YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Just weeks after it was announced Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer split up — amicably by all press accounts — the erstwhile couple’s comely Santa Monica micro-compound has come up for sale with an asking price of $2.995 million. Online marketing materials, kindly forwarded by eagle-eyed celebrity real estate snitch Ben d’Yourear, show the current residence measures 2,401 square feet with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with an additional 1,200 square feet of flexible live/work space contained in two separate buildings on the picayune .18-acre mid-block parcel.
Prior to the high-stakes poker playing “Spiderman” star and the savvy jewelry designer acquiring the property in May 2015 for $2.675 million, the original house, a charming 1920 Spanish bungalow, was subjected to a radical contemporary architectural intervention by architect Ruben Ojeda who transformed the house to a decidedly modern but still warm and friendly residence that, according to current listing descriptions skillfully makes use of modern and in many cases humble materials and yet retains “the original Spanish character” of the house.
Narrow gauge wood floors run throughout the main house’s main living spaces that include a combination living/dining room with partially double-height exposed wood ceiling and, at the back of the house where it opens to the courtyard-style backyard, a den/family room that’s open over a short snack peninsula to a fairly small but efficiently arranged and stylishly appointed kitchen with simple flat-fronted wood cabinetry, up-to-date stainless steel appliances and kooky and whimsical grass-green marmoleum floor tiles. There’s one bedroom for guests on the main floor and the hall landing on the upper floor features loads of custom built-ins and storage cabinets that incorporate a small desk. The two upper floor bedrooms include a small guest bedroom with more custom built-ins and French doors to a house-wide veranda that overlooks the backyard while the master bedroom, which has a dynamic barrel-vaulted exposed wood ceiling and also opens to the aforementioned house-wide veranda, includes an en suite bathroom with twin pedestal sinks set against a half wall of minty green ceramic tiles.
The garage, a detached structure at the end of a long gated driveway that runs up alongside the main house, was converted to a gym and a separate, two-story structure at the rear of the property, designed by architects Koning Eizenberg, offers flexible space with one humongous, light-filled room on each floor.
The Maguires — she’s the daughter of NBC Universal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer — continue to own an undeveloped residential lot on a prime street in Brentwood that was purchased in January 2008 for $10 million and they previously and briefly owned a much larger home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles that they bought from Ricki Lake in January 2014 for $8.45 million and sold just over a year later, in May 2015, for $10.4 million.
Listing photos: Compass