Brad Simpson is probably best known for producing the FX network’s popular “American Crime Story” series, broadcasting the sordid lives of infamous folks who rarely end up living happily ever after — like O.J. Simpson, Gianni Versace and, most recently, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton in the series’ “Impeachment” installment. But the successful producer, who is half of the award-winning Color Force production team with longtime partner Nancy Jacobson, has taken steps toward a real-life fairytale with this 1920s storybook-style home in the historic Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Property records reveal Simpson and his wife Jocelyn Hayes fought off other bidders for their new home, paying $4.5 million and $300,000 over the asking price. Coming in at 4,500 square feet, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, the two-story house was built in 1923, and rests on a third-of-an-acre parcel near Larchmont Village.
Separated from the street by a grassy lawn dotted with mature trees, the stucco and brick structure features cross-hatched windows and asymmetrical roof lines typical of the English Country style. A wide walkway leads up steps to the front door, which opens into a spacious foyer. There’s a curved staircase clad in dated green carpet, while a formal living room has walls of windows and a green marble fireplace. Opposite the living room, across the foyer, lies a formal dining room with a bay window.
Additional main-level highlights include a spacious kitchen outfitted with decidedly dated tile countertops and wood cabinets, plus an adjacent breakfast nook with a built-in buffet and direct access to an al fresco dining area. A staff/guest bedroom and a duo of powder rooms round out the first floor.
Upstairs, four family bedrooms include an expansive primary suite with a sitting room, while a whimsical nook is adorned with decorative walls and ceilings accented by stained-glass windows. As for the fenced backyard, expect to find the aforementioned covered dining area, plus a large patio ideal for lounging and a big patch of grass that could easily accommodate a new pool. There’s also a gated driveway off to the side.
Besides the “American Crime Story” franchise, Simpson is also behind some of the biggest small-screen and big-screen Hollywood hits in recent years. The Arkansas native, 48, churned out everything from “Pose” and the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise, to “Crazy Rich Asians,” which opened at No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office and went on to gross more than $230 million worldwide. Simpson is currently working on “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” based on the fourth book in Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” series.
Anne Loveland and Sue Carr of Coldwell Banker Realty served as the listing agents; Simpson was repped by Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling of Compass.