Trai Byers and Grace Byers, married actors best known for their plum roles on the HBO hit series “Empire,” are so eager to sell a triple-story contemporary residence high above the Cahuenga Pass in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills they’ve put it on the market at just under $2 million, a notable amount under the $2.15 million property records show was paid for the place not even two years ago. Nestled into a densely wooded hillside along a narrow, winding cul-de-sac with leafy, cross-canyon views of the Hollywood sign, the striking, steel-framed home was built in 2015 and measures in at about 2,000 square feet, per tax records, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Stacked atop a gated, street-level two-car garage, a cluster of articulated concrete boxes animated by large expanses of metal-trimmed windows with a slight greenish tint give way to light-filled interiors with bright-white walls, in-ceiling speakers and French white oak floorboards. A fireplace sheathed in smooth, grey-flannel-colored stone anchors the modestly proportioned yet airy combination living and dining area that spills out to a slender glass-railed balcony through a full-height expanse of glass. Completely open to the rest of the room, and arranged around a slim work island, the ample and modern kitchen is fitted a mix of wood and shiny white laminate cabinetry, designer-grade appliances and a walk-in pantry area.
One of the guest bedrooms is located on the main floor and opens to the backyard, while the other is upstairs along with a master suite that offers a fireplace, private balcony with tree-framed open view and clean-lined bathroom. The glassed-wall second floor landing flows out to a large, sun-bathed terrace and, notched into a steep hillside held back by a series of retaining walls, the not particularly big but smartly configured and well-equipped yard includes a spacious dining terrace with built-in grill, a fire pit with cantilevered built-in bench seating and a spa that spills over one of its black-tiled edges to become a waterfall.
Grace Byers, who departed “Empire” in 2018, appeared this year in the television series “The Gifted” and “Phoenix” and Trai Byers, who popped up in the Oscar-winning 2014 bio-drama “Selma,” is set to appear in “The 24th,” a true-story about the lethal 1917 Houston Riots, which he co-wrote with “BlackKklansman” co-writer Kevin Willmott Underway.