Having recently wrapped the sixth and last season of “Lucifer,” as well as the fifth and final season of “Van Helsing,” Canadian fashion model turned actress Tricia Helfer has decided it’s also time to part ways with her contemporary home in the affluent foothills of L.A.’s proto-suburban Sherman Oaks community; It’s available through Tim Gavin at Keller Williams Beverly Hills at $2.65 million.
The “Battlestar Galactica” alum, a veteran film and TV staple in the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres, purchased the canyon contemporary for a smidgen under $2 million in late 2017, shortly after she and now ex-husband, attorney Jonathan Marshall, went their separate ways. The house was built in the late 1950s but has since been extensively updated and totally reimagined.
Devoid of personal belongings and staged for the selling process with generic furnishings that impart a relaxed California lifestyle, the boxy chalk-white residence that’s punctuated by a smattering of top-aligned windows rises behind a high security wall and an even higher row of hedging with five bedrooms and five bathrooms in close to 3,700 square feet.
With pale wood floors, soft-white walls, and a whole-house speaker system, the clean-lined residence’s open-plan living spaces include a combination living and dining area, the former with a fireplace and the latter with a glass-fronted wine cellar nipped under the stairs. Polished marble counters and backsplashes are showcased in the kitchen that flows into a cozily proportioned family room.
Guest bedrooms are average in size with direct access to a bathroom, while the second-floor primary suite incorporates a fitted walk-in closet and sleek spa-style bath. The primary bedroom opens to a huge roof deck where the cat lover and animal rights activist has built a five-star catio accessible by pet door. (A catio, for those new to the term, is a screened outdoor space that keeps cats safe from predators and keeps them from hunting and killing birds and other creatures.)
Cut into a steep hillside held back by a stacked stone retaining wall, the pancake-flat backyard offers an outdoor kitchen/grilling station, a fire pit with cushioned built-in banquettes, and a tiled zero-edge spa the spills over into a dark-bottomed plunge pool.
Helfer and her ex-husband previously owned a contemporary home in the celeb-favored Summit enclave, high in the mountains between Beverly Hills and Studio City. The erstwhile couple paid $2.9 million for the property 2011 and sold it in 2018 for $5.4 million to standup comedian Chris D’Elia who sold it earlier this year amid sordid claims of sexual harassment and child pornography in a $5.9 million off-market deal.