At first glance, this Craftsman-style house might look like a well-preserved example from the early 1900s, the sort of historical thing that sits on Pasadena’s Millionaires Row, but it actually lies in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills, up in the coveted Bird Streets, and was completed in 1994. And since 2004, the two-story structure — which stands out like an olive green thumb amid neighboring homes, most of which are Spanish or modern in design — has been owned by powerful media exec Robert “Bob” Greenblatt, who just attached a nearly $5 million pricetag to the corner lot property.
Unsurprisingly, the listing notes that the house pays clear homage to the Greene & Greene Craftsman structures of yore. Gabled roofs and leaded glass interior doors add to the authenticity, while a forest’s worth of decorative wood paneling really pounds the message home. From the street, a staircase hewn from river rock and red brick corkscrews up to a porch and the front door, which spills into a brief foyer fronting the all-wood staircase.
A well-proportioned living room offers wooden built-in bookshelves and benches, plus an oversized fireplace, while the family room impresses with its vaulted, many-beamed ceiling and river rock fireplace. Elsewhere in the house are a quasi-media room, a substantial wet bar, and a step-down room with knotty wood paneling that’s currently outfitted as a cozy, fireplace-equipped lounge.
By contrast, the kitchen is far more modern, with cabinets painted a creamy beige and updated stainless appliances. An adjoining formal dining room boasts rouge-colored walls, and large wooden doors slide open to the backyard, which isn’t particularly big but is equipped with a flagstone terrace and lagoon-style swimming pool. It’s also notably private, particularly for the tightly-packed Bird Streets neighborhood, and encircled by towering hedges. On the far side of the pool, accessed via a wee wooden bridge, lies a red brick outdoor fireplace.
Back inside are four bedrooms, including an upstairs master with a sitting room and spa-style bath. The guest bedrooms all come equipped with richly detailed wood closets; two of them share an updated bath with dual vanities and steam shower. There’s also a third floor attic level with an office.
Now in his early 60s, Greenblatt has enjoyed a lucrative Hollywood career since the ’80s, initially developing cult classic TV shows such as the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “The X-Files” while at Fox. After executive stints at Showtime and NBC Entertainment, he was named Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment in 2019, a role he held until last summer, when he was fired amid company restructuring.
Greenblatt has already upgraded to a much larger new home in the mountains high above Beverly Hills, purchased last year for $15 million. That property is a vastly different sort of architectural affair — a grand Mediterranean-inspired mansion behind 12-foot gates, plus soaring columns and all the latest glitzy tech amenities.