Though she previously owned lavish mansions on southern California’s affluent Palos Verdes Peninsula as well as inside the hallowed gates of the Beverly Park enclave in Beverly Hills — the latter she sold back in 2000 for $8.35 million to Samuel Jackson, polemical comedian and fallen-from-grace former sitcom megastar Roseanne Barr nowadays serves up her infamous Twitter tirades and wide-ranging conspiracy theorizing from her macadamia nut farm on the north side of Hawaii’s Big Island.
The 1994 Emmy winner rocketed from housewife obscurity to international fame and fortune on the semi-autobiographical 1990s sitcom “Roseanne” before she became social media’s public enemy number one and the 2018 comeback reboot of her popular series canceled in the wake of a racist tweet for which she kind of apologized and blamed on sleeping pills. Despite her decade-long exile in Hawaii and her ousting from Hollywood a few years ago, Barr has none the less long and quietly maintained a small portfolio of homes in the largely unheralded southern California communities of Playa del Rey and El Segundo.
One of those homes, a spacious if otherwise ordinary four-bedroom and four-bath 1990s neo-Mediterranean in El Segundo, which borders LAX to the north, a Chevron oil refinery to the south, the 405 Freeway on the east and the beachfront Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant to the west, has come to market at $3.5 million, almost three-times the $1.17 million tax records show were paid almost 18 years ago.
Presumably once occupied by a family member, staff person or friend, the more-than-4,500-square-foot home is cleared of personal belongings and “virtually” staged for the selling process. Listed with Amie Schneider and Alex Abad of the Alex Abad Real Estate Group at Compass, the four-bedroom and four-bath spread is an “upside-down” house in which the main living spaces are up on the second floor to take advantage of the over-the-rooftops city lights and distant mountain views.
A curved staircase sweeps up from the ground-floor foyer to formal living and dining rooms, the former with ashy-brown wood floors and chateau-style fireplace. The generic tan floor tiles in the dining room continue into the kitchen and adjoining breakfast area that includes a second fireplace, while clerestory windows in an octagonal cupola shower the second-floor primary bedroom’s marble-accented bathroom with natural light. For those too lazy or infirm to use the stairs, an elevator effortlessly whisks people to the bedrooms and family room on the ground floor where, just outside the family room, which includes a walk-in wet bar, a paver-tiled terrace gives way to a flat patch of grass with open views to the east.
Barr owns a second home in El Segundo — it’s right across the street from this one — as well as two neighboring homes in nearby Playa Del Rey that were acquired in two transactions, the first in 2005 and the second in 2007, for a combined $3.76 million. And, in addition to her 46-acre farm in Hawaii’s scenic Waipio Valley, which she scooped up in 2007 for $1.78 million and shares with longtime partner Johnny Argent, Barr also owns a couple of homes in the nearby ranching community of Waimea.