Though it’s been barely two years since Deon Cole plunked down $2.5 million for this large mcmansion in the foothills above the San Fernando Valley’s Studio City neighborhood, the Chicago-born comedic actor and screenwriter — best-known for his role as Charlie Telphy on the sitcoms “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish” — is looking to take advantage of the red-hot real estate market, hoisting the renovated home back onto the market with a significant boost in price, asking $4.2 million.
Built in 1994, the structure squeezes in nearly 6,000 square feet of generic living space, nearly all of it taupe-hued in a quintessentially neutral, inoffensive manner. There are oak hardwood floors and six bedrooms, although the property’s most memorable features are its privacy — the gray stucco and stacked-stone house is tucked away on a secluded cul-de-sac, hidden behind a towering driveway gate and high hedges — and those views, as nearly every room overlooks the sprawling Valley.
The driveway descends down a steep incline before emptying into a motorcourt and attached two-car garage; inside the house, a sun-drenched foyer has stained-glass windows and a wrought-iron staircase topped by a dangling crystal chandelier. An adjoining living room offers a floor-to-ceiling, three-sided fireplace as its focal point, and it opens via French doors to a concrete poolside patio. There’s also a family room connected to an all-white kitchen outfitted with granite countertops, an eat-in island, stainless appliances and an adjacent breakfast nook. A formal dining room, ensuite bedroom and gym are also found on the main level.
Upstairs, the sizable master retreat includes a sitting area, another three-sided fireplace, terrace and dual walk-in closets, plus a mirrored bathroom highlighted by a massive spa tub and standalone shower. There’s also a loft area, which is currently outfitted as a billiards room/DJ space, and a duo of bedrooms that share a bathroom.
Rounding out the listing, held by Nick and Shawn Donohoe of the Donohoe Group: a compact backyard largely dominated by a pool and spa flanked by a glass enclosure, and a guesthouse with its own entrance that could easily double as a home office with a kitchen and bathroom.