Long trusted and always impeccably informed property snitches Lucy Spillerguts and Yolanda Yakketyyak both pegged influential veteran entertainment industry executive Ricky Strauss as the seller of a conscientiously restored and thoroughly up-to-date 1927 English Tudor in L.A.’s historically hoity-toity Hancock Park ’hood with an asking price of $6.75 million. The former president of Participant Media and current president of marketing for the Walt Disney Studios purchased the decidedly dignified, half-timbered red-brick residence via trust in mid-2013 for exactly $3.9 million.
The five bedroom and 4.5 bathroom main residence, just under 6,200 square feet, retains scads of original architectural features, such as arched doorways fitted with pocket doors, tracery-accented ceilings, carved fireplace mantelpieces, and a vintage powder room lined in lavender tiles. Plushly comfortable and art-filled public entertainment spaces open off a grandly proportioned entrance hall, and include a baronial step-down living room with fireplace, paneled formal dining room and library with corner fireplace. Extensive service areas encompass a well-stocked kitchen with gutsy green-and-black checkerboard flooring that extends into an oversized laundry room and butler’s pantry, while a finished subterranean level incorporates an enormous family/game room with fireplace and integrated media equipment. The upper floor master bedroom, which opens to a private terrace and incorporates marble bathroom and spacious, custom-fitted dressing room, is joined by three additional guest bedrooms, and a fifth bedroom and bathroom for guests or staff is tucked away on the main floor. An arched loggia overlooks landscaped grounds that offer a classic, kidney-shaped pool and raised bed-planting gardens and, at the tail end of the gated driveway that runs along the side of the property, a four-car garage topped by a small gym and self-contained one-bedroom and one-bathroom apartment.
listing photos: Coldwell Banker