Friday, August 31, 2007

Steven Weber Flips Out in Malibu

SELLER: Steven Weber
LOCATION: Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
PRICE: $3,820,000 (sale price)
SIZE: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (total)
DESCRIPTION: Enjoy incredible white water views from this newly renovated hideaway. Located on a private gated street, this property is perfect for a celebrity, it's like living in a small boutique hotel. The compound includes a beautiful garden plus geo and plans for a pool and is just a short walk from one of Malibu's most private and beautiful beaches. Soon to appear in a National interior design magazine. Detached guest house could be used as writer's room or converted in a a private music studio.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama is going give Mister Big Time an assist on this one. Yesterday the man with an uncanny ability to dig up deeds and documents discussed the Malee-boo property that actor Steven Weber recently sold for $3,820,000. However, Your Mama is able to offer a couple of additional insights about and photographs of the property.

Located in a gated enclave off busy Pacific Coast Highway, the house occupies .42 of an acre overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean. Mister Weber, who is perhaps best known for his role as the goofy brother on the long cancelled Wings television program, purchased this house in April of 2006 for $2,849,000. Perhaps the gentleman purchased the property with some of his earnings from his recent stint on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a program Your Mama has never bothered to view.

After purchasing the property, Mister Weber and the wifey, who live in a big house in Brentwood that measures 5,200 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, embarked on a renovation of the entire property, which Your Mama thinks is quite fetching.

Property records indicate the house measures 1,400 square feet, which is indeed the number that Mister Big Time reported. But what that number does not include is the square footage in the two separate outbuildings that comprise the entire property. So really, this isn't just a 1,400 square foot house with three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is indeed a compound with a smallish main house and two separate guest units, each with their own bath and one which includes a small kitchen area as well.

Your Mama also happens to know that the house was indeed on the open market with an asking price of $3,850,000. How do we know? Because Your Mama has a digital copy of the listing information which we saved back in mid-May. Unfortunately, we inadvertently misplaced the listing information in our vault and forgot about it until Mister Big Time discussed the sale of the property yesterday afternoon at which point we went sifting through the mounds and piles of information we have on celebrity real estate until we found the proverbial pot of gold which included listing information and a cache of photographs.

Your Mama happens to like this property quite a bit. The architecture of the house and out buildings isn't much to look at on the outside, but the gated street is a nice feature for keeping the riff raff from parking on your doorstep with their boogie boards and sandy children. The main house does indeed focus on the fantastic view, but all three of the buildings on the property also face a interior courtyard. While that back deck overlooking the azure ocean is a gorgeous thing on lovely days, a wind protected courtyard is a desirable foil to the punishing sea side winds when the weather in Malee-bee is less than optimal.

For this amount of money, we would have encouraged Mister Weber to install a higher grade of appliances in the kitchen. Yes, the Viking range is lovely, but we would prefer to see a nice strong lady Bosch dishwasher and of course a counter depth SubZero for the refrigerator/freezer. We very much appreciate the bold red color of the cabinets in the kitchen as well, but we suspect these cabinets were not replaced during the recent "renovation" but rather just painted a bright color to freshen them up. Effective, but again, the cheap way out. The butcher block counters are okay, if they're new, but a stretch of cloud white Zodiaq would have been a better choice in our book.

Believe it or not, Your Mama actually prefers to be located just up the hillside from the beach in Malee-boo, as this house is, rather than to have a place that sits right on the sand. We just can't be bothered with the sort of maintenance and upkeep that houses which front directly on the ocean require. Who needs to worry about the damn house falling into the ocean every time the wind kicks up and a storm rolls in?

Naturally we love the white paint palette than is offset by bursts and punches of color in the furniture and fabrics. While we understand this scheme is not to every one's liking, Your Mama happens to think it works perfectly in this seaside retreat.

The circular room is the larger of the two guest units. Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter L.O.V.E. a guest house almost as much as we love our new pussycat Sugar, and we think it this guest house is a wonderful folly and an excellent place to stash guests so they are not all up in one's bizness early in the mornings and late in the evenings. There is just nothing worse than a guest who does not know better than to go to bed before the hosts do and does not have the good sense to stay in their damn room until the hosts have had a chance to visit the terlit and set the water to boil for coffee in the morning.

Your Mama suspects the days of flipping houses in the Los Angeles area for monster profits are coming to an end before long, so many congratulations to Mister Weber on his successful and lucrative Malee-boo flip.

Sources: Big Time Listings

19 comments:

Art v. Commerce said...

I know somebody who has already tendered a soft offer on that property...we'll see how it goes after the weekend.

Anonymous said...

i like, it all makes sense, size, location & guest house.
i think that guy was the irresponsible brother on wings though.

Little Miss Sunshine said...

I saw Steven Weber in Brentwood Village about two months ago. When I mentioned it to a friend that has a business there, she said that he had lived in Brentwood, but she understood that he had recently moved his family to Connecticut.

Can anybody confirm or deny?

Also, as traditional as my tastes run in homes, I must admit this is one fetching beach house. Love, love, love the kitchen cabinets. I wanted to do that in my kitchen and my painter talked me out of it and painted my front door red instead. He was right, but I still love the look.

Thanks Mama!

Anonymous said...

Mama,

How have your long bodied bitches reacted to Sugar's arrival?

Tracy said...

What is a "geo"? The only thing I can think of is "geological feature" ie, a big rock that didn't get removed.

so_chic_darling said...

This is a tasteful and stylish house.Thanks Mama.

Phoenix said...

Wonderful place, and agree with nearly all of your comments Mama. Off the beach with a better view, minus the worry that you could get swept away while sleeping, or lose your shirt after betting the farm on a $20 million literal beach shack, only to see the real estate bubble burst over Malibu too. And then there's the private gated road to keep the Malibu ant farm on it's track and off yours.. huge plus there. I love the property's compound arrangement too, particularly for a beach location. As for the interiors, the only thing I really don't care for are those kitchen cabinets. I'm just not liking the color much (NYC 'serious' color meets palm trees?). And the fact that Mr. Weber chose to cut a remodel corner in the kitchen of all places is offputting, especially when he stands to make a relatively easy, cool $Million in profit. I'd take this place in a hearbeat over David Spade's place, after making sure I knew that Mr. Weber knew I was getting ripped off on the cabinets of course, lol.

sugarhoneyicetea said...

I LOVE this place. Simple, modern and comfortable. I agree about the kitchen, Mama, I would love to see some white counters with the red cabinets and def a Subzero for that amount of money.

sugarhoneyicetea said...

Upon closer inspection, the buyer of this place will surely be ripped off in regards to the kitchen. I don't have a problem with painting perfectly sound cabinets. But come on Steven, that exhaust hood does not fit for a commercial range. And from what I can tell, there is no backplash behind that big range or anywhere else. He could have put a few more dollars into a pro-style hood and some glass subway tile in a frosty white. And while he was at it, a nice new microwave would be a good deal too. And one more thing, are those counters on the sink side butcher block or concrete? Looks concrete to me.

Phoenix said...

sugarhoney, you're so right about Mr. Weber cutting some serious corners in that kitchen. I guess he's betting all the other features the property has to offer will allow him to get away with it, and he's probably right.

By the way Mama, congrats on your new pootie cat :) I have 2 Burmese myself, a blue male and a platinum female that I luvs to death.

nancypants said...

I really like this house with the exception of the exterior.
Personally, I'm not a big "color" fan and don't care for the red cabinets and I certainly would replace the butcher block counter tops.

The first thing I'd do is knock-out the tiny windows and do some lovely, larger windows (but would keep with the modern look) and I'd "soften" the exterior face with vines... or something. Maybe one of those "wall" type waterfalls near the front door or is that Ça ne se fait pas ? (Just 'cause I "talk" Southern doesn't mean I don't some foreign stuff.)
I admit that I don't know but I'd call in a decorator to help me with that decision. Otherwise, nice place.

nancypants said...

"(Just 'cause I "talk" Southern doesn't mean I don't KNOW some foreign stuff."

My bad! ;-)

And the French expression means: "Is that not done?" Let me know all y'all decorators out there!

so_chic_darling said...

Why would anyone rather have the David Spade monster over this one?With the extra money you could have a home in New York,London and Paris and still have spare change in the bank!

Anonymous said...

Mama, back in the day, when I guest starred on "Wings" Steven Weber was such a nice person. My staring role has been in reruns for years. He's funny, warm, charming just a great person. Now that I'm a big time Beverly Hills Real Estate Agent, I'm in the "other" show business. Ah, the memories.... Oh, there is a knock at my dress room door....have to run...

Phoenix said...

so_chic, I really like how you think at times :) Practicality and common sense rule in my book, which probably explains why lala land air head Hollywood bimbos are stars and we're not, lol

Hippie Canyon said...

The house you can keep. It reminds me too much of some of the earlier homes built in Mt.Olympus and Encino (there's that word again!). Like a series of dressing room trailers screwed together.

Anway... Steven Weber is a big sweetie! And at 52 years old, he is as handsome as ever.

Anonymous said...

I think they did a good job of making an all right house look pretty schnazzy. But I don't think the actual house is that great, just the decor.

I also prefer Malibu homes off the water, unless we're talking pt dume or the likes.

Anonymous said...

The awfulness that was Studio 60 made me love Steven Weber as he was the best thing in that show.

This house is nice. Nothing fancy and yet still relaxing. I would definitely have to get rid of that fireplace to open up the view, though. I don't know how that montrosity got by any designer.

Anonymous said...

Are we all looking at the same set of pictures? That kitchen is fugity. The cabinets are garish, the whole thing is tiny, and the sinkside counter looks to be dented stainless steel. And what is with that horrible bedroom (bottom right)? Randomly placed mismatched furniture, including stuff that looks to be off a sci-fi movie set laboratory. Oh, no, chillren. This is a yucko property to me.