In the midst of a typically stifling hot Los Angeles summer, actress Amanda Peet and her longtime husband David Benioff have managed to sell their Los Angeles home of 16 years. Though the property was never on the market, records show the walled and gated estate transferred for an impressive $10.3 million, more than double what the “Whole Nine Yards” actress and “Game of Thrones” co-creator originally paid for it.
The new owners of those Tinseltown digs are Marc Webb and wife Jane Herman, he a prolific filmmaker who has directed dozens of music videos over the years, including Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe,” Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” Fergie’s “London Bridge” and Green Day’s “21 Guns.” Webb has also directed major Hollywood films, most notably “The Amazing Spider-Man” and hit romcom “500 Days of Summer.”
It’s no surprise that Peet and Benioff would be wanting to sell their longtime home, a 1930s Mediterranean villa-inspired spread that lies in the lower Hollywood Hills, just a few skips above the bustling Sunset Strip and a quick jog from West Hollywood. Back in 2020, the couple paid nearly $22 million for a Cliff May-designed ranch house in Brentwood, which they’ve spent the last two years renovating and customizing.
It’s also no surprise that Webb would be in the mood to buy a big new compound; last year, he sold his former home in Los Feliz to TV showrunner John Chernin.
Since the Peet-Benioff estate was never publicly offered for sale, details and photos are slim. But the home — once owned by Oscar-winning actor James Cagney — was photographed for a Vogue feature years ago, and its interiors were extensively renovated by Peet’s architect/decorator Brad Floyd during her ownership. The kitchen was replaced, and that space opens to a casually cool dining area with built-in sofas and French doors opening to the backyard.
Speaking of the yard, much of the property’s grounds were redone by famed landscape designer Miranda Brooks, who installed cypress trees and climbing plants around the perimeter of the property for privacy. Brooks also planted a grapefruit orchard in the backyard, and in collaboration with Floyd she designed a new swimming pool, which Benioff and Peet installed to replace another they removed shortly after purchasing the house.
Also on the premises are mature olive trees and a detached guesthouse with its own kitchen. The main house includes five beds and five baths in nearly 5,000 square feet of spacious living space. And from the street, views of the property are completely obscured by enormous hedges standing 20+ feet tall.