SELLER: Neil Patrick Harris
LOCATION: 4434 Ben Avenue, Studio City, CA
SIZE: 1,996 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: As y'all will recall, Miz Ruth Ryon at the LA Times teased us in her most recent Hot Properties column when she discussed the recent real estate activities of the thrice named actor Neil Patrick Harris. We quickly contacted a source who was able to provide us with the information on the newly purchased house including it's purchase price of $1,500,000. As a follow up to our post on the house that happily out actor Neil Patrick Harris purchased recently, Your Mama now has the information on his former abode which is for sale at $1,299,000. We have one of our favorite email pals to thank for his sussing out of the listing.
The property's north of Ventura Boulevard location in the flats of Studio City means it sits amid a lackluster and very modest even ordinary neighborhood. Not bad or unsafe, but more middle class suburban neighborhood than Hollywood celebrity glamorous. But given the house Mister Harris just purchased, we already knew he's not interested in impressing catty gays, Bev Hills snobs, and/or celebrity real estate gossips with his address. And Your Mama respecks this choice.
According to property records N.P. paid 635k for the property in July of 1999 when he was just a young puppy. The house sits on a cul de sac which ensures little car traffic. Over time Your Mama has come to appreciate a well shaded house in SoCal and this property delights us in this respect. There are so many trees on the property that the house stays well shaded and cool. This might not sound so great, but you have to remember children, that it's much warmer in the San Fernando Valley than it is on the other side of the hills where the coastal breezes cool the air all the way to the Hollywood Hills.
The listing states the house has a living room, dining room with bay window, renovated kitchen with what appears to be the original cabinetry juxtaposed with high grade stainless steel appliances and another feature that makes Your Mama wild with envy...a walk in pantry. The listing also describes a media room equipped with surround sound for perfect acoustics and a "romantic" master suite that includes a vaulted and beamed ceiling, lighted and customised closets, and a luxe bath with a steam shower.
The backyard features a large brick patio, an oval pool with a dark bottom (what!?) and an electronic cover. A pool house with beamed ceiling opens to the pool area and has a large fireplace and bar area.
We like and respect N.P. Harris but we hate every piece of furniture we see in the photos. We are also not fond of the parquet flooring but we could live with it. Unfortunately we're not digging the master bath either, but we do love a steam shower. However, Your Mama suspects the photos don't do the property justice and we are quite sure the house is probably much, much nicer than the photos suggest.
Although we respect and appreciate N.P.'s real estate modesty, honestly, we think one of N.P.'s more stylish gay friends should get up in his new house quick and give him some advice in selecting sofas, dining room tables, and lighting. Or, N.P., you can just call Your Mama and well dash right over to the valley and go shopping whittcha.