Within two weeks of stand-up comedian, TV writer and veteran roaster Whitney Cummings hanging a $2 million price tag on her former home in Studio City, Calif., the extensively updated and privately situated 1960s California ranch has been lickety-split put into escrow to be sold for an unknown amount to an unknown buyer. Cummings paid close to $1.5 million when she purchased the property in 2011, the same year her eponymous, semi-fictional sitcom “Whitney” premiered as well as the long-running sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” which she co-created with Michael Patrick King.
Tucked away on more than half of an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac in a discreetly sought after neighborhood and entered through a secured courtyard garden with a massive spherical water feature as its focal point, the private, single-story residence is configured with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in a bit more than 2,300 square feet. A short and wide entrance hall with a vaulted, exposed wood ceiling leads to living and dining spaces divided by an eye-catching gas fireplace fashioned from asymmetrical volumes of smooth concrete with a lustrous jet-black stone raised hearth. An L-shaped snack bar separates the living and dining spaces from the kitchen that sports glossy, jet-black stone countertops, clean-lined honey-hued cabinetry and top-end commercial-style appliances.
There are vaulted, exposed wood ceilings in both of the guest bedrooms, one of which has floor-to-ceiling glass sliders to the entry courtyard. The master suite offers a second fireplace and direct access to the backyard along with a small private office, gym or dressing room, a walk-in closet lined with full-height built-ins and a skylight-topped bathroom with double-sink vanity, soaking tub and separate shower. Huge banks of glass sliders open the house to the lush backyard, a tropical oasis with a curvaceous stretch of flagstone terracing and a rock-lined stream that tumbles into a lagoon-like swimming pool and spa carved into the verdantly planted hillside.
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Cummings, engaged last year to media exec Miles Skinner and whose characteristically blunt Netflix special “Can I Touch It?” premiered earlier this year, substantially upsized her residential circumstances a few months ago with the $4.3 million purchase of a more than 6,800 square foot Mediterranean-modern residence behind gates on about four acres inside a secluded enclave that backs up to protected open space in Woodland Hills.