Friday, September 10, 2010

T.R. Knight Says Bye-Bye Hollywood

SELLER: T.R. Knight
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $3,995,000
SIZE: 4,160 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Back in the fall of 2007, when he was still gainfully employed on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning hospital drama Grey's Anatomy, actor T.R. Knight shelled out $2,912,500 for an historical 1930s Tudor style fixer-upper at the far eastern edge of the quietly star studded Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Unfortunately for Mister Knight, he probably gained the the most fame and attention by all the gossip glossies as the verbal punching bag for his former cast mate Isaiah Washington who (in)famously made homophobic slurs towards Mister Knight on set. As a result of the ugly kerfuffle, Mister Washington was relieved of his acting duties and Mister Knight was compelled to make a very public and unplanned exit from the proverbial closet. Iffin anyone were to ask Your Mama–and, of course, no one did–it is our humble and utterly meaningless opinion that Mister Knight handled the grisly bizness with grace and dignity and we hope his mama was as proud as Your Mama was of his decision to live openly in the notoriously homophobic Hollywood. Yes bunnies, we know that Hollywood is crawling with the gays and lesbians. However, it's not so often that a working and successful actor or actress actually lives publicly as an out, proud and gay individual. That's right big name celebrities, you know who you are and we're talking about you.

Anyhoo, perhaps as a result of the brouhaha–or not–his role on Grey's Anatomy was subsequently slimmed down until the summer of 2009 when Mister Knight chose to quit his lucrative gig on the boob-toob claiming that he just wasn't thrilled by or fulfilled with the direction his character was being taken. Mister Knight has reportedly relocated to New York City where he's getting back to his deep roots on the stage and will soon appear in David Mamet's A Life in the Theater with fellow thespian Sir Patrick Stewart.

No longer in need of his his 1930s Tudor that he spent the last 3 years and untold amounts of moo-lah renovating, Mister Knight recently hoisted the property back on the market with an asking price of $3,995,000. Listing information indicates the quirky and fully rehabbed residence with its distinct ecclesiastical thing going on measures 4,160 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms and 3.5 poopers.

Earlier reports claim that Mister Knight never even moved into the house having lived in a nearby rental while the extensive and costly renovations were underway. We don't know anything about that but listing photos do show the house is completely empty so whether he moved in or not, he's clearly not living there now.

A discreet front facade opens into an unexpectedly capacious double height entrance hall with a curving, hand-carved stair case and antique slate floors. A set of elaborately carved Gothic arched doors open from the entrance hall into a voluminous living room that features parquet flooring, a soaring vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and trusses, leaded glass windows, an imposing stone and carved wood fireplace, and a forest's worth of intricately carved wood detailing. The room's most interesting, unique, and somewhat bizarre feature is the minstrels gallery where back in the day, according to listing information, the Hollywood String Quartet played for parties of Tinseltown elites.

The living room opens out to a glassed in porch that has a heavy, dark stained beamed ceiling, antique slate flooring, a chunky brick fireplace and tree top views. A large dining room with gives way to the fully renovated galley style kitchen that has gorgeous gray flat fronted lower cabinetry, black counter tops, two side by side sinks in front of a large casement window, double ovens and a Hyundai sized range that probably cost as much as an entry level Mercedes.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a gorgeous and whimsical corbel dome ceiling, glossy parquet floors, antique heating registers, and an attached private pooper with honeybee tile floors, white subway tile walls, a barrel vaulted ceiling, and a row of 4-pane windows with city views. In addition to the bedrooms, the second floor has a dee-voon sleeping porch with slate tile floor and a pitched ceiling. While we're certain that many of the more pampered children would prefer to flick on the air conditioner on a warm southern California summer evening, Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter would rather throw open the windows of a sleeping porch and let the soft breezes waft over us while we talk to the Sandman.

At least one of the other poopers in the house is completely encased–floors, walls and ceiling–in shiny jet black subway style tiles that look terribly sexy and more than a little sinister but are probably murderous when it comes to water spot removal. The children can be sure that if Mister Knight had an opinionated and vocal house gurl like our gal Svetlana, he would never have put all that black tile in a pooper.

Outdoor areas include a covered terrace with hulking brick fireplace located just off the lowest level of the three story house, a small sunbathing terrace, and and several flat expanses of lawn amid the rough and tumble of the rugged but fully landscaped hillside that includes hand stacked rock retaining walls, and a stream that tumbles down the hillside into small pond.

Your Mama wishes Mister Knight more luck than some of his former Grey's Anatomy cast mates have had selling some of their pricey properties in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborood. Ginger haired Kate Walsh–who stars in the Private Practice spin-off of Grey's Anatomy–bought a Spanish style mansion in July of 2007 for $4,750,000. Not long after the decoratin' was done she and her huzband went splitsville and shortly after her dee-vorce was finalized she flipped the beehawtcha back on the market in May of 2010 with an asking price of $4,295,000. It doesn't take a genius or Your Mama's bejeweled abacus to see that even if Miss Walsh gets lucky and finds a full price buyer for her house, she's still facing a hefty half million dollar loss on her real estate mistake.

In September of 2007, Mister Knight's b.f.f. Katherine Heigl and her singer/songwriter man-mate Josh Kelley paid $2,250,000 for a 4 bedroom and 3.5 pooper property in Los Feliz. Shortly thereafter, in June of 2008, Mister Heigl put another Los Feliz home on the market with an asking price of $1,750,000. Records and the bizzy boys at Celebrity Address Aerial show Miss Heigl paid $1,500,000 for the 3 bedroom and 2.5 pooper house back in May of 2006. After more than a year on the market and several price chops that brought the price down to $1,595,000, the property was taken off the market. It remains in Miss Heigl's property portfolio.

listing photos: Peter Lorimer Group Estates


Anonymous said...

Location, location, location. Shittayest part of Los Feliz. Next to freeway. He'll need to chop at least 1 mil

Anonymous said...

Mama, a correction for paragraph 3 -the play is David Mamet's A Life in the Theater. From a tiresome stickler Drama Queen!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful, tasteful and stylish reno. Mr. Knight should get good money for it (...good for the times, not 2007 good). While I admire Mr. Knight for being real, I feel for him that he was forced out of the closet and lost a very lucrative job as a consequence. I totally understand why actors are willing to stay in the closet to make the beaucoup bucks -I pretend to like my boss every day for the same reason...(and heck, it reflects more on us -the viewing public -then them)...What I can't stand are the individuals who remain in the closet but whose public view is that being homosexual is wrong or sinful or can be 'fixed' (I'm looking right at your Messrs. Travolta and Cruise)...

ffg said...

Miss Heigl is currently in Pennsylvania making a movie called "One for the Money". It was one of those Janet Evanovich books. I wonder where does one stay when you live with the Amish and chocolate?
I really like the house all but the kitchen floor and the other tile floor I'm unsure on room purpose.

Anonymous said...

Gee, Mama, I wonder if you are talking about JG, or ZE, or GC, or...well, you know, there are so many I can't initial them all....

lil' gay boy said...

I 'm finding it hard to determine my reaction to this house; except for the hints of a much grander & cohesive (and personal favorite) Coe Hall, Gothic architecture, especially of an "ecclesiastical" bent, doesn't really appeal to me.

Yet despite the negatives (for me), such as the corner lot, proximity to the freeway, and the right-on-the-sidewalk façade, necessitated, no doubt, by the awkward siting imposed by the lot, I find even the kitchen somehow cozy (even if it does resemble the scene of a Sherlock Holmes autopsy).

I can only guess that this was a true labor of love, undertaken during one of the most stressful points of Mr. Knight's career. However it came about, it's resulted in the best of a bad situation, real estate-wise, and it shows off well in the little finishing details –– the clichéd lemonade from lemons.

As for the man himself, although I didn't care for the show, he certainly demonstrated what the phrase grace under pressure embodies.

Aunt Gina said...

I think it would be very difficult to furnish this home in a way that would stay true to the "ecclesiastical" aesthetic and still manage any level of comfort. Perfect for the hair-shirt-self-flagellating crowd,perhaps, but not for me.
Creeps me right out.

Anonymous said...

Brother, oh Brother.
Did he intend to turn it into a monastery?

Sylvia Fowler said...

very odd house, awfully close to the street, and no pool? A hard sell, I would imagine. My sympathies to Mr. Knight, who I think is adorable and yes, he did exhibit grace under pressure, and walking away from a lot of money made me think he may just be serious about this "acting thing".

heather said...

knight lost his job because instead of letting ga admin handle it he shot off his mouth and turned the whole show into a gay PC ad.
no emmys this year except for makeup and thats becoz h'wood likes it gays but not when they lower the pc boom on a major show network and star.

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