After nearly 13 years in residence, Maura Tierney has hung a not quite $4 million price tag on her light-filled architectural home in L.A.’s Venice Canal Historic District, a scenic and sought after neighborhood developed in the early part of the 20th century to evoke the appearance and romance of Venice, Italy, but in the artsy and famously eccentric beachside community of Venice.
Property records show the primetime drama veteran, an Emmy-nominated alum of “ER,” who more recently starred in the NBC sitcom “NewsRadio” and earned a Golden Globe Award (as well as a second Emmy nomination) for her role in “The Affair,” purchased the striking canal-front residence in 2008, just before she wrapped up her 189-episode run on “ER”, for a teensy shard more than $3.06 million. Listings held by Emil Schneeman at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties indicate the approximately 3,000-square-foot property comprises a three-bedroom and 2.5-bath main house plus a self-contained apartment atop the detached two-car garage.
An eye-catching assemblage of concrete, wood and glass designed by Yale-trained designer Emily Kovner Moss, and completed in 2005, the micro-compound makes astute use of almost every square inch of the postage-stamp-sized .08-acre corner parcel, while a butterfly roof that dynamically caps the two-story main house more than nods to the midcentury modern ethos imbued throughout the home.
The front door opens economically, though somewhat abruptly, directly into a 25-foot-wide loft-like great room dominated by a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows that folds open to a tree-shaded terrace that abuts the pedestrian path that runs along the canal. A minimalist smooth concrete fireplace anchors the great room’s lounge area, and the dining space flows around an L-shaped snack bar into the kitchen where eggshell-colored solid surface countertops on snow-white cabinets are complemented by a dark-denim-blue tile backsplash and an up-to-date array of stainless steel designer appliances. The main floor is completed by a powder room and a home office lined with custom built-ins.
Upstairs a couple of guest bedrooms share a combination bath/laundry area, and the primary bedrooms offers a long built-in cushioned banquette, a small balcony with open views over the canal and a bathroom sheathed in wheat-colored tiles and flooded with light thanks to a ribbon of clerestory windows.
Just off the kitchen, and perfect for the barbecue, a compact courtyard separates the main house from the garage and second-floor guesthouse that is complete with kitchenette and bath. A glass door in the guesthouse opens to cleverly cantilevered external staircase that climbs to a glass-railed roof terrace with wrap-around views over the neighborhood. The property also includes a private boat landing for kayaks and row boats.
Tax records indicate Tierney, set to appear in the forthcoming Showtime series “Rust,” retains ownership in a turn-of-the-20th-century townhouse with a ground floor retail space on a plum, tree-lined block in the New York City’s charming and bohemian (if nowadays immodestly expensive) West Village that she and her now ex-husband, former actor/director Billy Morrissette, rather presciently picked up, financially speaking, in 1997 for a wee bit under $1.1 million.