Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar Flipping out in Brentwood

SELLERS: Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $7,900,000
SIZE: 7,318 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It was only six short months ago, eagle-eyed celebrity real estate watchers will recall, that Hollywood veterans Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar paid $6.1 million for an East Coast-y mini-manse in the rustically swank (upper) Mandeville Canyon area of Los Angeles which they've flipped back on the market this week with a significantly (and curiously) higher price tag of $7.9 million.

Current listing details show the three-story, clapboard clad Colonial, partially hidden from the street behind a short stacked stone wall and a high hedge, has a total of six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 7,318 square feet. A careful if quick comparison of current listing photos to those from the time of the couples' August 2013 acquisition suggest few (if any) alterations were made to the residence besides a trendy darkening the hardwood floors throughout the main floor, a little paint here and/or there, and the installation of their own comfortable if vanilla-flavored furnishings.

A double-height entrance hall with the same drippy crystal chandelier duo as when they bought the house links through to formal living and dining rooms, the former with with fireplace, wet bar, and wine storage room. A series of French doors framed by the same crimson curtains that hung there when the Prinze-Gellers bought that house last year open to a shallow veranda with verdant backyard views. There's a second fireplace in a cozy study and a third, cattywompus one in the spacious open-plan kitchen/eating/family room space that, like the formal living room, opens through a series of French doors to a trellis-shaded terrace.

There are a total of six bedrooms including a staff suite on the main floor and four guest/family bedrooms on the second floor. The roomy, second floor master suite has a soaring, sky-lit vaulted ceiling, a (fourth) fireplace, two sets of French doors that open to a small private terrace, and two fitted walk-in closets. The marble-tiled master bathroom also appears unaltered from the the Prinze-Gellers' 2013 purchase and (still) includes a pair of sinks, a windowed crapper cubicle, a soaking tub set in front of an over-sized window, and a separate marble-sheathed steam shower with convenient built-in bench.

Tucked up under the eaves on the third floor, as per listing details, there's a "bonus room" and a home fitness room where we imagine Mister Prinze, Jr. and Miz Gellar spend a lot of time keeping their bodies in HD camera ready condition.

The backyard isn't particularly large for a nearly eight million dollar home in an area of Los Angeles known for its horse-friendly estates but it is private and lush with several shaded terraces, a long and slender strip of well-watered lawn for the pooches and kiddies, a built-in barbecue station, and a free-from swimming pool and spa set into a flagstone terrace wedged between an ugly (if practical) child safety fence and a steep up slope.

Of course, Your Mama has no idea what Mister Prinze, Jr. and Miz Gellar's future real estate plans hold but it could be they'll decamp to whence they came, a 7,335 square foot residence in the same guard-gated Bel Air community where Kimmie Kardashian and her baby-daddy Kanye West own a lavishly renovated macmansion. Property records and other digitally accessed resources show the three-enshrouded residence has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms and that they picked it up for $2.45 million way back in October 2001.

listing photos: Teles Properties


Shopgirl said...

I'm not sure about the price increase, but I think the photographer that took the original photos did a better job. They better get his/her name and call them back. The current photos make the house look awful from the outside.

I hope they are not divorcing because I really like them.

lil' gay boy said...

Hunny, I really don't think it's the photographer...


Six months on and I still detest it; same pig, different lipstick.

bentley said...

Despise the facade - ugh. It's all out of whack. The stair hall has potential and the rest of it is functional. The backyard is ridiculous. It is possible to have a pool surrounded by a protective barrier that does not look like a snow fence. Am I the only one who knows this?

Mama, day-UM I love it when you use the word 'cattywompus'. Brightens my day. Just sayin'.

Shopgirl said...

LGB - got a good chuckle out of your comment and you're probably right.

Anonymous said...

Only 6 months and nearly a $2MM price increase smacks of stereotypical fickle, greedy celebrity behavior. Kinda makes me sad. I thought they were more down-to-earth/normal than that.

There's barely a front yard which is a definite drawback for such a large home. I don't expect it will sell anytime soon at it's inflated price point.

Sandpiper said...

Hey Bently,

Snow fence. Good one.

Think of it this way -- could have been chain link.

Anonymous said...

I like this , breath of fresh air from the usual old world crap..