YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Several celebrity real estate snitches have thoughtfully sent word via covert communique and property records now reveal that married movie and television stars Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof have significantly upgraded their residential circumstances with the $7,890,000 purchase of a double-gated mini-estate in the low-key but unquestionably high-toned Brentwood Park neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Originally built in 1936 and described in listing details as a “classic American Traditional estate,” the 5,864-square-foot, two-story residence sits behind high gates and even higher hedges at the head of a semi-circular driveway on an essentially flat, .62-acre parcel. A long, L-shaped foyer with curved staircase is flanked by a generously proportioned formal dining room with two cushioned seats set into windowed bays and a step down living room anchored by a stacked stone fireplace that this property gossip feels in the soles of our feet was an ill-made and particularly pedestrian if easily enough remedied materials choice for the architecture of the house. Finished with what appears to be poured concrete counter tops on white Shaker-style cabinetry with glass-fronted uppers, the cook-friendly kitchen features a giant center work island with butcher block counter top and all the high-grade stainless steel appliances one can and arguably should expect to find in the kitchen of an almost $8 million house. The kitchen adjoins an informal dining space that opens through French doors to the backyard as do both the family room and the library/den that includes a fireplace along with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and an integrated desk area. Two guest/family bedrooms are joined on the upper floor by a master suite complete with fireplace, sitting area, private balcony with backyard overlook, walk-in closet, and modern bathroom fitted with mirror accented double-sink vanity, hexagonal tile flooring, a jetted soaking tub, and a separate glass-enclosed shower stall.
Extensive, multi-level terraces off the rear of the residence give way to a grassy yard ringed by mature, privacy enhancing trees and planted with a variety of spiky succulents and giant sprays of pampas grass. The lawn makes a gentle slope down to the swimming pool, spa, and lounging terrace where there’s a nowadays de rigueur built-in fire pit. An exceptionally spacious, 1,000-ish-square-foot pool-side guesthouse with one dedicated bedroom and two bathrooms appears to have been designed for a book lover. The main living space has a vaulted ceiling with chunky exposed wood beams and is lined with open bookshelves as is an adjoining kitchenette and dining area along with an office that might easily be repurposed into an additional guest or staff bedroom.
Miz Hannigan, a People’s Choice Award winning Hollywood veteran who co-starred on the enormously successful “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and on the syndicated sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” and Mister Denisof, who also co-starred in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and currently shakes his tail feathers on the teen family drama “Finding Carter,” continue to own a 4,186-square-foot cottage on a charming, tree-lined street near the eastern border of Santa Monica that they bought in March 2002 for $1.936 million.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker