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BUYERS: Patrick and Jillian Dempsey
PRICE: $6,400,000
SIZE: 4,415 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Not long after all the celebrity gossip blogs and other entertainment news outlets feverishly reported hospital drama hunk Patrick Dempsey and his celebrity make-up artist wife Jillian Dempsey officially reconciled after they split up in early 2015, they made a $6.4 million down-low acquisition of an approximately one-acre, fully landscaped estate in the guard-gated Serra Retreat enclave in Malibu. Listing details and other online resource show the two-story, clapboard-sided quasi-Colonial traditional has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,415-square-feet of “Newly remodeled” interiors with “updated custom interiors and new finishes throughout” that give it an airy and contemporary vibe.

A black topped driveway, which this property gossip can imagine would be so much more attractive laid with pea gravel, makes a long sweep across the front of the house that opens to a double height foyer that steps down to a formal living room with vaulted ceiling, poured concrete fireplace with cantilevered hearth, and a full wall of wood-framed glass doors that open to the backyard. The sleek yet still homey, family-friendly contemporary kitchen features slab marble counter tops and brick-shaped marble tile back splashes, duo-color black and bone colored cabinetry, and a double wide center island with integrated snack counter. One side of the kitchen flows in to a dining room with printed graphic wallpaper and on another to a step-down combination informal dining space/and family room with marble fireplace and glass doors that opens to a dining terrace and swimming pool. Also downstairs, per listing details, are a den/library with fireplace, an en suite bedroom for guests or staff and a “bonus area.” Two guest/family bedrooms share a bathroom on the upper level and are joined by a master suite that includes a walk-in closet and all-new bathroom with two-sink vanity, egg-shaped two-person soaking tub, and a separate, marble-lined and glass-enclosed shower. The flat and private backyard incorporates a large flagstone-paved terrace, emerald-green lawns dotted with mature palm trees, a free-form swimming pool, and a chain link fence ringed lighted tennis court.

Mister and Missus Dempsey, who continue to own an ultra-modern micro-compound in Venice acquired in late 2014 for $1.925 million, sold their fetchingly photogenic Malibu compound in June 2015 for $15 million to billionaire investor and philanthropist Sid Bass and just last month the Pacific Palisades mini-mansion she bought in July 2015 for $6 million and moved in to after they separated was sold to actor turned “Crazy Heart” writer/director/producer Scott Cooper for $7.575 million.

Listng photos: Coldwell Banker