SELLER: Alexia Landeau
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 3,670 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (total)
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It was veteran celebrity real estate tipster Beatrice Bizzybody who first alerted Your Mama that a Tinseltown-pedigreed mini-compound in L.A.’s illustrious Laurel Canyon — currently owned, according to property records, by fortunately born French filmmaker and actress Alexia Landeau — has popped up on the open market with an asking price of $2,895,000.
In the 1960s the property was occupied by dashing and famously thin-mustachioed Oscar-winning silver screen star David Niven who reportedly entertained often and with tongue only slightly in cheek dubbed the place “Rogue’s Retreat.” The .42-acre property was acquired in the 1990s by actress Christina Applegate who sold it in early 2003 for $705,000 to reality and game show producer Barry Poznick (“Are Your Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” “Family Game Night”) who only handed it off to Miz Landeau a year ago, in May 2014, for $2.485 million.
Miz Landeau, the daughter of American-born French financier Marc Landeau and Israeli luxury hotel heiress Irith Federmann-Landeau, may be best known to movie goers for her roles in the films “2 Days in Paris” and “2 Days in New York” and will next be seen on the silver screen in the star-studded “Day Out of Days” which she co-wrote with director Zoe Cassavettes. Since 2007 Miz Landeau has been married to artist and photographer Guilhem de Castelbajac, the son of Moroccan-born French nobleman and fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and, interestingly enough, one of the guests at the low-key but decidedly hoity toity couple’s 2007 wedding, which went down at the Landeau family chateau outside Deauville and was covered in the pages of Women’s Wear Daily, was fashion world mover and shaker Fernanda Niven, the granddaughter of — you got it, children — David Nivens.
Current listing details show the vaguely Craftsman-style residence was originally built in 1923 but, clearly, has since been hugely upgraded and improved. Newly installed extra wide plank wood floors run throughout the two-story main residence that sits privately well back from and up off the street and measures 3,670 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. A reclaimed brick fireplace in the living room is flanked by bookshelves where the books are stored by color — which is how Your Mama shelves our books as well — and an adjoining den has a full wall of floor-to-ceiling display shelves painted tomato red at the back to highlight Miz Landeau’s collection of knickknacks and paddywhacks that appears to include an Oscar statuette. The newly remodeled eat-in kitchen has a high beamed ceiling, a marble-topped center island snack counter lit by a trio of industrial gymnasium lights, a herringbone pattern marble backsplash behind the range the decadently extends all the way to the ceiling, and a rather inviting built-in dining banquette watched over by a probably authentic print of one of Andy Warhol’s psychedelically colored cows.
The compact micro-compound also includes a self-contained guesthouse with living room, bedroom, bathroom and ceramic tiled kitchen as well as an itty-bitty but hugely charming writer’s cabin perched high on the hillside behind the house where it takes full advantage of a sensational canyon views. Outdoor spaces include a flat bit of grass at the front of the house with picnic table and fancy-looking children’s play structure. Numerous patios and terraces around the house include a roomy one just outside the kitchen where there’s a dining space under a wisteria-laden trellis, a chunky river rock outdoor fireplace and a lounge area where loads of thickly padded seating surrounds a magnificent tree trunk turned coffee/cocktail table. At the street level the property includes a three-car garage and off-street parking for half a dozen more cars.
Listing photos: Partners Trust