With his career in tatters, his passport surrendered, and a November start date likely for his trial on three charges of rape that could land him in the slammer for up to 45 years, “That ‘70s Show” alum Danny Masterson and former model/actress/showbiz scion Bijou Phillips — her father is John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas — have hoisted their somewhat dubiously celeb-pedigreed pad in L.A.’s Bronson Canyon neighborhood on the market at a sliver under $7 million.
The long-time Scientologists, who have remained a united front despite the devastating allegations to which Masterson has pleaded not guilty, stand to more than double their money on the historic estate they picked up in 2007 for almost $3 million. The property was previously owned for decades by late rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry who sold it, according to tax records, in 2000 for what today seems like an unimaginably low amount: $570,000. Oddly enough, and beyond some rather unusual and disturbing proclivities, the “My Ding-A-Ling” singer also faced numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault back in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Out on bail since his June 2020 arrest, neither Masterson nor Phillips have appeared on the small or silver screen in years. For Masterson it was the Netflix series “The Ranch” (2016-18), and for Phillips, who has been accused of emotional and physical abuse herself — actor Heather Matarazzo has claimed that in 2007 Phillips choked her prior to the filming of “Hostel: Part II,” it was a recurring role on “Raising Hope” back in 2013. Given their lack of money-generating acting gigs, it seems likely whatever profit they realize on the sale of their long-time home will be needed to pay for Masterson’s Tom Mesereau-led and no-doubt hugely expensive defense.
An unconventionally circular parcel of about two-thirds of an acre protected behind spiked gates and privately enshrouded in high hedging and billowing foliage, the estate includes a sprawling, four-bedroom, and three-bathroom main house of close to 4,600 square feet, along with a detached structure that houses a studio-style guest apartment with kitchenette and bath, along with a sound-proofed recording studio.
A tree-shaded paver-tiled drive cuts through a sloped lawn as it makes a gentle arc up to the arched colonnade that runs along the front of the Moorish-inspired Mediterranean villa. And, beyond the medallion-embellished swimming pool and spa at the back, there’s a palm-encircled tennis court and a gated rear entry and motor court.
Expertly preserved and tastefully flamboyant original architectural details include slender, carved wood columns and dark-stained wood-trimmed windows and French doors topped by playfully bulbous semi-circular transom windows. The trapezoidal living room, with its distinctive carved-stone corner fireplace and stylishly eclectic décor, stretches to 28 feet long, the 27-foot-long adjoining den/media room features a second fireplace, this one faced in tan-colored vintage tiles, and the ample dining room links through to the battleship-grey eat-in kitchen by way of an angled butler’s pantry.
Upstairs, two spacious guest bedrooms share a hall bath — a third guest or staff room is on the main floor with a nearby bathroom — and the primary suite lavishly comprises a sitting room, a separate bedroom, a huge wrap-around terrace, a large walk-in closet, and a 23-foot-long bathroom updated in a vintage style.