He’s best known for his portrayal Carrie Bradshaw’s urbane gay bestie Stanford Blatch on “Sex and the City,” as well as its spin-off films and the sequel series “And Just Like That…”, but in real life late actor Willie Garson, who passed last year at 57 from pancreatic cancer, was a heterosexual suburbanite who made his home not in New York City’s Greenwich Village but in the largely unsung (though increasingly popular and pricey) Valley Village area of L.A.’s sprawling San Fernando Valley.
The versatile actor, who appeared in dozens of films and television shows, including “Supergirl, the recent “Hawaii Five-0” reboot and the police procedural “White Collar,” acquired his unassuming Valley Village charmer in 2005 for a tad more than a million bucks. His estate has now listed the property at just under $1.7 million.
All but invisible behind a tall hedge and secured gates, the authentic 1930s Spanish bungalow, with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in about 1,650 square feet, presides over a verdant quarter-acre parcel dotted with sycamores, oaks, fruit trees and mature plantings.
Loaded with original charm and character, the single-level home showcases a beamed and vaulted wooden ceiling in the living room, which also sports a focal-point fireplace and original wood floors. In the dining room, a massive arched window that opens to the gardens, and the simple and updated open-plan kitchen features vintage (or vintage-style) black-and-white tile work and a large pantry area.
Guest bedrooms share a hall bath that boasts more vintage-style tile work, while the main bedroom’s updated bathroom is a sleeker, more modern affair with marble floors and a steam shower. A spacious sunroom outside the main bedroom works well as a nursery, home office or work-out room. Additional living space is contained in a converted detached two-car garage with bath.
Huge trees and flowering foliage provide tons of privacy in the tranquil backyard, where there’s plenty of room to enjoy the al-fresco lifestyle thanks to expansive brick terraces, broad expanses of grass, and a lagoon-style swimming pool with spill-over spa.
The property is available through Bryan Abrams of Sotheby’s International Realty in Sherman Oaks.
Tax records indicate Garson once maintained a three-bedroom cottage just half a block from the sand in the Mandalay Shores area of Oxnard, Calif., which was sold in 2018 for almost $1.2 million, well above the $675,000 paid seven years earlier. And at the time of his death, he also owned a three-bedroom home in New Orleans’ West Riverside neighborhood, which was scooped up in 2019 for about $670,000 and has now passed to his 21-year-old son Nathen.