"Property Brothers" star Jonathan Scott and "Yes Man" actress Zooey Deschanel met while she was still married. After her second divorce, they dated and bought a home together. Here is a peek into their "forever home."
It was love at first Carpool Karaoke for "Property Brothers" star Jonathan Scott. The TV personality and actress Zooey Deschanel hit it off after filming an episode of "The Late Late Show With James Corden."
A month later, Deschanel announced her divorce from her husband of four years, Jacob Pechenik, even as dating rumors between her and Scott started hitting the tabloids.
Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel attend the Los Angeles Premiere Of Season 2 Of HBO's Unscripted Series "WE'RE HERE" at Sony Pictures Studios on October 08, 2021 in Culver City, California | Source: Getty Images
A friend of the couple told People that the Deschanel and Pechenik had separated months before the announcement. Soon after, Deschanel and Scott began posting photos of one another on Instagram and attending events together.
"They are very private and are excellent parents and love their kids so much and want this to be smooth for them."
A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Scott and Deschanel's relationship moved fast, and they were serious about making progress. The same June Deschanel's divorce became final, the "The Happening" alum and her newfound love seemed to be taking some significant steps as they closed in on their dream house.
For the couple, the house was love at first sight, and they knew they wanted it to be their forever home as soon as they pulled into the driveway.
The five-bedroom Georgian revival in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles was their dream home, where they wanted to see their children grow up laughing and adventuring in the yard. They also planned on hosting friends and family.
When they brought the kids to see the house, they wondered if they would be living in a park due to the expansive lawn with sycamore trees and a rose garden. So that summer, they named the house the "Park House."
After purchasing the Georgian home in 2020, they began renovating, which took two years to complete. Scott wrote on the "Drew + Jonathan Reveal," the magazine he and his brother produce together:
"It was really hands-on for both of us. Many Saturdays, we sat searching for the right details to add to this home."
They both worked towards making their home a beautiful space for themselves and their children. While they shared similar tastes and needs for the house, their requirements did not always align, and they would be forced to find common ground to move on.
Scott said he had waited his whole life for a woman like Deschanel. He also dreamed of a beautiful house to share with a woman like her. Now that he had his dream woman and home, he hoped the "forever house" would stay in the family.
Scott explained why they thought it would be their forever home, sharing that he and Deschanel hoped their children would inherit the house after them and then pass it down to their children. That way, it remained in the family.
The couple, who shares a passion for design and real estate, customized the house to suit their needs while preserving the original look and feel of the home.
Each focused on their part of the renovation, with Scott spearheading the construction and architectural details while Deschanel concentrated on the interior finishes.
Scott also disclosed that buying a home together raised questions from fans about a possible next step for the couple. Scott revealed that fans wondered when he would propose to Deschanel, saying:
"No matter what I post (on Instagram), I could post a picture of a delicious meal on social media; the first comment will always be, 'When you putting a ring on that?'"
A PEEK INTO SCOTT AND DESCHANEL'S FOREVER HOME
Constructed in 1938 by acclaimed architect Gerard Colcord, the home features white wood sidings, contrasting dark shutters, and porch columns. The expansive lawn graced by a rose garden and sycamore trees gives it a park feel.
While choosing to renovate the home themselves, the couple decided they wanted to preserve the original look and feel of the house. That said, the changes they made to the home are customized to suit their family and hosting needs.
First, they turned the single-height entryway with a curved staircase into a double-height one with a traditional stair, boasting an iron handrail and Moroccan-style runner, all with a vintage chandelier and custom millwork.
With a series of upgrades and swaps here and there, Scott modified the fire safety codes. Despite the home looking 100 years old, it now uses less grid energy than a small apartment.
The house will also keep the couple's carbon footprint in check with solar roof tiles, a robust battery-storage system, and other features that will save them energy and reduce water consumption.
"This is a house that suits our tastes and needs, aesthetically and functionally. Jonathan is so amazing at figuring that out. He's been doing it for his clients for so long, and now he's done that for us and our family."
SCOTT'S FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE
Scott disclosed that his favorite part of the house is the solarium, a feature that Deschanel always dreamed of having. The solarium, which stands where an ordinary patio used to be, has an elegant glass ceiling, a fountain, olive trees, and a balcony connecting all bedrooms.
Because the side of the house where the solarium now stands was oddly shaped, Scott needed to build a new section to even it out.
"Jonathan knows whether an idea is practical or not," Deschanel says. "And he knew just how to turn this patio on the asymmetrical side of the house into a solarium."