BUYER: John Krasinski
LOCATION: Marmont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,640 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Gated Mid Century compound on a long private drive, high above Chateau Marmont on a celebrity cul–de-sac. 1/3+ acre of land. Originally 5 bedrooms, no a Master Suite w/ gym & pool. Upstairs, Master Suite w/ fireplace, steam shower, city vus, media room & gym. Guest House.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: One day late last week Your Mama was yakking and gabbing with our frightfully in the know informant Lucy Spillerguts who unexpectedly whispered in our ear that altitudinous actor John Krasinski had recently purchased a new house in the Sunset Strip area of Los Angeles. So, natch, we did a little digging on the interweb and, sho enuf, records reveal young Mister Krasinski forked over $1,857,000 for a house on Marmont Avenue, which listing information described as “a celebrity cul–de-sac.”
The well educated Mister Krasinski plays the glib and sardonic Jim Halpert on The Office, stars in a film called Away We Go (written not by screenwriters but by literary darlings Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida) and is soon to make his writer/producer/directorial debut in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a movie adapted from the dee–voon (and recently deceased) David Foster Wallace’s book of short stories of the same name. As far as Your Mama is concerned, Mister Kransinski seems smarter than the average Hollywood heart throb if only because he actually knows who Dave Eggers is.
Anyhoo, property records show that Mister Krasinski scooped up his new digs in late February of 2009 and listing information shows the house sits down a long, gated driveway for maximum privacy and measures in at a modest 2,640 square feet. Before we get started Your Mama needs the children to recognize that the questionable day-core in the photos is not that of Mister Krasinski but of the previous owner of the home so don’t waste your breath or time moaning over that two-tone sectional sofa in the media room or the silliness of that leather ottoman sitting in front of the fireplace looking all uncomfortable and out of place.
The front door opens to a hall lined with horizontally applied wood paneling (which is much nicer looking than it sounds) and leads to the living room wrapped with several sets of wood framed French doors and a fireplace where Mister Krasinski can snuggle up to his ladee-friend, who is the British-born and utterly lovely actress Emily Blunt. The light blond wood floors in the living room extend into the dining area as well as the kitchen where marble counter tops sit on white Shaker style cabinets. The kitchen is open to the living and dining room but seems somehow strangely outdated although none of the materials are particularly passé when it comes to current trends in kitchen design. Okay, maybe that glass and stainless steel parabolic hood over the range is yesterday’s dee-zine news.
Property records show the Krasinski krib was originally built with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. However, listing information indicates several of the upstairs bedrooms have been combined leaving just 3 bedrooms including a master suite with attached pooper and home gym where we have a hard time imagining Mister Krasinski working on his pectoral muscles. Also on the second floor is a good sized media room with French doors that open to the slim balcony that runs along the back of the house. Somewhere on the property, according to listing information, is a guest house and we’re not sure if these guest quarters are counted in the bedroom and terlit count on the listing.
A smallish swimming pool with a not very pretty concrete coping and terrace occupy much of the wee back yard area although there does appear to be a trellised area at one end and at the other a good sized terrace on the second floor overlooks the pool which, we hope, provides a bit of a view and even more importantly includes an exterior stair case to the pool deck.
As mentioned earlier, listing information indicated Marmot Avenue is a “celebrity cul–de-sac” and indeed there are a number of notable names nesting in Mister Krasinski’s new neck of the hills. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel lives across the street in a large and recently completed contemporary crib, Nip/Tuck writer/producer/director Ryan Murphy lives up the hills in a modern residence he tried unsuccessfully to sell last year despite a $595,000 price chop from it’s original asking price of $4,195,000 and the comely actress Cameron Diaz lives down the street a wee bit in a very private 2,469 square foot house she bought in May of 2001 for $1,342,513.