Dan Houser and Krystyna Jakubiak already own a Santa Monica beach getaway on coveted Ocean Avenue. Now the English video game mogul and his Russian voice actress wife are spreading their sea-loving wings to the Pacific Palisades neighborhood, having quietly scooped up an unfinished mansion sited atop a bluff, with panoramic ocean and whitewater views stretching from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu.
Records show that Houser paid Japanese hotelier Hiroshi Yasuno a whopping $31 million last summer for the still-under-construction property, which previously sold as vacant land in 2015 for just $8.5 million.
Best known for co-founding Rockstar Games with his older brother Sam in 1998, Houser produced the lucrative “Grand Theft Auto” franchise, which has generated revenues of more than $6 billion worldwide and ranks as the highest-grossing media title of all time. Houser, 48, officially stepped down from the company in 2020; but he’s reportedly formed a new games company — Absurd Ventures In Games, described as specializing in “ready-made interactive leisure and entertainment software development” — and recently joined Revolving Games as an adviser and investor. His net worth is believed to top $150 million.
As for Houser’s most recent acquisition, the deal was handled off-market; so there are scant details and images available. Renderings and a fancy virtual-reality video do exist, but the house may look a bit different than what’s depicted.
Construction began in 2020 — on a double parcel spanning over three-quarters of an acre of land, which has reportedly been fully stabilized and is described in marketing materials as “one of the most beautiful estate locations in Los Angeles.” Plans call for the modern three-story structure to include nine bedrooms and 13 baths in almost 14,000 square feet providing automated walls of glass throughout.
Per online information, there will be an expansive great room boasting a wet bar and massive two-way fireplace, as well as a family room, sleek Italian kitchen hosting a casual dining area, formal dining room and wine wall. Other highlights are expected to include a sumptuous master retreat outfitted with an indoor-outdoor seating area, fireplace, and dual closets and spa-inspired baths.
Plenty of glitzy creature comforts also are in the works for a subterranean level — a movie theater, game room, another wet bar, wine room, gym, sauna and five-car display garage equipped with a motorized turntable, for instance — and outdoors, the garden-laced grounds should be prime for entertaining, complete with an al fresco “living room,” spa and zero-edge pool.
In addition to the Houser’s pair of oceanfront homes in Los Angeles, the couple also lay claim to a $13 million mansion in New York City’s posh Brooklyn Heights neighborhood that once belonged to Truman Capote. Earlier this year, they sold their elegant Brentwood estate to Canadian heiress Taylor Thomson for about $18 million.