YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Veteran comedienne, writer, and original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Laraine Newman has, for the second time, landed a buyer for her longtime residence in Los Angeles’s lively and centrally located Westwood ‘hood. The L.A. native and Beverly Hills High School grad, married since the early 1990s to actor Chad Einbinder, purchased the property in 1979 — right about the time she left SNL — for just $279,000. The Newman-Einbinders’ circa-1930 Spanish, perched high and tight on a slightly elevated .15-acre parcel in the southeast shadow of a 25-plus-floor Wilshire Boulevard residential tower, first popped up for sale on the open market several months ago at $2,549,000 and, after one cancelled escrow and a picayune price chop to $2.495 million, the property has, once again, been put into escrow with an unknown buyer at an unknown price.
The carefully maintained three-story home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,108-square-feet and, according to online marketing materials, features a plethora of preserved and/or re-created original architectural details such as scalloped archways and period fixtures that mix and marry with an abundance of up-to-date bells and whistles such as “updated systems,” a “central music control,” and a flat-screen television that rises up at the touch of a button out of the hearth of the tiled fireplace in the wood-floored and cove-ceiled living room. The dining room, connected to the living room thorough two sets of French doors that flank a built-in bookcase, opens though more French doors to a tiny terrace with a view of the high-rises that line Wilshire Boulevard as it passes through Westwood while the open-plan kitchen, fitted with both tile and granite counter tops as well as a full suite of medium-grade stainless steel appliances, opens at one side to a compact dining space furnished with a 1950s dinette set and over a large center island to an itty-bitty family room with built-in entertainment unit.
A guest bedroom on the main floor, utilized by the Newman-Einbinders as a den/office, has hexagonal terra-cotta floor tiles and French doors that open to the backyard. Upstairs two more guest/family bedrooms share a vintage tiled hall bathroom that includes a separate shower stall behind a kooky, etched glass door that depicts a couple of egrets poking around in a lagoon. The master suite, also upstairs, is large enough to comfortably accommodate a small sitting area and incorporates a separate small office easily repurposed to a dressing room along with a renovated bathroom outfitted double sink vanity, claw-footed soaking tub set into a windowed niche, and separate shower stall.
The backyard, isn’t especially big but is, water warriors will note, all but plant free and therefore extremely drought tolerant with flagstone and gravel terracing, a dining ramada, and a dark-bottom swimming pool with an inset spa at one end and a tumble of possibly faux boulders and waterfall that doesn’t quite hide the rather unsightly pool equipment.
A founding member of the groundbreaking Groundlings comedy troupe, Miz Newman has spent the better part of the last 15 years or so, professionally speaking, largely but not exclusively as a busy voice over actor in a whole bunch of animated television series (“Doc McStuffins,” “Jungle Junction,” “As Told by Ginger”) and money-minting animated feature films, “WALL-E,” “Up,” and “Monsters Inc.” to name but three.
Listing photos: Gibson International