Mr. Brightside has already left the premises! Less than a year ago, professional rockstar Mark Stoermer plunked down millions to buy a striking 1920s mansion in L.A.’s historic Los Feliz neighborhood, but records now show The Killers’ longtime bass guitarist has already sold the eclectic abode in an off-market deal.
The Spanish Revival villa’s lucky new owner is Isaac Aptaker — with Elizabeth Berger, he’s the Emmy-nominated writing and producing duo best known for helming the proverbial ship on “This is Us,” “Love, Victor” and “How I Met Your Father” — who doled out just over $4.9 million for the place, about $250,000 more than Stoermer paid for it last summer.
Commissioned by William Silverman, and locally known as the Silverman Residence, the pastel green-hued and turreted structure was designed by architect Theodore J. Scott and built in 1927. Inside, six bedrooms and five baths are spread across more than 5,000 square feet of living space, and there’s also a detached guesthouse.
Especially standing out on the main level is a double-height entry sporting a dramatic coffered ceiling accented by hand-painted beams and panels, along with a sunken living room displaying inlaid hardwood floors, a massive Italianate fireplace and lofted minstrel’s gallery adorned with the original stained-glass windows.
Other highlights include an updated kitchen outfitted with high-end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, a butler’s pantry and breakfast nook, plus a mahogany-walled library that leads to the outdoors and a spacious formal dining room surrounded by wood-framed windows.
A curving wrought-iron staircase heads upstairs, where a sun-drenched master retreat comes complete with French doors spilling out to a balcony overlooking views of the Griffith Observatory and Downtown L.A. skyline. Outdoors, the lushly landscaped grounds span more than a third-acre of land, and host a lengthy rectangular pool and spa flanked by a travertine-clad sun deck.
Stoermer is no stranger to buying, revamping and flipping historic homes, though he’s long been primarily based in the San Francisco area. Back in 2009, he reportedly purchased an 1885 Victorian in Haight-Ashbury and subsequently transformed the decoratively ordinary house into a goth fantasy brimming with red velvet, black paint and skeleton artwork before flipping it in 2014 for $2.4 million. The following year, the Houston native forked out $3.4 million for another vibrant Victorian in the Lower Haight district that he flipped less than a year later.
As for Aptaker, he and Berger re-upped a three-year overall deal with their longtime studio 20th Television earlier this year. Now expanding into feature films, they recently wrote and produced “I Want You Back” for Prime Video.