SELLER: Chris Hardwick
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 5,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Now that he’s gone halfsies on an historic and exceptionally lavish $11 million mansion in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles with his media heiress fiancée, model and budding actress Lydia Hearst, entrepreneurial stand-up comedian, producer and television host Chris Hardwick (“@midnight,” “Talking Dead”) has not surprisingly put his idiosyncratically stylish bachelor pad above L.A.’s Bronson Canyon up for sale with an asking price of $4,050,000. The podcast dynamo may be smarter or, at least, more savvy than the average stand-up comedian but it doesn’t take a mathematics wizard to see that the self-identifying nerd, who co-founded the fast-growing and increasingly influential multi-channel Nerdist Industries media enterprise, is hoping to just about double his money on the property that records show was acquired via trust in November 2012 for $2,050,000.
Set behind a high wall and secured with a state-of-the-art system that incorporates a variety of video surveillance cameras, the house appears from the street to be a fairly modest single-story residence. However, as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving in all things including real estate and the precipitously down-sloped, .27-acre lot allows the mullet-style and elevator-less domicile to stand a glute-straining four full stories at the back. Current listing details show the approximately 5,000 square foot residence — originally built in 1924, extensively remodeled by the previous owner, cosmetically refreshed by Mister Hardwick, and described in current marketing materials as a “European inspired farmhouse style gem” — has four bedroom and 3.5 bathrooms.
Faux-distressed hardwood floors in the brazenly vermillion-walled foyer continue in to a spacious and airy combination living and dining room with vaulted ceiling, exposed wood beams, and a minimalist-minded concrete fireplace. A wraparound bank of glass doors at the dining end of the room open to slender balconies with hand forged wrought iron railings and sweeping vistas over Bronson Canyon and, on a clear day, well beyond the downtown skyline. The spacious kitchen, also under a vaulted and sky-lit ceiling, is fitted with designer appliances and slab marble counter tops on 100-year old reclaimed wood cabinetry. An adjoining informal dining area has windows on three walls while French doors in the kitchen conveniently lead to a tiny, terra-cotta tiled courtyard dining terrace with mosaic tile water feature. Just around the corner from the kitchen, the family room also sports wood beams that span a vaulted ceiling and is outfitted with a tufted leather sofa opposite a gigantic television flanked by curlicue animal horns refashioned into light sconces and, up in a wee loft accessed by a rolling library ladder, a gazelle stuffed and shaped in to some sort of mid-leap position.
One of the lower level guest/family bedrooms has built-in wardrobes on either side of a cushioned window seat and another appears to have been done up as sort of pseudo library/TV den lined with, instead of bookshelves filled with real books, wallpaper printed to look like books in bookshelves. The master bedroom has a dense row of narrow wood beams across the ceiling, French doors to a private terrace, a walk-in closet with reclaimed wood built-in dressers, and an attached bathroom with probably antique terra-cotta floor tiles, a carved wood vanity, claw-footed bathtub, and a glass-enclosed steam shower. The floor below the bedroom level is — as it was before Mister Hardwick acquired the house — done up like an authentic if hipster-chic hunting cabin with walls and ceiling completely sheathed in heavy-duty timber and floorboards that a well-placed someone in the position to know told this property gossip were originally part of a rustic log cabin that stood on the property almost 100 years ago. There are several lounging areas, a massive stone fireplace, a handful of wall-mounted antique rifles, an upright piano, a foosball table, and an array of taxidermy that includes polar bear rug and a moose head. A cobalt blue British police telephone box that’s actually a replica of a TARDIS — a time and space travel capsule — from the geek comedian’s favorite movie “Doctor Who” was installed as a doorway that leads a small gym and French doors open the cabin-room to a tree-shaded patio overlooking the rugged and steep slope below the house that’s terraced with stacked stone retaining walls.
A quick poke around various property record databases suggests Mister Hardwick continues to own a humbly-sized if hardly cheap ranch-style residence in the star-studded Oaks neighborhood —on the other side of Bronson Canyon from the property he’s currently got up for sale — that he and his former girlfriend, actress Janet Varney, purchased together in 2005 for $1.24 million. And, as we mentioned above and has already been reported far and wide, 44-year-old Mister Hardwick and 31-year-old Miss Hearst together shelled out an eye-popping $11 million for snazzy Spanish Colonial Revival estate with a total of eight bedrooms and eight full and two half bathrooms spread throughout a thoroughly updated but carefully preserved 8,240-square-foot main residence — originally designed by illustrious architect Paul Williams and built in the late 1920s for a prominent banker — and a trio of separate offices and guesthouses, one of them discreetly tucked under an open air cabana next to the swimming pool atop a street-level two-car garage.
Listing photos: Kobeissi Properties