SELLERS: Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,879 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: More than a year and half ago, veteran Hollywood stalwart Jason Bateman and his actress/show biz heiress wife, Amanda Anka — her daddy is legendary crooner Paul Anka, slapped down three million clams for the Beverly Hills (Post Office) mini-compound of then recently deceased Tinseltown icon Ernest Borgnine. Remember that, kids? It comes as no surprise, then, to Your Mama or any other celebrity property gossip that the Batemens, as was first revealed by the L.A. Times, have put their satisfyingly laid-back and fairly humble if not exactly inexpensive home in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon up for sale for two-and-a-quarter million clams.
Property records show the former child star (“Valerie”) who grew up to have deadpan comedic delivery (“Arrested Development”) bought the 1950s-era post and beam-built residence in the September of 2002 for $885,000. Current digital marketing materials show the single-story residence, tucked into a sweeping curve and protected by a tall fence and a towering wall of bamboo, measures in at 2,879-square feet with three en suite bedrooms plus a bonus room and an office area with built-ins and bay window. (For the record, the L.A. County Tax man puts the house at 2,617 square feet with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.)
The reasonably roomy, L-shaped open-plan main living space, furnished in a casually and pleasantly heterogeneous but hardly haphazardly fashion, has pale wood floors laid at a 45-degree angle, an interestingly angled fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows and glass sliders look upon and open out to lush and flourishing gardens. The kitchen has high-grade stainless steel appliances and is open to the living room over a sizable center island with integrated, four-stool snack counter.
A number of rooms open through glass doors to good-sized and tree-shaded stone terraces and listing details note a children’s play area with a curlicue slide and a koi pond covered by a netting to keep woodland critters from eating the fish. However, as far as our boozy eyes can see, there’s not a swimming pool. No offence to the Batemans because they seem like nice people and we appreciate the understated nature of this house but for two and a quarter million bucks Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter want a damn swimming pool.
listing photos: Westside Estate Agency