Westside Market Report

Written by Wendy Bowman

Actor Paul Wesley—best known as Stefan Salvatore on the TV show The Vampire Diaries—has handed over his compelling 3,240-square-foot modern home in Studio City Hills for $2.3 million, gleaning more than the asking price of $2.245 million. Situated at 3649 Berry Drive, the two level showpiece was built in 2010 and designed by L.A. architect Jay Vanos, complete with special touches including walnut cabinetry, custom drapes and bamboo flooring. “This is the perfect architectural,” says listing agent Carl Gambino of Westside Estate Agency. “The main living room is fantastic; it has exceptionally high ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and massive windows that soak in the light. The private hiking trail and killer views were also a big draw.”

The residence also features four bedrooms (including a master suite with remote-controlled blinds, a fireplace and private patio), four baths, a TV/theater room, an office, a library, and chef’s kitchen sporting Thermador and Wolf appliances. There’s even a gated intercom entry, an indoor/outdoor Sonos sound system and a 2,000-pound stone fountain imported from Asia.

photos courtesy of Rachel Hughes


One lucky buyer has snapped up 47 feet of prime Malibu beachfront property owned by Eve Plumb, who portrayed Jan on the popular 1970s TV show The Brady Bunch. Located at 27200 Escondido Beach Road—just a short walk away from Geoffrey’s Restaurant— the property’s $3.9 million sale price includes the sitcom star’s three bedroom, 850-square-foot furnished beach bungalow, built in 1950, along with the right to contract with L.A.’s Meis Architects to complete a custom three bedroom, 3,500-square-foot modern masterpiece—with cutting-edge touches such as a cantilevered concrete core floating above floor-to-ceiling glass, retractable moon roof and car stacker for several luxury vehicles.

photos courtesy of Brian Thomas Jones

renderings courtesy of Meis Architects


The two-story Spanish-style home of stage and screen actor Brent Spiner—best known for his role as the android, Lieutenant Commander Data, in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation—is available for $10.995 million in Malibu. “It’s located in the highly desirable enclave of Point Dume, with ocean and mountain views,” says listing agent Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “It also has deeded rights to one of the most exclusive beaches in Malibu.” But the special appeal doesn’t stop there, he says. “There’s a long, elegant driveway approaching the house, with beautiful landscaping including an assortment of fruit trees and flowers,” Cortazzo adds. “Then the feel of the house is so nice; it’s one open family plan, from the dining room to the family room and kitchen.

It’s a perfect blend of architectural and lifestyle.” Built in 1960, the home features 5,000-plus square feet of living space highlighted by three bedrooms (including a second-floor, owner’s retreat with a fireplace, an ocean view deck and luxurious bath with spa tub and shower); a living room with tiled fireplace; family room with quadruple French doors, wood-beamed ceiling and river rock fireplace; and vintage-style gourmet kitchen complete with professional-grade appliances, massive butcher block island and copper countertops. The lush grounds also are impressive, with a grotto-inspired waterfall pool and spa, terraced gardens, fountains, and numerous spots (like a plant-covered loggia) ideal for dining and relaxing.

photos courtesy of Simon Berlin


Here’s a chance to snag a Hollywood Hills West property once owned by none other than comedian and actor Groucho Marx. Occupying a sizable parcel at 1277 Sunset Plaza Drive, the classic East Coast traditional was built in 1935 and has since been completely updated and expanded with approximately 3,700 square feet of living space. “The master suite is phenomenal, with an office, his and her walk-in closets, and a gorgeous bathroom with the most elegant toilet closet ever,” says Charlie Schuster, who is co-listing the home for $4.549 million with Brent Watson, both of Compass. “There is a pool with a waterfall in the back and a man-cave where Groucho could hang with his buddies and smoke cigars.” Other highlights of the gated, two-story residence include formal dining and living rooms, a wet bar and chef’s kitchen.

photo courtesy of Linda Kasian


Supermodel Rachel Hunter’s updated 1930s English Country mansion also is up for sale in Hollywood Hills West for just under $5 million. Perched at 1644 N. Crescent Heights, right above Sunset Strip and Chateau Marmont Hotel, the gated two-story property features 5,000 square feet of living area highlighted by five bedrooms (including the master suite with a fireplace, ceramic tiled loggia with views of downtown L.A., large walk-in closets—one designed solely for shoes— and a gorgeous bathroom with dual sinks and a huge steam shower and bath). Other standout features include an eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel appliances; dining room and living room, both with fireplaces and French doors for the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living; and substantial finished basement. Additionally, the 12,000-plus-square-foot lot showcases a secluded pool and spa, garden and outdoor dining area. “I love that the house has charm, character and peace and privacy,” says listing agent Annie Challis of Compass.

photo courtesy of Pierre Galant

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