With a limited-edition run of the popular drama series “Dexter” returning to Showtime this fall, there’s no better occasion to showcase this killer midcentury modern time capsule designed by noted starchitect Harold “Hal” Levitt. Once owned in real life by the show’s lead character — the mild-mannered forensics expert/serial murderer portrayed by Michael C. Hall — its current, non-famous owners have returned the Hollywood Hills gem to the market with a $3.35 million price tag. But don’t worry, there aren’t any monsters lurking within its masterfully designed environs … just don’t go looking inside the air-conditioning unit, though!
So taken was Levitt by his own creation, he reportedly remodeled it and lived there from 1964 until 2003, the year of his death. In 2008, Hall purchased the home for $1.75 million, flipping it to the current inhabitants four years later for $1.8 million.
Nestled in the celeb-studded enclave of Outpost Estates, the four-bedroom, five-bath home features 3,000-plus square feet of open, light-infused living space on multiple levels rife with hardwood flooring, vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, and oversized windows and walls of glass that lend themselves to striking canyon and mountain vistas.
“This property is unique in that, from the moment you enter, you feel a real sense of space, due to the very high ceilings and large-scale volume throughout, and particularly in the main living room,” says Josh Myler, who is co-listing the property with Jeff Kohl, both of The Agency. “Also, it has one of the most private backyard/pool areas we’ve seen — truly a sunbathe naked type of backyard.”
A double front door — fittingly bathed in the color red — opens to the main level, which holds a spacious living room sporting a fireplace, and a family room with wet bar that opens to an updated kitchen featuring Italian tile floors, high-end Viking appliances and a breakfast nook with access to an outdoor patio ideal for al fresco meals. Among the listing agents’ favorite parts of the house? “The dining room, which has glass on every wall,” says Myler. “The ceiling is also one enormous skylight, which almost gives one the sense of being in an open aviary.”
As for the master bedroom, it sits privately on its own level, complete with picture windows offering canyon vistas, and includes a walk-in closet, and green-tiled bath boasting dual vanities, a separate shower and soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms with a connecting bath can be found on the second level, while a lower-level space with en-suite bath is ideal for an office or extra bedroom.
Especially standing out is the aforementioned secluded backyard, complete with drought-tolerant landscaping amid a lush tree canopy, along with a patio sporting a built-in barbecue and firepit, and a sparkling pool topped by a hillside lounge area.