SELLER: Bob Newhart
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif.
PRICE: $15.5 million
SIZE: 9,169 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The longtime Los Angeles estate of Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning comedy writer and actor Bob Newhart has come for sale on the open market — again — with an asking price of $15.5 million. Mister Newhart, now in his 80s and beloved for his laser-sharp, everyman ennui and deadpan delivery, purchased the 1.37-acre spread in the heart of Bel Air’s prime East Gate section in early 1990 for $4.2 million. As some of the children may already be aware, Mister Newhart has had the property on and off the market more times than Your Mama cares to count since June 2013, when it first popped up with an asking price of $15.5 million.
Listing details peg the 1941 French Country-style mansion at 9,169 square feet with a total of five bedrooms and six full and two half bathrooms. Two guest bedrooms share the upper floor with an extensive master suite comprised of bedroom, sitting area, multiple walk-in closets and two bathrooms. They say — whomever “they” are — a happy marriage is facilitated by not sharing ablution facilities, and that certainly seems to be the case with Mister and Missus Newhart, who have been married more than 50 years but, anyways…. A staff wing off the kitchen offers two additional bedrooms and a shared powder room, and a bank of offices with separate entrance above the garage could easily be converted to additional staff accommodations or guest quarters.
Graciously scaled and very traditionally decorated if considerably old-fashioned public rooms include a center hall entry with honey-toned wood floors and curved staircase. A step-down formal living room with raised, wood-clad ceiling and wood burning fireplace — one of at least five in the mansion — is large enough to comfortably accommodate a spacious seating area with a whole bunch of dizzying floral print sofas and armchairs, a games table and baby grand piano. Another fireplace anchors the formal dining room and a third red brick one with copper chimney breast in the oversized family is joined by a built-in wet bar. A cook-friendly kitchen with up-to-date appliances adjoins a sunny breakfast room that opens to a flagstone dining terrace.
The house sits high on the property and overlooks a terraced and lushly planted backyard with extensive flagstone patios, verdant flat lawns and a lagoon-style swimming pool and spa. An amply proportioned, hence party-friendly, open-air poolside cabana is equipped with a kitchenette, two bathrooms and, on the upper level, a guest apartment.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker