Today we decided to give y’all a quick peek at a big new house located high in the mountains above Beverly Hills, in a celeb-soaked area known as Beverly Hills Post Office (BHPO). Built on spec in the trendy Traditional/faux-Cape Cod style, the 6,000-square-foot pad was recently sold for a hefty $5,700,000 to a blind trust front for local LA power couple Dr. Jenn Mann and Eric Schiffer.
The psychotherapist Dr. Mann, in addition to having a private practice in Beverly Hills, has frequently been featured on various media outlets. Fans of reality TV might recognize her as the star of long-running VH1 shows Couples Therapy and its spin-off Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn. On those shows, Dr. Mann counseled celebrities on their occasionally silly (but quite often serious) relationship and family problems. (She’s apparently good at what she does — she had the rapper DMX crying in her lap in at least episode). And Dr. Jenn also hosts The Dr. Jenn Show on SiriusXM radio and has authored a book on improving relationships.
In addition to her professional success, Dr. Mann happens to be the only child of legendary (married) songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Her parents have authored numerous international hits, which include “Blame It on the Bossa Nova,” “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” “Never Gonna Let You Go,” and “I Will Come To You,” among many others. But their most famous song remains “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” which was named the most-played song on American radio of the 20th century.
As most everyone familiar with the music industry knows, the real big bucks are in songwriting, not singing/performing. Judging by the size of Dr. Mann’s parents’ Beverly Hills home, they’ve been well-rewarded for their contributions to the industry. But more on that place later — we digress for now.
Dr. Mann’s longtime romantic partner is no stranger to media and fame, either. In fact, Mr. Schiffer is arguably even better-known than his famous girlfriend — he gained fame as the founder of cybersecurity firm Reputation Management Consultants and as CEO of private equity firm The Patriarch Organization.
Our boy Mr. Schiffer is often called upon to offer commentary on cybersecurity, the economy and beyond — he’s a regular contributor to Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC. If y’all watch the news with any frequency, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of him at some point.
The social media-savvy Mr. Schiffer also sports more than 200,000 followers on the Instagram contraption, which is a ton for a businessman. And like his lady-love, he has branched out into writing — he penned the bestselling business book Emotionally Charged Learning.
Anywho, Mr. Schiffer and Dr. Mann are not married, but they’ve been happily coupled for at least five years and share their big new home with Dr. Mann’s preteen twin daughters from her first marriage.
The bright white abode was completed in 2017, according to the listing, and immediately put up for sale in March of that year with a $5,995,000 asking price. Surprisingly, the house took a very long time to sell — we say “surprisingly” because these spec-built Traditionals usually go like hotcakes. But after more than a year on the market (and at least one change of realtors), the property eventually transferred for the discounted $5.7 million.
Although the .38-acre hillside lot isn’t particularly huge, the backyard features all the requisite luxury amenities that buyers expect at this pricepoint — a sparkling saltwater pool w/ inset spa, a grassy lawn area, a full outdoor bar and kitchen and a covered loggia with various dining and lounging options.
Out front, a short flight of stone steps and a two-car garage greet visitors. The interiors go for a (very) neutral color scheme with acres of white and off-white. Like most other newly-built mansions, the main floor has an open-concept floorpan with soaring ceilings and dozens of recessed LED lights. Wide-plank hardwood floors run throughout the entirety of the home’s 6,000-square-feet of living space.
Yolanda does quite like the kitchen, which boasts not one but two islands — one of which has bar-style seating — top-of-the-line Wolf appliances, and pricey marble countertops and backsplash. The kitchen opens directly to both the formal dining room and a more intimate breakfast table. Sets of French doors and disappearing Fleetwood walls of glass flood the downstairs with light.
Somewhere downstairs there’s a private sanctuary/library/office/retreat. And just off the formal dining room is a long, long staircase that gracefully ascends to the private family quarters upstairs.
The property sports a total of 6 bedrooms (all of them en-suite) and 7 baths. The second-floor master has a sitting area, a fireplace, and sliding Fleetwood doors that open to a private balcony overlooking the backyard. Elsewhere is a bathroom with a soaking tub, a party-sized shower (with rainfall showerhead) and a walk-in closet with ample storage space.
Way back in 2002, Dr. Mann and her first husband Joshua Berman paid $1,055,000 for a rather petite Mediterranean-style villa in BHPO. Records show that Mr. Berman deeded the home over to his ex-wife upon their divorce and Mr. Schiffer eventually moved into the cute renovated abode, which weighs in at just under 3,000-square-feet of living space.
Property records also show that Dr. Mann sold the Benedict Canyon house in a quiet off-market deal this August (2018) for $2,100,000 to a Beverly Hills urologist named Anna Fuchs.
As for Dr. Mann’s parents, they have long resided in a spacious compound with nearly 9,000-square-feet of living space. Located in one of Beverly Hills’ best neighborhood pockets, the $10+ million property actually borders the $25 million estate of Taylor Swift.
Anywho. Mazel tov to Dr. Mann and Mr. Schiffer on their big new 90210 digs. And just for the record, we hope to never cross paths with Dr. Mann — not because she doesn’t seem like a nice lady, but because of our irrational shrink-phobia. You see, Yolanda is so nutty that we fear the good Doc would have a field day with us and we’d never get off that couch. But as always, we digress.
Listing agents: Neyshia Go, Compass; Payman Shilian
Dr. Jenn Mann & Eric Schiffer’s agent: Michael Libow, Coldwell Banker