Writer-producer Elizabeth Berger has got one of the fuller dance cards in Hollywood. Along with longtime writing partner Isaac Aptaker, Berger spent six seasons as a co-showrunner of NBC’s hit drama “This is Us.” She’s also the co-creator/showrunner of two shows currently airing on Hulu, “Love, Victor” and “How I Met Your Father,” with a third series, “Twin Flames,” starring Mandy Moore, in the works. And with her and Aptaker’s production shingle, The Walk-Up Company, having scored a big overall deal with 20th Television earlier this year, her hot streak shows no sign of cooling down.
Given her career trajectory, it stands to reason that Berger would also be ready to level up on the real estate front as well. So, it comes as no surprise that the starter house the Emmy-nominated multi-hyphenate and her husband, screenwriter Jeremy Roth, purchased in 2020 has popped up for sale.
A 1930s Mediterranean Revival, the house is located in the hills west of the Silver Lake Reservoir, in the tract known as the Moreno Highlands. Intended to be modeled after a Mediterranean hillside village, the enclave was developed by oil heiress Daisy Canfield and her husband, Spanish-born silent film star Antonio Moreno, during the 1920s and ’30s. Building permits show the home was commissioned by T.E. Brendlinger, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, and had an estimated construction cost of $5,500.
An Old Hollywood take on Old Europe, the tile-roofed residence is partly concealed behind a stucco courtyard wall but still manages to capture attention thanks to its whimsical turret and grand rotunda entry. More theatrical details await inside, including a magnesite staircase, leaded glass windows, wrought iron accents, gothic archways and niches, a plaster fireplace, coved ceilings, and French doors.
Following their purchase of the four-bedroom, three-bath home, Berger and Roth brought in Backup Design to conduct a thorough overhaul, with impressive results. Mixing seamlessly with period features are sophisticated modern elements such as a custom Paul Ferrante chandelier, Lacanche range, Thermador fridge, and Calacatta Cremo marble countertops. Other notable updates include a state-of-the-art projection system with built-in surround sound and a new pool and spa. One area where no improvement could be made, however, is the home’s lot size, a relatively dinky 5,953 square feet.