You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Producers Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews List Hollywood Hills Villa (EXCLUSIVE)

Los Angeles, Calif.
$2.895 million
2,650 square feet, 3-4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Married producers Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews listed their architecturally pedigreed 1920s Italianate villa in the foothills above Hollywood between Beachwood and Bronson canyons at $2.85 million. Scharbo and Matthews, both producers on the upcoming romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra and executive producers on the 2015 two-part Nat Geo mini-series “Saints & Strangers” as well as producers for “What Women Want” and “13 Going on 30,” purchased the photogenic Italianate villa in 2002 for $1.33 million.

Set behind imposing wrought-iron gates and perched high on a grassy hillside where it enjoys glittery city lights vistas, the about 2,650-square-foot villa presides over two parcels that together total around 17,000 square feet. Dubbed Villa Maria and recently identified as having been designed by illustrious architect Paul Williams, the three-to-four bedroom and three bathroom residence is thoughtfully maintained and extensively updated to merge original period details such as an elegant black and white checkerboard marble floor in the entrance hall with up-to-date amenities that include a bolted foundation and an integrated whole-house sound system.

Main floor living spaces include a living room with massive antique carved stone fireplace, a separate formal dining room and an informal dining nook with an evocative, over-the-treetops view of the downtown skyline. Fitted with Tuscan orange stone countertops on steely grey cabinets offset by wagon wheel pattern ceramic tile backsplashes and shiny stainless steel appliances, the center island kitchen connects through an archway to a cozy den or potential fourth bedroom where Matthews displays the Daytime Emmy she received in 2000 as a producer in the Outstanding Children’s Special category for “Summer’s End,” for which Scharbo was the writer.

Two guest bedrooms on the upper floor, both with nicely oversized wood-trimmed casement windows and one with a through-the-palms city view, share a vintage-style bathroom and are joined by a city-view master bedroom complete with walk-in closet and bathroom fitted with double-sink vanity, garden tub and separate glass-enclosed shower lined with stone tiles. French doors in the informal dining room open to a large dining terrace that overlooks both the city and the grassy hillside grounds.

The property is represented by Jamie Thompson at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

The sylvan, serpentine streets of the historic neighborhood have long been a haven for entertainment industry movers and shakers and some of the homes in the vicinity are currently owned by actors Brad Pitt, Aubrey Plaza and Danny Masterson, the latter of whom stands accused but not charged of a handful of rape allegations. Also nearby are five-time Oscar nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk,” “Inception” and “Memento”) and Beck, who recently shelled out $3.128 million for a home next door to another he already owned and sold by “Gossip Girl” creator Stephanie Savage.

listing photos: Pierre Gallant Photography

More Dirt

  • Chris Cuomo House

    CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Puts Southampton Home on the Market

    CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is making some real estate news of his own, listing a sophisticated Hamptons home in the tony town of Southampton, N.Y., for $2.9 million. The Queens-born and bred political scion — his late father, Mario Cuomo, was the Governor of New York for more than a decade in the 1980s and [...]

  • Beck House

    Beck Lists Updated Vintage Traditional in Los Feliz (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mononymically known indie music iconoclast Beck, who took home his sixth and seventh Grammys earlier this year for his 13th studio album (“Colors”), has put one of the three homes he and wife Marisa Ribisi own along the same, gated street in a coveted neighborhood of L.A.’s Los Feliz area for $2.45 million. The couple [...]

  • Jodie Foster House

    Jodie Foster Lists Sophisticated Traditional Above Beverly Hills

    Jodie Foster is looking for a change of real estate circumstances and hoisted a secluded residence in the mansion-dotted mountains high above lower Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills, Calif., up for sale at $15.9 million. The semi-retired two-time Oscar winner, also a two-time Golden Globe winner who directed one episode of the dark, dystopian Netflix [...]

  • Metallica's Lars Ulrich Selling Marin County

    Metallica's Lars Ulrich Rocks Out of Marin County Mansion

    An extravagant mansion long owned by Metallica’s co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich, in the posh San Francisco suburb of Tiburon, has come to market at $12 million. Property records indicate the Danish heavy metal maestro has owned the spectacularly sited manse since 1993, when it last changed hands for an unrecorded amount. Presiding over three [...]

  • Jason Aldean Sells Nashville Mansion

    Jason Aldean Sells Mansion Near Nashville

    Platinum selling country music hitmaker Jason Aldean has sold a comfortably luxurious mansion some 40 miles south of Nashville for exactly $7 million. Dubbed the Talley Estate, the secluded 120-acre property was acquired by Aldean and former “American Idol” contestant Brittany (Kerr) Aldean just over three years ago for $5.35 million. Approached via a nearly [...]

  • Annie Potts House

    Film and Television Veteran Annie Potts List Mid-Century Sherman Oaks Home

    Veteran film and television star Annie Potts and husband James Hayman appear to have caught a classic case of the Celebrity Real Estate Fickle, setting a mid-century residence in a secluded neighborhood just below Mulholland Drive in the foothills above Sherman Oaks, Calif., out for sale at $1.795 million after they bought it just over [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content