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Moorcrest is a house in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California, United States. It was built in 1921 for the utopian Krotona Colony in Beachwood Canyon and was designed by Marie Russak Hotchener, an architect who designed several buildings for the Theosophist community; Moorcrest is thought of as one of her most famous pieces.[1]

In the heart of the Hollywood Hills, Moorcrest was once the home of actor Charlie Chaplin, the first international star of the modern era. Later, Mary Astor, the star of The Maltese Falcon among many other films, sometimes lived at Moorcrest. Her parents, Otto and Helen Langhanke, owned the home for a time.[2]

As of 2014, the house is owned by musician Joanna Newsom and actor Andy Samberg.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Marie Russak Hotchener and Moorcrest: The Theosophist Opera Singer and Her Architectural Fantasia". Under the Hollywood Sign. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ "Moorcrest, Charlie Chaplin's Hideaway". Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ Barragan, Bianca (2014-07-17). "41 Photos Inside Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom's Mindblowing Moorcrest Estate". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  4. ^ "Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom Buy the Famous Moorcrest - Curbed LA". 2016-06-16. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2020-08-12.

Coordinates: 34°06′41″N 118°19′23″W / 34.11142°N 118.32305°W / 34.11142; -118.32305