Chris Hardwick Lists Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad

SELLER: Chris Hardwick
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $4,050,000
SIZE: 5,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Now that he’s gone halfsies on an historic and exceptionally lavish $11 million mansion in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles with his media heiress fiancée, model and budding actress Lydia Hearst, entrepreneurial stand-up comedian, producer and television host Chris Hardwick (“@midnight,” “Talking Dead”) has not surprisingly put his idiosyncratically stylish bachelor pad above L.A.’s Bronson Canyon up for sale with an asking price of $4,050,000. The podcast dynamo may be smarter or, at least, more savvy than the average stand-up comedian but it doesn’t take a mathematics wizard to see that the self-identifying nerd, who co-founded the fast-growing and increasingly influential multi-channel Nerdist Industries media enterprise, is hoping to just about double his money on the property that records show was acquired via trust in November 2012 for $2,050,000.

Set behind a high wall and secured with a state-of-the-art system that incorporates a variety of video surveillance cameras, the house appears from the street to be a fairly modest single-story residence. However, as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving in all things including real estate and the precipitously down-sloped, .27-acre lot allows the mullet-style and elevator-less domicile to stand a glute-straining four full stories at the back. Current listing details show the approximately 5,000 square foot residence — originally built in 1924, extensively remodeled by the previous owner, cosmetically refreshed by Mister Hardwick, and described in current marketing materials as a “European inspired farmhouse style gem” — has four bedroom and 3.5 bathrooms.

Faux-distressed hardwood floors in the brazenly vermillion-walled foyer continue in to a spacious and airy combination living and dining room with vaulted ceiling, exposed wood beams, and a minimalist-minded concrete fireplace. A wraparound bank of glass doors at the dining end of the room open to slender balconies with hand forged wrought iron railings and sweeping vistas over Bronson Canyon and, on a clear day, well beyond the downtown skyline. The spacious kitchen, also under a vaulted and sky-lit ceiling, is fitted with designer appliances and slab marble counter tops on 100-year old reclaimed wood cabinetry. An adjoining informal dining area has windows on three walls while French doors in the kitchen conveniently lead to a tiny, terra-cotta tiled courtyard dining terrace with mosaic tile water feature. Just around the corner from the kitchen, the family room also sports wood beams that span a vaulted ceiling and is outfitted with a tufted leather sofa opposite a gigantic television flanked by curlicue animal horns refashioned into light sconces and, up in a wee loft accessed by a rolling library ladder, a gazelle stuffed and shaped in to some sort of mid-leap position.

One of the lower level guest/family bedrooms has built-in wardrobes on either side of a cushioned window seat and another appears to have been done up as sort of pseudo library/TV den lined with, instead of bookshelves filled with real books, wallpaper printed to look like books in bookshelves. The master bedroom has a dense row of narrow wood beams across the ceiling, French doors to a private terrace, a walk-in closet with reclaimed wood built-in dressers, and an attached bathroom with probably antique terra-cotta floor tiles, a carved wood vanity, claw-footed bathtub, and a glass-enclosed steam shower. The floor below the bedroom level is — as it was before Mister Hardwick acquired the house — done up like an authentic if hipster-chic hunting cabin with walls and ceiling completely sheathed in heavy-duty timber and floorboards that a well-placed someone in the position to know told this property gossip were originally part of a rustic log cabin that stood on the property almost 100 years ago.  There are several lounging areas, a massive stone fireplace, a handful of wall-mounted antique rifles, an upright piano, a foosball table, and an array of taxidermy that includes polar bear rug and a moose head. A cobalt blue British police telephone box that’s actually a replica of a TARDIS — a time and space travel capsule — from the geek comedian’s favorite movie “Doctor Who” was installed as a doorway that leads a small gym and French doors open the cabin-room to a tree-shaded patio overlooking the rugged and steep slope below the house that’s terraced with stacked stone retaining walls.

A quick poke around various property record databases suggests Mister Hardwick continues to own a humbly-sized if hardly cheap ranch-style residence in the star-studded Oaks neighborhood —on the other side of Bronson Canyon from the property he’s currently got up for sale — that he and his former girlfriend, actress Janet Varney, purchased together in 2005 for $1.24 million. And, as we mentioned above and has already been reported far and wide, 44-year-old Mister Hardwick and 31-year-old Miss Hearst together shelled out an eye-popping $11 million for snazzy Spanish Colonial Revival estate with a total of eight bedrooms and eight full and two half bathrooms spread throughout a thoroughly updated but carefully preserved 8,240-square-foot main residence — originally designed by illustrious architect Paul Williams and built in the late 1920s for a prominent banker — and a trio of separate offices and guesthouses, one of them discreetly tucked under an open air cabana next to the swimming pool atop a street-level two-car garage.

Listing photos: Kobeissi Properties

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  1. Beth C. Pfohl says:

    Normally when the words “Bachelor’s Pad” show up in a descriptive title, I’m a little wary as to whether the decor will actually be something recognizable as well as keeping in tune with the overall design. This house is both intriguing and charming, blending some bold colors and rustic touches that are quite appealing. And the view from the canyon is one to just savor.

  2. Robert Kirkman says:

    He should use as much of that money as possible to reduce that ginormous Adam’s apple in his deck. Talk about talking dead.

  3. Get real says:

    He most definitely did not “go halfsies” on the new property. The thought alone is ridiculous. He could never afford half of an $11 million house and you know it.

    Lydia bought that property alone.

    • Bigdaddy says:

      Actually, he sold Nerdist to Legendary a few years back for quite a tidy sum. You should know what you’re talking about before you run your mouth.

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