Ben Stiller sold it over the summer of 2011 for $7.325 million to Jason Statham, and the English action/thriller flick staple sold it almost exactly four years later for $9.2 million to its current owner, famously well-compensated sitcom star Johnny Galecki. And, now, anyone with $45,000 a month to spend on a year long furnished lease — not to mention the $135,000 deposit — can live like a Tinseltown A-Lister in the showbiz saturated Hollywood Hills home.
The Belgium-born actor, who dropped out of school after the eight grade, starred in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”(1989) opposite Hollywood legends Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and got his feet in the primetime sitcom door with the 1990s series “Billy” and “Roseanne” before he became one of the highest paid television actors on the planet who pulled down around $900,000 per episode on the final years of his twelve season run as nerdily bespectacled experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Available through Hilton & Hyland agent Brett Lawyer, the gorgeously maintained and stylishly appointed 1920s Spanish compound, a hidden oasis painstakingly and expensively restored, updated and expanded for Stiller by the powerhouse design studio Roman & Williams, spreads out over about half an acre of lushly planted grounds. Oozing with relaxed glamour, the just over 5,300-square-foot compound offers a total of five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms between the three-bedroom main house and two-bedroom guesthouse.
Electronic driveway gates swing open to a brick-paved motor court and two car garage, while the pedestrian gate, an arched carved wood door set into a vine-encrusted wall, opens to a semi-tropical fantasia with swooping, tile-accented stairways that lead down to the multi-winged home with its white stucco exterior and traditional clay tile roof.