On “Stranger Things,” the residence of Murray Bauman — portrayed by actor and veteran sketch comic Brett Gelman — is unique, to say the least. The thick-bearded conspiracy theorist lives in a fortified warehouse located at 3833 Walker Drive in rural Sesser, Illinois, complete with high-tech CCTV camera surveillance and multiple padlocks, though other residential amenities are rudimentary at best.
In real life, Gelman occupies much nicer digs, though his Eastside Los Angeles home offers more than a few quirks of its own. Located in the affluent enclave of Mount Washington, the hillside structure sold to Gelman for $1.7 million about two years ago, though it doesn’t appear the transfer was ever reported. The multi-story house was built in the early 1980s, coincidentally the same era “Stranger Things” is set, and offers four bedrooms and 3.5 baths in a roomy 3,700 square feet.
Described in the listing as Spanish in architectural style, the many-arched house gives more than a slight nod to Moorish design, particularly in the exterior. Inside, however, the renovated spaces are much more blandly contemporary — there is beige hardwood everywhere, plus recessed LED lights and white walls and ceilings throughout.
An open kitchen flaunts premium stainless appliances, granite countertops and an unexpectedly massive amount of cupboard storage. Nearby, the living room features its own wet bar, and the family room offers a gas fireplace with more colorful tilework. Upstairs, the primary bedroom offers a sitting area and private covered balcony, while the ensuite primary bath offers dual sinks and a soaking tub.
Stairs are the central theme here, as there are multiple long flights of stairs both inside and outside the house. Many of them are nicely accented with colorful Spanish tile, and most include attractive wrought iron railings. The property also features a mass of somewhat untamed trees, which add to the neighborhood’s rugged natural beauty.
The house itself occupies a nearly half-acre double lot, large for this tightly-packed area of town, though much of that land is steep and unusable hillside. Still, the 1,000-square-foot outdoor deck is complete with a full kitchen and Viking grill, and there’s an adjoining flat yard “with potential for a pool.” Per the listing, there are also 180-degree views of Los Angeles, from the city skyline to occasionally snowcapped mountains.
Gelman and his longtime girlfriend, noted musical artist Ari Dayan, also enjoy a jacuzzi with city lights views, and numerous secluded spots for reading or a romantic rendezvous.