BUYER: Bryan Singer
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 3,575 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: We’ve now heard word from several friendly informants who let Your Mama know that “X-Men” film franchise writer/producer/director Bryan Singer picked up an updated and upgraded 1940s Streamline Moderne set high on a compact hillside lot just above the famed Sunset Strip for its full $3.1 million asking price.
It’s an interesting acquisition given Mister Singer already owns a freshly and extensively remodeled and extremely contemporary two-residence mini-compound on the very same street where he’s well known in Hollywood to host raucous and allegedly libidinous twink-attended pool parties. Those expansive quarters consists of two homes. (Mister Singer and several other prominent Tinseltowers were recently cleared of allegations filed in a civil suit earlier this year in which a now 31- or 32-year old man claimed the men sexually assaulted him when he was seventeen.)
Listing details show Mister Singer’s latest addition to his property portfolio — more on that in a minute — has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,575 square feet on two floors set atop an attached two-car garage with direct entry and — let’s be honest, chickens and nibblets — a trés-trendy stainless steel garage door.
Stacked stone planters and flagstone steps lead up from the street level driveway to the central entry and stair hall that steps down to a living room with wood floors and stone fireplace. There’s a curved wall of windows one one side of room and on the opposite a wall of glass sliders that glide open to a flagstone dining terrace. An adjoining den, done up by the sellers or maybe Staging Lady in a Pink Toyota with dark chocolate woodwork and tomato red walls, has built-in bookshelves, a wet bar and a second unexpectedly but pleasantly asymmetrical stone fireplace.
It is this property gossip’s meaningless opinion the fully circular formal dining room between the living room and kitchen could, in the skilled hands of the right lady or nice-gay decorator, be a knock out. The adjacent, L-shaped kitchen isn’t particularly big but is well-equipped with a two-sink L-shaped island, clean-lined blond wood cabinetry with almost white counter tops of unknown but presumably high quality material, and a full suite of high-grade stainless steel appliances including a full-height wine fridge.
There’s a live-in staff-appropriate bedroom behind the kitchen with private bathroom and separate entrance. Up the tightly curled staircase the blond floors go dark brown and there are two more guest/family bedrooms and a shared hall bathroom plus a roomy master suite with sitting area, custom-fitted walk-in closet and a liberally windowed bathroom with marble-topped two sink vanity and a glass-faced multi-head steam shower.
The aforementioned flagstone dining terrace gives way to a small patch of well-watered lawn lined with thick and well-tended foliage. Stepping stones and a short flight of steps lead across the lawn and up to an elevated swimming pool with sunbathing deck and multi-level flag stone terracing.
In addition to his expanding residential holdings just above the Sunset Strip Mister Singer’s property portfolio includes a modest, 1940s ranch house in the flats of Studio City he picked up in the fall of 2009 for $702,000 as well as a much less modest bluff-top estate in Malibu’s Point Dume area that he scooped up in the latter days of 2010 for $8,500,000. Mister Singer put his Malibu spread up as a fully furnished lease earlier this year at $50,000 per month and although the property still appears active on the listing agent’s online portal it is not, as far as we can tell, available on the open marketplace.
Mister Singer’s 4,409-square-foot, vaguely Japanese-style beach house has, as per digital marketing materials, five bedrooms and five bathrooms plus a separate one bedroom and one bathroom guesthouse with attached gym. There’s also a high-grade kitchen, a sky-lit office, a state-of-the-art media room, a lagoon-style swimming pool ringed by semi-tropical landscaping and a private staircase that makes a convenient if arduous climb down the bluff to a long, wide and very busy public beach.
Listing photos (Hollywood Hills): Sotheby’s International Realty