Video game developer drops $12M for Hollywood Hills “castle”

Jeff Strain's company Undead Labs was recently bought by Microsoft

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Oct.October 03, 2018 04:00 PM
Jeff Strain and the so-called “Castle” in the Hollywood Hills

Whoever said that playing video games can’t make you rich hasn’t been to Los Angeles lately.

Jeff Strain, who helped create the massively popular computer games “World of Warcraft” and “Starcraft,” dropped $12 million for a mansion in the Hollywood Hills that’s been nicknamed the Castle, according to Yolanda’s Little Black Book.

The 7,770-square-foot home was recently renovated by the husband-and-wife home flippers and design team Robert and Cortney Novogratz. They’re the stars of the short-lived “9 by Design” show on Bravo and “Home by Novogratz” on HGTV. The couple bought the home in 2015 for $3.8 million to live in with their seven kids and did extensive renovations.

They documented the project with an internet series appropriately called “The Castle Next Door,” in 2016 and spoke to the The Real Deal about the show.

They knocked out some walls — reducing the bedroom count from seven to four — updated the kitchen, and installed new hardwood floors, according to Yolanda’s Little Black Book. The home also has a home theater, a basketball court, and a game room that should go down well with Strain and his wife Annie’s five children.

Strain made a name for himself at video game development company Blizzard and then founded a series of successful game companies that were bought out by much larger developers.

A recent buyout by Microsoft of his latest company, Undead Labs, could be what prompted his move to Los Angeles, although it isn’t clear what Strain was paid in the sale. Strain appears to be staying on board and the company will remain headquartered in Seattle. Still, L.A. is a lot closer than his family’s last digs, which were in New Orleans. [Yolanda’s Little Black Book] – Dennis Lynch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Leslie Benzies, his existing mid-century home with Jerry Seinfeld (left) and renderings of two possible new homes on the properties (right) (Credit: Austin Hargrave/Wikipedia and Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Square —acre — to spare: Seinfeld’s former Hollywood Hills home relists

Square —acre — to spare: Seinfeld’s former Hollywood Hills home relists
Frank Binder and Alexandra Schuck, with 1 Electra Court (Credit: Hilton & Hyland)

Merck billionaire plans to tear down 1 Electra Court and go twice as big

Merck billionaire plans to tear down 1 Electra Court and go twice as big
The priciest residential listings last week

Here are the priciest residential listings in LA County last week

Here are the priciest residential listings in LA County last week
The five priciest listings in L.A. County last week

Here are the 5 priciest residential listings in LA County last week

Here are the 5 priciest residential listings in LA County last week
Michelle Obama rented out the Shark House (Credit: Getty Images)

Is Michelle Obama “Becoming” an Angeleno? Former first lady eyes Hollywood Hills

Is Michelle Obama “Becoming” an Angeleno? Former first lady eyes Hollywood Hills
2000 North Highland Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Airbnb conversion: Hollywood Hills property owner seeks apartment-hotel hybrid

Airbnb conversion: Hollywood Hills property owner seeks apartment-hotel hybrid
Jason Oppenheim

To sell a $45M home, this broker just commissioned a billboard on Sunset Strip

To sell a $45M home, this broker just commissioned a billboard on Sunset Strip
Matthew Lichtenberg and the Hollywood Hills property (Credit: Google Maps)

Supersize this: Hollywood Hills homeowner plans massive expansion

Supersize this: Hollywood Hills homeowner plans massive expansion
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...