Though she’s primarily a Los Angeles-based writer and producer, Sophie Kargman has also acted in many TV shows and independent films — “The Mentalist,” “New Girl,” “Criminal Minds” and Dev Patel’s “Home Shopper,” just to name a few. But it’s only recently that the East Coast native, who studied English, psychology and theatre at Harvard — a combo she calls “pre-med for acting” — has really started to carve out a name for herself in showbiz.
On the heels of scoring significant critical praise for her short film “Query,” which premiered at 2020’s virtual Tribeca Film Festival, Kargman currently stars in the new psychological thriller “The Believer,” and she’s on track to make her directorial feature film debut this year with a full-length version of her award-winning short “Susie Searches.” And in keeping with her ascendent Hollywood career, the 35-year-old is leaving her longtime Beachwood Canyon apartment behind, upsizing to a stylish English Revival-style home worthy of a big-name celebrity.
It’s also certainly worth noting that Kargman is a daughter of Massachusetts-based businessman Robert Kargman, an extraordinarily wealthy titan in the venture capital and real estate development industries. As CEO of the Boston Land Company, the elder Kargman presides over a portfolio of about 3,000 housing units spread across five states. In 2018, he and longtime wife Marjie paid Michael Eisner’s son Breck Eisner $12.5 million for a lavish brick mansion in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood.
Originally built in 1926 but recently and stylishly “reimagined” by noted Los Angeles-based architect William Hefner, Sophie’s $3.9 million new home is nestled among the tree-lined streets of the central Beverly Grove neighborhood. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath structure offers nearly 3,000 square feet of single-story living space.
Situated on a prime corner lot but carefully shielded from prying eyes behind a tall hedge perimeter, the whitewashed structure greets with a small patio flanked by a gravel courtyard, where there’s a tree-shaded seating area. Inside, the all-neutral and matte-finished interiors include a foyer adjoining a light-filled living room with medium brown hardwood floors, a beamed and vaulted ceiling, and marble fireplace.
An unconventionally dark dining room is decidedly moody — but still quite chic — and is framed with French doors, while the fireside great room has a dining nook. The high-end gourmet kitchen has been updated with a marble-topped island, plus SubZero and Wolf appliances.
Secluded in its own wing, the ivy-green master retreat is appointed with a vaulted ceiling, fireplace and walk-in closet, along with an all-white bath boasting dual vanities, a soaking tub and separate shower. On the opposite side of the house, two additional bedrooms suitable for guests are connected via a shared full bathroom.
Ideal for relaxing and entertaining alike, the private grounds are surrounded by those 25-foot hedges and secured with pedestrian gates, and host an al fresco dining area with a built-in barbecue and fireplace. Though the property does not currently include a pool — a bit of a disappointment, particularly for a $3.9 million house in Los Angeles — the sale included “ready-to-permit” plans for a pool and detached pool house. The premises also include a detached two-car garage.