YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Three real estate snitches kindly sent covert communiqués in the cloak of last night’s darkness to let this property gossip know that married actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have slapped at $4.25 million price tag on their getaway estate in the easygoing but high cost community of Ojai, CA, about 90 miles north and west of downtown Los Angeles. Property records show the couple acquired the 5.17-acre spread just over three years ago for $2.15 million and our research shows they shelled out another $950,000 in late 2013 for the 8.62-acre undeveloped parcel next door that abuts the Los Padres National Forest. The vacant parcel does not appear to be available separately on the open market, at least not as far as this property gossip can tell, but digital marketing materials for the estate the Krasinski-Blunts have made available on the open market indicates there is “the possibility” of purchasing the vacant property for an undisclosed amount.
Privately situated down a shared and gated private lane, the 4,177-square-foot residence was smartly positioned on a gentle rise above a sweeping circular driveway from which wide, red brick steps lend an air of graceful if glute-straining procession as one approaches the front door. Although only built in 1982 and described in listing details as “Eco-friendly,” the four bedroom and 4.5 bathroom house appears on the exterior as a classic and well-executed, Beaver Cleaver-style tri-dormered clapboard Colonial of the variety one might more typically expect to see in Connecticut or Maine rather than nestled up against a craggy mountain range at the edge of a sophisticated and semi-rural agricultural community that’s a pleasurably scenic, 30-mile jaunt by Mercedes from the also relatively easygoing but far more aristocratic seaside enclave of Montecito.
Current online marketing materials we perused are somewhat slim on the details of the residence’s interiors but a quick peek at listing photos from when the Krasinki-Blunts acquired of the property show the interiors then featured a double-height center hall entry with honey blonde wood floors and a prom photo perfect curved staircase. The wood floors extended into a formal living anchored by one four fireplaces in the house and continued into a formal dining room as well as into a roomy and well-equipped eat-in kitchen that was at the time done up with two-toned cabinetry — maple wood blond and sea-foam green — some sort of dark taupe-toned solid surface counter top, a bi-level center island, and top-grade commercial-style stainless steel appliances. Of course the couple very well may have made a bazillion significant alterations and/or cosmetic pick-me-ups but when they signed on the dotted line in 2012 additional living spaces included breakfast and family rooms, a separate guest/nanny suite, and a comfortably ample second-floor master bedroom with fireplace and balcony. A broad, brick-accented patio and veranda runs the length of the back of the house and steps up to a solar heated swimming pool and spa surrounded by flagstone terracing and native plantings. Stone and gravel pathways meander the gardens and lead a built-in fire pit while vast, emerald-green carpets of rolling lawns irrigated by a private well — an alluring benefit in water-starved California, to be sure — give way to rugged, unspoiled scrublands and mountain vistas.
Krasinski, who rocketed to fame and an Emmy nomination on the celebrated sitcom “The Office,” and Blunt, who will co-star with Jessica Chastain in next year’s action adventure “The Huntsman,” also own a couple of properties in Los Angeles. In early 2009, before they were married, Krasinski paid $1.857 million for a contemporary residence — it’s across the street from Jimmy Kimmel’s compound — privately positioned down a long, gated driveway up behind the legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel above the Sunset Strip. And, in April 2014 the couple, by than married and parents to a newborn daughter, together shelled out $2.575 million for a 3,483-square-foot remodeled 1960s-era residence on two lots with canyon and skyline views at the tail end of a little-known cul-de-sac high above Laurel Canyon.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe