SELLERS: Cindra Ladd and Alan Ladd Jr.
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, Calif.
PRICE: $9.995 million
SIZE: 5,680 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Former MGM chairman and all-around Hollywood heavyweight Alan Ladd Jr. hoisted his English Country cottage-style mini-mansion in Beverly Hills on the open market with an asking price of $9.995 million, an amount otherwise known as 10 million big ones.
Property records show the Tinseltown scion, the oldest child of 1940s and ’50s film star Alan Ladd and a veteran entertainment industry executive and producer whose credits include “Star Wars,” “ The Right Stuff,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Moonstuck,” “Thelma and Louise” and Bravehart — for which he took home an Oscar in 1994 — purchased the property in August 2001 for $4.5 million from music industry bigwig Tom Whalley. Mister Ladd shares the elegantly appointed home with his second wife, Cindra Ladd, a former film executive who earlier this year publicly came out as one of the 20-plus women who allege and tell remarkably similar and decidedly unsavory stories about how comedian Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
Set behind electronic gates on one of the plumier, tree-lined blocks just below Sunset Boulevard in the ever-more popular and increasingly pricey “Flats” section of the 90210, the meticulously maintained, tastefully dressed and decidedly traditional domicile was originally built in the late 1980s, per online marketing materials, and measures in at a comfortably roomy but hardly humongous 5,680 square feet, with five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Overscaled parquet-style wood floors run throughout the main-floor living spaces that include a foyer with curved staircase and amply proportioned formal living and dining rooms, both with French doors and the former with fireplace. Beyond the living room, a den that’s decoratively done up in a quiet riot of chintz and brocade furnishings has somewhat unusual, green-hued paneled walls, a wet bar and a furniture-grade entertainment unit that houses at least two flatscreen televisions. Behind the dining room a roomy, cook-friendly kitchen features bone-toned faux-antiqued cabinetry, counter tops of unknown but most assuredly high-grade material, a full suite of top-grade commercial-style appliances that include full-sized side-by-side fridge and freezers and, hung over the center work island, where it’s prepared to snag a beehive hairdo or knock an uncareful noggin, a sizable pot rack laden with copper pots and pans. In case any of the children have forgotten or didn’t know, nobody loathes a dust collecting pot rack more than Your Mama. Indeed, Rule #7 in Your Mama’s Big Book of Decorating Dos and Don’ts adamantly state — and we paraphrase here — pot racks, convenient though some cooks may find them, are to be avoided at all costs. But we digress…)
The fully carpeted master suite on the second floor is spacious enough to accommodate a seating area in front of a television-surmounted fireplace and encompasses a fitted and chandelier-lit dressing room with built-in dresser island and an also chandelier-lit bathroom with floral wallpaper, integrated make up vanity, beige stone tile flooring and a soaking tub set into a bowed bay window. Back in the bedroom a row of French doors span the width of the room and open to a planted, red-brick terrace that overlooks the leafy and verdant backyard.
The rear of the partly ivy-encrusted residence wraps around three sides of a dining and lounging courtyard that gives way to hedge-lined rose gardens, a free-form lawn, mature shade trees, effusive shrubbery and a lagoon-style swimming pool and spa. A separate and self-contained two-story guesthouse at the rear of the 0.41-acre parcel offers additional living space and a kitchenette as well as a sunny, south-facing private deck on the upper floor and its own parking garage accessible from the alley that runs behind the property.
A little digging around in the dark, nether sections of various property record databases indicates that way back in 1987, Mister Ladd and fellow showbiz executive Jay Kanter — his partner at the Ladd Company — co-purchased a not quite 1,300-square-foot pied-a-terre in the same, super-swank and storied New York City townhouse building as a notoriously palatial Upper East Side penthouse that was long owned by the late and truly legendary comedienne Joan Rivers and currently listed at $28 million. But we digress….
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker