BUYER: Jensen Ackles and Danneel (Harris) Ackles
SIZE: 4,698 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Last week the long-legged blond at Trulia Luxe Living revealed that handsome soap star turned sci-fi actor Jensen Ackles (Days of Our Lives, Dark Angel, Dawson’ Creek, Smallville, Supernatural) and actress Danneel (Harris) Ackles (One Life to Live, One Tree Hill) “sold not one but TWO homes in Los Angeles!”
In mid-February (2013) the young, attractive and currently preggers pair unloaded Mister Ackles’ modest—if not exactly cheap—two bedroom and two bathroom bachelor pad starter home in the foothills just above Studio City for $700,000.*
The following month the comely couple sold a much more substantial walled and gated mini-compound just south of Sunset Boulevard in the prosperous Brentwood area for exactly $3 million. Your Mama (dissed and) discussed the property when it first popped up on the open market in July 2012 with an asking price of $3,495,000.**
At the time of her report, the long-legged blond didn’t have any specific intel on where Mister and Missus Ackles planned to set down their next real estate roots. Thanks to a The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial and a subsequent unequivocal confirmation from our always wickedly well-informed tattletale Lucy Spillerguts Your Mama has learned that in late December (2012), months before they sold either above mentioned house, Mister and Missus Ackles quietly dropped a considerable $4.8 million on a gated mini-estate in the star-studded Point Dume area of Malibu (CA).
Property records and other online resources show the Ackles’ new abode, a two-story mock-Med surrounded by lush tropical foliage, was first hoisted on the open market in mid-2011 with a $5,950,000 price tag. Set well back from the road behind a towering wall of dense foliage and electronic driveway gates on a mostly flat 1.3 acre lot, the house was originally built in 1962 with five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 4,698 square feet.
Wide steps lead up from the shady front motor court—there is also a second gated motor court at the rear of the property with garage access—to the front door along to a long colonnade with vine draped exposed beam roof structure. Listing photos show the renovated if stylistically outdated home has a formal living room with stone tile floors, a (probably gas) fireplace, a low looking ceiling and large windows that wrap around the room. We’re down with the big windows but we’re bothered by their white frames and we’re even more perturbed that the window on the right side of the fireplace drops lower that the one on the left. Would it really have been so difficult for the architect or contractor to spec in windows of equal height?
Anyways, listing photos show a surprisingly petite formal dining room with wood floors and two walls of wood-framed glass doors with immediate access to the swimming pool terrace. Listen, chickens, nobody likes a glimmering metallic more than Your Mama—just a quick look into our closet will turn up at least a handful of metallic sneakers—but holy moly bat girls and boys the non-celeb sellers had the walls and ceiling painted what appears to Your Mama’s boozy and snarky eyeballs to be a rather disturbing metallic copper hue that we can only hope Mister and Missus Ackles had the good decorative sense to paint over immediately.
Less formal family quarters include a large center island kitchen with breakfast area and adjoining family room. The kitchen is certainly large and well equipped with plenty of room to whip up a large meal but also has odd rounded corner cabinetry, a couple of ugly ceiling fans mounted into a sky-lit ceiling recess and a cargo van-sized center island over which menacingly looms a pot laden pot rack that looks like it’s dying to snag a weave that gets to close or drop a copper pot on a child’s head.
The adjoining family room has wood floors, a shallow vaulted ceiling and a fireplace surmounted by a flat screen t.v. and flanked by narrow inset cabinetry for stashing media equipment and other family room blah-di-blahs like puzzles and board games. Above the cabinets are a couple of bizarre quarter moon shaped windows that probably provide for an extra bit of light for the room but look, as far as we’re concerned, nine kinds of wrong.
The master suite privately occupies the entire second floor and is complete with fireplace, vaulted ceiling and direct access to a private balcony with—on a clear day—an over-the-tree-tops view of the ocean and Catalina Island. Listing photos from the time of the Ackles’ acquisition shows the attached master bathrooms has a built-in hair and make-up vanity, glassed in steam shower, separate soaking tub and is slathered in some sort of marble that looks disturbingly too much like mortadella for Your Mama’s personal decorative finish proclivities.
Backyard recreation and entertainment spaces include a broad swathe of grass almost the exact size and shape of a tennis court and a smaller lawn at the back where the sellers had a jungle gym and where the soon-to-be new parents will likely install a jungle gym of their own choosing. A U-shaped built in outdoor kitchen/barbecue station has a three stool snack and booze counter and a spacious stone tiled terrace for sunbathing dining and lounging terrace wraps around a bottle green L-shaped swimming pool and spa lined with decorative Spanish tiles.
Perhaps one of the best and most coveted attributes of the Ackles’ new spread in Da Bu is the deeded “beach key” access to Little Dume, probably the most exclusive of the quartet of private Point Dume beaches that’s overlooked by swanky abodes owned by Tinseltown luminaries such as semi-reclusive movie star Julia Roberts and saxophonist Kenny G. A short list of other notable Show Biz types who have beach key access to Little Dume include Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, Pink and Carey Hart, and billionaire film producer Sydney Kimmel who, backin early 2007, paid around $38 million for the multi-lot bluff-top compound of the late late night talk show legend Johnny Carson.
*Property records show Mister Ackles picked up the property a decade earlier for $645,000.
**Property records show Mister Ackles purchased the property in September 2009 for $2,435,000.
listing photos: via Zillow