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‘Fatal Attraction’ Screenwriter James Dearden Lists Beverly Hills Hideaway

SELLERS: James Dearden and Annabel Brooks
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, Calif.
PRICE: $6.795 million
SIZE: 5,286 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A freshly rehabbed Beverly Hills residence, owned per property records by English screenwriter James Dearden, has popped up for sale with an asking price of $6.795 million. Property records show Mister Dearden, who received an Oscar-nomination for “Fatal Attraction” — the top-grossing movie of 1987 — and his actress wife, Annabel Brooks, purchased the 0.65-acre double-lot property at the tail end of a barely-there cul-de-sac above Benedict Canyon in June 2007 for $4.695 million. The Dearden-Brooks, who live most of the time in the U.K., resided in the home only sporadically and, according to a real estate insider we queried about the property, regularly leased the gated and privately situated spread to a succession of high-profile peeps who include an Oscar-winning actor, an Oscar-winning actress, a world-renowned electro-house DJ, an NBA superstar, and the president of a major French fashion house.

Listing details show the two-story residence measures in at 5,286 square feet with five en suite bedrooms and a total of 5.5 bathrooms. Light grey travertine floors run throughout the primary living spaces that include a rather substantial living room where a wide bank of glass doors slide open to convert the room to a poolside porch. There’s a round table for games and snacks along with a long if somewhat narrow-looking formal dining space just inside the front door. The center island kitchen, fitted with ordinary but no doubt high-quality white raised panel cabinetry and a full suite of expensive stainless steel appliances, opens though glass doors to a dining terrace with outdoor fireplace and, just off the foyer, a tomato-red walled media room has a built-in wall-to-wall entertainment unit with bookshelves, surround sound system and plantation shuttered glass sliders that opens to a slender, landscaped terrace that runs along the side of the house. Most rooms open to private and/or shared terraces nestled among the hillside property’s dense foliage. An elevated lounge terrace overlooks the swimming pool and a lighted trail through the woods ascends to an all but hidden terrace above the motor court and garage that benefits from an over-the treetops view of the surrounding, mansion dotted mountains.

When we queried listing agent Paul Czako at Gussman Czako Estate about the property, he was tight-lipped beyond basic details but did let it slip that in addition to their no longer wanted West Coast outpost the Dearden-Brooks also maintain a vast walk-up apartment in Manhattan’s boho-chic East Village and a large residence in London’s natty Notting Hill as well as a country estate in Ireland.

Listing photos: Gussman Czako Estates

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