SELLER: Victoria Tennant
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: London-born film and television actress and Hollywood scion Victoria Tennant — her father, Cecil Tennant, was an agent at MCA and her godfather was Laurence Olivier — has re-listed her gated and high-hedged, Kathryn Ireland-decorated mini-mansion in Bel Air at $5.995 million.
Miz Tennant, once married to Steve Martin and is probably best known for her roles in the rom-com satire “L.A. Story” and the 1983 television mini-series “Winds of War,” purchased the two-parcel Stone Canyon property with her third and current husband, attorney Kirk Stambler, in March 1998 for an unknown amount. Avid celebrity real estate watchers already know this isn’t this first time at the rodeo for Miz Tennant and Mister Stambler who briefly put the house out for lease in 2010 at twenty grand a month and first attempted to sell the house in March (2014) with a $6,995,000 price tag.
The not quite symmetrical flagstone- and clapboard-sided traditional — think Beaver Cleaver meets Bel Air — was originally built in the late 1940s, as per marketing materials, and sits behind gates and high hedges at the flat base of a steep, canyon slope. A classically pedimented porch leads to a formal center hall entry flanked by a formal living room with fireplace and a formal dining with exposed beam ceiling. A roomy library, lined on three walls with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves books, links through to a family room and a center island country kitchen when high beamed ceiling.
Though the L.A. County Tax Man puts the house at 3,824-square-feet with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, current digital marketing materials indicate there are five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in an undisclosed amount of interior space. Listing details show there are four guest/family bedrooms — three of them en-suite — plus a spacious second floor master suite with fireplace, dual bathrooms and an adjoining study/office convertible to a sixth bedroom.
More French doors than this property gossip can count open the main floor living spaces to a red brick terrace that runs the full length of the rear of the residence and is partly covered by a pergola. A long and narrow swimming pool and attached spa are wedged along the side of the house and a glute-punishing railroad tie stairway makes a zig-zagged climb up the steep slope behind the house to a flat and grassy pad with more red brick terracing, a small garden shed, a bougainvillea laden pergola and a lovely if not exactly thrilling canyon view.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker