Way back in summer 2019, Reid Scott plunked down about $3.6 million for a swingin’ sixties midcentury modern property in the Studio City foothills. So it’s no surprise that the actor — best known for his portrayal of alpha male Dan Egan on “Veep” — and his wife Elspeth Keller have finally opted to unload their “starter” L.A. house, an updated Spanish-style residential confection tucked in between the tightly-packed Beachwood Canyon and Bronson Canyon areas of town.
Records reveal the home’s new owner are prominent musician/record producer Alexander Perls and his wife Sonia Boyajian, who paid $2.4 million to close the deal. That’s a huge win for Scott, who bought the place almost exactly 10 years ago for less than $950,000; he subsequently renovated nearly every inch of the dated structure into a clean-lined contemporary.
A two-car attached garage fronts the two-story residence, which is partially hidden behind palm trees and a hedged courtyard entry. Thanks to its hillside lot, the house sports an unusual floorplan, starting with the fact that the front door is actually upstairs — yes, on the second floor. Just to knock on the door, the pizza delivery person must first enter the courtyard gate before hauling himself up more than 20 steps via the steep exterior staircase. Only then can family, friends, and the rest enter into a gracious open floorplan with polished hardwood floors and oversized picture windows.
The open kitchen has a breakfast bar and offers all the expected stainless appliances, while foldaway glass doors provide a quintessentially SoCal indoor/outdoor flow to a concrete loggia with room for al fresco dinner parties. Beyond that, the tiered backyard levels up to an unexpected large swimming pool and spa, both of them shaded by a manicured thicket of bamboo. There’s also a built-in BBQ, and tall backyard palms add to the resort vibe.
Back inside, all three bedrooms are located on the home’s upper level, including a master suite with French door access to the patio and dual vanities. The other two bedrooms share a single full bathroom, one of them currently done up as a children’s playroom. For its part, the lower level is more like a bonus space, with a large entertainment/media room that includes a fireplace, wet bar, and convenient powder room, all of them with views over the property’s grounds, which include vegetable gardens, a grassy patch of lawn, and colorful bunches of bougainvillea.