TV producer and writer Dave Chernin — best known for laugh-filled shows like “The Mick” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” — has bought a decidedly unique apartment building-turned-hip-architectural house in the increasingly expensive seaside community of Venice, Los Angeles. Records reveal Chernin paid $4.4 million in an off-market deal for the strikingly wood-clad structure — it was described as a modern “barn” in a prior listing — that once accommodated four one-bedroom apartment units but has since undergone a complete transformation into a pricey single-family residence.
Dave, 37, and his brother John kicked off their careers as writers for the FX comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” They later left to spearhead their own creative project, “The Mick,” for Fox; though the Kaitlin Olson-led show was an instant hit with audiences, it was abruptly cancelled in 2018 after a two-season run. It’s also worth noting that Dave and John are the sons of Uber-wealthy media tycoon Peter Chernin, CEO and founder of The Chernin Group, who made headlines early last year when he sold sports/pop culture blog Barstool Sports to Penn National Gaming for a reported $450 million.
Nestled on a double lot — just two blocks from the beach, and easily accessible to the popular Abbot Kinney shopping and dining district — Chernin’s new digs were originally built way back in 1924. Extensively remodeled in 2010, the updated residence now rocks three bedrooms and three baths in nearly 3,000 square feet of living space, all of it punctuated by exposed ceiling beams, oversized pendant light fixtures, wide-plank hardwood floors and a wealth of windows, including a fun hayloft-style affair.
Circa-2017 photos show a main level containing a great room spotlighted by floor-to-ceiling bifold glass doors spilling out to the backyard. Within the expansive space is a fireside family room, plus a small den and dining area abutting the custom Wolf and SubZero appliance-equipped kitchen. A “floating” staircase off to the side heads upstairs, where the primary suite features a walk-in closet, and a green-tiled bath outfitted with dual vanities, an open shower and oval soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms separated by a sliding door are also found on this level.
The pièce de ré·sis·tance? A picturesque backyard hosting a large pool and raised spa flanked by a covered al fresco dining patio, a funky fireplace, built-in barbecue and garden. There’s also a detached garage that’s been converted into an office and a spacious back parking lot connected via a massive spiral staircase to the home’s second level.