Veteran entertainment industry executive Chris Albrecht, president and CEO of the Starz network, has listed his Santa Monica, Calif., home with an asking price pushing up on $8 million. Albrecht acquired the clapboard-clad residence — a beachy, modern-minded West Coast take on an East Coast traditional — just over two years ago for $7.15 million. The comfortably luxurious residence measures in at almost 7,800 square feet over three, elevator-serviced floors with five bedrooms and six full and two half bathrooms. The property is represented by Santiago Arana at The Agency.
A wide center-hall entry passes a small study that overlooks the elevated, faux-grassed front yard before it opens to ample formal living and dining rooms, the former with a marble-faced fireplace and glass doors to an awning-shaded patio. At the back of the house, a family room with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that slip into the wall and allow for seamless indoor/outdoor living is completely open to an all-white center-island kitchen and a breakfast nook nestled into a semicircular bay.
A circular staircase makes an elegant sweep up to the second floor, where three guest bedrooms are joined by a master suite with vaulted ceilings, a marble fireplace, a private terrace and a marble-floored bathroom with two-person soaking tub set into a semicircular bay window. Finished with the same high-quality craftsmanship as the upper floors, an expansive basement contains a large lounge, a home theater, a gym with infrared sauna, a wine cellar and an en suite bedroom for long-term guests or live-in staff.
Surrounded by tall, fastidiously trimmed hedges, the fairly compact backyard manages to comfortably accommodate both open and covered terraces for al fresco dining and lounging, along with a swimming pool with inset spa.
The former chairman and CEO of HBO previously owned a 7,000-plus-square-foot Mediterranean villa sequestered down a long, gated driveway along one of Brentwood’s most desirable streets. He snapped up the property in 2005 for $5.6 million, set it out for sale in mid-2016 with a rose-tinted asking price of almost $9 million and finally sold it in late 2017 for not quite $7.1 million to a high-powered Snapchat executive.
listing photos: The Agency