SELLER: Kevin Rahm
LOCATION: Studio City, Calif.
SIZE: 1,521 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1.25 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: All the children who know even a little about the celebrity real estate milieu are well aware that in Hollywood, a new spouse and/or a new baby often means a change of address is on the horizon. Just ask television star Kevin Rahm, who married his cardio-thoracic surgeon wife in the spring of 2012, produced a baby with said surgeon a couple months ago and, we first learned from the Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial, recently sold his starter house in Studio City, Calif., for $900,000.
Mister Rahm, who portrayed a fussbudget real estate agent of the gay persuasion on “Desperate Housewives” and currently shakes his money maker as a scheming and somewhat troubled ad man on “Mad Men,” acquired the humble if hardly inexpensive 1950s ranch house in October 2002 for $610,000, according to property records.
Current listing details show the house sits high and private on an up sloped, .22-acre wedge-shaped parcel at the tail end of a cul-de-sac above the San Fernando Valley side of Laurel Canyon. There are just two bedrooms and 1.25 bathrooms — that’s one full bathroom and one water closet — in 1,521 square feet.
A Dutch-style front door set in to a shallow front porch opens directly into the main living room space finished with peg-and-groove wood floors, an exposed wood ceiling, red brick fireplace and French doors that open to the backyard. Listing details state there’s a surround sound system in the living room where, the eagle-eyed children will have already noted in listing photographs, the wall-mounted television set is freeze-framed to a “Mad Man” scene in which Mister Rahm’s character, Ted Chaough, is seen speaking to his professional frenemy Don Draper.
A worktop peninsula with butcher-block countertop separates the living room from the scrupulously maintained vintage-style kitchen that’s fitted with what Your Mama imagines are the original knotty pine cabinets. The blue tile counter tops are certainly — ahem — bold and a bit bathroom-y, and the 1970s era range looks to be in pristine condition and is cute enough in a retro sort of way but it is also, to be perfectly frank and in our humble and utterly meaningless opinion, a grimly underwhelming appliance choice in a nearly million-dollar house. The kitchen connects through to a red brick floored dining room with knotty pine paneled walls and a raised brick fireplace set cattycorner to the room.
In addition to the spacious and newly installed redwood deck accessible from the living and dining rooms as well as one of the two medium-sized bedrooms, the slender backyard has additional paver-tiled terracing and a four-hole putting green.
Listing photos: John Aaroe Group