Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ryan Tedder Acquires Modern-Minded Micro-Compound in Venice

BUYER: Ryan Tedder
PRICE: $2,850,000
SIZE: 3,551 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We recently received a covert communique from a wise and well-informed little birdie we'll call Polly Wannacracker who snitched to Your Mama that Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Ryan Tedder and his college sweetheart wife, Genevieve, quietly shelled out $2.85 million for a newly built and modern-minded micro-compound the geographic heart of Venice, CA, just off the spendy and trendy shopping and dining strip along Abbott Kinney north of Venice Boulevard.

Mister Tedder, as we were informed by Miss Wannacracker, fronts OneRepublic, a multi-platinum pop rock band that's had a couple of radio-friendly hit ditties including 2007's Apologize. However and agueably, the 34-year old Oral Roberts University graduate is at least, if not more successful and well respected by his professional peers as a songwriter and producer for pop music superstars like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield, Ellie Goulding, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. Mister Tedder worked with British supernova Adele on her seminal (and sensational) album 21—he co-wrote the ever-so-catchy but humorously cutting ditty Rumour Has Ita collaboration that earned the relatively new father of one a Grammy Award in 2012. It was recently announced in the tabs and trades, we discovered in our cursory research, that Mister Tedder signed on for a no-doubt highly lucrative gig on The Voice as the popular televised singing contest's first in-house songwriter and producer.

Property records and other digitally accessible resources show the newly constructed, two-building micro-compound, a boxy configuration of glass, concrete, steel, and horizontal wood cladding, was designed by sustainability-minded SoCal architect Matthew Royce. We gathered from our perusal and parsing of listing details that the 3,551 square foot, two-story main house has three to four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. A architecturally matchy-matchy but fully detached, two-story structure at the extreme rear of the property postage-stamp size urban lot, where it backs up to a slightly grungy alleyway, offers generous additional living space.

A commercial style aluminum and frosted glass front door set under a shallow overhang opens directly into a lofty, multi-purpose living space with high ceilings, exposed structural elements, polished concrete floors (that Your Mama hopes are radiantly heated), modern art-friendly white walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that slip effortlessly into the walls to create a seamless transition from the house to the landscaped central courtyard that both divides and unites the main house from the back house.

The kitchen has custom walnut cabinetry, a three or four stool center work island snack counter, a full-height pantry and a somewhat unfortunately located adjoining half bathroom. A separate room tucked discreetly beyond the main living area was sparely staged as an office but, due to its private bathroom, is easily converted to a guest or family bedroom.

A floating tread staircase leads to the upper level where the industrial-edged polished concrete floors of the ground floor give way to a much more intimate, luxuriously rustic, and drop-dead dee-voon wide-plank French oak. Each of the comfortably-sized two guest/family bedrooms on the upper floor have direct access to a private bathroom.  The sun-flooded master suite, also on the second floor, has floor-to-ceiling glass panels that slip into the walls and, for all intents and purposes, quickly converts the bedroom into a sea-breezy sleeping porch. There's also a good-sized walk-in closet and the attached bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower stall and an free-standing egg-shaped soaking tub set in front of a floor-to-ceiling frosted glass panel that opens into the wall and exposes a tiny private terrace.

The staircase, which manages to be be both weighty and light at the same time, continues up to a spacious but mostly undeveloped roof terrace (above top, left and right) with wrap around views of jagged roof tops and swaying palm trees.

The aforementioned, detached and self-contained flexi-use structure at the back of the property offers another 1,000 square feet of open-concept space, as per listing details, and is fitted and kitted with more (and still delicious) wide-plank French oak floors; more disappearing walls of glass; a simple but fully-equipped, walnut-cabineted kitchen; a sun-flooded, full-height loft; and 1.5 chic-ly utilitarian poopers, a full one upstairs and a roomy powder room downstairs. The sizable structure would make a pretty sweet guests house, a super-luxe and super-sized—ahem—man cave, a not particularly private rental unit or, as Your Mama imagines more likely with Mister Tedder, a professional quality at-home recording studio.

Mister and Missus Tedder divide their time between Los Angeles and the somewhat unlikely but hardly podunk Rocky Mountain city of Denver, CO, where according to property records and other online resources they own a gated, four-lot mini-estate in a small gated enclave in the affluent Belcaro neighborhood, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and a BBQ joint.

listing photos: Pardee Properties


lil' gay boy said...

Nothing spectacular, but still ambitious for the up-and-coming neighborhood.

Although the current staging is much too monochromatic, color, artwork & furniture are the easiest remedies for the unrelenting white.

I do love the way the gridded ceiling defines the living area, and the varying ceiling heights provide a welcome volume that opens up the spaces on a tight urban lot.

The pergola-like roof piercing above the open-cornered room in the back house gives me just a little frisson.

Joey Brill said...

Not to distract, but there are bony-assed women from Bergdorf Goodman plastered all over your cover photo. Each looks amazingly like Matt Smith.

Anonymous said...

THE best band to appear in the last 10 years. My only complaint is that Ryan is married (to a real woman). He should have been voted the sexiest man alive unlike that Proactive Zit Levine.

Anonymous said...

Never knew what he looked like until just now, when 8:31 inspired me to google him. He is a bit of a cutey, and his pics make my gaydar go ping ping, kinda like Tom Daley's did...

Anonymous said...

The only frisson needed around
here is for someone to take a nice big Pink Pearl eraser and rub our little gay boy's comments permanently out.

Anonymous said...

The Rabbi is contemplating a sabbatical leave. And while many of us have been misbehaving, she cannot comprehend what in the name of heaven LGB has done to deserve such opprobrium.

Rabbi Hedda LaCasa

Anonymous said...

I for one find the Rabbi and Lil Gay Boy charming AND informative. They're very knowledgeable. I really hope neither go away or on sabbatical. That would be a shame.

Oh yeah, the house is too modern for me.

Sandpiper said...

Always appreciate any effort toward sustainability. Green building design takes in an wide swath of possibilities and can get very pricey. Wonder how far this architect has run with the myriad of options and gains.

I'm adding this to my ongoing list of interior spaces that can serve as a blank canvas for any design direction the owner wishes to take. The glazing expanses here are spectacular. It wouldn't surprise me though if this is a short term living arrangement.

The lot size is what it is. If mine I'd spend a small fortune on perimeter privacy (OMG), like small-footprint tall-growing cypress. Another five-alarm planting opportunity might be a nice splash of color to divert the eye from that street side approach. Yikes.

lil' gay boy said...

Thanks, and all.

When the trolls start throwing their spoor, it's best to duck, giggle at their bad aim, and move on...

Just Googled a picture of the teddy bear -- oh my!


Anonymous said...

Your welcome LGB.You are the rock of this Blog, second only to our Mama. Ryan is adorable and very talented. His Voice judge decision is perplexing to me. As our Mama says, it will be lucrative, however so are the Disney Cruise Lines, Chrysler Jeep, and whomever else has paid for his songs for advertisement. The future is bright so long as One Republic does not commercially over expose themselves.

lil' gay boy said...

Many thanks again!

Good Shabbos, Rebbe! Take the weekend off, put your feet up, and have a glass or few of Manischewitz on me...

...I expect to see you back, bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday.


Anonymous said...

So what if Rabbi Hedda got called out. Since when is plagiarizing a sin? She admits to misbehaving and apologized. It's a free country and Rabbi Hedda can write anything she wants.

Anonymous said...

Nothing Rabbi wrote was Sanpiper's first. Rabbi hedda apologized and asked Sanpiper what ideas she took from him. Sandpiper didn't say because he's wrong and jealous.

Anonymous said...

It would be a very sad day indeed, if the additional commentary put forth from the Rabbi or LGB, were no longer part of this forum.
The Rabbi makes me want to believe in something more than myself and to be a better man. Not so much on the salvation stuff, but I'd wager a dozen donuts, ol' LGB is one fine and dapper dandy.
My two cents aside, ANONYMOUS 11:43pm. Keep your commentary to the topic posted by Momma, and your opinions of others registering their views to yourself.

The grid ceiling in the living room looks like a repurposed shoe organizer from someone with really BIG feet. Who goes up there to clean it?

Petra's said...

The Rabbi, Sandpiper, and L.G.B. are incredible stalwarts of this blog! They make the experience so much fun, and I hope they will stay around for the forseeable future.

Now, everyone, let's all watch the best overweight reality TV star EVER (Kim who?!) give us some essential life advice.

Sandpiper said...

Hi Petra's. I agree with your 11:53 mention. Such an undeserving and inexcusable thing for someone to say. He's a good heart.

Anonymous said...

The Academies of Rabbis Hillel and Shammai (1st century) were arguing over a real estate matter (some say a ritual matter) when a heavenly Voice called out, "Eilu v'eilu divrei Elokim chayim, These and these are the words of the living Ruler (of heaven)." LGB loves the way a gridded ceiling defines a living area and Anonymous 11:43 a.m. thinks the ceiling grid resembles a repurposed shoe organizer! Kinderlach, this is argument for the sake of heaven!

One troll says, "Your mother's house looks like a chicken coop," and another troll responds, "Your papa's condo looks like a doghouse," this oy vey is just arguing and g'nug (enough) already!

Kinderlach, please click on Petra's link. And thank you, Petra, for moving our collective real estate comportment heavenward with essential life advice.

Rabbi Hedda LaCasa

Sandpiper said...

Oops. I meant the unfortunate 12/5 @ 11:43 PM pink pearl comment. (I need my glasses and another double shot espresso.)

And yes(!), Rabbi Hedda, I truly concur.

Anonymous said...

12/7 @ 11:43AM, meant no disrespect, to the Rabbi or LGB. If anything, I attempted to demonstrate respect and appreciation for your posts.

Although I stand by the "repurposed shoe organizer" comment. It was said in humor. Not in anyway challenging LGB's opinion.
Other than in the arena of hopscotch, where few would dare better me, I defer matters of design to those with a greater understanding of it's principles, such as the Rabbi and LGB.

lil' gay boy said...

None taken -- it does indeed resemble Gulliver's shoe organizer (and thanks for the chuckle) -- it could have been better executed, but I get the architect's intent to define the area & the materials he used were in keeping with the overall program.

But it could have been so much better, with a more expensive material and/or a different scale.

And I always stank at hopscotch...


Anonymous said...

Confidential to 11:43 a.m. / 9:48 a.m.:

I appreciated your support and laughed out loud at your shoebox cooment, and then again when you questioned, "Who cleans it?" LGB states he wasn't offended and neither was I! Keep presenting your opinions, including in areas of design, in argument for the sake of heaven, and to add interest and fun to Mama's wisdom.

And let the Kinderlach know: The Rabbo challenges you to a game of kitten heels!

Rabbi Hedda LaCasa

Anonymous said...

Oy, Rabbi, not Rabbo of course!