SELLER: Cynthia Watros Gilliland
LOCATION: S. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 3,572 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: 1920s French Country style reminiscent of the romantic Loire Valley updated to modern expectations w/ exquisite finish work & detailing throughout. Exclusive Hancock Park 5 BD + 4.5 BA home w/ separate GSTHSE; For DR; LR w/ FPL; Wood-paneled LIB; HWD & custom tile flrs; Gourmet eat-in kitchen; Expansive grounds feature swimmer' pool; Spa; Cabana; Grassy yard & outdoor patio w/ built-in BBQ area; Gated & private.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Cynthia Watros who? Your Mama didn't have a clue who this ladee is until we took to the internets. We thought she might be some minor actress with a rich huzband, but turns out behatcha has a bonified career with a long list of credits.
Cynthia Watros Gilliland is perhaps one of the few lucky women in Hollywood. Not only is she a working and successful ack-tur-us who has been fortunate to have a regular pay check for most of her career, she has not been pushed to act like one of the many deeply tanned mindless bimbets that wander the streets of Los Angeles with puffed up lips and unnaturally round boobs screwing producers and hoping for a career in front of the camera.
Miz Gilliland has won a Daytime Emmy award for her 1990s role on Guiding Light and subsequently appeared on such small screen programs as Titus and The Drew Carey Show. Most recently she plied her trade as Libby the psychologist on the cult favorite program Lost. But before we put a halo over her head, let's recall that in late 2005 the mother of twins was pulled over and arrested on DUI charges along with her naughty Lost co-star Michelle Rodriguez. Both women were axed from the show shortly after, but producers swear their exit had nothing to do with their illegal activities.
Anyhoo, let's move on to the real estate. Miz Gilland and her huzband, a restaurateur/real estate developer, purchased their Hancock Park house in March of 2003 for $1,430,000. Which means that if the couple get anywhere near their asking price, they'll pocket around $2,000,000 and become instant net worth millionaires. Yes children, we know the Los Angeles real estate market has been scorching hot the last six or seven years, and more recently the Hancock Park area has had a resurgence in popularity and a hike in prices, but let's be honest, this just seems plain greedy.
Your Mama has never been to the Loire Valley, so we can't confirm or deny whether Miz Gilliland's Hancock Park house is or is not reminiscent of the rural area, as the listing states. But we will say that if this is what the Loire Valley looks like, we don't care to go there. No offense to the French (we love Paris, the Jura and the South), but this house just does not jive with Your Mama's sense of things.
It's not that we hate this house, it's decor, or even that we think the place is done up in bad taste. It's not. It's just that Your Mama does not understand this sort of interior decorating at all. See hunnies, Your Mama would never dream of having a floral print sofa, a quartet of blue leather wing back chairs surrounding a game table, or a free standing bathtub with a ledge wide enough for the backsides of all but the most obeast. However, we expect that all the traditionalist Francophiles out there will think this place is lovely, cozy and homey. C'est la vie.
The back yard, with it's lovely rectangular swimming pool is nice and the brick surround is nice too. The listing states there is a guest house, which of course Your Mama appreciates, and we like the little cabana with it's striped roof. But it's all pretty ordinary for a house pushing up on a $4,000,000 price tag.
With all due respect to Mister and Missus Gilliland, Your Mama thinks we could do a lot better for this amount of money.