SELLER: Jeff Franklin
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 4,908 square feet, 5 bedrooms 8 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Jeff Franklin, creator, writer and producer of the lucratively syndicated 1980s and ‘90s hit sitcom “Full House” as well as the recent and much-hyped Netflix reprise “Fuller House,” has become a bit of a property gossip column staple lately having first paid $4 million for the famous and frequently photographed San Francisco home featured as the Tanner family residence in the original “Full House” series — a wee bit more on that in a minute — and then, after about 1.5 years on the market at declining prices, finally unloaded a spec-built contemporary perched on a promontory above L.A.’s Sunset Strip, according to the L.A. Times, for $20.2 million. Some of the property records we peeped are a bit perplexing but it appears Mister Franklin acquired the property in 1988 for $1.9 million.
The newly erected three-story residence, designed by architect Richard Landry and glowingly characterized in listing details as an “architecturally inspiring shrine to modern allure and effortless sophistication,” sits privately behind electronic driveway gates on a .48-acre parcel with a knock-your-Gucci-loafers-off view that stretches from the Griffith Observatory, over downtown and, on a clear day, all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Getty Center. Originally listed with an aggressively bullish $38 million price tag, the glass and stone residence measures in at 4,908-square-feet according to tax records, a figure that may or may not be accurate, with five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.
An over-sized solid-glass front door opens to a lofted entry on the home’s middle level that dramatically overlooks a double-height combination living/dining room below. A dramatically spiraling glass and steel staircase links all three floors of the house — there is not an elevator as far as we could tell — and sweeps down from the entry to the living/dining space that features a circular wet bar, three-dimensional textured wall treatment, gleaming white terrazzo flooring and a gently curved wall of glass doors that fold open to merge the room with the outdoors. Just outside the living/dining room, a spacious poolside loggia is luxuriously outfitted with built-in ceiling heaters, another wet bar and a convenient pool bathroom equipped with shower, steam room and sauna. At the opposite end of the ever-so-slightly curved house, the sleekly appointed kitchen is open over a long center work island with curved snack bar to a casual dining spot and lounge area wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows that lead out to an al fresco dining area with built-in grilling station. Also located on the lowest level is a state-of-the art screening room with plum-colored fabric walls and seating for at least ten in plush sofas with built-in cup holders.
The third floor master suite has an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed city views along with two fireplaces — one at each end of the room — and, even more unusual, a large and fully retractable skylight over the bed. The expansive suite also provides two fitted walk-in closets, a terrace with built-in fire pit, and a glass-walled bathroom kitted out with a freestanding soaking tub and an indoor/outdoor shower with a distant but head-on view of the downtown skyline through an exhibitionist-friendly floor-to-ceiling panel of glass. Two large en suite guest/family bedrooms flank the entry on the middle level and a substantially smaller one discreetly tucked behind the kitchen and laundry room on the lower level works well as a home office, gym or accommodations for a live-in domestic worker. Back up on the top floor, a fourth potential guest/family bedroom that features built-in bookshelves, fireplace and terrace is easily incorporated into the master suite as an adjoining office, sitting room, fitness studio or dressing room.
In addition to the heated loggia and al fresco dining area, the backyard also includes a semi-circular infinity-edged swimming pool with integrated spa, a small patch of lawn and a curving terrace with built-in planters and a fire pit.
Although we don’t know an apple from apple cart, it seems unlikely Mister Franklin, whose early credits include writing and/or producing dozens of episodes of “Laverne & Shirley” and “Bosom Buddies,” ever occupied the Sunset Strip spec-house as he’s long-owned a multi-acre hillside estate in Beverly Hills — the site of the 1969 Mansion Family murders — that he acquired in 1994 from Nine Inch Nails front man and film composer Trent Reznor and custom built a sizable Mediterranean mansion.
As briefly mentioned above, the sale of the spec-built contemporary in Los Angeles was not the only significant real estate transaction Mister Franklin was involved with in recent months. As was first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, in August he shelled out what property records show to be exactly $4 million for the San Francisco residence used for exterior stock shots of the Tanner family home on the “Full House” series. Listing details show the 2,985-square-foot Italianate Victorian, designed by celebrated architect Charles Lewis Hinkel and built in 1883 in the upscale lower Pacific Heights area, has luxuriously updated and lavishly decorated interiors with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Along with a costly seismic retrofit, Mister Franklin said he planned to redo the interior spaces, which were never used in the shooting of the show, to resemble those that appeared in the sitcom so that it will appear as if the fictional Tanner family actually lives in the house. Mister Franklin additionally told THR the exterior of the house, with its front door once again painted red to match as it appeared in “Full House,” would be re-shot for “Fuller House” and that the rejiggered interiors might possibly be used too shoot with cast of the show. Since he doesn’t plan to live there he went on to say it seems “a shame” for the house to sit empty and was therefore also exploring the idea of renting out the property for as yet undetermined purposes.