One of Diane Keaton's real estate purchases might be just as quirky as the actress herself. In 2018, the timeless star scooped up an adobe estate for $1.5 million in the Barrio Viejo neighborhood of Tucson, AZ. The Sonoran row house is a far cry from the Oscar winner's $17.5 million former New York City apartment: She swapped clean white walls and black-and-white tile floors for exposed plaster, brick floors, and beamed ceilings.
The one-of-a-kind property has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and tips the scales at 4,572 square feet, with a separate but attached four-room guesthouse. Built during the 1880s, the adobe structure has since been restored by another owner, though the original plaster walls and traditional details remain. This desert-chic abode looks like an idyllic escape from the modern world and features quaint sitting rooms, a library, and décor inspired by its natural desert surroundings.
It's a well-established fact that Keaton is obsessed with remodeling and then reselling the homes she buys. And while she was clearly charmed by this historic property (it was actually awarded for its adept preservation), the actress will likely add it to her ever-growing list of successful flips. Let's take a look inside.
Exposed adobe walls and farmhouse-style wide-plank wood floors add to the off-the-grid feeling of this Southwestern desert home.
This rustic home brings outdoor elements inside. This entryway is no exception, thanks to a variety of textures and materials like brick, straw, and mud.
Multiple pendant lights, suspended from raw wood beams above, illuminate the high-ceilinged eat-in kitchen; a large wooden island provides seating and extra prep space.
The dining room effortlessly blends into the living area within this long section of the T-shaped house. Note the chic midcentury-modern vibes that nicely complement the austere structure.
The exposed adobe walls of the master bedroom are raw and unrefined, contrasting with the smooth hardwood floors and contemporary rug.
Huge Master Suite
A zoomed-out view of the master bedroom illustrates that the space is ample enough to accommodate a large sitting area (or two).
The home's exterior view resembles more of a commercial structure than a house; you'd never guess the potential of this unassuming yet intriguing home.
Get the Look
Desert-chic is well within your wheelhouse: Furnish your space with organic, hand-hewn pieces like these to channel Keaton's effortless Southwestern style.
A patterned rug like this laser-cut cowhide warms and softens raw, rustic spaces.
The welded black metal base is a modern foil to its distressed pine top. Plus, this one has some history: The wood was sourced from a farming community outside Beijing, China, and can be traced back hundreds of years.
Enlist a console table to define an entryway, or use the narrow table as a TV stand, a desk, or even a vanity.
Hojalata, or tin work, is one of the loveliest representations of Mexican folk art you can find. Silver tones shine nicely against rustic and all-white walls.
Short-stack pieces of furniture are perfect in high-ceilinged spaces, and this sectional can be pulled apart for more versatile seating options. Plus, the supple leather (in "Taos brown," naturally) will develop a gorgeous patina with age.
Midcentury-style furniture, like this tapered-leg bench, works well in Southwestern-inspired interiors: Its base is wrapped in natural sisal, while its indigo-and-ivory striping adds a subtle dash of color and pattern.
Carved Wood Dresser
Filigree-inspired carvings adorn the doors of this six-drawer dresser. Its washed-indigo hue would pair lovely with the earth and terracotta tones typically seen in desert homes.
Although this colorful lumbar pillow was hand-loomed in a workshop in San Pedro, Peru, you'd never know it, because it looks exactly like a vintage Mexican Saltillo blanket.