Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hank Azaria and His Baby Momma Buy a New Crib

BUYER: Hank Azaria
LOCATION: Perugia Way, Bel Air, CA
PRICE: $10,000,000 (last listed at $13,975,000)
SIZE: 8,434 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Bel Air traditional in move-in condition. Master with his & hers and 4 additional bedroom/ bath up. Large living room opens to patio. Huge flat lawn and large pool. City and golf course views. New addition has family room, craft room, plus 2 bedroom and gym. Large gazebo by pool with fireplace and bath.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Not too long ago we were settin' around on the back patio sipping a gin and tonic and shooting the shit with our beloved bean spiller Nelly Knowsitall who, among other tidbits, informed Your Mama that Emmy winning actor Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Huff, The Birdcage and etc.) purchased a new crib on posh Perugia Way in Bel Air.

As soon as ol' Nelly slid her boney I-haven't-eaten-solid-food-in-years backside into her black big body Mercedes Benz, we hopped on the interweb to see what we could find. It took some time to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, but records show the house Miz Knowsitall swears Mister Azaria and his baby momma Katie Wright bought is an 8,434 square foot mansion on that was last listed at $13,975,000. We don't know what Mister Azaria paid, so don't bother asking us because we are in a mood and we're likely to give you a verbal tail whipping.

The hedged, gated and secured traditionally designed house sort of resembles a Monterey Colonial (minus the adobe walls) and, according to listing information, includes 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms including a master suite with dual bathrooms. Each of the other four family bedrooms on the second floor have their own private pooper and there are two additional bedrooms in the recently added two floor extension that was somewhat haphazardly tacked on to the back of the house.

The architecturally wonky addition, according to listing information, includes a craft room, a gym, the two above mentioned bedrooms and a family room with views towards the Bel Air Country Club where according to their website, it may amuse the children to know, cell phones, dungarees, tank tops, shorts of any kind, swim wear, warm up suits and all sorts of other casual ensembles are strictly verboten on the golf course, in the clubhouse and, yes, even in the damn parking lot.

Anyhoo, a lovely if low-ceilinged entrance hall leads to the large living room that features one of the property's four fireplaces, ebonized wood floors and a row of French doors opening to a rear terrace. Other rooms, according to listing information, include a dining room, a wood paneled library, a gore-may kitchen all did up with white cabinets and Carrara marble counter tops, a breakfast area, an office, den, a dance studio, an art studio, and a petite driveway leading to garage parking for three automobiles.

Outdoor amenities include a large flat lawn, a sport court, what appears to be a children's play house, a rectangular swimming pool and a circular spa. The flagstone terracing that surrounds the pool continues into the adjacent gazebo/pavilion where there is an outdoor living and dining area warmed by a fireplace and a blessed with a terlit, which is a good thing because it's a bit of a schlep from the pool deck to the house iffin you've got a bladder full of gin and tonics screaming to get out.

Mister Azaria and his baby momma's nearby neighbors include entertainment bigwig Robert Daly and his legendary songwriter wife Carole Bayer Sager who have a three parcel compound that property records show encompasses an 11,635 square foot main house, a 3,245 square foot guest house. Next door is philanthropist and children's rights do-gooder Nancy Daly Riordan (the former wife of the former mayor of Los Angeles) who was real estate gossip catnip back in the spring of 2008 when it was widely rumored and falsely reported that she sold her huge Malee-boo beach house for $68,000,000.

This is, apparently, not the only house in Mister Azaria's real estate portfolio. The likable actor has long owned a modest modern house on Bryn Mawr Drive in the Hollywood Dell neighborhood and, according to usually spot on Lucy Spillerguts, he also owns a 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom house in Beverly Hills that backs up to Franklin Canyon and sits across the street from the compound that kooky Sharon Stone bought back in 2006, never moved into, flipped back on to the market, tried to sell for an eternity and then, we hear from Our Fairy Godmother in Beverly Hills, leased to some rich guy.

P.S. Sorry for the delay today. We had things to do.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very strange property.
Three sides are held up by HUGE 30 ft retaining walls. I would be very worried about this house standing in a large quake or even a wet land slide. Lot of fill used.

And nice view overlooking the Bel Air Club House parking lot for 14 million!

Very nice interiors, but the price is way to high for just them. Should be right on the golf course for that price. Maybe he is going to redo this mess?

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=ppd5hh53w746&style=o&lvl=1&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=6914093&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/657-Perugia-Way-Los-Angeles-CA-90077/20526726_zpid/

Every Building Has A Story said...

Very nice. I can totally see them living here.

pch said...

Normally, I'd bag on the trend for insane retaining walls like those mentioned above, but in this case they might help eliminate views of the Bel-Air CC's parking lot. So maybe they're a plus.

The house is on the good side of so-so, but nowhere I'd be plunking down anything approaching that kind of money. Of course, I've never really liked Perugia as a street...

Anonymous said...

QUITE LOVELY. I COULD DIE AT THIS HOUSE.

Anonymous said...

Pretty house but the family room, etc. screams "addition." Love the interiors, outdoor living area and lawn.

BTW, the Bel Air CC bylaws are typical of any quality country club anywhere in the U.S. - all are expected.

Anonymous said...

it might be normal for any "quality country club" but it's also so uptight sounding.

I know it's better not to have people floating around the clubhouse in their bathing suits and chattering on their cell phones, but really, who cares if someone is wearing jeans as long as they're not all ripped up?

Anonymous said...

I like the house well enough. I'm actually thrilled that Azaria makes enough dough to afford this joint. It makes me pretty happy.

Anonymous said...

Hank Azaria is a cool dude.
So I will reserve judgment on this property.

Chris said...

Wow. I like Hank Azaria enough but the guy ain't "A list" as he doesn't open movies, nor star in them as far as I can tell. Just another example of how even mid-tier talent is vastly overpaid in Hollywood. Get real though... as times are a changin'!

Oh, and I keep oranges in my trunk.

Anonymous said...

Going through the East Gate up onto Bellagio is like entering the American dream. I would go out on a limb and say no other place in this country brings together so many juicy elements of our popular fantasies. It's not that it is necessarily the apex, but it always feels that way.

Chris said...

This is an example of what I mean when I wrote "Times are changing" in Hollywood. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-04-02/haggling-with-the-stars/

Oranges!

Anonymous said...

it's one of the less offensive homes we've seen here lately but with today's inventory I think you could find better.

Anonymous said...

I believe when it comes to Hank Azaria it's all about The Simpsons. Huge franchise, and he is right in the middle of it talent-wise.

Anonymous said...

he was darling in The Bird Cage!

Starck Mad said...

Somewhere, I've seen Hank's NY place......maybe Met Home? And it's sterling top-rate.

Anonymous said...

You're right 7:08. It's easy to forget since no one ever sees the actors but those people have been working steady for 20 years. The Simpsons is already the longest running sitcom and will become the longest running primetime scripted show after this season. Not bad for for something that started a filler shorts during Tracy Ulman's show.

carla in california said...

I wonder if Hank made any money from being married to Helen Hunt for the brief time they were together? I mean she was making serious $$$ on "Mad About You" and could of forked over some hush money. The divorce was very quiet...

Any thoughts?

TheFlyingDutchman said...

That's a nice house. The retaining walls are worrysome at best and maybe even a deal breaker for me. Although it could be no biggie at all if it's mostly bedrock behind it and a minor part soil.

bentley said...

Not a fan of the exterior, but the interiors are more along my style than most of the wretched, barfed in beige and ludicrously grandiose piles so many of these folks live in.

I've always liked Hank Azaria. He seems like a dude.

Anonymous said...

From the pictures, it would appear that you can't see the country club parking lot at all from the house. You look beyond it. Probably the reason that they filled and leveled the lot was to improve that situation, get rid of the eyesore and cut down on the noise of car doors slamming, etc.

Anonymous said...

Only stuck up country clubs don't allow shorts...in LA, only LACC and Bel Air have those rules.

They're great courses, but I'd never join a club whose membership thinks it's a good idea to ban shorts.

BTW, jeans are a no-no at virtually every club i know of.

Anonymous said...

From looking at the neighboring lots, I don't think there is as much fill as some might imagine. Just enough to create a flat lawn at the same level as the pool. The house has survived 80 years of earthquakes and winter storms, I doubt it is going anywhere soon.

luke220 said...

That is one mother of a retaining wall. I have never seen one of this size, on three sides of the property! I hope he got a good price on this house, many would not buy it based upon the wall. At least it affords some privacy and security.

Anonymous said...

9:33

Wilshire CC, too.

lil' gay boy said...

It's still toodamnclose to both the parking lot & the street approach, no matter how private Perugia Way may be.

"Fumes to the front of me, fumes to the back of me, stuck in the middle with you..."

Whatever happen to the immediate environs that surround location, location, location?

And with that unsympathetic addition, it looks like a damn Betty Ford annex.

Princess Shotsavodka said...

little gay boy is right - it does look like a betty ford annex. Like the god damn one i see right now from my room, on a friday night when i should be at numbers slurping down a cocktail - Help!

Anonymous said...

Luke - Take a drive around the Hollywood Hills. Those walls are nothing.

Mars said...

Either you meant to post this on April Fool's or Hank married a veeeery wealthy woman. (Or comes from a lot of money.) How else to explain this lavish purchase? Sure he gets work, but I never thought he made enough to justify buying this huuuuge place. This is a splurge-y and he doesn't seem like a splurge-y dude. Not at all.

Anonymous said...

Mars - It's called "The Simpsons". Back in 2005 he was making 5.5 million a year just to appear on the show. Add in whatever increases he's gotten since then, the residuals from syndication, dvds, etc...

He's doing ok. Must be nice working on the longest running sitcom in history. He can afford this house.

jordan james said...

squeal! he has an andy warhol cow! i've always wanted one :-(

Anonymous said...

these are not photos of hank azaria interiors...they belong to the old owner.

Anonymous said...

He must be money-savvy, buying his properties under different trust names.