SELLER: Jonah Hill
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 3,660 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms (plus guesthouse)
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A gated and glassy, circa 1959 residence above L.A.’s Laurel Canyon that was designed by arguably underrated mid-century modern architect Richard Dorman and recently refreshed by architect Padraic Cassidy for its current owner, Hollywood hypenate Jonah Hill, has popped up for sale on the open market with an asking price of $2.995 million. The actor, writer, producer, comedian, and two-time Oscar nominee — first for “Moneyball” in 2012 and then last year for “The Wolf of Wall Street” — acquired the property in May 2010 for $1.865 million and current listing details, which make no secret the home is celebrity owned, show the 3,660-square-foot residence is currently configured with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a petite en suite guest house furnished in listing photographs as a massage and yoga room.
A combination living/dining room, decked out with nicely chatoyant ebonized oak floors, floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, and a marble-faced fireplace surmounted by a huge flat screen television, opens at one end through a doublewide set of pocket doors to a state-of-the-art home theater outfitted with an integrated projection system and unsightly but probably sinfully comfortable black leather seating for at least eight. The pretty nearly entirely white and sky-lit kitchen, partly open to the dining area with direct access to an al fresco dining deck, features slab marble counter tops, louver doored cabinetry, and a chunky center work island that doubles as a snack counter. One of the two guest bedrooms generously incorporates a private sitting room and attached marble bathroom while the other, currently used as an sky-lit office, is plenty large enough to accommodate a spacious sitting area. Both guest bedrooms open through wide banks of glass sliders to the outdoors as does the master suite that also includes a swanky bathroom with floating double-sink vanity and marble-lined multi-head steam shower. A multitude of decks and patios ring the single-story residence and includes a mosaic tiled saltwater swimming pool and spa surrounded by multi-level decking, an open air cabana with entertainment system, a built-in barbecue, and a half-court basketball court.
Mister Hill, at the top of his professional game with a handful of high-profile projects in various stages of production including “23 Jump Street” and the star-studded and gleefully ribald 3-D animated comedy “Sausage Party,” is clearly in the mood to shake up his living circumstances because he also owns an approximately 2,000-square-foot loft-style apartment in New York City’s SoHo ‘hood that is also up for sale. Hill picked up the two-bedroom and two-bathroom floor-through walk-up loft in August 2012 for $2,647,450 and put it back up for sale almost exactly two years later for $3.795 million. With no buyers at the price, the loft, which has a 13-plus-foot high ceiling, 56-foot long living/dining space, and an updated and functional if somewhat small kitchen tucked under an angled ceiling, was taken off the market only to return six months later at $3.5 million. The price soon dropped to $3.25 million and then again to $3 million before it was put into contract to be sold to an unknown buyer at an unknown price.