YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: For all but the most physically fit, it’s an unquestionably daunting, thigh-burning climb from the street level two-car garage to a restored and updated 1920s bungalow perched high on a hilltop above L.A.’s historic Beachwood Canyon that married actors Adam Shapiro and Katie Lowes recently put up for sale with a $1.375 million price tag. Online marketing materials, which show the property was quickly put into escrow to be sold for an unknown amount, indicate the two-story bungalow has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 1,608 square feet while a small and separate studio-style guest cottage has a kitchenette and another bathroom. The busy as beavers couple — before she landed her plummy part on the melodramatic political thriller “Scandal” she was “Nashville” star Connie Britton’s nanny and he has a couple of handfuls of projects in various stages of production including the indie rom-com “F*cking People” and the Sofía Vergara-starring comedy “The Female Brain” — purchased the property just over three years ago for $1.01 million from, according to property records, “Scandal” actress Darby Stanchfield and her advertising executive husband Joseph Gallegos.
Honey toned hardwood floors run throughout the simply and unfussily but comfortably furnished combination living/dining space on the bungalow’s upper floor that includes a fireplace and French doors that open to a multi-level deck that just about rings the residence and provides open canyon and city lights views. The dining area flows into a slender galley-style kitchen that features a cushioned built-in window seat, walnut or perhaps teak cabinets, quotidian beige speckled granite counter tops and average quality stainless steel appliances. The upper level master bedroom isn’t particularly roomy but does offer French doors that open to a narrow deck with stunning sylvan canyon views and an en suite bathroom with striking, vintage-style plum-colored tile work. One of the two guest or family bedrooms on the bungalow’s lower level was outfitted as a fitness room and shares a hall bathroom that, like the master bathroom, is lined with plum-colored ceramic tiles. The property’s gardens and outdoor living areas were gussied up by the couple, according to a 2015 article in People magazine, and include several decks for al fresco dining and lounging, a gravel patio with fire pit for roasting après dinner marshmallows and, in addition to several loquat and olive trees, a variety of citrus trees including grapefruit, orange, lime, and lemon.
Our research indicates the couple, married in 2012, already purchased their next home, a more family friendly 3,407-square-foot 1930s ranch-style residence with four bedrooms and three bathrooms located in a leafy and low-key but decidedly desirable and increasingly pricey Studio City neighborhood that they recently acquired for around $2.2 million from a limited liability company linked to Leo DiCaprio.
Listing photos: The Agency