SELLER: Stacey Snider and Gary Jones
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif.
SIZE: 11,137 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A few months ago, restless DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider let partner Steven Spielberg know she plans to step down from her vaunted post when her contract expires at the end of the year. As one of the most influential and powerful women in the entertainment industry, Miz Snider is expected to land squarely on her designer-shod professional feet at 20th Century Fox, but not before she also attempts to shake up things on the home front; As first reported by the intrepid kids at Curbed last week while Your Mama was still on vacation, Miz Snider and her music producer husband, Gary Jones, put their decadently-decorated longtime residence in a L.A.’s quietly tony Brentwood ‘hood on the open market with an asking price of $15,495,000.*
Property records show the Snider-Joness picked up the 1940s-era property in April 1999 for$3,600,000. We’re not exactly sure what condition the property was in or what amenities were in place at the time of their purchase but current listing information shows the high-hedged and double-gated compound was worked over by accomplished L.A.-based architect M. Brian Tichenor and Kelly Wearstler, the playfully provocative and much-published reigning queen bee of maximalist day-core.
Listing details show that in addition to the multi-winged main house of 11,137 square feet, the .82 acre spread manages to squeeze in two motor courts—one for access to the main entrance, the other for service and garage access, a self-contained guest house, a detached structure with full gym, bathroom and — natch — a professional-grade digital theater. Numerous terraces and courtyards at the front and rear of the residence give way to punctilious gardens and a salt-water swimming pool with convenient, bathroom-equipped cabana.
The main floor living spaces include a super-glam entrance hall with mirrored ceiling and inlaid marble floor, a commodious formal living room and an impossibly elegant, oval dining room. That’s where Miz Wearstler bathed the walls in a sunny margarine color and furnished with a high-gloss table and and two chatoyant commodes that all by themselves, Your Mama can assure the children, cost more than the housekeeper’s brand new late-model Hyundai.
Listing details show the main floor also includes a formal office, a guest suite with private bathroom, an expensively-fitted and kitted double-island kitchen with tufted leather breakfast banquette, and a cozy paneled den with built-in bookcases and a curved staircase that sweeps up to the second floor bedrooms.
Three guest/family bedrooms, each with private en suite facility, share the upper floor with a massive, multi-room master suite. A spacious central bedroom is flanked by a sitting room with shimmering, gold-toned faux-bois wall covering and an office with shiny lacquered and gilt-trimmed built-in glass-fronted bookcases.
The screening room takes on a more casual and even rustic-luxe vibe with voluminous vaulted ceiling, hunky exposed wood trusses, built in wet bar, and tiered seating in super-sized sectional sofas laden with a mixy-matchy cacophony of decorative cushions.
The immediate neighborhood is lousy with all sorts of high profile showbiz folk. John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s West Coast residence is right next door and Jim Carrey owns a two-plus acre estate with park-like grounds just around the corner. Priscilla Presley owns — but does not occupy — a small house just around another corner and just a bit farther afield yet still close enough that Miz Snider can send an assistant out to borrow a fresh lemon or a cup of sugar are properties owned by Academy Award-winner Angela Lansbury and Emmy winner Catherine O’Hara.
The Snider-Jones property is listed with Tracy Tutor Maltas at Douglas Elliman and Ann Eysenring at The Agency
listing photos: The Agency