SELLER: Frankie Muniz
LOCATION: Phoenix, AZ
SIZE: 5,438 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It was The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial who kindly let Your Mama know that actor, race car driver, drummer and etc. Frankie Muniz sold his very contemporary crib in an affluent and un-gated neighborhood in Phoenix, AZ, for $2,850,000. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated former child star (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “Agent Cody Banks”) purchased the modern-minded residence in August 2010 for $2,650,000 and, as far as we can tell, it first popped up on the open market in late 2013 with an asking price of $2.995 million.
Listing details Your Mama scrounged up on the interweb shows the walled and gated, boxy and glassy house sits on more than half an acre with direct views of craggy Camelback Mountain and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 5,438 square feet of crisply rendered open-concept interior space with dark chocolate wood floors and lots of over-sized windows.
A roomy foyer steps down to a double-height combination living and dining room with (gas) fireplace and a 24-foot wide wall of glass sliders that open to a street-side courtyard patio with built-in fire pit and 20-foot wide water feature. Several other living and lounging areas spread throughout the house include a family room with another (gas) fireplace and a two-stool wet bar, a small media/music room, a glass-railed loft that overlooks the living/dining room, and a den/office space where it appears to Your Mama his girlfriend/fiancée/wife, Elycia, runs her vintage designer duds business. (Somewhere up in there, as per listing details there’s also a small fitness room with sauna.)
The kitchen, separated from the living/dining room by a not-quite-full-height wall, has an unusually lengthy 12-foot center island and unadorned dark brown cabinets with putty colored counter tops of unknown but likely high quality material. There are two of most every appliance known to man — dishwashers, ovens and side-by-side fridge-freezers — plus an integrated coffee maker and an adjoining dining area where a second wall of glass sliders open to a dining loggia in particular and the backyard in general.
The spacious, second floor master suite has a small sitting area, another (gas) fireplace, and an aggressively monochromatic grey and white bathroom with double sinks, double-wide jetted tub and a separate, multi-head shower. A semi-private terrace off the sitting area has a corkscrew staircase for convenient access to the backyard.
The dining loggia, under the terrace off the master bedroom and just outside the informal dining area off the kitchen, gives way to an expansive stone terrace with built-in barbecue station and a party-sized spa. There’s also a long and narrow, trapezoid-shaped swimming pool and, off to one side, an area equipped with not just one but two trampolines. Recreational amenities are not limited to the backyard. In addition to terrace off the living/dining room, the front yard also has a big and flat patch of very green grass, some sort of sport court and, in the motor court, a built-in half-court basketball court. That’s right, children, there really is a pickle ball court — or whatever it is — in the front yard.
Mister Muniz may not be the Hollywood superstar he once was in his youth but he none-the-less remains a semi-regular staple in all the celebrity property gossip columns. Way back in June 2005, the year before he announced he planned retire as an actor and become a race car driver — he later played drums for a rock band we’ve never heard of before, young Mister Muniz got rid of a single-story house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in L.A.’s coveted Bird Streets for $3.9 million and the very next month sold a gated mini-compound just above the Sunset Strip for $5.995 million to Halle Berry.
In March (2014) he took a substantial loss when he unloaded a five-bedroom and four-bathroom house just above L.A.’s Sunset Strip for $3,050,000 — He bought the house eight years earlier for $3.499 million and leased it in 2011 for an unknown amount and an unknown length of time to CeeLo Green — and our research indicates Mister Muniz continues to own the stone and stucco faux-Tuscan mini-mansion in a swanky, guard-gated enclave in Scottsdale, AZ he picked up in May 2008 for $2,782,000 and had up for lease in 2011 for $7,250 per month.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty