OWNER: Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon
LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA
PRICE $45,000 per month
SIZE: 7,952 square feet, 6-7 bedrooms, 6 full and 4 half half bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It’s come to Your Mama’s attention that Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Tinseltown veteran Dan Aykroyd and his former actress wife Donna Dixon have put their spacious, hillside home in the mountains above Pacific Palisades, CA, up for lease at $45,000 per month.*
Property records show the Canadian-born former Saturday Night Live alum the former 1st Runner Up for Miss World USA acquired the property in 2008 for a $14,500,000. Listing details show the sprawling, Spanish style house was originally built in 1929—or maybe 1926, depending on where on looks—and sits on nearly an acre of landscaped grounds that butts up to the rugged and scrubby wilds of State Park lands.
The existing house, as per listing details, weighs in at 7,952 square feet with six or seven bedrooms and, as far as we can parse from listing details, six full and four half bathrooms, some with original Malibu tile. There’s a walled and gated courtyard entry, a three car garage with additional on-street parking for more than half a dozen more cars. Inside, according to listing details, there is a living room with fireplace, dining room, office, kitchen, and a billiard room/library. There’s also an additional guest suite/office space and a small gym/weight room.
The multi-winged house opens on his rear side to extensive landscaped gardens, a sport court, and half a dozen terraces including a vast, flag stone terrace with an infinity edge swimming pool, spa, and panoramic canyon, mountain and (somewhat oblique) ocean views.
Some of Mister and Missus Aykroyd’s nearby neighbors include Oscar-nominated movie score composer John Powell (Rio and Rio 2, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Happy Feet), Melissa Rivers—she’s Joan’s reality t.v. denizen daughter, and Oscar-winner Hilary Swank who listed her Mediterranean manse on the open market in the fall of 2012 for $9.495 million.
Since at least 2001 the Aykroyd-Dixons have owned a fairly modest house on just over 12 acres near Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. Your Mama has read they own a place in Canada—about which we know nothing—and at some point they owned a triplex pied-a-terre on the Upper East Side of Manhattan but we don’t have any details on that place either. What we do know is that until December 2007, when it was sold for $3.8 million to actress Beverly D’Angelo, Mister Aykroyd and Miz Dixon owned a celebrity pedigreed pad above L.A.’s Laurel Canyon that was formerly the home of Ringo Starr and, later, Mama Cass of the Mama’s and the Papa’s.
*Your Mama found digital evidence that the house was also listed sometime in 2013 for $55,000 per month.
listing photos: Hilton & Hyland