A modestly proportioned and architecturally noteworthy residence tucked into the rustic but refined Mandeville Canyon area of Los Angeles was sold, per property records, by married entertainment industry veterans James Mangold and Cathy Konrad for $3.15 million, a fair amount above its not quite $3 million asking price. And, so swears real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak on her hardworking Rolodex, the buyer is wildly innovative uni-named alt-rocker Beck.
Property records indicate Mangold, co-writer of the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” and director of the box office blockbuster “The Wolverine”; and Konrad, producer of “Walk the Line” and “Scream: The TV Series,” snatched up the three-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom storybook cottage in late 2006 for just under $2.3 million. Described in marketing materials by architecture savvy Coldwell Banker listing agent Bret Parsons as a Brittany Tudor, the 2,600-square-foot, circa-1964 residence was designed by architect Gerard Colcord and, our research reveals, previously owned by late Looney Toons cartoonist Lou Lilly. The conscientiously restored and carefully upgraded residence retains many original features, such as hand-hewn ceiling beams and several cozy nooks for reading, writing and repose. Upstairs, three bedrooms and an office share two bathrooms, while a walled, gated and tree-shaded courtyard separates the main house from a detached two-car garage topped by additional living space under a steeply pitched, vaulted ceiling with a couple of curtained-off sleeping areas.
Beck, a five-time Grammy winner who can proficiently play a dozen instruments, is a property-gossip-column staple who’s bought and sold many homes across Los Angeles, including a luxurious eight-bedroom place in historic Hancock Park he picked up in 2007 for $6.75 million and sold off at a gasp-worthy loss in 2010 for $5.6 million to primetime TV drama powerhouse Shonda Rimes. In late 2014 he forked over just north of $1 million for an unassuming, 2,000-square-foot house in the Los Feliz area, which he continues to own; and in the summer of 2005 he sold, for $2.9 million, a 1920s Tudor cottage in Santa Monica he picked up just five months earlier for a pinch more than $2.7 million.
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