It’s often been said that living well is the best revenge, and who better to prove that expression true than Curtis Armstrong?
Though best known for playing the slovenly misfit “Booger” in the 1984 hit comedy “Revenge of the Nerds,” over the four decades since its release, Armstrong has managed to pull off a feat that relatively few thespians can claim; i.e., work steadily in Hollywood. Along with roles in such notable films as “Better Off Dead,” “Ray,” and “Akeelah and the Bee,” Armstrong has racked up acting credits in myriad TV series (“Moonlighting,” “The New Girl,” “Supernatural”) and supplied his voice to a slew of animated shows, including Seth McFarland’s “American Dad” and Nickelodeon’s “Robot and Monster.” To boot, he’s also written an autobiography, the highly entertaining “Revenge of the Nerd.”
Per the aforementioned memoir, the classically trained actor initially envisioned a career in the theater, a plan that got derailed when he was cast as Tom Cruise’s best friend in “Risky Business.” But after 40 years in Tinseltown, Armstrong and his wife, writer-producer Elaine Aronson, are looking to swap L.A. for New York City and as such have hoisted their longtime home in Los Feliz on the market.
Located on the southeastern outskirts of Griffith Park, the Spanish-Colonial Revival was built in 1929. Fronted by a walled courtyard with tiled fountains, it spans three levels. Along with five bedrooms and three and a half baths, there’s a great room, a formal dining room, kitchen with breakfast nook, and a lower level bonus space with parquet floors, wood-paneled walls, fireplace, and wet bar.
While not every square inch of the home has been trapped in amber, there is much for period-detail nerds to nerd out about, including beamed ceilings, original hardwood floors, French doors, casement windows, elaborate wrought-ironwork, and exuberant Art Deco tile and fixtures.
In addition to the front courtyard, exterior amenities include multiple balcony decks and patios and a terraced back garden with mature fruit trees and plants. There’s also a two-car garage.
According to public records, Armstrong and Aronson purchased the .39-acre property in 1993 for $585,000. Headed for a nice windfall, the asking price stands at just under $2.9 million. Colette Dornblum and Rebecca Gilbert of Compass hold the listing.