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The Marvel actor now has a superhero-worthy mansion in Los Angeles's Mount Olympus neighbourhood and everyone wants a sneak peek of that super life

It looks like Simu Liu is not satisfied with achieving a number of career highs this year including being Marvel's first Asian superhero and Shang-Chi becoming the biggest movie in the US this year. The Marvel star just scored a personal win after purchasing a swanky Hollywood Hills mansion.

His new contemporary home that sits atop of Los Angeles' Mount Olympus neighbourhood screams supervillain-esque power and status, and the house's "sexy architectural" design mimics a lair that is befitting of his own Marvel character.

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The actor most recently portrayed Marvel superhero Shang-Chi—a deadly assassin and one-time leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organisation—and has catapulted to global fame and achieved critical acclaim. While Liu is known as an amiable guy in the real world with little resemblance to his killer character, he now boasts a supervillain-worthy lair that Shang-Chi would so approve of. 

Liu reportedly dropped exactly US$5 million on the mansion, which was completely rebuilt in 2016 and last sold in 2018 for US$4.7 million.

The 4,700 sq ft house is situated on a knoll-top corner lot and behind big gates, where the blocky structure houses an open floorplan exposed in natural light and it also includes those big views for which the Hollywood Hills are renowned.

The mansion sports a glass-fronted attached garage with room for two cars, a double-height foyer and a sleek, chic kitchen outfitted with top-of-the-line Miele appliances and leathered stone countertops.

Inside and out, the house's colours are minimalist in its monolithic motif of greys and whites and its floor-to-ceiling walls of glass flood the entire place with light, eradicating any dark and depressing corners.

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All five of the home’s bedrooms have their own ensuite baths and its unusual floorplan finds all but one of the bedrooms on the ground floor, while the public rooms—the family, dining and living areas—are located on the upper level, immediately up the staircase that graces the entry.

The primary bedroom suite is also located on the upper level, which likens itself to a spa-like retreat with a private sitting area, balcony with potted outdoor plants, dressing room/closet with bespoke cabinetry and a large bathroom with dual sinks, rainfall showerhead and built-in soaking tub.

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Whilst the 0.3-acre lot isn't particularly big, it is beautifully landscaped with native, drought-tolerant plantings, giving a pleasant touch of nature to the concrete structure.

Out in the back, the mostly flat yard features a stamped concrete patio with a firepit and a swimming pool with an inset spa and a Baja sunbathing shelf. There’s also an outdoor BBQ pit and a relatively generous patch of grassy lawn.

Born in China in 1989, Liu emigrated with his family to Canada in the mid-’90s. In 2011, he graduated with a business degree from the University of Western Ontario, just before the bright lights and lure of Hollywood stardom brought him to Tinseltown.

Liu found work mainly as a stuntman and background extra for many years before landing a starring role in the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience and in a smaller role in Fresh Off the Boat. But it wasn’t until this year that he earned widespread recognition and acclaim with the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which has grossed over US$430 million worldwide and boasts a 92 per cent “certified fresh” Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some of Liu’s nearest new Mount Olympus neighbours include Jeremy Piven, NBA baller Thomas Bryant and The Good Place star Jameela Jamil.

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