BUYER: Carol Leifer
LOCATION: Sherman Oaks, CA
SIZE: 3,215 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It was good ol’ real estate yenta Yolanda Yakkeyyak who first snitched to Your Mama that veteran stand-up comedian, writer and producer Carol Leifer and her lady-mate/wife, real estate agent professional Lori Wolf, shelled out $1.26 million for a mid-century era ranch house in the San Fernando Valley’s affluent Chandler Estates area in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Miz Leifer may not be a hot topic celeb for the younger children caught up in the Kristen Stewarts and Harry Styleses of the Showbiz milieu but make no mistake, children, the four-times Emmy nominated (and self-described) Jewish lesbian vegan has more than earned her stripes the cut throat big bizness of show. In her pre-Sapphic, college days she dated Paul Reiser and later, briefly, Jerry Seinfeld; Although already on the stand-up circuit for quite some time she was “discovered” in the mid-1980s by no less than David Letterman and she is often but erroneously cited as the inspiration for the neurotically high-larious Elaine Benes character on “Seinfeld.” She did, however, write half a dozen episodes of the sitcom supernova. She did a brief stint as a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” wrote for and produced the short-lived but groundbreaking sitcom “The Ellen Show” and has contributed material for a half dozen Academy Awards ceremonies. She executive produced the first of seven seasons of the David Spade-starring sitcom “Rules of Engagement” and she is currently listed as one of the many executive producers on Marc Cherry’s high-camp dramedy “Devious Maids.”
Property records show the deal in question went down quietly in mid-June and digital marketing materials this property gossip teased up out of the internets shows the 3,215-square-foot, multi-winged single-story rancher was built in 1952, sits privately behind a row of high hedges on a .35-acre lot and is configured with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
A circular drive lined with low and fastidiously clipped hedges sweeps up to a side-facing two-car attached garage and a petite, flagstone entrance patio. The renovated (and in some cases preserved) interiors include a spacious combination living/dining room with narrow gauge and probably original yellow-toned wood floors, a chunky raised hearth stacked stone fireplace and a broad bank of nearly floor-to ceiling-windows and glass sliders that overlook the backyard. A separate but nearby den/family room also has wood floors and glass sliders that provide convenient access to the backyard.
The angled, awkwardly shaped eat-in kitchen appears to have been redone sometime in the recent past with ordinary beige stone tile floors and flat-fronted wood cabinets with exposed grain and contemporary hardware. There are gray counter tops an unknown material plus a darker gray subway tile backsplash and a ho-hum collection of medium-grade stainless steel appliances.
The yellow-toned wood floors continue in the master bedroom that also has glass sliders with backyard access as well as an obsessively preserved bathroom with black and white checkerboard flooring, a pair of pink sinks sunk into a long black vanity, a full glass block wall, and — the absolute vintage limit — a baby pink bathtub with a mirror-backed niche for soaps and bath oils.
The hall bathroom also retains its vintage style with aluminum-framed mottled glass shower door and zesty and probably original lemon yellow tile but has had at least one unfortunate cosmetic update, the abysmally inappropriate (and easily replaced) raised panel doors on the sink cabinet.
The larger of the two guest/family bedrooms has a full wall of closets, a huge window and a forceful and wacky (yet potentially interesting) candy apple red floor of mysterious material. Your Mama will not even speak on the menacing looking exercise contraption set on a mat in front of the over-sized other that to say that iffin Your Mama were to ever shack up with a friend who put us in a room with that frightful fitness apparatus we’d never get a damn wink. We would, we can assure the children, keep one eye open at all times because that thing looks like a goddamn Transformer that might rear up and squeeze Your Mama like a pimple. But anyways…
The rear of the residence makes a vaguely boomerang embrace of a central courtyard with a more authentically boomerang-shaped swimming pool. The concrete terrace that surrounds the pool gives way a patch of grass at least partly shaded by a mature citrus trees and other shrubbery.
Your Mama’s research shows Miz Leifer and Miz Wolf have owned a number of homes in Los Angeles, mostly in the Laurel Canyon area, including a one-is acre spread with a 4,125-square-foot house in Studio City’s leafy Fryman Canyon neighborhood that property record show they sold in 2010 for $2.795 million. In August 2006 they sold a four-bedroom and four bathroom house at the top of Laurel Canyon for $1.8 million to politically-minded guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and, currently, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. At one point the Leifer-Wolfs also owned the lot next door — sold in fall 2005 for $500,000 — as well as a two-bedroom and two-bathroom house across the street they sold off in the spring of 2006 for $1,565,000.