Joey and Barrett McIntyre, she an occasional actor and he a pop singer known around the globe as the youngest member of the stratospherically successful late 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block, are leaving a particularly pretty, tree-lined block of New York City’s Upper West Side, where their family-sized apartment is for sale at just under $4.4 million, and will be the new kids on a plum block in L.A.’s tony Hancock Park neighborhood, where they’ve ponied up $5.6 million for a romantic, French Normandy style manor house.
The historic and historically high-toned Hancock Park is renown for wide streets lined with beautifully maintained homes designed by a slew of acclaimed architects who built stately homes in a variety of traditional architectural styles. And the McIntyres’ new digs are certainly no exception. Designed by Arthur R. Kelly, whose designs include the Playboy Mansion, built in the late 1930s and grandly dubbed “The Buckingham House,” the stone residence sits on more than one-third of an acre of groomed grounds, and measures in at more than 6,300 square feet with a total five bedrooms an six bathrooms.
A careful preservation of myriad period details make themselves known straight away in the semi-circular entrance hall, where a gracefully curved staircase is embellished with a floral frieze and an unusually delicate wrought iron railing. Amply proportioned for easy entertaining, the step-down formal living room features an antique fireplace, while the separate dining room flows into a chandelier lit conservatory/family room with dramatic, solid glass cathedral ceilings. Family oriented spaces include a pine-paneled library, a subterranean, temperature-controlled wine cellar and a commodious kitchen expensively equipped with marble countertops on furniture-grade cabinets. The main house’s four bedrooms, all en suite, include a master retreat that occupies a wing of its own with a fireplace, custom-fitted office, marble bathroom and lavishly fitted closets.
Just outside the conservatory, there’s a sun-splashed al fresco dining terrace and a picturesquely grapevine-draped trellis over an outdoor lounge with stone fireplace. The grounds additionally include a patch of grass surrounded in mature shrubbery, a stone-accented spa and a three-car attached garage topped by a guest or staff bedroom complete with exterior entrance, walk-in closet and private bath.
The McIntyres previously owned another, somewhat smaller home in Hancock Park — a handsome, stone-accented East Coast traditional originally designed by late, great architect Paul Williams — that they bought about a dozen years ago for $4.45 million and sold almost two years ago for a bit more than its not quite $5.8 million asking price.
The year before they sold their former Hancock Park home, the couple turned their real estate sights towards a dignified, full-service pre-war apartment house near New York City’s Riverside Park, where in late 2017 they coughed up $4.25 million for an eight-room condominium that is currently for sale at close to $4.4 million. The slightly shy of 2,700-square-foot spread, listed with Jennifer (Kaufman) Stillman at Douglas Elliman, is configured with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, but there are two more rooms — a large den and a small home office — that could easily be pressed into use as bedrooms.
A spacious entrance gallery wrapped in vibrant wallpaper that depicts baboons munching on tree leaves leads to a spacious, not-so-formal living room large enough to accommodate a baby grand piano. The efficiently sized, high-end kitchen opens over a snack counter to a cozy dining area with built-in banquette seating. Bedrooms are well separated for maximum privacy, with the sunny, south-facing master suite off the entrance hall and two good-sized family bedrooms, along with a hall bath and the small, en suite office, nipped back behind the kitchen and dining room.
McIntyre’s post NKOTB career has included a bunch of solo albums, a couple of stints in Broadway musicals (“Wicked,” “Waitress”), a third-place finish on “Dances With the Stars,” ran the Boston Marathon in 2013, the year a bomb exploded and killed three people along the route, and popped up in a slew of television programs including “The Hotwives of Orlando,” “The McCarthys” and the short-lived Pop series “Return of the Mac” in which he and his family portrayed versions of themselves.