After less than two months on the market with an asking price of $34.5 million, “The Hangover” filmmaker Todd Phillips has lickety-split sold his plush Beverly Hills compound for $30.7 million, and word on the Platinum Triangle real estate street is the obviously deep-pocketed new owner is architecture- and real estate-mad film, television, music video and commercial director David Zander.
Phillips, who also produced the smash hit “A Star Is Born” and the money-minting 2019 blockbuster “The Joker,” hauled in a sizable profit on the slightly-more-than-three-quarter-acre estate he’s owned since 2012 when he snapped it up for $17.25 million from Paradigm Talent Agency chairman Sam Gores.
The multi-structure compound includes a carefully restored and updated 1928 Spanish Colonial main house designed by architect Wallace Neff, a skylight-topped fitness pavilion and solarium, a two-story poolside building with a home office/guest suite atop the garage, and another two-story building with a screening room swaddled in red velvet and a pair of deluxe guest suites. Both relaxed and fastidiously groomed, the grounds offer lush carpets of tree-shaded lawns, a sun-splashed pool, serene formal gardens with a reflecting pool, and a trellis shaded lounge area with an outdoor fireplace.
Hardly a household name, at least not in very many households, Zander has produced scores of commercials for an international clientele that include Maserati, Kia, Pizza Hut, and McDonalds. He’s also produced a number of notable films: Harmony Korine’s cult-fave “Spring Breakers” (2012), Neil LaBute’s “Some Velvet Morning” (2013), and, more recently, the crime thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy” (2019) starring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
Along the way, the savvy architecture enthusiast has owned a raft of architecturally significant homes in Los Angeles, mostly in the Pasadena area, and he currently maintains a heady portfolio of high-priced properties in both Los Angeles and New York City.
He previously owned John Lautner’s Schaffer House in Glendale, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House (a.k.a. La Miniatura) in Pasadena, Greene & Greene’s 1906 Arts-and-Crafts-style Duncan-Irwin House, also in Pasadena, and, most recently, an opulent mansion in San Marino known as Arden Villa, now owned by “Avengers” Endgame” director Anthony Russo.
As for his current holdings, it can easily be argued that Zander needs another multimillion-dollar high-maintenance estate about as much as a bumblebee needs a manicure. In addition to a sprawling compound along a prestigious street in Pasadena that was acquired in three separate transactions between 2013 and 2016 valued at a total of $12.75 million, there’s a Beverly Hills home he bought earlier this year from television dynamo Ryan Murphy for $16.25 million — it had previously belonged to Diane Keaton, and a 4,200-square-foot minimalist loft in New York’s Soho neighborhood that he scooped up in 2012 for $7.25 million from French commercial director and magazine editor Fabien Baron, the renowned designer responsible for Madonna’s 1992 book “Sex.”