Six months after selling his Spanish-style residence in the Hills to actress Aubrey Plaza for $4.7 million, multi-hyphenate entertainment industry executive Jonathan Krisel has used some of those proceeds to pick up the keys to a sprawling estate in West Pasadena’s affluent South Arroyo neighborhood.
Records show Krisel — probably best known as co-creator of the TV shows “Portlandia” and “Baskets,” as well as director of the upcoming “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” live-action sequel — doled out a speck under $4 million for the place, which was built back in the 1940s, and features six bedrooms and seven baths spread across almost 5,000 square feet of updated living space.
Resting on a heavily wooded parcel of land spanning nearly a half-acre, the peach-hued stucco structure is fronted by a circular driveway that winds around to a motorcourt and an attached two-car garage tucked off to the side of the house, where a wood gate opens to reveal a private courtyard bolstered by a water feature.
Back out front, an ornate wood door leads into a sky-lit foyer, which flows into a light-filled formal living/dining room area sporting a soaring vaulted ceiling, decorative fireplace and French doors spilling out to the backyard. Other highlights include a spacious wood-clad kitchen outfitted with an eat-in peninsula, high-end stainless appliances and a breakfast nook, which connects to a family room displaying a fireplace flanked by bookshelves and yet more French doors to the grounds.
Secluded in the home’s west wing is an expansive master retreat boasting a walk-in closet and sliding glass doors leading out to a private outdoor spa, plus a bath accented by dual vanities, a jetted tub and separate shower. Two additional bedrooms and a study with a built-in workstation complete this area, while an east wing holds an upstairs double en-suite bedroom and another family room with built-in media and desk/study areas.
Meandering pathways are sprinkled throughout the garden-laced backyard, which hosts a pool surrounded by a slate patio, along with an outdoor kitchen and al fresco dining area warmed by a fireplace. There’s also a shower-equipped bath.
As for his Hollywood Hills house, Krisel bought that place in 2017 for just over $3.5 million. Built in 1928 and since restored, the Spanish-style residence features four bedrooms and six baths in a little more than 4,000 square feet.