Film and television heavyweight Kevin Williamson plunked down a hefty $8.1 million for a newly reconstructed mansion in L.A.’s historic Windsor Square ’hood. While the recorded sale price is not the highest ever for a single-family residence in the Hancock Park-adjacent area — the legendary Dorothy Chandler mansion traded hands in June for $9.5 million — it’s certainly in the same financial, ahem, neighborhood.
Listing details and property records show the house was originally built in 1915, and purchased in 2005 for $2.26 million by Los Angeles designer and residential restoration specialist Brian Little, who gave the manse a soup-to-nuts restoration, renovation and expansion. Traditional architectural details such as crown moldings and intricate paneling hide modern conveniences and state-of-the-art systems throughout the 8,837-square-foot mansion that online marketing materials show has five bedrooms and seven full and two half bathrooms. Basements are rarities in Southern California, but this house has one that, not surprisingly, holds a professional-grade, 13-seat home theater with built-in snack and beverage bar. A self-contained guesthouse sits atop the detached two-car garage and has vaulted ceilings and a balcony that overlooks the swimming pool, spa and precisely manicured gardens.
Prior to the property’s overhaul, it was leased by “White Collar” actor Matt Bomer and Tinseltown publicist Simon Halls, who went on to buy their own home in Hancock Park in 2011. Other past celeb renters include Don Johnson, Hugh Bonneville and Adam Stotsky.)
Williamson, a prolific writer and producer who created “Dawson’s Creek,” developed “The Vampire Diaries,” and penned the screamingly successful “Scream” movies, is certainly no stranger to the real estate gossip columns. In July 2011, he shelled out $2.4 million for a 4,660-square-foot mock-Med in the heart of West Hollywood, and the following July, he sold a sleek house in the Hollywood Hills for $3.7 million for Indiana Pacer forward Danny Granger. (Granger flipped the property in September for $3.8 million.) Mister Williamson also owns a spacious and low-slung midcentury era residence in Palm Springs that he purchased in July 2004 for $1.15 million, has had on and off the market since 2006, and currently has for sale at $1.395 million.
The listing agent for the Windor Square property was Timothy Enright with The Enright Company.