SELLER: Chris Darden
LOCATION: Allandale Drive, Tarzana, CA
SIZE: 5,501 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...Slate stone pathways and finely manicured gardens lead to the dramatic double door entry of this magnificent Mediterranean residence. Flowing stone floors, cathedral ceilings and grand columns accent this designer showplace. The palatial living room enjoys a finely crafted fireplace and custom built-in wall units. The banquet style formal dining room is perfect for entertaining and has been designed with antique Mosaic tiels. The state-of-the-art granite kitchen includes fine quality appliances and a spacious dining area overlooking the pool...
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In honor of shamed and scandalized former professional football player O.J. Simpson being back in the news (and back in jail), Your Mama thought we'd head out to the foothills of Tarzana, CA where thanks to our tipster Babbling Babette we've learned that formerly famous attorney Chris Darden has recently listed his house for sale with an asking price of $2,199,000. The children will all recall that Mister Darden was one of the prosecuting attorneys who valiantly and unsuccessfully attempted to prove Mister Simpson sliced and diced his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her man friend Ron Goldman back in 1994. Mister Darden has gone on to start his own firm specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation.
Property records show that Mister Darden and his lovely wifey Marcia purchased their 5,501 square foot Tarzana tract house in the expensive but cookie cutter gated community of Mulholland Park Estates in July of 2004 for $2,100,000.
Listing information indicates the "Mediterranean" mini-manse includes 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Each of the three upstairs bedrooms include private poopers, a scenario Your Mama always appreciates, and the master includes a dual fireplace shared with the sitting room/studio and the rather banal looking all-beige boo-dwar, a viewing balcony, custom walk-in closet, and "showcase marble bathroom" that Your Mama is certain would have us in deep need of a maximum strength nerve pill.
Downstairs guests are entertained in the tile floored living room with its sky high ceilings, fireplace and grand piano. The large but unfortunately columned and tile floored dining room that features a "chandelier" that is simply far to paltry and puny for the room. The eat in kitchen looks exactly like the eat in kitchen of millions upon millions of upscale tract homes across America with its uninspired raised panel cabinetry, black appliances, beige tile floor and the sort of beige flecked granite counter top that is de rigueur in high end tract homes and that Your Mama would like to see outlawed.
Other rooms include a family room with a fireplace and custom cabinetry for the old school big screen boob-toob and a first floor library with a private pooper which listing information indicates can be used as a fourth bedroom. A first floor bedroom is certainly appreciated by visiting grandparents and those like Your Mama who prefer not to have to tramp down a flight of stairs in the middle of the night in need of a candy snack. Somewhere, according to listing information and presumably tucked behind the kitchen and the three car garage, is a "maids unit," a location certainly keeps the housegurl knowin' her place in the household.
Outdoor amenities include a simple rectangular pool and attached spa, several patios covered by a trellis which is nice for getting out of the blistering Tarzana sunshine, a built-in barbecue center, a grassy lawn where the pooches can piddle and poop, and a sports court for all the sporty types who are foolish enough to exercise in the stifling and dangerous heat of the San Fernando Valley.
The children may recall that earlier this year action film ack-tor Chris Tucker was recently trying to unload his one of the two Mulholland Park Estates homes that property records reveal he owns. When Your Mama discussed the 6,549 square foot house in April of 2008 it was on the market for $3,800,000 and it appears to still be on the market with the same asking price.