SELLER: Anthony Clark
LOCATION: Outpost Drive, Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,712 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Robert Byrd masterpiece w/ stunning sweeping head-on city vus!!! Reduced $300k. Beautifully renovated & restored in 2007 to absolute perfection. Extraordinary classic wood detailing of a bygone era. One true rare gem. Most serene & peaceful setting. Pine wd flrs, wd beamed ceilings, cedar paneling & brick wall accents. Gourmet country kitchn w/ nu modern appliances. All bedrooms have their own baths. Mstr bath has new resort style shower. Inviting brush stone rear patio perfect for entertaining.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: As we so often do while we're sucking down our first in and tonic of the day, Your Mama was sitting at our beloved and beat up Saarinen table in our big ol' kitchen flipping through the Los Angeles real estate listings yesterday afternoon when we came across a house at the tippy-top of the Outpost Estates area that grabbed our fancy.
So, as Your Mama so often does, we peeped into the property records for the Robert Byrd designed digs on Outpost Drive that's listed at $2,495,000 and lo and behold it's owned by comedian and boob-toob actor Anthony Clark who some of the children may recognize from his six seasons on a not very funny sit-com called Yes, Dear or perhaps from his stints on the 1990s programs Boston Common and Soul Man, neither of which has Your Mama ever seen nor heard of.
Property records show that Mister Clark, perhaps one of the few out homosexual actors who have been allowed by the Hollywood establishment to play straight guy parts, purchased the 2,712 square foot house in July of 2006 for $1,590,000. Listing information states the rustic and shingled house was renovated and restored in 2007 and includes an easy to manage 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Listing information states that each of the three bedrooms has its own private pooper which means the master(s) of the house will always be spared the indignity and olfactory abusing odors of overnight guests.
Listing information indicates the house still sports the original pine floors, wood beamed ceilings, cedar paneling and brick walls. We're not a big fan of the brick wall look, but given that it's an original feature of Mister Byrd's design, we appreciate that it was retained.
Although Your Mama does like Mission style furniture and generally speaking it works pretty well in this house, overall the interior day-core is, at best, lackluster and could definitely use a wave of the sparkle wand by a nice gay decorator. (Come now Mister Anthony, surely you know a design queen or two who could help you.)
While Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter's inclination would have been to gut the kitchen and replace it with something a little less rustic, we're respectful of Mister Anthony's choice at retaining (and restoring) the house's original cabinetry and installing new-fangled stainless steel appliances such as a heavy duty double drawer dishwasher and a six-burner range.
Because of the down sloping lot, the exterior spaces are somewhat limited and don't provide much room for a swing set or a swimming pool, at least not without some serious geologic engineering.. However, the large covered terrace with its brush stone floor and canyon view makes Your Mama go all goose pimply with envy.
The property sits just above ack-turus Scarlett Johansson's approximately $8,000,000 Senalda Drive dwelling as well as the mini-estate of Desperate Housewive's Felicity Huffman and her huzband William H. Macy, a man with actual acting chops.
It's unclear why Mister Anthony would choose to sell this lovely house after spending the time, money and energy renovating and restoring it, but it could be because property records indicate he also owns another house in the Outpost Estates, on nearby Senalda Drive, which records show was purchased in July of 2007 for $1,200,000.
Perhaps some of the children will find it interesting that among many other Los Angeles residences architect Robert Byrd, the man responsible for the shingles and bricks of this house, also designed Frank Zappa's legendary "Rock and Roll Tree House" in Laurel Canyon, the Cielo Drive house where the infamous Mansion murders took place–which has been replaced with a obscene mcmansion–and the home in Encino where comedian Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife before she took her own life.