Ten-time Emmy nominated comedy TV writer/director Jonathan Krisel listed a humbly proportioned but hardly inexpensive Spanish bungalow in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills for $1.249 million. Tax records indicate Krisel, co-creator, writer and director of the long-running cult-favorite sketch comedy series “Portlandia” and, with Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K., a co-creator, writer and director of the acclaimed absurdist comedy series “Baskets,” co-owns the home with his wife, Danica Radovanov, who purchased the home on her own in 2003 for $702,000 and subsequently transferred it to joint ownership via family trust.
Perched high and clandestinely out of sight on a sloped lot near the end of a particularly discreet private lane in historic Beachwood Canyon, the red tile roofed bungalow has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,356-square-feet. A wooden gate set into a white stucco wall in the brick-paved, street-level parking area leads to an expansive terraced garden that makes a gentle but long climb to the carefully restored and sensitively updated one-story bungalow that’s appropriately decked out with lustrous dark brown hardwood floors, white plaster walls, colorful ceramic tile accents and wood-trimmed sash windows.
Set into a charming, partly awning-shaded porch, the front door opens efficiently if less than ideally directly into the dining area of an open-plan living/dining room that features chunky exposed wood ceiling beams and two banks of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted a sophisticated pale gray. Flooded with natural light via an immense arched window, the living room area features a soaring, wood-clad barrel-vaulted ceiling and a fireplace flanked by glass doors that lead to a secluded red brick rear terrace with a figurative sculpture and fountain set into an arched niche. The galley-style kitchen, unquestionably compact and, hence, smartly open to the dining area, has terra-cotta floor tiles, simple snow-white cabinetry, high-end stainless steel designer appliances and vibrant blue and white Spanish tile counter tops that decoratively wrap around the exposed sides of the lower cabinets. Both bathrooms feature vintage or retro-style tile work while one of the three bedrooms opens to the rear terrace and another has French doors to an elevated private patio that overlooks the terraced front garden where several gravel patios offer both sunny and tree-shaded areas for al fresco lounging and dining.
listing photos: Rodeo Realty