SELLER: Don Mischer
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 6,597 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: An understated but spacious and well-appointed Beverly Hills home located in the heart of a sensationally star-studded enclave, owned per property records by world renown awards show and live event producer and director Don Mischer, has come up for sale on the open market with an asking price of $10.75 million.
Mister Mischer, in his middle 70s, may not be a household name outside the entertainment industry but, make no mistake celebrity real estate butter beans, within the biz he’s a tirelessly prolific, award hoovering producer and/or director of dozens of major league political, cultural and showbiz events. A small sample of his vast credits include: President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Celebration; the 2004 Democratic National Convention; a handful of Super Bowl Halftime Shows; the opening ceremonies of both 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City; the 83rd and 84th Academy Awards; and at least 10 Emmy extravaganzas, including last week’s 67th Primetime Emmy Award Ceremony. In addition his 13 Emmy statuettes, Mister Mischer’s jam-packed trophy case includes a couple of NAACP Image Awards, an unheard of ten Directors Guild of America Awards, a prestigious Peabody Award, the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America, and last December, after four long decades in the big business of show, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Property records and other online resources suggest Mister Mischer and his wife, Suzan, purchased the property in 1991 for $2,000,000 and current listing details show the fully updated and vaguely Dutch Colonial-style residence was originally built in 1977, sits behind gates on a mostly flat .41-acre parcel, and measures in at 6,597-square-feet with four bedrooms and six bathrooms. Distressed wood floors in the airy, double height foyer continue into an ample pair of adjoining formal living rooms, both of which have a fireplace and lots of windows and French doors. The formal dining room opens off one of the living rooms and links directly to a cook-friendly kitchen fitted with slab marble counter tops on bone-toned Shaker style cabinetry and a bevy commercial-style stainless steel appliances. The kitchen opens over a boxcar-sized center island with integrated snack counter to a roomy combination dining/family room that features an open beam ceiling, fireplace flanked by open bookshelves, and trio of French doors that open to the backyard. Other main floor amenities include a wet bar with under counter beverage fridge and an office custom fitted with a wraparound desk that accommodates at least four people. An upstairs library with vaulted exposed beam ceiling and another fireplace is joined by three guest/family bedrooms and a master suite with more built-in bookshelves, yet another fireplace, at least two more sets of French doors, a private deck, a couple of closets, a sky-lit bathroom, and a fitness room. The three-shaded and desirably private backyard squeezes in expansive stone terraces, built-in barbecue set up, swimming pool and spa, a gazebo with porch swing, a cabana/shed, a child-enticing tree house and a shaded garden interwoven with a model train set.
The Mischers’ mini-manse sits in the heart of a guarded enclave chock full of other high-profile Tinseltowners who include but are not limited to Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis — they bought their traditional mansion in May (2015) for $10.215 million in an off-market deal from entertainment industry bigwig Tom Freston, and Jennifer Lawrence, who shelled out $8.225 million for a property previously owned by a long list of Hollywood insiders who include Paul Hogan, Ellen DeGeneres and Jessica Simpson. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden paid $6.7 million in an off-market deal for their place in the ‘hood earlier this year — it was owned throughout most of the 1990s by Jack Nicholson — and Joel’s brother Benji Madden lives just down the street with his A-Lister new wife Cameron Diaz in the nearly three-acre, two-residence compound she bought in 2010 for a tetch more than $9.447 million from Candice Bergen.
Listing photos: Douglas Elliman