Friday, March 22, 2013

Larry David Lists Pac Pal Compound

SELLER: Larry David
LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA
PRICE: $14,999,000
SIZE: 10,000 (or so) square feet, 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Looks like lefty liberal Hollywood hot shot Larry David's enthusiasms have done curbed for his sprawling, bluff top English country-style mini-compound in the quietly swank Huntington Palisades area of Pacific Palisades, CA. The gated, ocean view estate on three adjoining bluff top lots that combined total just under an acre has hit the open market with an asking price of $14,999,000.

The dry and dark humored, acerbic witted and socially awkward former failed stand up comic turned writer/producer/actor has been a Showbiz denizen since at least the early 1980s when he was hired as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live. He lasted only a single season and, so the story goes, only managed to get one skit on the air. Early entertainment industry failures aside, Mister David leaped to the top of the Tinseltown heap in the early 1990s as the co-creator, writer, producer and an occasional actor on Seinfeld, an unequivocally seminal sitcom that earned him two Emmy statuettes plus 10 more nominations. Mister David received a dozen more Emmy nominations through the 2000s for the now canceled cult favorite faux reality sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mister David latest professional endeavor is the upcoming HBO comedy movie Clear History which he co-wrote, co-produced and appears in alongside a slew of celebs who include John Hamm, Bill Hader, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Kate Hudson and Michael Keaton (to name a few).

As best as Your Mama can tell from a careful perusal of property records Mister David andhis sometimes hypocritical eco-warrior/documentary producer ex-wife Laurie (Lennard) David—she was a producer for the Oscar winning An Inconvenient Truth documentary—purchased each of the three lots that comprise the star-style mini-compound in three separate transactions. The first came in November 1993 when the now former couple picked up the central parcel, where the 10,000-ish square foot main residence is situated. The second lot was snatched up in May 1996 and the third three years later in March 1999.

Current listing information shows the meandering, multi-wing main house was originally built in 1950 and currently has seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms with additional living space in the detached guest/pool house out by the heated swimming pool and spa.

Interior spaces are decidedly traditional with medium brown wood floors, rustic wood beamed ceilings and chunky support posts, diamond paned leaded glass windows, lots of custom mill work including an all wood staircase, four (or more) wood burning fireplaces and truckloads of over-stuffed upholstered sofas and chairs that all look like they belong at Grandma's Connecticut country house.

The entertaining-friendly main living areas include multiple living rooms/sitting areas and a formal dining room with half-timber walls and massive used brick fireplace. An open concept family room (with fireplace) and kitchen area with boxcar sized center island, some sort of natural slab stone counter tops, brick accents and top grade commercial style stainless steel appliances.

The second floor mater suite has more exposed wood beams on the ceiling, a sitting area with built-in bookshelves and white brick corner fireplace and a spacious private terrace with through the tree tops canyon, beach and ocean views. It appears to Your Mama that the master suite also has two very large dressing suites and bathrooms, both with half-timber detailing on the ceiling and walls. His facility has rugged wide plank wood floors, a vaulted ceiling and sitting area with flush mounted television and hers is outfitted with a free-standing soaking tub, hair and make-up vanity, and yet another fireplace.

The angled and roomy pool/guesthouse more than just a little resembles an English thatched cottage. A stone sunbathing terrace, an outdoor living room/lounge with kitchen/bar, a monolithic red brick fireplace and a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and trusses that give the room the look of an upside down ship's hull.

We're not sure who retained ownership after the divorce but Mister and ex-Missus David also maintained multi-residence compound with swimming pool and tennis court on two parcels that total 15.9 acres near Chilmark (MA) on the waspy meets arty farty Martha's Vineyard. Property records show the larger 13.9 acre parcel was purchased in early 2000 for $3,700,000 and the adjacent two acre lot (with a 7 bedroom residence) was acquired in October 2004 for $1,300,000.

listing photos: Partners Trust

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been to his house in Chilmark, which I BELIEVE went to his ex-wife in the divorce. Its called "Camp David" xx

Anonymous said...

I would guess this is priced at lot value? It needs a wrecking ball.

Anonymous said...

Looks pretty good to me. I'll camp out for a relaxing month or so and get back to you.

FalseProfit said...

Excellent find, as always. This is on a huge lot, very close to Santa Monica (if not actually in Santa Monica). I'm a huge fan of this house. Plus, he has some very architecturally important neighbors to look at. This is easily the best property in the area.

Anonymous said...

It needs a wrecking ball? Really? It needs some redecorating and updates. It's asinine and insane to say it needs a wrecking ball. If you don't like the style, and are insane with more money then sense. Then perhaps buy it for the lot and waste a perfectly good house with some actual character. Then slap up some moc med bile and call it progress. Honestly, wtf is wrong with people? Wrecking ball, what an incredibly wasteful thing to say.

Anonymous said...

It looks charming, but only until you do a close inspection. The photos are, as usual, hideous. The last one here shows the horrendous cheapness of the exterior wall and facade, it is as if it has been made of carton, paperboard or paper pulp. Very cheaply made.

Anonymous said...

Bulldoze this bitch!

lil' gay boy said...

More faux half-timbering than all the Disneys put together -- might as well plant a "Merrie Olde England" sign on the front lawn. It's just too much.

Too bad really -- the massing seems intriguing, and the pool house is a certain hit.

As for him -- nope. Never found him remotely funny; thought-provoking, maybe -- funny? Never.

Reminds me of when Lillian Gish was asked why she didn't do more comedy; her reply: "Me? I'm about as funny as a baby's cry for help..."

Sanspiper said...

Like it. Like him. My sense of humor for sure.

Gaga over the exterior elevations. Could do with a few less dark beams inside but that's just me.

Biggest question remains: how do they keep those grass clippings out of the pool.

Anonymous said...

Pretty, pretty good...the location and lot, that is.

I'd rather buy the Eames house and restore it, though.

bentley said...

A wrecking ball! Awesome.

Strip out Ye Olde English Pub nonsense and you have some amazing spaces to work with.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72hxBQMABag

Sandpiper said...

Bentley!

lil' gay boy said...

Yoo hoo to the Bee-hyphen-Ens...

...ALL of em!

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Isn't this across the street from the Eames case study house?

FalseProfit said...

LMS&M - Right you are.

To suggest this should be torn down is pretty immature. Especially in a place like LA.

Anonymous said...

LGB, what are "B-Ns"? Forgive my ignorance.

The Melburnian said...

Great area and appears a stunning allotment. Shame about the faux Brit Pub interior. looks like something you would see at an airport food court.

Anonymous said...

I heard the Eames case study house was sold a couple months ago to a Chinese investor... I hope they don't tear it down or do some "Far East updates"

Anonymous said...

Most of you that comment on this site are snooty.

Just as you are entitled to your own opinion; people are entitled to decorate their house to their liking.

The Melburnian said...

I think most people are having a bit of fun, get to critique something, share a view, have a laugh. Don't think its snooty. Thank God people can do what they want with their homes. Its just freedom of expression, just like this site.

Anonymous said...

wow March 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM
you do need to relax more.

CeceliaMc said...

The room with the red Punch and Judy built-in cabinet just says it all.

Anonymous said...

It kind of reminded me of a high-end rehab center or assisted living facility.

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Anonymous said...

Looks like someone dropped a sawmill inside. Too busy. Needs some more solid colors. Lots of fabrics etc, like a shabby chic tudor. Not good.

Maybe some of that timber on the walls can be removed....never seen that and lived in a tudor before. This is a "rustic" tudor. Lovvvve a good tudor but love the classier, English tudor rather than a French country sort of thing. And, if it is, one of those "faux" 70's sort of things--no, no, no. It looks like the inside of one of those tacky trailers.

Well, Mr. David is loaded and just wants to move on--good for him. This place just needs a different palate and some more subtle furniture. Someone will "go for" this style. It is what it is!!

Well, I just looked at the pics again. Wow, it is really woody. Did you notice in the back it looks like the windows have been changed and are of craftsman style? Who are his advisors? Wrecking ball!!

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Anonymous said...

"To tear it down is inmature" Then YOU live in this dump. LGB said it best about the timbers. Some homes are worth preserving and this is not one.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why this marriage split up? Infidelity on Larry's part?

He seems douchey.

lil' gay boy said...

Anon 3:44,

Oh darlin', it's just a nickname for an old friend I saw posted -- don't ask me what it stands for, because I honestly never knew...

Funny how so many of you had the same reaction to the faux timbering; I remember in the early '70s wanting to do the sloping walls of my Cape Cod bedroom with them (painted styrofoam -- oy!)...

Fortunately a sample (and parental prohibition) soon cured me of that particular mis-step --I shudder to think how I might have turned out had I grown up with that --- straight?

*cringe*

;-)

Anonymous said...

The Eames House is owned by the Eames Foundation. They're currently in the middle of fund-raising so they can inventory the contents and figure out how best to restore, conserve and maintain the house.

It's a complex situation, as the house was the Eames home for decades and they did make changes over time. But unlike many people, Ray kept books and documentation for all the materials used, so that when (say) a set of curtains started to fall apart, she'd replace them with the same material or the closest match she could get at the time.

Anonymous said...

It might belong somewhere, but not in S. California.

Petra's said...

I think Anon 3:30 is thinking of the actual "Eames studio", not the Eames case study house. It can be confusing, they're right next to each other.

The Eames studio is owned by the Eames foundation, but the Eames Case Study House has been incorporated into a guest house for the Barry Berkus residence at 205 Chautauqua.

The case study house was owned and restored by Gary Stiffelman for the last couple and sold late last year to some guy named Danny Chiu.

Anonymous said...

I like the exterior, but the interior needs a total gut job. I could see this possibly being a teardown though. It would seem that this is the price for the land though, it is not horrible.

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Anonymous said...

Is this in the Huntington Palisades? They have a crummy security patrol. The Riviera is better.....

Desert Donna said...

LGB..I am from the era when there were only L & G (L meaning our female friends of course, not Lil). Now we have a whole alphabet added on, and B dosent mean boy and Q means questioning and not Queen!

Anonymous said...

Could he squeeze in one more inch of shabby-chic anything?

Little cutesy dust collectors on every flat surface. Eyes hurt.

Drag it to the curb.

lil' gay boy said...

Donna,

In my day it was just "light in the loafers..."

Dyslexia sets in for me when they go beyond LGBT...

;-)

FalseProfit said...

Mama,

When you get back, can you please fill us in on Cher's Malibu manse she's now selling.

Thanks!

FalseProfit said...

Anonymous said...
"To tear it down is inmature" Then YOU live in this dump. LGB said it best about the timbers. Some homes are worth preserving and this is not one.

March 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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Dumbass,

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy this house. Do you understand? This place is for sale on the free market. If someone likes the place, perhaps they'll buy it. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy any hoses in LA. N'est pas?

This attitude that all houses are disposable is one that should have died in the 1950s. Houses require a great deal of labor and material to build. Knocking them down is incredibly wasteful and fucks up a city's sense of history, character and style (assets I'm sure you're abundantly endowed with).

Anonymous said...

There is no "character or style" to this place FP and the fact that you use profanity and "do you understand?" speaks volumes as to your "endowment" or lack there of.

Flower Child said...

Dearest Dumbass 3:50

Take a pill or you'll implode.

We're all trying to have some fun here.

Flower Child said...

Should have said c/o False Profit to:

March 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM.

The name DA still fits. I agree with your sentiments.




MarkyMark said...

Wow I hope that its a lot better in person that in these problematic HDR photos. The interiors are like Sister Parish Decorates Shakespeare's Birthplace, and I doubt that even she would have been able to pull this off herself. I keep coming back to the scary pic of Ye Merrie Olde Mediae Room with the ancient TV embedded in the half-timbered walls, yikes.

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Unknown said...

Although I'm definitely a mid century kinda guy. I really love this house. I don't understand the wrecking ball mentality of some people.

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