Powerhouse showbiz couple Rachel and Terence Winter have hoisted their midcentury home in a prime neighborhood of L.A.’s proto-suburban Encino community on the market at a hair under $2.9 million. Tax records show the Winters acquired the stylishly retro property in about five-and-a-half years ago for a tetch more than $2.1 million, and listings held by Denise Snanoudj at The Agency show the well-preserved and extensively updated mid-1960s sprawler has five bedrooms and four bathrooms in close to 4,000 square feet.
Terence Winter wrote and produced dozens of episodes of The Sopranos” before he created, wrote and executive produced the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” He was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for the 2012 film “Wolf of Wall Street,” and is listed as a writer and executive producer on the upcoming Jennifer Lopez-starring feature “The Godmother.”
Rachel Winter is a film and television producer who, along with her fellow producers, was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) and currently serves as an executive producer on Disney Plus’s upcoming reboot of the series “Lizzie Maguire.”
Lush landscaping fronts the hip-roofed residence, and a pair of trees stand sentry alongside a semi-circular driveway that makes a tight bend up to the conspicuously fire-engine red front doors that are set under a deep overhang amid ebullient tropical plantings. The wide foyer features sand-colored marble tile flooring and a gently curved wall of rough-cut stone walls enhanced by wrought-iron filigree that bring rugged elements of the outdoors inside.
Plenty large enough to comfortably accommodate a baby grand piano under a funky two-toned chandelier, the living room features beautifully refinished honey-toned hardwood floors and, characteristic of a home of this area, a monumental, floor-to-ceiling fireplace with a smooth slab of lightly veined travertine between chunky, rough-cut stone. Vast picture windows allow for a cinematic view over the surrounding mountaintops and glass sliders allow for an easy transition to the outdoor living and entertaining spaces.
The dining room, on the other side of the wrought-iron and stone wall panels showcased in the foyer, easily seats eight or 10 with a full wall of windows that look into a lushly planted stone-walled courtyard.
Skylights in the vaulted and beamed ceiling ensure plenty of natural light in the up-to-date galley kitchen that maintains a slight vintage vibe with book-matched teak cabinets and a turquoise textured tile backsplash. A walk-in pantry ensures there’s lots of storage and a cozy breakfast nook facilitates informal meals.
Vintage accordion folding doors serve as a pass-through from the kitchen to a “Mad Men” worthy teak wet bar. A second fireplace, this one partly painted lemon yellow, surmounted by a flat-screen TV and highlighted by a cantilevered hearth, looks out though a wall of windows that provide a leafy, city-lights view over the San Fernando Valley.
Guest and family bedrooms have convenient access to renovated bathrooms, while the spacious, light-filled main bedroom (pictured here) offers walls of nearly floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a semi-private terrace that overlooks the pool. The retro-modern bathroom sports a ceramic tiled sunken tub, a double-sink vanity and an arresting, lustrously polished cherry-red floor.
The backyard also offers a small patch of grass, a sunken patio with a fire pit and a couple of arched decks that extend out over the planted hillside with tree-framed views over the southeastern corner of the San Fernando Valley.
The Winters are certainly no strangers to the property gossip columns. They previously owned a home in Beverly Hills — it was sold in a 2015 off-market deal for $7.227 million, well above the almost $4.1 million they paid in 2008 — and they are known to keep a bolt hole in New York City where in 2014 they paid $1.1 million for a one-bedroom and one-bath condo on the Upper West Side they sold back in 2017 for $1.25 million.