Having already bought a brand new — and much bigger — house in a coveted Encino neighborhood, powerhouse TV writer and producer Steve Blackman has sold his unpretentious (albeit still multimillion-dollar) former home in the upper reaches of L.A.’s hilly and swank Bel Air, for $2.2 million, $5,000 over asking price.
Nominated for an Emmy in 2017 for his work on the series “Fargo,” The “Umbrella Academy” co-creator owned the updated 1950s ranch-style bungalow for seven years, snatching it up in 2013 for a smidgen less than $1.8 million. Perched above the street amid mature trees and lush plantings atop an ivy-covered slope, the single-level home’s wood floored and white walled interiors contain four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in close to 2,600 square feet.
A huge flagstone fireplace anchors the living and dining room where French doors lead to the backyard. The updated kitchen is fresh and bright if a bit basic, with a cute built-in banquette for informal meals.A spacious family room features a whitewashed masonry fireplace and a cushioned window seat between built-in storage and display cabinets. One of the three guest bedrooms works wells as a home office with a full wall of built-in bookshelves; the not especially large primary bedroom includes a roomy travertine-tiled bathroom.
Set against a dense, luxuriant wall of trees and tropical plantings, the artificially turfed backyard incorporates a vine-draped pergola over a cozy patio outside the living and dining room, as well as a built-in grill and a swimming pool.
Blackman, who has written and produced for the primetime hit series “Bones” and “Private Practice,” significantly upgraded and upsized earlier this year when he dropped $5.25 million for an approximately 7,200-square-foot modern farmhouse-style abode in Encino. Set behind gates, the house has five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms and, alongside a trendy zero-edge swimming pool, an open-air cabana complete with fireplace and bathroom.