SELLER: Gad Elmaleh
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif.
SIZE: 4,702 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A wee peek and poke through various property record databases turned up clear evidence it’s popular French comedian Gad Elmaleh who owns a residence just above L.A.’s Sunset Strip that recently came up for sale with an asking price of $3,999,000. Digital listing show the carefully maintained and conveniently located property was put into escrow within 10 days at an unknown price with an unknown buyer.
Though Elmaleh may be virtually unknown in the United States, he’s often touted in press accounts as the Ben Stiller of France and the Jerry Seinfeld of French comedy. A busy comedian and actor in France with a resume a kilometer long, he’s also popped up in a handful of notable American-made movies such as Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning “Midnight in Paris” and as the voice of wealthy Arab merchant Ben Salaad in the Steven Spielberg directed — and Oscar-nominated — animated feature “The Adventures of Tintin.”
Property records show the multilingual Monsieur Elmaleh, the Morocco-born son of — we kid y’all not — a professional mime and the boyfriend and baby daddy of Charlotte Casiraghi, the sophisticated and sartorially savvy seventh in line to Monaco’s throne, purchased the property in November 2009 for $2.675 million from Nancy Juvonen, Drew Barrymore’s longtime producing partner and, since late 2007, the wife of latenight talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
Current listing details show the gated, circa 1932 residence sits well above the street behind remote-controlled gates and measures in at 4,702 square feet with four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and five fireplaces. A healthy handful of reception rooms on the main floor include a casually dressed “formal” living room with a grid of narrow exposed wood beams on the ceiling; a Moroccan-style sunroom; a formal dining room; a small study with corner fireplace and French doors; and a family room with another fireplace, more French doors and a built-in wet bar. The center island kitchen is very much a study in browns and beiges with wood beams on the ceiling, a full shebang of high-grade stainless steel appliances, and an adjoining breakfast room that connects through French doors to a backyard barbecue area.
There’s a staff suite or guest room with private bathroom on the lower floor, and a couple of guest/family bedrooms on the upper floor are joined by a master bedroom with a sky-lit and also very tan and ecru colored bathroom along with an adjoining nursery with fireplace and — perhaps to drown out the cries of a baby and the soft rustlings of a night nanny — sound-proofed doors.
Upper floor bedrooms open to a house-wide veranda and an in-the-tree-tops terrace that overlook the front yard and street below, while the compact, courtyard-like backyard has herringbone pattern red brick terracing, a swimming pool and spa, a slightly elevated sunbathing platform and the cutest little built-in two-person dining banquette this property gossip has ever seen.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker