SELLER: Brian Buckner
LOCATION: Encino, CA
SIZE: 3,801 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms plus 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom guesthouse
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A kindly communiqué from a little birdie in the know informed this property gossip that “True Blood” showrunner Brian Buckner hoisted his Encino, CA, mini-compound up for sale at $3.2 million. It doesn’t take a real estate genius or mathematics savant to see that when upkeep costs, improvement expenses, and real estate fees are added in the veteran television writer and producer — his Emmy-winning credits include “Spin City,” “Friends,” and its not nearly so successful spin-off “Joey” — will more than likely have to stomach a substantial loss on the property that was acquired not quite two years ago for $3.21 million. Property records reveal the .83-acre suburban spread, privately sited down a long gated driveway in an upscale if unheralded neighborhood just south of Woodley Park and the 101 Freeway, has had its fair share of showbiz residents; Married actors Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernson bought he property in September 2004 for $1.475 million and sold it just over 1.5 years later for $1.88 million to writer/producer Laurie McCarthy (“Reign,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Beverly Hills, 90210”) who held on to it until early 2014 when it was sold to Mister Buckner.
Current listing details show the extensively renovated, cottage-style main residence was originally built in the early 1940s and measures in at a comfortably ample but hardly humongous 3,801-square-feet with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Additional living space is contained in a two-story poolside guesthouse. Ever so slightly glossy, narrow gauge honey blond hardwoods run throughout the main living spaces that include a sunny, south-facing double-height living room with courageously tiled fireplace and a separate, window-lined dining room that easily seats ten or a dozen diners. The neighboring kitchen, also with a double-height beamed ceiling, has slab marble counter tops on snow-white Shaker style cabinetry and all the sorts of higher-grade appliances one expects to find in a $3.2 million house. A sizable center work island with integrated and elevated three-stool snack counter divides the food prep area from an adjoining family room outfitted with generous built-in storage cabinets and desk space along with several sets of French doors that open to a trellis-shaded patio. A sliding, double wide barn-style door separates a private sitting room from the bedchamber in the master suite and there are two additional guest/family bedrooms on the main level plus a petite second floor that contains a cozy reading nook with built-in cushioned banquette and an office/bedroom with attached bathroom.
The house opens through numerous French doors to a pancake flat yard with expansive lawns, a dining patio with built-in pizza oven and grilling station, and an outdoor fireplace and lounging area that overlooks a rather photogenic, foliage-bordered bocce court. The rectangular swimming pool, just outside the master bedroom, is tightly girdled by a practical and probably easily removed but none-the-less hideously unsightly child safety fence and the unexpectedly ample poolside guesthouse is decked out in similarly high quality materials as the main residence with hardwood floors, double-height beamed ceiling, high-quality marble-countered kitchen, three-quarter bathroom, and a lofted bedroom area.
Listing photos: Compass