Last year was a big one for Colton Underwood. The 29-year-old former NFL hopeful turned reality TV staple went on “Good Morning America” in April and, with his father at his side, came out as a gay man, which was an interesting turn of events since he’d starred as the hunky bachelor on “The Bachelor” in 2019. Then last month, right about the time his not entirely well received Netflix docuseries “Coming Out Colton” premiered, he announced in People magazine he was “very much in love” and since then has made his relationship with Democratic political strategist Jordan C. Brown Instagram official with a photo of the couple (and Underwood’s pooch Zooka) happily standing in front of a Christmas tree. First publicly spotted in September while vacationing in Hawaii and Provincetown, Mass., the couple has now made their blooming romance real estate official with the not-quite $3.2. million purchase of a renovated residence secreted down a long, gated driveway in a sought-after area of L.A.’s Sherman Oaks.
Billed in promo materials as a “former celebrity compound,” the one-third-acre spread was acquired in March 2006 for $2.1 million by Jessica Simpson’s now- divorced parents, Joe Simpson and Tina Drew, who took a bit of a bath when they sold the property in late 2020, years after their 2012 split, for $2.1 million. (For what it’s worth, and not that it matters a whit, Joe Simpson has long battled tabloid rumors about his sexuality but has repeatedly stated that the young male models he’s sometimes been spotted palling around with over the years were clients, not paramours. Anyways…)
Built in the mid-1970s but since extensively remodeled and updated, the transitional traditional residence — that just means it’s a little bit trad and a tad bit modern but not really one or the other — has four bedrooms and three and a half baths in about 3,400 square feet. Marketing materials indicate there’s a guest bedroom on the main floor and two more upstairs, along with a primary suite complete with fitted walk-in closet and bathroom with teak vanity.
Finished with European white oak floors, a custom contemporary stair railing and acres of cotton-white walls aching for some color, the home has formal living and dining rooms, the former with a vaulted and beamed ceiling and both with views across the faux-grassed front yard. Mossy green tile backsplashes continue the natural, toned-down palette in the up-to-date kitchen, while a simple raised-hearth fireplace warms a spacious family room that tumbles easily out to the pool through walls of nearly floor-to-ceiling French doors.
Tropical plantings add lush privacy, and a custom lighting scheme dresses up the outdoor spaces, which include a spacious dining terrace and fire pit and a circular spa that spills in to a classic kidney-shaped swimming pool.
The sellers were represented by Dougal Murray and Jonathan Waud of Keller Williams Studio City, while Underwood and Brown were repped by Mick Partridge of Hilton & Hyland.