
"That time was intense. It was a lot of attention, and I had a little child on top of it," Holmes told InStyle in April 2020. "We had some funny moments out and about in public. So many people I didn't know became my friends and helped us out, and that's what I love about [New York City]."
Sets of French Doors
She must have enjoyed the extra space during her five-year tenure here.
The house is open and inviting.
Holmes’ kitchen is a chic black-and-white style with a large kitchen island and bar seating.
The Breakfast Nook
At its price and size, the cost per square foot is $766.
That’s a lot for most people, but it’s nothing for someone whose net worth was reportedly $25 million pre-divorce.
A Large Island
When Holmes cooks food, she typically eats healthy.
"I try to eat my veggies every day," she told People.
When she’s looking for fast food, it’s Chipotle time.
The double-basin sink and abundant counter space would make cooking and cleaning up a breeze.
The Laundry Room
Just off the kitchen, past a built-in desk, is a laundry room with a stainless steel washer and dryer.
A Kitchen Hallway
Connecting the foyer area to the back of the kitchen is a hallway with more drawers, counter space, sink and what looks like a wine cooler.
The Dining Room
For more formal dinners, this living room will do the trick.
There’s an eye-soothing contrast between the eggshell white walls and hardwood flooring.
A view of the pool adds a splash of blue from the picture window.
Upstairs, there are at two lofts.
This one is decorated as an informal study.
A Place to Lounge
On the other side is a loft for lounging, with a large picture window that overlooks the hilly neighborhood.
The French doors open up to a small balcony, which oversees another seating area on the patio outside.
An Upstairs Hallway
Connecting some of the areas upstairs is this hallway.
At the end is an interior balcony, while another set of French doors opens up to the outside.
The Master Bedroom
It’s quite clear that Holmes has vacated the property, as there are no personal effects of any kind in this massive master bedroom.
But even without her personal touches, the master bedroom still feels quite homey. It must be those hardwood floors.
A Reading Nook
Off the master is a private sitting area, perfect for curling up with a book.
The Master Closet
There’s more than enough room for every different garment from Holmes’ now-defunct fashion line, which the "Dawson’s Creek" alum ended in 2014, right around the same time she moved into this house.
The Master Bathroom
The marble-tiled bathroom has two long vanity countertops and an oval soaking tub overlooking the hillside.
A Guest Bedroom
The home has six spacious bedrooms.
This one comes with a candle-style chandelier.
Holmes bought this house for $3.795 million. If it had sold at the asking price, she would have made $830,000 on the transaction.
She made less than that, though, after the house sold for $4.011 million in February 2020.
So she made about $205,000, not counting agent and seller fees.
Lots of Places to Slumber
The home’s second story appears to be allocated just to bedrooms and lofts.
The dark wood flooring stretches throughout the house.
The bedrooms are illuminated by recessed lighting.
Many French Doors
The French doors in this room look like they lead out to the rooftop deck. There are so many French doors!
The Exercise Room
This smaller bedroom has been turned into an exercise space, with two bikes and a mounted flatscreen.
A peek into one of the home’s six-and-a-half bathrooms.
The Rooftop Deck
Holmes was recently in a relationship with Jamie Foxx.
She reportedly had been spending more time in California during their relationship — Foxx lives 20 miles away — but the two broke up in September 2019.
The pool and the backyard are vibrant.
There are tons of areas to sit, lounge or swim.
The Fire Pit
The home’s spacious backyard includes a sunken fire pit near the pool.
The pool is gorgeous.
A Private Respite
The home is situated on a half-acre of property and backs up to the hillside, creating a natural privacy barrier.
Lounging by these soothing water jets sounds like a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.
This is California living.
If you don’t feel like walking down to the fire pit for warmth, you could also step up into the spa.
The Enclosed Seating Area
This sitting area is enclosed on all sides and flanked by French windows and glass doors.
This sheltered patio features globe pendant lighting.
A grilling and bar area can be seen adjacent to the patio.
The Sports Court
Also on the grounds is a sports court.
Holmes is now directing movies as well as acting. Her first film, "All We Had," debuted in 2016. It was an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Annie Weatherwax.
Her upcoming film, "Rare Objects," is also a book adaptation. She's turning the book by Kathleen Tessaro into a screenplay and will direct the movie, which is a historical drama set during the Great Depression.
For all the negative press that Cruise receives for being a Scientologist, the divorce between Holmes and Cruise seemed amicable.
The two were divorced less than two weeks after the announcement was made public, and Holmes received full custody of Siri.
Life Is Getting Easier
Holmes' life appears less chaotic now, too.
The media frenzy also has died off, which means fewer bogus reports. Like when Star magazine published an article in 2011 titled "Addiction Nightmare: Katie Drug Shocker!" and implied she was a drug user.
She sued them for $50 million, and two months later, the publication publicly apologized and made a contribution to a nonprofit charity on Holmes' behalf.
Is Holmes Saying Goodbye to California?
It's unclear if Holmes bought another pad in California or if she's sticking with New York City, but that appears to be the case.
Settling In New York City
During her interview with InStyle, Holmes discussed how she was very active in the New York City community.
She has a book club and goes to the Joyce Theater, does hot yoga and takes boxing classes.
If she does buy another place in California, it might be a vacation home.
A New Adventure
Holmes, 41, is entering a new part of her life, but she doesn't regret anything.
"I always wanted adventure, and I got it," Holmes told inStyle. "And I'm still on one. In life, you're supposed to have joy, pain, loss, calm. We're not supposed to say, 'If I could go back, I would want everything joyful,' because it's not going to happen. That's life. Nobody gets off free, and you're not supposed to. Because then you're going to miss things."