SELLER: Barbara Bain
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 1,755 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus guesthouse
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The Los Angeles home of film and television veteran Barbara Bain is available with an asking price of $1.73 million. Miz Bain, who studied with the legendary choreographer Martha Graham in New York City before she headed west to become the first actress to win three consecutive Emmys (1967, 1968, 1969) for her role as Cinnamon Carter on the TV series “Mission: Impossible,” on which she co-starred with her now ex-husband Martin Landeau, purchased the unassuming 1920s Spanish-style bungalow on a well-maintained, tree-lined street near the La Brea Tar Pits in the historic Miracle Mile District in May 2007 for $1.499 million.
Listing details show the centrally located single-level bungalow, which first came up for sale in late April with an asking price of $1.8 million, measures in at a modest 1,755-square-feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A nice-to-have but in this case, per listing details, unpermitted studio-style guesthouse attached to the back of the detached two-car garage, where Miz Bain rather discreetly displays her impressive trio of Emmy statuettes, offers a wee but complete kitchen with full-sized appliances and a pleasantly sky-lit bathroom.
The interior of the main house strikes a spare, sophisticated and modern-minded note with light reflecting gallery white walls and mirror-glossy milk chocolate hardwood floors that are in crisp juxtaposition with authentic Spanish architectural features such as the red tile roof and coved doorways. In the living room there’s a barely there minimalist fireplace surround and diaphanous white sheers puddle on the floor in front of multi-paned windows that extend almost floor-to-ceiling while the adjoining dining room has French doors to the front porch and is furnished with a glass-topped oval table surrounded by eight pewter-colored chairs. An arched portal leads to a slender, concrete-floored and generously windowed galley-style kitchen that wraps around to an also quite narrow informal dining space with a small walk-in pantry tucked behind a sliding panel mounted on stainless steel barn door tracks.
One of the two guest bedrooms appears to have been converted to an office with a desk built in to the closet and the other — a slim room that opens to the backyard — is done up as a den/library with a boxy pair of moss-green divans. The master bedroom, with a white-tiled bathroom that includes two windows for natural light and ventilation, opens to a compact but private and thoughtfully arranged backyard composed of a flagstone terrace decked out with a cushioned collection of chairs and loungers, lots of mature tropical foliage, a Zen-ish water feature, and a thin strip of lawn around a plunge-sized swimming pool and spa.
Miz Bain, now in her mid-80s, still if only occasionally gets in front of the camera and, along with several well-regarded short films over the last few years, co-starred with a handful of other Hollywood old timers like George Hamilton and Valerie Perrine and Mariette Hartley in the hardly seen by anyone 2015 indie ensemble comedy “Silver Skies.”
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker