YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Married film and television stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt hoisted a boxy contemporary above Los Angele’s Sunset Strip up for grabs with an asking price of $8,000,000. The essentially brand-new abode, once gift-wrapped as a Christmas gag by across-the-street neighbor Jimmy Kimmel, was acquired by the couple in February 2009 for $1,857,000. The residence, a carefully stacked collection of smooth concrete, glass, and white brick volumes, sits privately situated at the end of a long, gated driveway on a .36-acre flag lot at the base of a vertiginous cliff and stands three-stories tall with six bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,724-square-feet.
Extra-wide plank wood floors run throughout the meandering, open-plan living spaces on the ground floor that encompass a sunken living room with fireplace and huge glass sliders that disappears into the walls when opened; a dining room with two-stool wet bar and wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open to a foliage protected dining terrace; a den also outfitted with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glass sliders; and a U-shaped kitchen with white, Shaker-style cabinetry, slab marble counter tops and back splashes, and a double wide center island with prep sink, cantilevered snack counter, and butcher block-style counter tops of an unknown but most certainly high-quality wood. Most f not all of the five guest/family bedrooms have direct access to a bathroom and the master suite, a lengthy but slightly too narrow room on the middle level, has another vast expanse of floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows with treetops view. The master bathroom takes a slightly more traditional design approach to the relative modernity of the rest of the house with classic hexagonal marble floor tiles, a marble-topped two sink vanity, a two-person soaking tub set between glass-fronted apothecary cabinets, and a marble-tiled shower space. A top floor lounge/office opens to an ample, glass-railed roof deck with a treetops-framed city view. The numerous and vast walls of sliding glass doors make for a smooth and seamless transition to the backyard entertainment spaces that include a couple of terraces for dining and lounging, an outdoor fireplace, and a dark-bottomed swimming pool.
The listing agent for the property, Catherine Marcus at Sotheby’s International Realty, told the property gossips at The Wall Street Journal the couple plans to relocate to the East Coast. And perhaps they will, but even if they do settle on the East Coast they will not be without a home base on the Left Coast. Though their 5.17-acre eco-conscious, semi-rural getaway in the rustic-luxe ranching community of Ojai, CA, is currently for sale at $4.25 million, the Krasinski-Blunts continue to own a newly renovated residence of almost 3,500-square-feet on two lots high above L.A.’s Laurel Canyon that they picked up in April 2014 for $2.575 million.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty