YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Back in the fall of 2007, when he was still gainfully employed on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy, actor T.R. Knight shelled out $2,912,500 for an historical 1930s Tudor style fixer-upper at the far eastern edge of the quietly star studded Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Unfortunately for Mister Knight, he probably gained the the most fame and attention by all the gossip glossies as the verbal punching bag for his former cast mate Isaiah Washington who (in)famously made homophobic slurs towards Mister Knight on set. As a result of the ugly kerfuffle, Mister Washington was relieved of his acting duties and Mister Knight was compelled to make a very public and unplanned exit from the proverbial closet. Iffin anyone were to ask Your Mama–and, of course, no one did–it is our humble and utterly meaningless opinion that Mister Knight handled the grisly bizness with grace and dignity and we hope his mama was as proud as Your Mama was of his decision to live openly in the notoriously homophobic Hollywood. Yes bunnies, we know that Hollywood is crawling with the gays and lesbians. However, it’s not so often that a working and successful actor or actress actually lives publicly as an out, proud and gay individual. That’s right big name celebrities, you know who you are and we’re talking about you.
Anyhoo, perhaps as a result of the brouhaha–or not–his role on Grey’s Anatomy was subsequently slimmed down until the summer of 2009 when Mister Knight chose to quit his lucrative gig on the boob-toob claiming that he just wasn’t thrilled by or fulfilled with the direction his character was being taken. Mister Knight has reportedly relocated to New York City where he’s getting back to his deep roots on the stage and will soon appear in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theater with fellow thespian Sir Patrick Stewart.
No longer in need of his his 1930s Tudor that he spent the last 3 years and untold amounts of moo-lah renovating, Mister Knight recently hoisted the property back on the market with an asking price of $3,995,000. Listing information indicates the quirky and fully rehabbed residence with its distinct ecclesiastical thing going on measures 4,160 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 poopers.
Earlier reports claim that Mister Knight never even moved into the house having lived in a nearby rental while the extensive and costly renovations were underway. We don’t know anything about that but listing photos do show the house is completely empty so whether he moved in or not, he’s clearly not living there now.
A discreet front facade opens into an unexpectedly capacious double height entrance hall with a curving, hand-carved stair case and antique slate floors. A set of elaborately carved Gothic arched doors open from the entrance hall into a voluminous living room that features parquet flooring, a soaring vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and trusses, leaded glass windows, an imposing stone and carved wood fireplace, and a forest’s worth of intricately carved wood detailing. The room’s most interesting, unique, and somewhat bizarre feature is the minstrels gallery where back in the day, according to listing information, the Hollywood String Quartet played for parties of Tinseltown elites.
The living room opens out to a glassed in porch that has a heavy, dark stained beamed ceiling, antique slate flooring, a chunky brick fireplace and tree top views. A large dining room with gives way to the fully renovated galley style kitchen that has gorgeous gray flat fronted lower cabinetry, black counter tops, two side by side sinks in front of a large casement window, double ovens and a Hyundai sized range that probably cost as much as an entry level Mercedes.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a gorgeous and whimsical corbel dome ceiling, glossy parquet floors, antique heating registers, and an attached private pooper with honeybee tile floors, white subway tile walls, a barrel vaulted ceiling, and a row of 4-pane windows with city views. In addition to the bedrooms, the second floor has a dee–voon sleeping porch with slate tile floor and a pitched ceiling. While we’re certain that many of the more pampered children would prefer to flick on the air conditioner on a warm southern California summer evening, Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter would rather throw open the windows of a sleeping porch and let the soft breezes waft over us while we talk to the Sandman.
At least one of the other poopers in the house is completely encased–floors, walls and ceiling–in shiny jet black subway style tiles that look terribly sexy and more than a little sinister but are probably murderous when it comes to water spot removal. The children can be sure that if Mister Knight had an opinionated and vocal house gurl like our gal Svetlana, he would never have put all that black tile in a pooper.
Outdoor areas include a covered terrace with hulking brick fireplace located just off the lowest level of the three story house, a small sunbathing terrace, and and several flat expanses of lawn amid the rough and tumble of the rugged but fully landscaped hillside that includes hand stacked rock retaining walls, and a stream that tumbles down the hillside into small pond.
Your Mama wishes Mister Knight more luck than some of his former Grey’s Anatomy cast mates have had selling some of their pricey properties in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborood. Ginger haired Kate Walsh–who stars in the Private Practice spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy–bought a Spanish style mansion in July of 2007 for $4,750,000. Not long after the decoratin‘ was done she and her huzband went splitsville and shortly after her dee–vorce was finalized she flipped the beehawtcha back on the market in May of 2010 with an asking price of $4,295,000. It doesn’t take a genius or Your Mama’s bejeweled abacus to see that even if Miss Walsh gets lucky and finds a full price buyer for her house, she’s still facing a hefty half million dollar loss on her real estate mistake.
In September of 2007, Mister Knight’s b.f.f. Katherine Heigl and her singer/songwriter man-mate Josh Kelley paid $2,250,000 for a 4 bedroom and 3.5 pooper property in Los Feliz. Shortly thereafter, in June of 2008, Mister Heigl put another Los Feliz home on the market with an asking price of $1,750,000. Records and the bizzy boys at Celebrity Address Aerial show Miss Heigl paid $1,500,000 for the 3 bedroom and 2.5 pooper house back in May of 2006. After more than a year on the market and several price chops that brought the price down to $1,595,000, the property was taken off the market. It remains in Miss Heigl’s property portfolio.
listing photos: Peter Lorimer Group Estates