The Scream Queens and Glee actress shows off her home in InStyle

By Megan Stein
September 28, 2016 07:53 AM
Gentl and Hyers

Lea Michele has a collection of classic Broadway musical soundtracks for the ages proudly displayed in her Los Angeles home.

“Some of my records were passed down to me from my parents, but the Barbras and Judys are mine,” Michele tells InStyle in their Home & Design issue (on sale Friday), referring of course, to her array of records from legends Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. “Obviously, anytime I can go to a record store, if I find a Barbara, I take it.”

Michele, 30, grew up in the Bronx with her parents Edith and Marc listening to greats like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Queen and snacking on, “paninis with sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella,” but she’s come a long way from her New York roots (although she still has a chic guest suite for Edith and Marc to crash at in L.A.).

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“I was swimming in my pool the other day thinking, ‘If you had told me years ago that I, a girl from the Bronx, would someday live in this beautiful home … it really is the greatest blessing,’” Michele says.

Gentl and Hyers
Gentl and Hyers

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The Scream Queens actress now lives in a charming four-bedroom house decorated with the help of interior designer Estee Stanley that features floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, a marble bar where she eats breakfast each day, and a consistent airy aesthetic.

The best feature of all: it’s tucked just far enough away from the bustle of Hollywood, which, she says, “became very suffocating for me, with all the tour buses around.”

Michele adds, “I fell in love with this place the minute I saw it, just being so far from people and really being in nature and in the mountains. It’s spacious and you see so much green. This house is healing.”

Gentl and Hyers
Gentl and Hyers
Gentl and Hyers
Gentl and Hyers

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The expansive kitchen, chic dining area and cozy living room, combined with a gym and expansive outdoor space with a saltwater pool, make this the ultimate getaway for the Glee alum, who’s perfectly content lounging at her tranquil retreat.

“I’m a homebody,” she says. “I’m not a party girl. I’ve never been that. Trust me, I love to go out and share a nice bottle of wine with some friends over a delicious meal, but my perfect night is at home with people I love.”

For more on Michele’s serene space, pick up InStyle Home & Design, on newsstands Friday.