BUYER: Neal Baer
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif.
SIZE: 2,621 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: We have good ol’ real estate yenta to thank for letting us know that freshly out-of-the-closet fiftysomething writer-producer Neal Baer has done snatched up the so-dubbed Dunn-Jacobsen Residence in the Crestview Hills area of L.A.’s Brentwood for, as per property records, $3.5 million.
For 15 years or more, the former pediatrician earned his showbiz keep — not to mention seven Emmy nominations — as a writer and producer of the hospital drama “ER” and the formulaic police procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He currently produces the Stephen King adapted sci-fi drama “Under the Dome” and has several projects, including at least two more medical dramas, in development.
The Dunn-Jacobsen Residence was originally designed in 1955 by lauded architect A. Quincy Jones and sold just once before, in 2001, when it went for the almost preposterously low-sounding $799,000. The second owners of the hillside architectural, real estate developer James Jacobson and boutique production studio owner Dana Garman, undertook a thorough restoration and sensitive upgrade to the entire residence before they had it photographed by the late and legendary photographer Julius Shulman.
Set on a 0.32-acre ridgeline lot, the glass-walled and redwood-sided residence has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as per listing details, in 2,621 square feet. Shielded from the street by a dense row of mature banana trees, the walled, gated and secured entry courtyard has an inviting but probably very chilly on the booty beveled concrete bench and an oval-shaped terrazzo koi pond.
The front door opens into the main living space that’s simply yet decadently done up with wide plank walnut floors, a pitched ceiling with exposed beams and a massive, minimalist-minded red brick fireplace with a room-wide raised hearth. A long wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and restored steel-framed “Arcadia” glass sliders peel open to a Balau wood deck with a heady, head-on view of the Getty Center. The adjoining dining area has a convenient pass through to the restored kitchen that the sellers carefully packed with a slew of top-grade appliances, including a wine fridge, steam and convection ovens and integrated icemaker.
The guest/family bedroom is located on the upper level, where it has a vaulted and exposed wood ceiling, a contemplative view of the entry courtyard through plate-glass windows and access to an adjacent vintage bathroom. A short flight of floating walnut steps lead down from the corridor off the front entry to a wood-paneled library with custom walnut built-ins, a second red brick fireplace, cork floor tiles and huge windows with expansive canyon views.
The ship’s cabin-like master bedroom on the lower level is decked out with a third fireplace, this one a geometric number slathered in buff colored tile of unknown material. There are exterior black out shades and a long, multilevel walk-in closet with more floor-to-ceiling walnut built-ins, hand-trawled waxed plaster walls and brass-trimmed mirrors. It’s a quirky and cumbersome half-flight of walnut-crafted stairs from the master bedroom up to the master bathroom, where pearl-colored tiles shimmer on the walls and a free-standing soaking tub has an over-the-flat-rooftop view of the Getty Center. The problem of a rather curious change in the floor level underneath the floating vanity was solved by the installation of one undermounted sink and one square vessel sink sitting on top of the slab marble countertop.
Other features called out in digital marketing materials includes home automation and water filtration systems, a dual-zone HVAC, solar panels that provide more than half the house’s electrical usage, a six-camera security system and organic gardens.
Property records show Mister Baer continues to own a house in the Oaks sections of L.A.’s affluent and celebrity-approved Los Feliz area that he picked up in the late 1990s for $899,000
Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland