SELLER: Sir Alan Parker
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,895,000
SIZE: 2,525 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After more than a year on the open market, the asking price for the long-time Los Angeles home of British filmmaker Sir Alan Parker has once again been karate chopped. Originally saddled with a quixotic $4.25 million price tag and more recently listed at $2.995 million, the asking price now stands at $2,895,000. The property, well located just above the Sunset Strip near the border between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, is being sold, according to marketing materials, “as is” with “no repairs made or credits given.”

The English cottage-style residence, purchased by the two-time Oscar nominated director from “M.A.S.H.” star Loretta Swit in late 1987 for $840,000, sits privately below the street behind rusted iron entry gates and a foliage draped brick wall. With just 2,525-square-feet, the partly ivy-encrusted residence is certainly humble in size by Hollywood standards, and according to current listing details, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms including a master suite that features a fireplace, reading alcove, and a serviceable but — let’s be honest, butter beans — tired looking en suite bathroom along with a private awning shaded terrace with a tiny sliver of a city view through a keyhole opening in the dense canopy of surrounding trees.

The comfortable if frumpily decorated public rooms include a formal living room with an unexpectedly baronial carved stone fireplace and several sets of French doors that open to the yard. A cozily proportioned den has more French doors to the yard and a formal dining room leads to a somewhat cramped looking eat-in kitchen with high-gloss terra-cotta floor tiles, butcher block counter tops, and an expensive array of up-to-date commercial-grade stainless steel appliances. The house additionally provides a small office with built-in desk space tucked up into the eaves as well as a larger, fully carpeted office that might easily be converted to a small screening room. The terraced backyard has numerous red brick terraces for dining and lounging that are linked by meandering paths and stairways as well as a dark-bottom swimming pool and separate spa set into a hedge-lined brick terrace between the front of the house and the street-level detached two-car garage.

Listing photos: Douglas Elliman Real Estate