After more than 20 years, comedy legend Nicole Sullivan is kissing her unique home in the Hollywood Hills goodbye, slapping a $1.45 million asking price on the nearly one-acre property. The “MADtv” actress and improv master reared her two sons in the 109-year-old structure, which has just two bedrooms and resembles a countryside farmhouse with its red barn paint job. Although the house has an address on bustling Laurel Canyon Boulevard, it’s relatively quiet and completely hidden, sited on a knoll high above the road and behind a long, winding driveway obscured by trees.
Inside, the main structure has sun-dappled living spaces. The front door opens into a combo living/dining room with a whitewashed brick fireplace on one end and painted ceiling beams overhead. A doorway leads to an unexpectedly massive family/media room with fetching mint-green wall paint and walls of original casement windows with canyon views. Adjoining this space is the skylit kitchen, which has a vintage stove, butcher block countertops and an unglamorous, distinctly utilitarian microwave and dishwasher.
More recently added is a beverage bar just beyond the kitchen, complete with a built-in wine fridge and additional storage. There’s also a petite powder room at the hallway’s end, though it’s unusually tucked away below the other rooms on the main floor, accessible only by a short but steep staircase. Merrymaking guests who’ve already tossed a few drinks back, beware!
The home’s upper level is accessible via a wooden staircase and dedicated entirely to two non-ensuite bedrooms, one of them larger than the other. The bigger room has its own walk-in closet, while the the smaller has a wall closet it shares with the bigger room. The two bedrooms share a single bathroom, which has dual sinks, a large steam shower, beige tile and beige granite countertops. But the upper level’s best feature is its giant outdoor deck, accessible from French doors off the larger bedroom.
From the upper deck, stairs lead down to a pathway that leads to an even larger stone patio with al fresco entertaining space for dozens of guests. There’s an outdoor brick fireplace, and off one side of the patio is an unpermitted two-room structure that Sullivan used as an office/recording studio, complete with an acoustically-engineered room and a makeshift bed.
Like many houses in the hills, the property has a variety of oddball quirks that will deter certain buyers but charm many others. There’s no garage, although the long driveway has space for two or possibly even three tandem-parked cars, and storage space abounds on the estate. There’s also no pool, although a wooden jacuzzi tub at the backyard patio’s far end is good for a watery dip. And from the house, it’s a very long schlep on foot to haul in the trashcans or grab the mail. Still, the place has charm in spades, surrounded by mature trees and endless hiking trails, and the asking price is certainly attractive. It’s also just moments from Mulholland Drive and a short drive to downtown Hollywood or the Valley.
Sullivan, 51, has had a long and storied Hollywood career, with dozens of film and TV credits to her name. She played long-running recurring characters on both “Cougar Town” and “Black-ish,” and main character Holly Shumpert on “The King of Queens,” though she remains best-known her six-season cast member role on the original run of “MADtv.” During the show’s heyday, she established herself as one of the program’s biggest breakout stars and a master of improv. Perhaps her most popular character on the cult favorite TV series was that of the brutally sardonic and heavily maquillaged “Vancome Lady.”
Lorena Costino of Compass holds the listing.