Inside Julia Roberts' $11.25M San Francisco Home Where She Could 'Be a Person, a Mom, a Wife'
- "Mona Lisa Smile" star Julia Roberts not only found the perfect life partner when she married Danny Moder.
- The couple found their dream home when they purchased an $8.3 million house in San Francisco.
- The house was put on the market, and Roberts once shared how she bonded with her children.
Julia Roberts is a worldwide sensation. With her movie credits ranging from playing the down-on-her-luck Hollywood call girl in "Pretty Woman" to being a legal clerk in "Erin Brockovich," Roberts has had quite the run in the industry and won numerous accolades while at it.
Despite living a fairy tale when it comes to marriage, Roberts was not always as lucky. In 1993, she married country singer Lyle Lovett three weeks after they met. Sadly, their marriage ended only two years later, in 1995.
After the split, Roberts became linked to several suitors, including Dylan McDermott, Matthew Perry, Jason Patric, and Liam Neeson. However, she met her knight in shining armor in 2000, and today, she often gushes over him and refers to him as "my person." She admitted:
"It was meeting Danny ... finding my person. When I think about what makes my life my life and makes sense and just shines inside of me, it's him. Everything has come from that for me."
However, the couple's relationship sadly didn't start well. It took only a short time for Julia Roberts and her new man to start dating, not long after his marriage ended in divorce.
Roberts and Her Husband, Danny Moder's Romance Began with a Minor Scandal
While Roberts and Danny Moder's romance has weathered all storms, it started with a minor scandal. When they met, the actress was dating Benjamin Bratt, while Moder was still married to Vera Steimberg.
The couple married months after Moder's divorce from Steimberg became final, which caused speculation about whether the actress had been the cause of their split. Roberts denied the claims, saying in December 2003:
"He sorted his whole thing out, separate and apart from me. And I sorted my life out, separate and apart from him. I think that's the only reason we were able to ultimately fall in love with each other and be together."
She added: "I'm an easy person to point the finger at — 'she did it ' — and I see that. I don't begrudge people the easy finger-point. It just doesn't happen to be so." Their means of meeting notwithstanding, Roberts admitted that meeting Moder was unlike anything she had ever experienced.
The actress shared that none of her previous relationships had shaken her quite like meeting him. She told Gwyneth Paltrow in 2018 that she thought the first real "seismic shift" in her life was meeting Moder and getting married to him.
The star knew then that her life would never be the same. The couple welcomed their twins, Hazel and Phinneaus, in November 2004 and their third child, Henry, in June 2007. The "Conspiracy Theory" actress once said:
"The thing is, we have these three human beings who are just a complete reflection of the affection we have for each other."
Roberts once gave some insight into her role as a mother. The actress said she was raising the trio to be independent beings, and while they've experienced a lot of ups, they've also had some downs.
Inside the Couple's Parenting
While she is a star in her career, Roberts admits to being familiar with the highs and lows of parenthood, but that does not deter her from celebrating her achievements. The actress shared:
"There are great things I've accomplished, and I'd be happy to accomplish more, of course, to impress my children and my husband. But you know what? I've been spoiled already."
The star has often shared her thoughts on raising independent kids and once said: "I raise my kids now. I don't want them to have some of the struggles that I had." However, she also believed in them knowing how to make their beds, do their laundry, and make at least one meal.
Roberts feels those skills are essential, and her children must run their own race. She also noted that her children have to have their own experiences. However, being a mom hasn't always been easy.
One parenting challenge the star has faced is having little time to herself. The actress disclosed that after becoming a mother, a lot changed, and she no longer had spare time to sit around, adding:
"I don't have time to get a pedicure, but I sure am happy. Who cares if your feet look bad?"
She recalls how, despite growing up with an actress for a mother, her kids did not initially come to terms with the fact that she was famous. Roberts shared:
"When they were starting to figure it out, it was like, 'You're famous?' And I said, 'I think a lot of people might have seen the movie that I'm in or might know who I am.' Maybe an hour goes by. 'Are you more famous than Taylor Swift?'"
And yet those innocent kids are now of college-going age. The twins will begin school in the fall, and Roberts could not be prouder. The actress, children, and husband live in and own several homes, but one house is more cherished than the others. Roberts and Danny Moder bought the apartment a few years before for almost $10 million.
Inside the Couple's San Francisco Home
Aside from figuring out parenting, Roberts and her cinematographer husband thrive in the property-owning business. The duo owns a lot of property, including two Malibu homes twenty minutes from each other.
They also own a home on a ranch in New Mexico, which Roberts admits is peaceful. In addition, they have three apartments in the heart of New York and a sprawling San Francisco Hawaiian holiday home. However, their most prized possession is their quiet and low-key Presidio Heights, San Francisco abode, which the star purchased for $8.3 million in January 2021.
The five-floor home has 6,245 square feet of living space with mesmerizing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay from the primary bedroom suite, the kitchen, and the family room. The century-old Victorian Revival-style home boasts two decks and a tiered outdoor patio just off the bottom floor's bonus room, leading to a smaller seating area.
The home also features an office, four and a half bathrooms, five bedrooms, an entertainment area, a reading area, a wood-paneled wine cellar, an outdoor dining area, a garden, a two-car tandem garage, and a spare room at the south-facing end of the top floor, which can also serve as an office.
The gourmet kitchen has a breakfast area and bar, a six-burner gas stovetop, a walk-in pantry, two sink stations, two dishwashers, and marble countertops. There is also a wet bar, a wine fridge, and a desk area. The lower walls of the kitchen are wrapped in green cabinetry with a large center island.
Another beautiful feature in the kitchen is a bench-style dining hook, which matches the upper cabinetry with its silver fixtures. A back hallway in the kitchen leads to the second set of stairs connecting the other floors.
The main bedroom features a large bay window with a bench and a balcony facing the Bay. The master bathroom features his and hers sinks with ample counter spaces and plenty of storage. The white walls and marble tiles match the other rooms in the house. Outside the bedroom is a large walk-in closet with redwood cabinetry and shelving.
Before she bought the house, Roberts was often spotted vacationing in San Francisco and the surrounding cities. Its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine finally got to her, and she decided to make it her second home.
However, she didn't move in immediately as the home was reportedly being renovated. The family hopes to move into their new home soon. The neighbors are already excited about having the movie star and her family as their neighbors, with one of them, Marty, saying:
"I think that's why she's invested here. It's a place where she can be a person, a mom, a wife."
The quiet and low-key neighborhood, which wealthy Silicon Valley business people reportedly prefer, is excited about welcoming Hollywood royalty to the community, and one of the neighbors says the home is perfect for Roberts and her husband to raise their kids:
"It's a beautiful house with great views, but it's modest. It's perfect for people who want to just blend in and have a quiet life to raise three children."
The home is also ideal for quiet family life, as another neighbor said: "There are no bars but lots of restaurants, clothing shops, art shops, designer shops. She will be able to go there without being bothered." However, a few years later, the house was on the market.
Shortly after buying the San Francisco apartment on 3530 Washington Street, Roberts and her husband put it up for sale. Sotheby's International Realty put the house on the market with Tania Toubba as the lead agent.
The asking price was $11,250,000, more than the couple had initially paid. During a 2017 interview, the actress opened up about her relationship with her children. She revealed that one way to increase family bonding time during supper was if everyone sat together at the dinner table.
The star said the act is "part of the tapestry" of what everyone expected from one another. The actress felt it was meaningful because, during that time, they had incredible conversations. Roberts shared that she had breakfast and dinner with her children daily.
Having breakfast with them felt like they were starting things together, and for supper, they were processing the day's happenings and winding it down. In 2009, she confessed that there were days when she finished making breakfast and cleaning the kitchen, and then lunch had to be made.
By the time she finished that, dinner had to be prepared, and she'd consider ordering from a menu. However, on other days, she was creative and enjoyed the process with the help of her children. She admitted that some days were fun while others felt like a chore.
Here's Roberts' recipe that Oprah Winfrey's website once shared about breakfast. The recipe for the confectionary 12-piece muffins appeared in Candace Nelson's "The Sprinkles Baking Book."
Julia Roberts' Banana-Hemp Heart Muffins
2 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
4 teaspoons of hemp hearts or seeds, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
4 teaspoons of ground flaxseed meal
2 teaspoons of white or black chia seeds
2/3 cup mashed, very ripe medium bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut sugar or lightly packed dark-brown sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350°, then grease a 12-cup cupcake pan or line with paper liners.
2. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, then blend in the hemp, flax, and chia seeds.
3. Beat the bananas, sugars, oil, and eggs in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
4. Add the flour mixture to the banana one in two additions, beating until blended.
5. Divide the batter in the wells of the pan and generously sprinkle each muffin with 1 teaspoon of hemp hearts.
6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
7. End off by transferring the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.