YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Though she may play frumpy, frazzled and flippant hausfraus on successful prime time sitcoms, in real life two-time Emmy winning tee-vee star Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle) and her actor/producer/director hubby David Hunt live a luxe life of a-list affluence in the upscale Hancock Park ‘hood of Los Angeles, CA. Property records show that in October 2001 the conservative family values couple paid $4,850,000 for an expansive corner property with a stunning 1920s Elmer-Grey designed mansion. They thoughtfully and expensively renovated and restored the approximately 8,400 square foot mansion and then had it photographed in all it’s exquisite glory for the glossy pages of Architectural Digest‘s December 2009 issue.
In addition to their main manse in Hancock Park, Mister Hunt and Miz Heaton also own a West Hollywood condo they bought in March 2007 for $1,145,000. Your Mama read or heard–we can’t recall where–that the Tinseltown dynamos use (or used) the contemporary loft-style condo to house their film and television production company FourBoys Films. However, since FourBoys official address is at the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank we really can’t be sure if it’s the Heaton-Hunt’s production company who operates out of here or some other one.
The Heaton-Hunts first (unsuccessfully) attempted to sell the West Hollywood condo in the summer of 2009 with an asking price of $1,195,000. The 1,640 square foot condo-crib was de-listed, re-listed and de-listed again before week it reappeared on the open market this week with a reduced asking price of $1,050,000. A few quick flicks of the well-worn beads on Your Mama’s bejeweled abacus shows the current listing price represents a $95,000 loss not counting carrying costs or real estate fees.
A few minutes research on the interweb tells Your Mama that Miz Heaton and Mister Hunt may need to have a come to Jesus meeting about the price tag they currently have hanging on their condo. Not long after Miz Heaton and Mister Hunt acquired the West Hollywood condo newly slender comedy heavyweight Jonah Hill coughed up $1,050,00 to buy a slightly smaller unit in the same newly-built complex. Young Mister Hill sold his 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom condo in August 2009 for $835,000, a pocketbook pelting $215,000 loss. Making matters even more difficult for the Heaton-Hunts and their Real Estate, perhaps, is the also slightly smaller 2 bedroom and 2 crapper condo with private roof top terrace located in the same complex and currently listed with a significantly lower asking price of $719,000.
Listing information for the Heaton-Hunt’s live-work loft condo–a mix and match of clean-lined contemporary finishes, tall walls of glass, painted cinder block walls, concrete floors, and exposed duct work–includes two live/work areas. On the ground floor a soaring space offers double-height ceiling, a library/office nook, and a tall wall of windows with paned-glass garage door that when open turns the entire room into a dee–luxe if not particularly private covered porch. A mezzanine level with glass and steel railing overlooks the double-height has a long glass work surface with multiple computer stations.
An upper level second living room also has double height ceiling and is open to the center island kitchen and breakfast bar with white and gray-veined marble counter tops, smooth walnut-colored cabinetry and medium-grade stainless steel appliances. Your Mama can get down with exposed duct work in quasi-industrial loft-like spaces but that bit of flexi-tube that runs horizontally above the cabinetry and vents the stove looks downright cheap and tawdry. Surely someone could have come up with a still low-cost but more elegant solution than that.
The aforementioned and operable glass-panel garage door opens the ground floor interior area like a gaping maw to the building’s pubic courtyard but a picayune patio on the ground floor, corridor-like space lined with high hedges is, as per the listing, the only private outdoor space available to the condo’s occupants.
listing photos: Hilton & Hyland