Sixteen-time Emmy-winning “ABC7 Eyewitness News” co-anchor David Ono has shelled out slightly more than $2.1 million for a quirky compound in the northern reaches of the L.A.’s affluent Toluca Lake community. The sellers, who acquired the property in March 2013 for a bit more than $1.3 million, and originally put it up for sale in late 2015 with an in-hindsight too optimistic price of nearly $2.8 million, were Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, a recently married pair better known in the music universe as the bubbly, über-hipster pop duo Karmin.
The pancake-flat, 0.64-acre midblock compound, once owned by renowned jazz trumpeter Manny Klein, who blew his horn for Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, includes four separate structures, and features a brick-built 1939 single-level main house of nearly 2,400 square feet, where Bing Crosby allegedly arranged his iconic rendition of “White Christmas” and, so the stories go, a slew of celebs like Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra once bellied up to the wood-topped built-in bar in the saloon-style family room. A house-wide terrace with koi pond and built-in grilling station overlooks what can only be described as an ersatz backlot. A 2,000-square-foot guesthouse — two bedrooms, bathroom, full kitchen and state-of-the-art recording studio — is dressed up as a classic Cape Cod cottage, and stands across from a substantial structure (garage, gym and storage) that is painstakingly if rather curiously adorned with a Main Street inspired façade that incorporates a bank, boutique, and café. Beyond the guesthouse and garage, at the tail end of the driveway that snakes its way between the compound’s various structures, there’s a 40-foot-long swimming pool, fire pit and pool house with changing room and bathroom.
listing photos: Rani Sikolsky for Rodeo Realty