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Director Michael Apted Lists Contemporary Bungalow in Venice

SELLER: Michael Apted
LOCATION: Venice, CA
PRICE: $2,299,000, reduced from $2,449,000
SIZE: 2,523 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A contemporary residence in Venice, Calif., a somewhat clunkily massed collection of boxy volumes owned per property records by English-born television, film and documentary director/producer Michael Apted, was originally listed at$2,449,000but is now available at $2,299,000. The four bedroom and 3.5 bathroom house, which measures in at 2,523 square feet according to marketing materials and is located in the increasingly desirable and expensive Silicon Beach area — so called that due to all the high-tech firms and their well-compensated employees who have taken up residence in the area, was purchased by Mister Apted in April 2011 for $1.549 million.

The back wall of the front-facing carport rather unusually features a swimming-themed mural painted per listing details by local artist Garrett Wasserman and lustrous dark walnut floors extend throughout the over-sized entrance gallery and sky-lit combination living/dining room that has a minimalist stone-faced fireplace and glass sliders to a courtyard-style dining terrace privatized from the surrounding houses by a towering stand of bamboo. A separate ground floor den, which also glass sliders to a bamboo-lined patio, has built-in bookshelves along the back wall while the open-concept galley-style kitchen has what appear to be concrete floors, cement colored solid surface counter tops, high-gloss zebra wood cabinetry, up-to-date stainless steel appliances and a row of windows cleverly positioned below the upper cabinets.

The prolific veteran director and producer, now in his mid 70s and married in early 2014 for the third time, held the reins for the 1999 James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” as well as the 2010 blockbuster adventure-fantasy “The Chronicles of Narnia.” More recently he directed a number of episodes of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex” but is perhaps best known and most lauded for producing and directing the ongoing “Up” series, a Peabody Award winning series of documentaries that have chronicled the lives the same group of 14 British children every seven years since 1964.

The property is represented by Emily Bregman at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

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