After it briefly popped up as a rental earlier this year with a deep-pocketed price of $12,000 per month, a historic home with a long show business pedigree in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills has now come up for sale at a dollop under $2.2 million.
Designed by Vincent Palmer, one of the original and largely unheralded architects of the 1920s Hollywoodland development that winds through the steep foothills that rise up behind Beachwood Canyon, the three-story hillside villa was acquired by veteran actress Mary Stuart Masterson in 2001 for $790,000. Masterson almost doubled her money when she sold four years later for a smidgen over $1.5 million to TV writer/producer Aaron Zelman (“Damages,” “Silicon Valley”), who initially co-owned it with his first wife, former actress Cynthia LaMontagne, and later with his second wife, Wendy Holley, before it was sold in 2017 for $1.87 million to its current owner, Adnan Canto. Canto, born in Mexico, played Sunspot in the 2014 superhero blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past” before he was cast to portray the Vice President of the United States on the ABC-turned-Netflix political thriller “Designated Survivor.”
Like many homes in the Hollywood Hills, the white-stucco and red-tile-roofed Spanish Colonial bungalow sits right up next to the road where it cleaves to a vertiginous slope along a winding street just below the Hollywood sign, which was originally installed as advertising for the Hollywoodland development. The mullet-style home — it appears as a single-story structure from the street but drops to three floors at the back — has three and potentially more bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in close to 3,000 square feet, according to listings held by Robbie Sikora at Compass. An undeveloped adjacent parcel, which Canto acquired from Zelman in a separate but contiguous 2017 transaction for $275,000, is available separately with an asking price of $350,000.