Given his mountain of professional commitments — the six-time Emmy winner oversees at least half a dozen TV shows and has another handful of high-profile productions coming down the pike — it’s a wonder Ryan Murphy, aka the King of TV, has time to sleep or eat, let alone buy and sell multimillion-dollar homes on both coasts with the same alacrity most people change the oil in their cars.
Case in point: a fully updated and fashionably furnished 1970s Cliff May-inspired ranch house nestled into the rustic Sullivan Canyon area of L.A.’s posh Brentwood neighborhood that he picked up not quite two years ago for $7.15 million and now has back on the market at a profit-seeking $12.95 million. The property is represented by Tim Wollaston at Keller Williams Beverly Hills.
In the short time the “American Horror Story,” “Pose,” and “Glee” creator has owned the half-acre equestrian mini-estate, there has been a complete redesign of the landscaping, new fencing and gates, and a whole bunch of un-sexy but necessary updates that included a new retaining wall, the removal of broken solar panels, a new pool cover and equipment, and an electrical clean-up.
Measuring 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms and four and a half baths, the single-story structure wraps around three sides of a courtyard patio with flagstone terracing and a swimming pool with a spill-over spa. Inside the long, linear residence, formal living and dining rooms flank the foyer, while the just-about-all-white kitchen is arranged around a huge island and opens to a TV lounge with backyard access.
Three en-suite guest bedrooms (plus a laundry room and half-bath) are clustered together at the south end of the house, while the primary suite, with a spa bath and a walk-in closet/dressing room, privately occupies a wing of its own at the opposite northern end.
A two-car garage has been repurposed as a permitted ADU complete with a kitchen and bath and a small, separate building houses a gym. The grounds also include a built-in barbecue, a fire pit, an oversized chicken coop and three stalls (plus a tack room) for resident equine.
If something seems vaguely familiar about the home’s décor, it’s because the tenant, a personal friend of Mr. Murphy, moved his curated collection of furniture and art to the house from a nearby house that was recently acquired by L.A. socialite and mental health podcaster Katie Nehra for $10.6 million.
Murphy, once dubbed the most powerful man in Hollywood, has owned more homes across southern California than most people would bother to remember or recount. Among those former homes are a Beverly Hills mansion sold in 2020 for $16.3 million (it had previously been owned by Dian Keaton) and a bespoke Laguna Beach compound that was sold the following year for $10.65 million.
The uncommonly prolific writer/director/producer and his husband, photographer David Miller, are currently presiding over a coast-to-coast portfolio that includes a sprawling $15.5 million spread in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood and a $24.5 million Alex Vervoordt-designed and furnished townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village, both featured in Architectural Digest, a waterfront hideaway in Provincetown, Rhode Island, and a vast country estate in New York’s Westchester County that he picked up last year from Richard Gere for $24.15 million.