Married “Dancing with the Stars” dancers Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson — she’s cha-cha-chaed through four seasons of the long-running hit show and he’s rhumbaed and tangoed through fifteen — have quick-stepped their way into a family-sized house in a sought after area of the largely unsung and quintessentially suburban Tarzana community in L.A.’s sprawling San Fernando Valley. Purchased for almost $1.6 million, the unpretentious, slightly-shy-of-3,000-square-foot home offers five bedrooms and three custom-tiled bathrooms.
Clean cut with crisp bright-white walls, newly installed engineered hardwood floorboards and loads of built-ins, the freshly rehabbed home has new windows, new plumbing and lighting fixtures and a snazzy home automation system. Set into a small porch just off the driveway, the front door opens to an airy foyer dominated by a muscular steel-and-wood floating staircase. It’s a couple steps down to the living room, which has a floor-to-ceiling tiled fireplace as its eye-grabbing focal point, and couple steps back up to the adjoining dining room. The brand-new, never-cooked-in kitchen features delicately wood grained flat-panel cabinets, shimmering stainless steel designer appliances and boldly veined marble-like solid surface countertops that waterfall off a peninsula snack bar. Informally open to the kitchen with a built-in wine bar, the family room spills out to the backyard through sliding glass doors.
Privately nestled away in a wing of their own on the main floor are two average-sized bedrooms, a shared bathroom with lustrous teal-colored tile work and a laundry room that provides direct access to a attached two-car garage. Upstairs, two more guest or family bedrooms share a hall bath emblazoned with striking patterned tiles, while the owner’s retreat offers an entry vestibule that doubles as a dressing area with a built-in vanity lit by a pair of glamorous capiz shell sconces. The owner’s bathroom features chic flannel-grey floor tiles laid in a fashionable chevron pattern, and walls sheathed floor-to-ceiling in bookmatched slabs of intricately marbled imported Italian tiles.
Carved into an undeveloped hillside, the backyard is nicely arranged for at-home entertaining with a spacious, pergola covered patio and built-in barbeque just outside the kitchen and family room. A newly re-surfaced and classically kidney-shaped swimming pool sits alongside a flat stretch of thick lawn.
Presumably in anticipation of their move to the suburbs, the lithe and flexible ballroom dancers listed their West Hollywood home earlier this year for almost $1.6 million. Acquired by Chmerkovskiy, a Latin dance specialist and two-time DWTS winner, just over three years ago for $1.2 million, but no longer available on the open market, the two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo was last priced to sell at just under $1.4 million. The city-view unit was also available as a rental, most recently last month, at $7,000 per month.