McDreamy’s Dream House

SELLER: Patrick Dempsey
LOCATION: Chantilly Road, Bel Air, CA
PRICE: $3,595,000
SIZE: 3,841 square feet, 4 bedrooms 5.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Gated beautiful New England style Traditional. Redone with classic details and finishes. Large living room with fireplace, formal dining room, chef’s kitchen opens to family room. Large master and closets. Lots of flat lawn, pool and tree house.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: After receiving a covert communique from Big Dave at Celebrity Address Aerial, Your Mama feels compelled to interrupt our Bridge lesson with Mama Cooter (that’s right, Bridge lessons) to discuss the pretty property in Bel Air that Grey’s Anatomy aphrodisiac Patrick Dempsey just hoisted on the market with an asking price of $3,595,000.

Although Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter will watch just about any crap-ass reality program that sees the light of the cathode ray tube, we can not bear those damn hospital dramas which means our gin sotted brain can’t ever recall sitting through a single episode of Mister Dempsey’s Grey’s Anatomy program that people seem to like so much. What we do know about Mister Dempsey we know from reading the gossip glossies, which means we know he–along with that getting awfully big for her britches smokestack Kathy Heigl–has made quite a name for himself strutting around in a white doctor’s smock with a scruffy face that all the ladees and the gays want to rub up on.

Records show the Mister Dempsey purchased his modestly dignified digs on Chantilly Road in July of 2006 for $3,100,000. Listing information indicates the gated and hedged New England-y nest measures 3,841 square feet and has 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms with two bedrooms “suites” on the ground floor, a master suite on the second and the remaining sleeping chamber located over the garage with its own outdoor stair and entrance. Listing information also shows there are formal living and dining rooms and a chef’s kitchen that opens to the family room.

Someone worked hard to make the exterior of the white brick and clapboard house authentic to its intended style with the black shutters and dentil molding all up in the eaves. Your Mama really hopes the shutters actually open and close, otherwise it’s like wearing eye glasses with non-prescription lenses, which is just stoopid.

Fortunately, the front of the property is properly hedged for privacy since the house sits close enough to the road that without that hedge anyone walking their damn dog could easily see what the Dempsey family was having for dessert. The narrow front yard has a charming brick walkway that leads from the brick driveway to the front door and we’re loving that the bulk of the landscaping is green because we think all green gardens are so elegant and so perfect with these New England-y types of house. Planting a bunch of multi-colored petunias would just make it all so clunky and well, middle brow, you know? When Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter had a little shingled farmhouse by the beach on the east coast, we ripped out the overgrown and un-cared for English cottage garden and replaced it with an all green garden but for the daffodils that would sprout up willy-nilly each spring.

We’re also swooning over the tree house that sits high up on the hillside and cantilevered over the back yard. What child would not love such a folly? We may be about a hundred years from being a child (and we don’t even really like children that much), but if we lived in this house that little porch is where Your Mama would sit in a comfy chair in the early afternoons with a pitcher of gin and tonics re-reading all that poor dead David Foster Wallace’s novels and stories and surveying our domain.

It seems a bit strange that Mister Dempsey would choose to sell so soon after buying, particularly in this economic climate. However, we wish him and his family well wherever they may land.

Now then, we gotta get back to the table so we can fly some more cards.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    L’Oreal is much more than hair color (for women or men). They are a huge cosmetics company that has lines of makeup, skincare, shampoos/conditioners, hair color, and products targeted towards men (skin/shaving, hair products, etc.)

    It pays pretty damn good to be their spokesperson too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    they have a nice line of shaving products, grandpa

  3. whenmenweremen says:

    Doesn’t this company make hair dye? And they have a male spokesperson? Is that to rave about the beautiful hair women can get with L’Oreal products or, can it be to represent hair dye for men? I thought the Grecian Formula people had a lock on that creepy market niche. Yes, I am an old person.

  4. Sandpiper says:

    Dempsey just signed on as a the new male spokesperson for L’Oreal. Maybe a signing bonus infusion o’ cash is prompting the real estate bug? If so, good for them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    For the area, it is priced about right.

    However, two houses up the road are going for 2.5 million. They want to bail and are pricing to sell. You could easily make offers much lower on Patty boy’$ house. He must be hating life with these two priced way lower.

    Prices are falling like dominoes now. I would just wait. Who cares if it was owned by a semi-famous b-list actor?
    Not worth a extra million!

    Also, this house has hardly any front yard. And a strange back yard layout. Mostly steep hill.

    Note: He must not be much of a eco-friendly green person. Two black Suburban SUVs in the driveway.
    But I forgot, he is a car NUT/Race Car driver want-a-be like that Malcolm in the Middle kid.

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you look at the aerial photos, it is a full size pool (same size as all the rest in the neighborhood). It is just an unfortunate photo. Fire the broker!

  7. Linda Gray says:

    11:54 – Records can be surpressed. Happens all the time with celebrities. I always have my records suppressed.

  8. Anonymous says:

    right on viva! i’d tear down the house and keep the treehouse and put in a pool!

  9. Viva! says:

    I don’t like the house, at all. I don’t see a pool (unless that THING with those cheap fountains counts as one)…too close to the street for the price. For $3.5 you could get a great place in the Hollywood Hills and something nicer than what Dempsey’s selling in BHPO.

    The saving grace of this house is the tree house, that thing is sweet!

  10. Anonymous says:

    how can you find the title history ?


  11. Anonymous says:

    He’s probably wanting to buy something larger and more private. He’s got the $$$$….good for him.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I like Redfin a lot, but Redfin is wrong in this case. Look up the title history. It’s laid out pretty clearly.

  13. Anonymous says:

    “Records show the Mister Dempsey purchased his modestly dignified digs on Chantilly Road in July of 2006 for $3,100,000.”

    Redfin has a differant price history.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I live nearby and saw him out and about occasionally, and he impressed me by being nothing but courteous and friendly, qualities that can elude even us non famous types sometimes (ahem). The problem with the house I believe lies with the lack of a motor court and/or plentiful parking, as well as the proximity to the often-busy street. McDreamy has many cars and there is not enough room for them all inside the gates so the main cars were always jockeying for street parking with various and sundry neighborhood construction crews, staff and the like. I was waiting for them to move; the parking situation had to drive them batty.

  15. Bridget Cardoyle says:

    Mama, did you hear something? Huh, guess not.

    Ok, I bid 3 No Trump ;)

  16. Anonymous says:

    Back to the commenter who said Dempsey’s house would sell for $150K here in Michigan, that’s just silly. The affluent suburbs where auto execs and their ancillary rainmakers reside still command a healthy price tag.

    Those that dictate Michigan’s layoffs should not be confused with those on the receiving end who are in the process of losing or have already lost all.

  17. Cali Girl says:

    Dempsey has young kids (a 7-yr old and 2-yr old twins) – with the master on the 2nd floor, that would have put the kids on the 1st floor by themselves. From a security perspective and with the kids so young, I can’t imagine they would have felt comfortable with the sleeping arrangements. The BR over the garage would be great for a teen, but that’s too far off. The house probably appealed until they moved in and realized how impractical it was for their young kids needs.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Eric Dane, yes; Michigan, no, no, and no. A thousand times, no. Is that you, Jeff Daniels? Give it up already.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Loooook, I don’t see any pics of the interior–how can you say it looks boring–even though it does. You can’t say that! 51 comments so far–that is just pent up rage from the recessionary times. 3 mil ain’t that outragouse for Bel Air LA, maybe it has some good sh*t inside. Chill out and steal one of Mama’s nerve pills, damn.

    Mama’s black sheep in WEHO,

    Not playing nice.

  20. Anonymous says:

    And next Brad Pitt will be buying a house there in order to help revitalize it.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed at how some of the people from the most broke state in the union are still under the delusion of arrogance that their properties are still worth their exorbitant prices when clearly the market shows that they are not.
    I would rather my children make snowmen than worry about the Mexican drug cartels that are murdering thousands of people a few feet away from where you live.
    Oh and by the way, if you read the paper, your precious movie industry has been making more and more movies in Michigan lately and are scheduled to make 50+ this year alone. They are even building a studio here this year. Clooney was just here last week filming in Detroit.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Oh for fucks sake, get a fucking life people. bickering back and forth about whose state is better? It’s pathetic.

    Don’t bother insulting me and telling me I’m pathetic because I really don’t give a rat’s ass what you think of me and why bother beat your head against a brick wall…oh wait, some of you seem to like that so have at it.

  23. lil' gay boy says:

    “There once was a Dempsey named Patrick,
    Whose acting was believed a hat trick;
    Then he forgot to shave
    and became all the rave!
    But I don’t think he has much of a dick.”

    Sorry, I got a book on limericks for Christmas…

    As for East Coast vs West Coast style, the right setting makes any architecture work. However…

    this is not the right setting. As others have pointed out, it not only hugs the road, it practically is IN the road ––– as are all the neighbors. Also judging from the number of cars visible in the aerial, this does not appear to be a “quiet” street. I know not of LA’s suburban traffic patterns, but given the proximity to the street, one car is one too many.

    My guess is that some of the little Dempseys are at that age when “go play in traffic” is no longer a metaphor.

    Snowman, loved the Northamptonshire house ––– as always, your taste is impeccable.

  24. Anonymous says:

    correction anon 9:15

    you can get a 6500 sqft mansion used for 70k not 700k

  25. Plus your kids learn the joys of making a snowman and enjoying hot cocoa while waiting for the radio to announce that your school is closed. In these times you have to savor the simple pleasures.

  26. Anonymous says:

    To Anon 5:10 pm, downtown Detroit is not indicative of the entire state of Michigan, and pulling one article is ignorant.
    That is like using South Central LA to represent the entire state of California.
    At least in Michigan we don’t have post office workers that live in $800,000 houses.
    $700,000 will get you a 6500 square foot house with another 3000 square foot walk out basement, a acre of land and a pond in a gated neighborhood and a 4 car garage and you save so much money you can go buy a condo on the beach in Florida also.

  27. Kryptonitesf says:

    in reading the NY Times T magazine i see that the actor featured in the article that draws a parallel to Paul Newman with a Grey’s Anatomy is Eric Dane, not the “Dempsey person,” as funny as that descriptor is.

    Eric Dane does have a a quality that Dempsey doesn’t … i got a feelin’ he might live in much different type place.

  28. Anonymous says:

    J.F. Christ Mama, can you please put a word limit on the comments? Thank God for scroll down buttons!

    Re the shutters – the operable ones can be used for protection in case of a storm. Several ‘authentic’ styles can be manufactured to withstand hurricanes and possibly cut down on your insurance.

    The ‘fixed’ or decorative styles that are just stuck on your siding are usually there to draw attention away from the fact that the homeowner was too cheap to install decent sized windows.

  29. HotSauce says:

    sweet jesus. i need to pray for y’all tonight.

  30. Anonymous says:

    anon 6:47 that’s really uncalled for. but while we are on the topic, what’s your dick like?

  31. Anonymous says:


  32. concerned citizen says:

    I am not at all sure that I want people like anon 6:47 to be living in my neighborhood and corrupting the McDreamy children. We just don’t use words like that in upper bracket society. Please just go away and don’t even think of hiding out in the treehouse.

  33. Anonymous says:

    To Anons 10:59 and 11:24,

    Shut up, I can complain all I want. You seem to have a lot of time on your hands, 11:24. Maybe if YOU had a life, you wouldn’t have all this time to write such a long response. I will say whatever the fuck I want and you can suck my dick! Cunts.

    -Anon 8:25

  34. Anonymous says:

    this is fun don’t you find the humor in all of this ?

  35. MissDemeanor says:

    hell yeah. nobody wants to talk trash and have fun, all this gloom and doom. I come here to see off the chain mega houses and get a few gossipy tid bits about celebs and lately all the children seem to do is fight and quote upsetting news stories. Hell, I am perfectly aware that we are going to hell in a prada knockoff handbag but why can’t we all just get along and have some fun?

  36. Anonymous says:

    here is some detroit news

    DETROIT – Welcome to Landlord Nation, where foreclosure notices are plentiful and for-sale signs offer at least 1,800 homes for under $10,000 that once were worth at least 10 times more.

    In extreme cases, homes are on sale for $1 or less, which has enticed investors to Detroit from as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia.

    “In the past few months, I’ve picked up 10 new clients from out of state that are buying in bulk,” said Mike Shannon, a suburban Detroit real estate agent. His office specializes in foreclosures in a city that’s among the national leaders.

    “They’re coming to us, saying `Look, I want to buy 50, 100, 1,000.’ They want to own every decent and cheap house they can find.”

    Despite a stagnant retail housing market, real estate sales of foreclosed homes are booming. Shannon regularly fields calls from eager prospects, and recently sold 30 homes in one day to one buyer. A trio of U.K. investors has bought a half-dozen and plans many more.

    “I thought it would be quite good fun to have a look,” said Darren Veness, who lives near Brighton, England.

    Outside buyers are the latest in a long line of landlords taking over the deteriorating housing stock of a city that because of its once mighty auto industry boasted one of the highest owner-occupied housing rates in the U.S. And unlike many large cities, Detroit’s single-family homes dominate its landscape, not high-rise apartment buildings.

    The outside investors aren’t only interested in Detroit, but it’s been targeted because of the sheer volume of homes and the fact that values have fallen so much more than elsewhere.

    Detroit now has the lowest ownership rate for single-family detached homes of the 20 largest cities in the country, according to data analyzed by longtime Detroit demographer Kurt Metzger.

    Even the sale of U.S. Housing and Urban Development homes has been impacted by the poor housing climate in Detroit. The average sales prices of such homes plunged from $46,702 in 2003 to $8,692 last year. Through the first month of 2009, average sales were $6,035.

    Still, not all of Detroit’s real estate market has bottomed out. Listings include a seven-bedroom, 11,580 square-foot Tudor in Detroit’s historic Indian Village neighborhood for $849,900, and a $765,000 penthouse condo in the city’s Albert Kahn Building.

    What’s the effect on a city whose population has plummeted to half its size since the 1950s with no sign of return? The winners might be the renters lucky enough to live in a home that’s been fixed up by a legitimate landlord. The losers might be those who end up in less reputable hands.

    The stakes could go either way for the landlords arriving in a market that may not have found its bottom. Same for the dwindling number of neighbors who still own their homes — they could benefit from having the vacant home fixed up and occupied but likely will find theirs will fetch a fraction of what they paid or owe.

    Novella Willis, a longtime resident of Cruse Street, soon will have her mortgage paid off but she is among those caught in the changing market.

    “None of these houses are selling. None of them,” she said. “If you go down to the next block you’ll see a lot of foreclosures all around here.”

    The once-stable neighborhood of well-tended brick homes on Detroit’s northwest side has some with brick paver driveways and front walks, trimmed bushes and new windows. But foreclosures are creating what Shannon calls “an investors’ dream.” These are not the infamous $1 homes, but well-built structures falling on hard times that are available for under $10,000.

    Willis, a 70-year-old retired court worker, says renters have hurt the neighborhood.

    “A couple of houses across the street, they are in-and-out renters,” she said. “They don’t stay long, maybe three or four months. The renters rarely cut the grass, rarely do the snow. You don’t see the owners until people leave the house.”

    But out-of-town investors have rescued two homes from abandonment.

    Anthony Pierson and Henry Suell of Oakland and Wayne counties bought their home for $8,500. It’s one of several they bought through HUD, and they expect to rent it within a month after they perform mainly cosmetic repairs.

    Pierson, of West Bloomfield Township and Suell, of Harper Woods said the goal is to cover taxes and maintenance through the rent and maybe make some money if property values turn around.

    “We just want to invest into it and bring the neighborhood back,” Suell said.

    Next door, the road to rehabilitation hasn’t been as smooth. Days before a tenant was to move in, someone set fire to the home and caused significant interior damage.

    “To be fair, with all the publicity and all the scare-mongering that goes with Detroit, we were expecting it to happen a lot sooner,” said Veness, whose SVC LLC has so far rented three of the six homes they own.

    Veness said he sent 10 e-mails to Detroit-area real estate agents after learning about the city’s real estate bargains. He promptly heard back from Shannon, whose firm invited him to Detroit for a tour. Veness came for three days, and he and his colleagues bought their first two homes.

    Veness said they have considered other U.S. cities, but so far Detroit is it. For them, it’s simple: The homes are cheap and plentiful.

    “Do the math, you can buy and rehab a home for $20,000, then rent for $900 a month,” he said. “Three to four months of the year, rent is going to pay the taxes.”

    Rentals typically range from about $800 to $1,000, and many are subsidized by the government.

    He rejects the label “absentee landlord,” — or at least the image it conveys. He uses local construction and property management companies, and returned last month to take care of business and shop for new properties.

    He also takes a long-term view on investing. Besides raising its stake in Detroit, his group plans to buy, fix and sell groups of homes to other U.K. investors.

    “We just want to build our portfolio as big as we can,” Veness said. “I know Detroit has been in a mess … and I think now is the time. The next 10 years, it’s going to change.

    “If my investment still pays for itself, why am I going to leave it?”

    City officials say they know numerous outside investors are buying homes because those who want to rent them must contact the Building Safety and Engineering Department. But exact numbers are hard to come by.

    “For every call we get, I would guess there are five or six people we never know are out there,” Detroit Planning Director Douglass Diggs said.

    Diggs said city officials are trying to bring some stability to neighborhoods.

    “We try to make sure that the people who are coming in and making an investment in the properties are going to keep them up. We don’t want another crisis down the road where we have inferior housing stock.”

    Still, the tight credit market makes it difficult for many people to secure mortgages.

    “We are pushing that individuals do rent-to-own and lease-to-own so people are moving toward home ownership roles,” Diggs said.

    One out-of-state investor is attempting to do just that. Newport Beach, Calif.-based Michael Alexander has bought more than 150 homes in Detroit and has hired a local property manager to work with renters to eventually purchase some of the homes.

    The recent rush offers some experts hope for a housing market with no better options left. Property values drop when homes are rented, but in many cases the alternative is an empty house.

    “At times, it’s the only way to get the homes occupied,” said John Mogk, a Wayne State law school professor.

    Detroit began seeing more homes being rented in the mid-1960s as many white homeowners bought homes in the suburbs but kept their property in the city. It accelerated following the 1967 riot, when even more of the city’s white residents moved out.

    A HUD program affecting more than a quarter of the homes in Detroit allowed purchases with no down payment to borrowers with reduced credit standards.

    “At that time Detroit was beginning to lose jobs and unemployment was building up,” Mogk said. “Homes began to be abandoned, and then foreclosed on and taken over by HUD and sold en masse to investors.

    Metzger said he’s skeptical based on the city’s history but hopes new efforts succeed where others have failed.

    “If indeed these investors are going to … strengthen the housing stock and really make sure the repairs the homes are stabilized, I think it’s a great thing,” he said. “We need housing stability, however that comes.”

  37. Anonymous says:

    this is the area that I live in

    if there are any riots in SF we will have a great view from here

  38. Anonymous says:

    anon 245

    google or yahoo

    billionaires russia china europe japan usa uk broke former has beens trouble

    and you will see plenty of articles that have come up in the last month or so talking about the new problem that is continuing to grow

    and I hate to say that it is going to get far worse

    glad I live in a gated community that was not caught up in the hype

    we are way out in the northern hills of SF where one would have to have a helicopter to rob us so we will not be bothered anyway

  39. Happy in CA says:

    Amen 6:47. I’m jumping on your bandwagon

    Dear 3:35,

    Have you ever been to Detroit? Have you? Because I have and it’s coming apart at the fucking seams.

    In Detroit, which is in Michigan in case you did not know, there is street after street after street after street of tattered, neglected and burned out mansions that used to belong to automotive executives (and other rich people) and are now just a bunch of crack houses. Detroit looks like a fucking war zone.

    And let’s not even begin with some of the more working class towns like Flint and Ypsilanti because as soon as GM goes down, and it will go down, those towns will be wiped off the map.

    I’m not dancing on the grave of Michigan, I’m really not. I don’t feel gleeful that all those autoworkers and etc. will be without jobs and opportunities. In fact I think it’s awful.

    But for you to pretend Michigan is some sort of wonderland compared to CA (or any other state) is ridiculous.

    If you hate CA and love Michigan, that’s great. Stay there and try and fix Michigan’s problems and leave us Californians to fix ours. Both states could use a lot of help at the moment, don’t you think?

  40. Anonymous says:

    “California…..the great delusion projected on the rest of our nation with all the artifice Hollywood can muster.”

    And you are reading a blog about California real estate lived in by Hollywood actors why, exactly? Surely there are similar blogs on the oodles of lovely and coveted Michigan residences one is always wishing one could afford.

  41. realinmichigan says:

    California………..the great delusion projected to the rest of our nation with all the artifice Hollywood can muster. It is heaven on earth until you go there.

  42. Anonymous says:

    So, 3:35, let’s see. A tanking California or a (fantasy) thriving Michigan. Where would I rather live? Detroit, the last time I had to go there (Doesn’t everyone in the firm always beg to get the trip to Detroit?), resembled Hiroshima on August 8, 1945. Then I had to go up to a place called Flint. All the charm of Detroit in an economy size. Then I got on a plane for home and kissed the ground at LAX. And when GM tanks in the next few weeks, we’ll all be even deeper in the crapper…but at least I won’t be living in Michigan.

  43. Kryptonitesf says:

    word up Anony 12:56, he doesn’t have the cool or wattage.

    as a personality, he lacks threat.

    meanwhile, the house lacks personality.

  44. Anonymous says:

    So you really think that California is worth 28 times Michigan?
    I am laughing at the California people making fun of Michigan when your state is tanking.
    You guys had to damn near shut down the state and your housing values are a third of what they were a few years ago.
    Some of you guys are in a dream world.
    At least we don’t have whole neighborhoods empty and foreclosed with swimming pools breeding mosquitoes.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Dear 2:45,

    I’d hate to be the one to push your blood pressure over the line into stroke territory–it would seem a shame to have you expire over an internet blog about movie-star cribs–but I feel I must point out that you seem to have posted the above in the wrong place. (And perhaps changing your brand of douche would take the edge off.)

  46. Village says:

    This house is HUGGING the street. The master bedroom on the second floor hears every single car and truck driving by.

  47. Anonymous says:

    This is your proof that 98% of the billionaires are gone? That the media is “waiting for the right time” to inform people?

    Are you kidding?

    It’s not that you’re entirely wrong…so many people are to blame for the current economic climate/melt down, the economy is for shit and it would be my guess also that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

    However, you’re inability to actually cite any references that support your so called statistics shows that you’re simply a disgruntled individual who really has no idea what he/she is talking about other than the conspiracy theories you make up in your own mind.

    For such an intelligently written blog, and for all the amazing commentary that goes along with it, I am just amazed at some of the moronic comments from readers who seem to spend a lot of time reading about celebrity and high end real estate but feel nothing but bitter and angry about it.

    I’m not happy about corporate greed, or the misuse of government funds or subsidies or any of that other stuff either, but come on dude, you need to recognize that you sound a little unhinged.

  48. luke220 says:

    The house has a nice east coast vibe- probably reminded him of his Maine upbringing. My hunch is that he now needs more security. Trading up, definitely.

  49. Madonna says:

    I didn’t want to be famous..I was just trying to get the hell out of Michigan

  50. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been told I’m a regular Pollyanna with a sunny disposition and great ‘energy’.

    I always want to flick lit cigarettes at Mr. Dempsey. Perhaps I’m jealous.

    I have experience with working & non-working shutters; I will never paint them again. The exterior is darling, but I’d be afraid the children would learn to smoke the marijuana in that clubhouse and I’d be to creaky to climb up and confiscate anything. I’d be stuck on the ground sucking wind for a contact high.

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