SELLERS: Steve and Krista Levitan
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $10,995,000 to purchase or $35,000 per month to lease
SIZE: 8,609 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Amid what by all press accounts is a messy and acrimonious divorce, “Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan put his long-time home on a prime street in a particularly plummy pocket of the Brentwood area of Los Angeles up for sale at $10.995 million and for lease at $35,000 per month. Property records and other online resources indicate Mister Levitan and his estranged wife Krista have owned the house, described in listing details as a “New England Traditional,” since August 1996 when it was purchased for $1.55 million.
Despite the eight-figure asking price and the mansion’s ample size — listing details show there are 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms in 8,609 square feet — the gated property is arguably on the humble side for a veteran Hollywood power player who, according to divorce documents, hauls in more than $2.4 million per month with monthly expenses that total $1.2 million. Set behind gates and a privatizing thicket of trees and other foliage, the large if otherwise unassuming house — it has a basketball hoop above garage like many middle-class suburban homes across America — opens to a double-height entry that steps down to a formal living room with high-ceilings, glossy wood floors, fireplace, and French doors. The formal dining room has built-in corner cabinets for china storage and knickknack display and there’s a sleekly wood-paneled library/office with coffered ceiling. Family quarters are positioned along the back of the house and incorporates a huge kitchen with double wide center island topped with butcher block counter tops along with a complete array of high-quality designer appliances and an informal dining area with built-in banquette seating. Square fluted columns separate the kitchen/dining area from a family room that features French doors to the backyard and a fireplace surmounted by a flat-screen television and flanked by mirror-backed shelves and built-ins that include a bar area.
A second family room on the upper level is joined by a spacious master suite replete with sitting area, fireplace, a pair of walk-in closets and dual bathrooms, one of them slathered in marble with soaking tub and separate glass-enclosed shower. Down in the basement there’s a roomy game room/media lounge and a gym that opens to the garden and a partly trellis covered terrace runs along the rear of the residence where it overlooks a tree-ringed backyard with broad sweep of manicured lawn, gazebo, and dark bottomed swimming pool and spa surrounded by a narrow strip of red brick terracing.
The Levitans, like many showbiz elites with the dough to do so, have long maintained a luxurious ocean front residence in Malibu — a multi-storied affair on rapidly eroding Broad Beach that was acquired per property records in April 2002 for $5.4 million — and in June 2012, long before they decided to end their 25 year marriage, Mister and Missus Levitan dropped $8.6 million on a pancake flat one-acre vacant parcel on a high bluff that overlooks the ritzy Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica where, according to the real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, they custom-built an approximately 10,000-square-foot modern-minded farmhouse-style mansion that was completed earlier this year.
Listing photos: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices