Young and fortunately born producer John Powers Middleton, the scion to a great American cigar fortune, has his super-modern Hollywood Hills bachelor pad up for sale, at $5.5 million. The neophyte but screamingly successful and increasingly prolific film and television producer (“The Lego Movie,” “Bates Motel”), who recently paired up with Casey Affleck to produce unspecified film and television projects, purchased the sleek, multilevel residence for $4.75 million, about 2½ years ago, per property records.
The 5,725-square-foot house sits high on a precipitously down-sloped, .7-acre parcel above Nichols Canyon, and features extra-high ceilings, immense walls of glass, and sharply angled rooflines that allow for oversized clerestory windows. There are four en suite bedrooms including a massive master suite, plus an airy, self-contained guest apartment with double-height living room, full kitchen, bathroom and lofted bedroom area.
A downright operatic circular staircase in a glass-roofed turret links the various levels of the house. The main living area consists of a lofty combination living-dining room, a colossal kitchen with window-lined dining area, and a penthouse-level office suite under a butterfly roof that opens to a roof terrace. A positively cavernous, hotel-lobby-sized family room with double-height ceiling has a media lounge and games area with full kitchen, plus a billiards alcove that spills out to a flat patch of grass through a towering wall of windows. A series of circular terraces connected by a web of ramps and stairways meanders and switches back down the hillside to a free-form swimming pool bordered by an elevated water channel that pours over the edge to a reflecting pool far below.
listing photos: Hilton & Hyland