Just off L.A.’s perennially trendy Sunset Strip, just a few minutes’ stroll from the forever-chic Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood’s fabled French Normandy-style Granville Towers has long been a centrally located haven for celebs and other showbiz types.
A penthouse occupied in the 1950s by Marilyn Monroe came up for sale last year at $2.5 million but was recently taken off the market, and in 2013 an unattended candle in the third-floor rental unit of “Twilight Saga” actress Ashley Greene caused a fire that resulted in at least one lawsuit and the death of one of her dogs. Speaking of vampires, late author Anne Rice owned a high-floor unit that’s now owned by her writer son Christopher Rice, while other high-profile residents have included Rock Hudson, David Bowie, and Nora Ephron.
Designed by vaunted architect Leland Bryant and completed in 1930, the not-quite-symmetrical U-shaped building was originally built as the Voltaire Apartments to house film industry workers. The seven-story grande dame later became a hotel and was converted to luxury condos in 1988.
Owned for more than 20 years by writer-producer Tim Long, once head writer on “The David Letterman Show” and now an Emmy-collecting producer of almost 500 episodes of “The Simpsons,” a two-bedroom and three-bath unit on the building’s fourth floor is now available at $1.475 million. Though a pretty penny was clearly spent on upscale updates over the years, Long hopes to nearly triple his initial investment on the 1,800-square-foot unit that tax records show he picked up for not quite $570,000.
Combining the essence of old Hollywood, with modern amenities and creature comforts, there are traditional moldings, arched doorways, a mix of hardwood and marble floors, in-ceiling speakers, bespoke built-ins, an up-to-date kitchen, and eclectically designed bathrooms.
Long displays a couple of his five Emmys in the light and bright corner living room, which boasts a postcard-ready view of the Chateau Marmont, and the dining room is awash in texture and pattern with grass cloth on the walls, inlaid marble tiles on the floor and a graphic paper applied to the ceiling. With avocado-green custom cabinets, the galley kitchen is compact but smartly arranged with a huge window and high-quality appliances, while both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and a cozy den showcases a wall of built-ins for books and other knickknacks.
The building benefits from being under the Mills Act, which reduces property taxes for owners by up to 75%, according to listings held jointly by Michael Maloney of JohnHart Real Estate and Michael Maguire of Compass. In the case of Long’s condo, taxes tally up to less than $400 per month. Residents enjoy 24-7 doorman services, an underground parking garage, a manicured courtyard garden with a huge circular fountain it its center, and an indoor swimming pool.
Long and his wife and occasional collaborator, Miranda Thompson, previously owned a stylishly turned out 1920s Colonial-style home in the Los Feliz area. Once owned by former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl, the Thompson-Longs sold the stately home a bit more than two years ago for $4.3 million to singer-songwriter Neil Finn, the newest member of Fleetwood Mac.