Best known for his roles in the 2004 cult-favorite teen film “A Cinderella Story” and the early 2010s sitcom “Cougar Town,” actor Dan Byrd is preparing to leave his long-time nest tucked into L.A.’s historic Hollywood Dell neighborhood. Listed with Max Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency, and dubbed in promo materials as “The Treehouse,” the unique hillside property is listed at a sliver under $1.2 million, almost twice the $634,000 Byrd ponied up for the property in 2010. (Online listings show there’s a contingent offer on the table with back up offers accepted.)
The bi-coastal actor, who began acting as a child and held down a supporting role as a teenager in the Lifetime series “Any Day Now,” has flitted across the small screen in a scores of shows that include “Scandal,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and the short-lived 2020 sci-fi series “Utopia.” Most recently he appeared in “Home Before Dark” and “Young Sheldon,” and he’ll next be seen in the upcoming Jay-Z executive produced limited series “Women of the Movement.”
It’s an arduously long, lung-busting and booty-firming climb up from the unassuming street-level two-car garage, to the eclectically appointed 1950s bungalow that rests on a high perch with serene cross-canyon views. The modestly proportioned main residence measures in at around 1,000 square feet, per tax records, with just one bedroom and one bathroom, while guests are comfortably and privately accommodated in a detached studio-style guesthouse of about 450 square feet that sits atop the garage with a vaulted, exposed wood ceiling, kitchenette, and bath.
An antique brick fireplace warms the airy living room that includes a wet bar set into custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and the galley kitchen sports stained concrete countertops and skylights in the ceiling. Besides a giant rooster sculpture that must have been a sweaty chore to haul up from the street and stands proudly (if slightly menacingly) next to the huge view deck outside the living room, the split-level bungalow boast a variety of unique and charming features, including an itty-bitty dining nook with built-in bench seating and, on the stair landing that leads to the main home’s lone bedroom and bathroom, a built-in desk.
Byrd and his wife of about five years, Lauren Smith, who co-own the Two Birds Taphouse gastropub in Marietta, Ga., with Byrd’s parents, have also long maintained a bolt hole in Brooklyn.