Though he owns a much larger and far more grandiose mansion in an exclusive gated enclave in L.A.’s tony Brentwood neighborhood, veteran television producer Kevin Bright has nonetheless snatched up a much more modest if by-no-means inexpensive $3.45-million-dollar home along an unassuming, tree-lined street in Santa Monica’s popular and low-key Sunset Park neighborhood. Presumably and investment or for family, Bright seems to have wanted the property with a deep-pocketed passion because he outbid multiple offers that drove the sale price up half a million clams over the $2.995 million asking price.
A two-time Emmy winning executive producer and frequent director of the iconic sitcom “Friends,” — he also won an Emmy in 1990 as a producer for the sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” Bright also produced and directed the mid-Aughts “Friends” spin off “Joey” as well as the recently released reunion special, (“Friends: The Reunion”) that drew a big audience when it premiered last month on HBO Max.
Obscured behind a wall of foliage and gussied up with a whole-house water filtration system a hard-wire sound system, the updated 1940s traditional has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in about 2,600 sun-splashed square feet, while the detached two-car garage has been converted to a home office, art studio or guest quarters with private bath. Lustrous honey-hued wood floors run throughout the main floor living spaces that comfortably facilitate both family living and relaxed entertaining.
The front door opens directly into a casually appointed living room that features a fireplace and wood beams across the vaulted ceiling, and the adjoining informal combination dining and family room flows into a spacious kitchen arranged around a huge island snack bar. Fashionable navy-blue cabinets are offset with gleaming top-end stainless steel appliances, and a room-wide bank of windows fold open and allow the kitchen to spill out to the backyard. Marketing materials show there are two guest or family bedrooms on the main floor and two more on the upper level, including the primary bedroom with its newly renovated marble bathroom and Juliet balcony with peek-a-boo ocean view. Just outside the kitchen and family room, the fenced and hedged backyard offers a tree-shaded dining and lounging terrace that gives way to a patch of grass alongside the swimming pool and spa that’s tucked behind the studio/guesthouse.
Both producers on the upcoming “Indomitable” documentary about Alexander Freeman, an award-winning filmmaker with cerebral palsy, Bright and wife Claudia have long spent a great deal of time in Boston where Bright is deeply involved with his alma mater Emerson College. Acquired in 2010 for a tad over $4.2 million, the 2,600-square-foot glass-walled aerie atop the Residences at W Boston was featured in Boston Magazine a few years later.
Back on the West Coast, after almost seven years on and off the rental and sales markets, the Brights sold an ocean front compound in Malibu last year for $11.425 million, a princely sum by most standards but a hefty chunk below the slightly shy of $14 million asking price. They still own another ocean-front home, this one bought in 2006 for $7.6 million, as well as the aforementioned Brentwood estate, a 2.5-acre spread purchased in 2002 for $8.7 million and anchored by a nearly 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean villa. Some of the Brights’ neighbors inside the guarded gates of the prestigious enclave include Arnold Schwarzenegger, pioneering AIDS researcher David Ho, E! Entertainment Television founder and former NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, and rapper turned headphones tycoon Dr. Dre, who back in 2014 ponied up a whopping $40 million for vast faux-chateau custom built for Tom Brady and Giselle Bündchen.