A geometry-minded and decidedly contemporary mansion in the ever-more-upscale Edendale Heights neighborhood in L.A.’s rapidly gentrifying and hipster-approved Silver Lake area has been purchased for $4.44 million, we first heard from Yolanda Yakketyyak and later confirmed with property records, by multi-dimensional Tinseltowner Mark Duplass and his former beauty queen wife, actress Katie Aselton. The seller of the striking, solar-assisted residence was British film producer Callum Greene whose long list of professional credits include “Lost in Translation,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and the 2014 sci-fi action flick “Pacific Rim” as well as the upcoming “Pacific Rim 2” because, apparently, one special effects dependent blockbuster about gigantic interplanetary monsters hell bent on destroying earth just isn’t enough. But we digress.
Not to be confused with his older and frequent collaborator brother, Jay Duplass — himself a multi-dimensional actor/producer/director who upgraded his own residential circumstances earlier this year with the $1.76 million purchase of a 1920s Colonial Revival-style house in the nearby and also rapidly gentrifying and even more hipster-favored Eagle Rock ‘hood, Mark Duplass is also an exhaustingly busy guy. Along with producing the indie dark comedy “Manson Family Vacation” — it stars his brother and debuted to positive reviews at South by Southwest in March — and writing a currently in production and characteristically quirky new movie (“Table 19”) — also with his brother — he also holds down a recurring role on the sitcom “The Mindy Project,” a starring role on the cable sitcom “The League” — which also co-stars his wife — and he writes, produces and co-stars in the slightly morose HBO comedy series “Togetherness.”
Listing details show the three-story, Barbara Bestor-designed mansion was built in 2006 and, at 7,256 square feet, is one of the largest homes in Silver Lake according to digital marketing materials. There are half a dozen bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms, including a staff suite with separate entrance and a private guest wing. The foyer, living room, dining room and a petite but voluminous library with built-in aquarium have horizontally applied ship lath-like wood cladding on at least one or two of their walls and, in the case of the living room, on the ceiling. The paneling detail continues in to the over-sized and expensively equipped kitchen that opens to a family room area that, in turn, opens through ceiling-height glass doors to an open-air dining courtyard that overlooks the backyard and swimming pool. Other features include a games room, a small fitness room, an office, a three-car garage with direct entry and gated driveway. The rear of the essentially L-shaped residence opens to a compact but carefully configured backyard with sunbathing deck, small and flat patch of lawn, mosaic-tiled swimming pool with inset spa, and a faux-grassed roof terrace with curtained cabana and tree-framed views of the downtown skyline
For now at least, Mister Duplass and Miz Aselton continue to own a much less impressive but hardly dumpy home in nearby Los Feliz that they acquired in 2009 for $1.745 million from film and television composer Roger Neill. And, as far as this property gossip can tell, the $4.44 million sale price makes it one of highest ever for a single-family residence in the Silver Lake area. In 2006, arguably pervy American Apparel founder Dov Charny — ousted from his own company late last year for the second time — shelled out $4.1 million for a 20-plus room hilltop mansion somewhat appropriately called the Garbutt House for its original owner and last fall veteran music and audio industry executive Luke Wood — currently the president of Beats Electronics — beat out an international crop of eager and deep pocketed buyers to pay $8.55 million — more than a million dollars over the official asking price — for the architecturally iconic John Lautner-designed Silvertop estate. Interestingly enough, Mister Wood reportedly hired Barbara Bestor’s Silver Lake-based firm to restore the storied spread.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty