Married “Westworld” co-creators, producers and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have expanded their residential holdings in Los Angeles with the close to $1.4 million purchase of an unassuming ranch-style residence along a pretty tree-lined street in one of the most coveted and family friendly neighborhoods in L.A.’s convenient, increasingly fashionable and ever-more-gentrified Studio City community.
Built in the 1930s, but extensively updated and well maintained if arguably somewhat dated, the single-story main house has three bedrooms, plus an office, and three bathrooms in a mite more than 1,800 square feet. A separate, one-bedroom guest cottage attached to the detached two-car garage at the rear of the property includes a fireplace and bathroom.
Just inside the front door, a vintage brick fireplace dominates a living room that features a vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams. The neighboring dining room features original built-in china cabinets. The kitchen, flooded with natural light by a skylight over the sink, sports oak cabinetry, average quality up-to-date appliances and a built-in dining banquette. Between the main house and guesthouse, a long, slender, concrete-paved yard shielded from neighbors by high hedging and tropical plantings includes an unusual thermometer-shaped swimming pool.
Property records indicate the Joy-Nolans own at least two other more substantial residential properties in Studio City. They scooped up a late-1950s post-and-beam architectural nestled into the foothills more than a decade ago for $2.1 million; and about three years ago, they shelled out close to $4.5 million for a half-acre compound in a sought-after location that tax records show was once owned by Oscar winning Hollywood polymath Grant Heslov.