SELLER: Todd Stevens
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,412 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus 2 bed/1 bath guest quarters and pool bath
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A triple-story contemporary in the increasingly affluent hipster-chic Silver Lake area of Los Angeles has been sold, according to property records, by veteran sitcom producer Todd Stevens for $1,720,000, substantially above its $1.575 million asking price. The property was purchased by the Emmy-winning “Friends” and “Mike & Molly” producer in April of 2005 for $240,000 and the existing house, audaciously cleaved to the outrageously precipitous, postage-stage sized .14-acre parcel, was custom built according to tax records and other online resources in 2011.
The house is positioned almost preposterously high above the street — it’s at least four exhausting, glute grinding flights from the street to the front door — but fortunately for stroller-toting parents and grocery hauling house keepers there’s a wood-paneled multi-person elevator inside the street-level two-car garage that effortlessly whisks residents and guests up to the house. The floor plan included with online marketing materials shows the main entrance is on the second, middle level where an airy, high-ceiled living room has a minimalist fireplace with oblong fire-box and smoked glass sliding doors that peel open to a slender, cantilevered deck with knock-your-socks-off 180-degree views over the usually sparking but temporarily drained Silver Lake Reservoir. There are also two guest/family bedrooms on this floor along with a compact-looking compartmentalized hall bathroom.
The upper level, accessible by elevator or an internal staircase with a sassy and decoratively courageous construction cone orange perforated screen railing, holds a dining room large enough to comfortably accommodate a small sitting area with more smoked glass sliders that open to another slender cantilevered deck with another unobstructed vista. The dining room is open over a two-stool snack bar to a galley kitchen that opens though glass sliders on its rear end to a bamboo-backed courtyard with plunge-sized swimming pool. Around the side of the house a dining terrace takes full advantage of his high perch with open views towards the downtown skyline. A half bathroom with exterior entry opens on to the pool terrace, a semi-luxurious convenience that means never having to race soaking wet through the house to make emergency use of a toilet. The master suite is also on the top floor with an en suite bathroom that opens to the pool terrace and glass sliders to the same slim deck outside the dining room.
A three-room suite on the bottom floor, which can be accessed from the upper floors by elevator and also has a separate exterior entrance, includes a full bathroom and works well as a home office, multi-room art studio, or private guest quarters with two bedrooms and shared living room that opens to a concrete terrace with over-the tree-tops open view.
Property records show Mister Stevens owns a second house in the hills above the Silver Lake Reservoir which was acquired in May 1989, long before Silver Lake was the ever-more expensive hipster enclave it is today, for $360,000.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty