SELLER: Jason Segel
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 1,926 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After he first had it shopped around off-market at $1.849 million, Jason Segel officially put his Hollywood Hills home on the open market with a substantially lower asking price of $1.599 million. The six-foot-four and usually scruffy-faced actor, who sobered up in 2013 after he split with three-time Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams, purchased the four-bedroom and three-bathroom property only just over a year ago for $1.4 million from Time magazine humor columnist Joel Stein. Current marketing materials show the 1,926-square-foot mullet-style residence — a late 1930s bungalow that’s just one story at the front and drops two-plus floors at the back — sits high and tight on a .12-acre street-to-street parcel near the tail end of a remarkably narrow elbow-shaped cul-de-sac above Bronson Canyon in the celeb-studded Oaks neighborhood.
The living room features a vaulted and beamed ceiling, room-wide bank of French doors that open a partially covered deck, and blackened steel fireplace surround juxtaposed against a rustic grid of open shelves custom crafted from chunky, rough-hewn reclaimed barn wood. Oak floor boards in the living room continue in to the adjoining dining room but switch to probably not all that easy to keep clean white tiles in the sunnily south-facing kitchen that is certainly well-maintained if arguably a wee bit wee and somewhat dated with prosaic white ceramic tile on plain white cabinetry. Two guest/family bedrooms on the upper floor — one with wood paneled walls boldly painted tomato red —share a hall bathroom while two larger bedrooms on the lower level — one with enviably proportioned walk-in closet and dressing room — both have en suite bathrooms — one with vintage or retro-style black and white tile work — and open to a spacious terrace shielded from the prying eyes of looky-loo neighbors by a tall and thick stand of bamboo, banana trees and other mature and privatizing foliage. According to listing details, the attached two-car garage has been converted to “studio space with polished concrete floor” and the house additionally provides a wine cellar, extensive security, and upgraded heating and cooling system that incorporates new-fangled smart home technology. An exterior stair links the deck outside the lower level bedrooms to a deep and wide brick veranda with outdoor kitchen and bar area that overlooks and steps down an even lower brick terrace with water feature and unusually stately stone balustrade.
Several month ago, as was widely reported, Mister Segal, who followed up his nine-season run on the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” with the silly silver screen rom-com “Sex Tape” and a starring role as acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace in the critically lauded box office turkey “The End of the Tour,” paid renown artist Shepard Fairey $2.25 million for a late-1920s Mediterranean in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and he previously owned a pair of side-by-side properties directly behind the Chateau Marmont hotel that were acquired in two transactions — the first in March 2007 and the second in May 2010 — for a total of $4.089 and concurrently sold to the same buyer in an off-market deal in April 2015 for $6.9 million.
Listing photos: John Aaroe Group