YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, who co-star together in the fairy tale-based TV series “Once Upon a Time,” were married last year just weeks before their first baby was born, so it’s no surprise to this property gossip that, as we’ve now heard from two separate sources who include the PR gal at Trulia, the comely couple shelled out $3.45 million for a family-friendly residence in Encino, Calif. Though in Encino and set behind electronic drive gates and a high wall on a not-exactly estate-like 0.36-acre parcel, listing descriptions describe the six bedroom and 4.5 bathroom residence as a “Bel Air traditional estate” that’s privately situated at the end of a cul-de-sac in the leafy and affluent Rancho Estates neighborhood. The 5,758-square-foot residence — it’s really more of a two-story ranch house meets a faux-Tudor married to a country Colonial — includes an unexpectedly oversized foyer with wood floors, white brick curved brick fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The step down formal living room has herringbone pattern wood floors, a curved wall of windows, fireplace and dentil ceiling moldings that, frankly, seem a little fancy for the house while the wallpapered formal dining room seems long if narrow-seeming.
Family quarters include a brick-floored center island kitchen just off the foyer with slab marble countertops, commercial-style stainless steel appliances and, on the other side of an angled peninsula, an adjoining dining area that opens to the yard. A step down family room has a second fireplace set into a paneled entertainment unit and other features noted in online marketing materials include a sky lit office with built-in desk, oversized laundry room with marble counters and loads of built-in storage, a small fitness room, and an extra-wide second floor corridor that somewhat inexplicably does a squeezy double duty as TV watching lounge.
Outdoor spaces include compact, pine tree-shaded motor court and a grassy side yard along with a red brick dining terrace that overlooks said motor court, a built-in barbecue situation adjacent to a sunbathing terrace and a lagoon-style swimming pool and slightly elevated spa tightly girdled by a positively hideous if practical child safety fence.
We confess we haven’t a clue where beau-hunky and blond Mister Dallas shacked up before putting a baby in his new wife’s oven but, at least as far we far as we can tell, the pixie-haired Miz Goodwin continues to own a perfectly charming, multi-level 2,204-square-foot, 1920s Spanish-style residence in the historic Whitely Heights area of Hollywood that the she bought in late 2008 from the actress and showbiz Busy Philipps for $1.075 million and had photographed for Elle Decor a couple of years ago. Miz Philipps, in case any of the children might be curious, sold the house at a significant loss — she bought it in December 2005 for $1.349 million — and with her screenwriter husband Marc Silverstein (“He’s Just Not That Into You”) moved to a larger home that’s across the Hollywood Freeway but only about 1,000 feet away as the crow flies.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker