SELLER: Matt Selman
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $4,679,000 / $14,000 per month
SIZE: 5,842 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 3 half bathrooms plus 1-bed/1-bath guesthouse
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The Los Angeles home of Matt Selman, long-time writer and executive producer of “The Simpsons,” has come up for sale with an asking price of $4,679,000. The property can alternatively be leased by a high-income renter at a rate of $14,000 per month according to online marketing materials. The five-time Emmy winner, who penned a single episode of “Seinfeld” in 1996 before he was hired as a staff writer on “The Simpsons,” acquired the pleasantly understated Spanish-style residence in the stately heart of the historic and historically hoity-toity Hancock Park ‘hood in April 2006 for $3,077,000. Current digital marketing materials show there are five and potentially more bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms in the 5,842-square-foot main house plus another one bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms attached to and atop the detached three-car garage at the end of a long driveway at the rear of the .41-acre property.
Discreetly set behind a walled, gated and tree-shielded courtyard with drought tolerant landscaping, the two-story house opens to a center hall entry with practical and probably original but not exactly decoratively au courant red terra-cotta floor tiles that less than ideally, at least as far as this property gossip is concerned, continue in to the step-down living room that’s grandly proportioned at more than 30-feet long with fireplace and built-in bookshelves that ring the room. A more cozily proportioned adjoining den has French doors to the backyard and an also intimately sized second den features a huge corner fireplace and also opens to the backyard through French doors. The corner dining room, with a coved ceiling, over-sized eight-pane windows and what appears to be an exposed and polished concrete floor, connects through a butler’s pantry to a cook-friendly kitchen that retains a vintage feel with glass fronted cabinets and white subway tile back splashes but also includes up-to-date slab marble counter tops and top-grade stainless steel designer appliances. An adjacent breakfast room opens to the backyard and a service wing tucked behind the kitchen incorporates a laundry room — one of two in the house, the other being upstairs — as well as a guest/staff bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. Upstairs there are three ample guest/family bedroom that share a pair of well-maintained vintage Jack ‘n’ Jill bathrooms plus a children’s play room that’s only accessible by passing through one of the bedrooms. The enviably outfitted master suite includes a large bedroom and, through arched doorways that flank the bed, a separate office/sitting room that opens to a private terrace along with a couple of walk-in closets plus a windowed dressing room/gym, and a 20-plus-foot-long vintage style bathroom renovated with marble-topped double sink vanity, two-person soaking tub set at a catty-corner angle in a generously windowed corner, and a huge glass-enclosed steam shower lined with classic white subway tiles.
Somewhat curiously and certainly unusually for an otherwise comfortably luxurious four-and-some million dollar residence in this prosperous section of Los Angeles, the property does not have a swimming pool. What it does offer as outdoor recreational and entertainment spaces are a broad flag stone dining terrace with built-in fire pit partly surrounded by a cushioned concrete banquette set against a privatizing wall of privet hedges and a sunny expanse of flat lawn perfect for weekend croquet. There’s also a modernist-minded chicken coop, several raised planter beds for organic vegetable gardening, and an al fresco casita attached to the side of the garage that conveniently has a half bathroom and a huge storage closet. Above the garage a self-contained one-bedroom and one-bathroom guesthouse has small kitchen, bathroom, and an arched loggia.
Listing photos: Teles Properties