Emmy winning entertainment news mandarin, mineral makeup mogul and indefatigable philanthropist Leeza Gibbons has splashed out almost $5.5 million — a bit more than the just under $5.4 million asking price — for a historic home in L.A.’s historically hoity-toity Hancock Park neighborhood.
Fully restored and thoroughly updated in a manner that seamlessly mixes and matches original architectural details, such as leaded and stained glass windows, with up-to-date creature comforts and conveniences, the charming, handsome and finely detailed 1920s English Country cottage has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in about 3,800 square feet. A matching, two-story guesthouse adds significant square footage with a poolside lounge and bath and, upstairs, an ample bedroom suite with fireplace.
A wide entrance hall with shiny, dark brown floor tiles steps down to a baronial living room, where an imposing, antique, mirrored, carved-wood fireplace is flanked by a built-in cocktail bar and French doors to the backyard. The huge dining room is casually open to an up-to-date gourmet kitchen. The second floor features a sumptuous owner’s suite with double walk-in closets, a private terrace and a huge bathroom replete with a cushioned lounge opposite a jetted tub surrounded by marble. Wrapped in high hedging, the backyard offers antique brick terraces, a swimming pool and spa along with a full kitchen and dining terrace under a vine-draped pergola.
Along with her author husband, Steve Fenton, the former “Entertainment Tonight” co-host, chat show host and 2015 “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, who sold a 7,000 sq. ft. Beverly Hills mansion late last year for a bit more than $15.4 million, presides over an ever-changing property portfolio that includes at least three residential properties in a couple of plum West Hollywood neighborhoods, two of them acquired in 2018 for a total of more than $4.2 million.