SELLER: Leighton Meester
LOCATION: Encino, Calif.
PRICE: $2.35 million
SIZE: 2,847 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Probably having something to do with her “secret” February 2014 nuptials to actor Adam Brody, “Gossip Girl” star and budding recording artist Leighton Meester has, as was first reported by Marty FcFly at the always informative San Fernando Valley Blog, put her decked out bachelorette pad in Encino, Calif., up for sale at $2.35 million.
Missus Meester-Brody, who’s appeared in a handful of movies we’ve never heard of since “Gossip Girls” shut its doors in 2012 and last year trod the boards in the much hyped Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men” with Chris O’Dowd and James Franco, purchased the walled, gated and desirably south of Ventura Boulevard ranch house in June 2011 for $1,457,000. From the looks of things the doe-eyed actress gave the place a pretty thorough cosmetic makeover and listing details show the “turn key” and all-but-molding-free four bedroom and 4.5 bathroom house, built in 1948 on 0.48 acres and measuring in at 2,847 square feet. Listing details make a point to highlight the home’s hidden ceiling speakers, smart home technologies and hardcore security system that incorporates eight cameras.
The interconnected but not exactly open-concept main living spaces have wood floors stained a deep chocolate-brown and include a small foyer, a spacious formal dining room with fireplace and a living room with raised fireplace and two sets of French doors that open to the backyard entertainment areas. A three-to-four stool raised snack bar divides the living room from the galley-style kitchen that’s dressed with snow-white raised panel cabinetry, marble countertops and good-quality stainless steel appliances.
One of the three guest/family bedrooms appears to have been used by Miz Meester as an office or recording studio or something with lavender and cream-colored Rorschach test patterned wallpaper, and there’s a third fireplace in the master bedroom that also has a decadently bowed wall of windows, an all-beige and brown attached bathroom and extensive clothing storage in a curtain-lined dressing hall.
The tiered and lushly landscaped backyard has loads of flagstone terracing with a built-in barbecue and a pergola-shaded dining and lounge area. A glute-busting staircase makes a long, curved climb up the planted hillside behind the house to another roomy flagstone terrace with saltwater swimming pool, spa and well-equipped poolside cabana with changing room and built-in bar/barbecue.
If this property gossip is being honest — and we always are — we’d confess we haven’t a clue where the Meester-Brodys have set up house. We know that in 2011 Mister Brody sold his Hollywood house for $1.85 million to Amanda Seyfried and the empty closets seen in listing photos of Miz Meester’s abode certainly suggests she’s already vacated the premises.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty