Veteran reality TV producer Matt Kunitz has put a historic home in a plum Santa Monica neighborhood on the market at a tetch under $4.6 million. Tax records suggest that Kunitz, who got his reality TV feet wet in the late 1990s as a supervising producer on “The Real World” before he went on to executive produce “Fear Factor,” and to co-create the obstacle course competition “Wipeout,” purchased the property nearly 15 years ago for roughly $3.34 million. Kunitz’s credits also include “Celebrity Circus,” “Candy Crush” and, currently, the YouTube comedy series “Kevin Hart: What the Fit”
Built in 1920 by a member of the Borden Dairy family, according to listings held by Simon Beardmore of Compass, the vintage property is chockablock with cutting-edge creature comforts that include an array of solar panels, an electric car charging station and 4k security cameras. A detached Dutch Gambrel-style two-car garage topped by a spacious guest suite with deluxe marble bathroom is in addition to the main residence, a more-than-3600-square-foot mansard roofed farmhouse with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
Several sets of French doors that open to an elevated brick terrace overlooking the high-hedged front yard bring tons of light into the spacious grey-walled living room that doubles as a 4k screening room thanks to blackout curtains, flush-mounted speakers and a hidden movie screen that drops out of the ceiling above the fireplace. The dining room has been staged as a cozy den, and the family room area that adjoins the expensively accoutered gourmet kitchen serves as an informal dining area with a fireplace, exposed wood ceiling and French doors to the backyard. A small library office, laundry room and teal-colored jewel box powder room complete the main floor.
Two ample guest bedrooms on the second floor each have a roomy and well maintained if dated en suite bath, while the main bedroom features an exposed wood vaulted ceiling and a sitting area warmed by a fireplace. French doors open to a small balcony and the bathroom is, again, roomy and well maintained if somewhat dated, though he walk-in closet is enviably large with a doublewide built-in island dresser.
Just outside the kitchen and dining area a stone-paved dining terrace has built-in grill. The patio gives way to a huge deck that surrounds a square swimming pool with inset spa and incorporates a lounge area with built-in bowl-shaped fire pit. Beyond the pool and open-air cabana is the perfect spot to lounge poolside out of the heat of the sun.