Even before Covid swept the globe and those with the means and inclination to do so fled cities in search of more space to quarantine in comfort, two-time Oscar-nominated and six-time Emmy-nominated film and television producer Dana Brunetti had already decided he “was over fucking L.A.”
The “Social Network,” “House of Cards” and “Fifty Shades” franchise producer sold his historic house in L.A.’s celeb-haven of Toluca Lake back in the fall of 2019, for $6.4 million to Maroon Five guitarist James Valentine, and in late 2020 off-loaded a quartet of Ferraris before he packed up and decamped the City of Angels for a forty-acre spread near itty-bitty Shingle Springs, Calif., in the foothills east of Sacramento.
Now, with a brand-new custom-built contemporary home and barn on the NorCal spread he’s dubbed Golden Cloud Ranch, the Hollywood honcho has cut even more ties with LaLa Land, according to people in a position to know, selling his William Adams-designed home in the Los Feliz area in a $3.5. million off-market deal.
Built in 1994 and set behind gates on a high point that provides it glittery city vistas, the towering two-story structure more than a little resembles a pared down version of Lloyd Wright’s Mayan Revival-style Samuel-Novarro House that’s just a few bends down the street, less than a half mile away. Brunetti, who got his showbiz sea legs in the late 1990s as Kevin Spacey’s executive assistant — he went on to become president of Spacey’s production company TriggerStreet, purchased the property back in 2005 for $2.1 million.
Extensively updated with designer finishes since Brunetti made the place available a few years ago as a rental at $11,000 per month — it was more recently available on Airbnb at $686 per night, there are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in about 2,800 square feet. The architectural residence is filled with light thanks to 13-foot beamed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a 30-foot-long skylight over the central stairwell that connects the two floors.
Two guest bedrooms and a small lounge are tucked down on the lower level, while the principal suite shares the upper floor with the living room, dining room and kitchen. Glass sliders in the dining room and eat-in kitchen open the upper level to a courtyard-style backyard with an L-shaped plunge pool jazzed up with hexagonal minty-green tiles.
The busy producer, who executive produced the Roku series “Swimming With Sharks,” which drops today, continues to own investment properties and have plenty of business in the Los Angeles area. However, over the last couple of years he’s transitioned Cavalry Media, the management and production company he co-founded in 2018, into a virtual operation, so for the time being it looks like the former Chateau Marmont regular plans to spend most of his time in much less glamorous Shingle Springs.