SELLERS: Patrick and Jillian Dempsey
LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA
SIZE: 6,135 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms plus 1-bed/1-bath guesthouse
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian officially and publicly put the kibosh on their planned divorce earlier this year and it appears they don’t plan to cohabitate in the comfortably plush Pacific Palisades mini-mansion she bought, so swears the all but unimpeachable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, for $6.1 million in July 2015 — about six months after she filed for divorce — because it’s back up for sale on the open market with a significantly increased price tag of $8 million.
The 6,135-square-foot traditional, built in the early 1950s on a .39-acre corner parcel that’s a covetously short walk to the beach in the Huntington Palisades neighborhood, was “redesigned” according to current marketing materials with a “warm modern influence.” A short, chandelier-lit entrance gallery spills in to a voluminous, double-height great room with French oak floorboards, television surmounted antique marble mantel set between towering stacks of firewood, and a soaring wall of multi-paned windows and French doors that spill out to a tree-shaded dining terrace that overlooks the backyard. The adjoining eat-in kitchen features chunky wood beams on the ceiling, butler’s pantry, slab marble counter tops, large center island with integrated snack counter, and the usual collection of late model name-brand appliances typically found in $8 million homes. Additional main floor living and entertaining spaces include a formal dining room with wide bay window and a library/office with distressed wood cabinetry and another fireplace.
A careful parse of online marketing materials show there are a total of six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms divided between the five-bedroom and 4.5-bathroom main house and an attached poolside guesthouse that provides another bedroom, bathroom and a kitchenette. The main floor master bedroom has a third fireplace with antique marble mantel and French doors to the backyard. There’s also a junior master suite and an en suite staff bedroom on the main floor while two guest/family bedrooms on the upper level flank a playroom/den and share a hall bathroom. The L-shaped residence opens to a newly landscaped backyard with a couple of terraces for dining and lounging plus a free-form swimming pool and circular spa.
We’re not sure where the hospital drama veteran/rom-com movie staple — he’ll soon be seen on the silver screen in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” — and the make-up artist to the stars plan to resettle with their newly re-united family but we do know the comely couple continues to own a striking contemporary micro-compound in the once gritty and eccentric now hipster-thronged beach community of Venice that was purchased in November 2014 for $1.925 million. The Dempsey’s previously owned several multi-million dollar homes in Los Angeles, including a Bel Air residence sold in 2009 for $2.571 million — a substantial loss on the $3.1 million paid for the place three years earlier — and a large, 3.23-acre spread tucked up into the hills above Zuma Beach in Malibu that was acquired in June 2009 for $7 million and sold after a comprehensive and photogenic renovation in June 2015 for $15 million to billionaire businessman Sid Bass.
Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland