SELLERS: Aaron Zelman and Cynthia Lamontagne
LOCATION: Deronda Drive. Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,936 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Exquisite private 1926 Beachwood Canyon Spanish home on rare 15,000+ sf double lot. Walled courtyard leads to rotunda entry w/ beautiful original tile floor. Living room features beamed ceiling, mahogany floors, fireplace & floor to ceiling windows that capture canyon, city & ocean views. Chef's kitchen, cozy media room & spacious master w/ Waterworks bath. 4 bed + exercise/bonus room with striking views. Patio featured in June '08 issue of InStyle magazine. Orchard like yard.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: While flipping through all the lovely Los Angeles listings last week we sat up and took notice because not only do we get goosebumps over 1920s Spanish style houses in beautiful Beachwood Canyon we also recall recently flipping though magazines while bored stiff at some unfortunate gin and tonic free barbecue and seeing the pretty patio of this Deronda Drive house in InStyle magazine.
For some reason, we didn't bother to peep into the property records until this morning when we received a covert communique that pointed towards a celebrity person owning the house. We were told by our talkative tipster that the house is (or was) owned by actress Mary Stuart Masterson.
Well, as it turns out, Miz Stuart Masterson did own this house but property records show she sold it off in July of 2005 to another Tinseltown couple for $1,504,000. Records we accessed show the house is currently owned and being offered for sale at $1,999,999 by television producer Aaron Zelmon (Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Damages) and his bit part ack-tress wifey Cynthia Lamontagne (1 episode of Dharma & Greg, 2 episodes of Frasier, 6 episodes of That 70s Show and etc.). Do not even ask Your Mama how to pronounce that ladee's last name because we do not know.
Some of the more industry related children will already know that Mister Aaron Zelman is the brother of writer/producer Daniel Zelman (Damages) who is married to red-headed residual rich Will and Grace alum Debra Messing (who live in Bel Air).
Anyhoo, listing information and property records for the hillside property show the house was built in 1926, measures in at a modest 2,936 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It would appear that the house was built as part of the original Hollywoodland development.
A small courtyard at the front of the property leads guests to the rotunda entrance that features the original tile floor. We could do without the silly round table with the sunflowers. The beamed ceiling living room has a fireplace and a large arched window with glittery canyon views. The adjacent dining room, painted the same too yellow yellow as the living room leads to the renovated kitchen. Upon first glance we are quite impressed with the kitchen. We like the big Wolf brand range and the tile backsplash and we are appreciative that someone went through the trouble to paint the inside of the glass fronted cabinets, a lovely detail. However, we soon realize there is a pot rack hanging over the work island. A pot rack! We know many people like those things, but seriously folks, they can be very dangerous. Not only can ladees and gentleman alike get their weaves all stuck up in there, in an earthquake one of those things could easily brain you if it gets to swinging. Being taken out by your pot rack is not a very dignified way to die.
A small room has been converted into a a vaguely Moroccan style media room. While we do imagine that curving sofa is perfect for orgies and porn shoots, it's not really the most comfy looking sofa for settling in for a long night of reality television.
The master bedroom, all green and blue and tropical, has beautiful dark wood floors and a Waterworks bathroom with gorgeous green tile. Normally green isn't a good color for the bathroom because it makes the ladees look sickly when applying the make up, but we'll make an exception for this one because it appears to be especially well done. We particularly like the fold up bench in the shower where Your Mama could sit our lazy ass down after a vigorous body scrubbing.
Listing information indicates the down sloping lot is more than 15,000 square feet and the rear terraces have been did up and done over to function as outdoor living spaces. Not only is there a built in barbecue center for cooking up a side of beef, a narrow and tiled terrace has been outfitted with curving, cushioned benches and a beat up farm table with vibrant blue chairs. This isn't exactly what Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter would do with this terrace, but we can imagine it's a lovely spot to smoke a doobie and get slowly and comfortably boozed up in the twilight hours with friends.
We haven't a clue why Mister Zelman and Miz LaMontagne would choose to sell this dee-lishus house, but they are and we wish them all the best as they move on to their next home. As for Miz Stuart Masterson, property records show that she and her new huzband have homes in both Brooklyn, NY and in a small upstate New York town called Stuyvesant.