I. Marlene King, writer, producer and creator of the megahit teen mystery thriller “Pretty Little Liars,” has her former home just above L.A.’s teeming Sunset Strip up for sale at a smidgen under $4.5 million. King, also the creator of the Bella Thorne-starring drama “Famous in Love,” stands to earn a small fortune on the sale of the elegantly low-key property she and wife Shari Rosenthal have owned since early 2003, when it last changed hands, for $1.65 million. The extensively updated white-clapboard-sided and black-shuttered colonial dates to the 1920s and sits behind gates on close to one-third of an acre with three bedrooms and three bathrooms in just over 3,500 square feet.
A center-hall entry leads to a living room with a homey reclaimed-brick fireplace, and an adjoining sunroom/office is lined with floor-to-ceiling 15-pane windows. The dining room, which features diamond-paned leaded-glass windows, links through to a renovated kitchen fitted with black countertops on white cabinets, a glass-fronted built-in buffet and a five-sided center island with a snack bar. In addition to a den/media lounge, the second floor contains two family bedrooms that share a hall bathroom plus a roomy master suite with a city-view sitting area, a walk-in closet and a bead-board-accented, cottage-style bathroom appointed with a claw-footed tub and steam shower.
King and Rosenthal, married last year in a small ceremony on a beach in Hawaii, decamped the Sunset Strip for the quieter, more family-oriented San Fernando Valley, where real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak swears they upsized their residential circumstances with the $5.3 million purchase of a brand-new Encino mansion of nearly 8,000 square feet.
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