Having shed side by side homes in a prime part of L.A.’s Brentwood area in two recent transactions that totaled $19.3 million, vaunted record producer and songwriter Mikkel Eriksen has dropped some of his windfall, a tad over $7 million, about $50,000 more than the asking price, on a leafy spread tucked into a serene cul-de-sac in L.A.’s picturesquely rustic and much coveted Sullivan Canyon equestrian enclave.
One half of the prolific, four-time Grammy-winning Stargate record producing and songwriting team, the Norwegian song scribe and his partner Tor Hermansen first topped the American charts with British girl group Mis-Teeq’s 2001 ditty “One Night Stand” before they went on to write and/or produce a couple handfuls of number one hits including Beyoncé’s worldwide megahit “Irreplaceable”, Katy Perry’s anthemic “Firework” and Rihanna’s 2012 number one jingle “Diamonds”. They’ve also worked with Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, and scores of other of pop music’s reliable hitmakers.
Designed in the signature style of Cliff May, the father of the classic California ranch house, and built in the early 1980s for William Keck Jr., youngest son of late oilman and philanthropist William Myron Keck, who founded Superior Oil Company (now part of Mobil Corporation) and, in the 1950s, owned the famous Owlwood estate in Holmby Hills, the multi-winged single-story ranch house sits privately behind a high, ivy-encrusted wall on about two-thirds of an acre and sprawls out over 4,139 square feet with five bedrooms and five and a half baths, some of them updated with great slabs of white marble.
Traditional and well maintained if a bit dull and outdated, interior spaces feature hand-plastered walls, beamed and vaulted wood-clad ceilings, and a mix of polished terra-cotta tile and peg-and-groove hardwood floors. An elegantly simple carved stone fireplace highlights the step-down formal living room, while the separate dining room includes a butler’s pantry/wet bar. Flooded with natural light thanks to large skylights, the kitchen is chock-full of high-end commercial-style appliances and the adjoining family room is cozied up by a corner fireplace faced in the same ceramic tiles as the kitchen’s countertops and back splashes.
Guest bedrooms are spacious and en suite, while the two-room main suite is a more lavish affair with parquet de Versailles-style wood floors, a chateau-worthy stone fireplace, lighted built-ins, and a marble bath. French doors open the main suite to the free-form swimming pool and spa. Elsewhere, the property includes a lighted tennis court and room to add a small stabling block.
Eriksen’s former side-by-side homes in Brentwood include a dumpy three-bedroom fixer-upper he bought from Priscilla Presley in May 2019 for $3.8 million and sold just over two years later for $4.8 million and a glitzy contemporary showpiece with disappearing walls of glass that he also scooped up in May 2019, but for $12 million, and sold about a month ago for $14.5 million.