An unimpeachable little birdie let us know that movie producer Chris Bender — he’s had a hand in hugely successful franchises including “American Pie” and “The Hangover” — shelled out $2.1 million for a freshly refurbished 1920s Spanish-style residence tucked into the hills above Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles.
Once owned by country music star and actor Dwight Yoakam, the residence, which is slightly short of 2,900 square feet, sits high atop a two-car garage above the street and behind a secured gate. A long exterior stairway climbs to the front door, which opens to a stone-floored foyer and a wood-floored living room with imposing fireplace and vaulted exposed-wood ceiling. A separate dining room connects through to the kitchen, which has a butcher-block center island, while a separate media lounge benefits from another fireplace.
A carpeted stone staircase switchbacks up to the private family quarters comprising three en suite guest bedrooms, a master suite with a walk-in closet and exposed-wood ceiling, and a lofted lounge with an over-the-treetops city view. At the back of the house, a playfully Escher-esque series of terra cotta tiled terraces cascade down to a walled courtyard with a swimming pool, spa, and vibrantly tiled waterfall.
Our research indicates that Bender, who recently and amicably uncoupled with long-time BenderSpink partner J.C. Spink to start his own Good Fear company, owns a charmingly unassuming yet stylishly modernized English Tudor cottage in the historic Windsor Square neighborhood that came up for sale in April at just under $1.8 million, and was quickly put into escrow to be sold at an unknown price.