LOS ANGELES — Every Hollywood idea has to start somewhere, whether it’s scribbled on cocktail napkins, pecked out on a vintage typewriter or the outcome of an afternoon in the writers’ room. For the sitcom The Last Man on Earth, the idea came around the dining room table at the Santa Monica, home of show star Will Forte.
Forte is now ready to part with the house where he and his team penned the Emmy-nominated show’s first episode, listing the classic Craftsman for US$2.45 million.
In the Ocean Park neighbourhood on a corner lot, the brick-accented home maintains its classic character while incorporating subtle updates involving skylights, hardware and fixtures. Box-beam ceilings, window details and the extensive use of wood in the interior are among period details of the 107-year-old home.
The living room retains its original built-ins and a brick fireplace, and an original wood banquette fills a wall in the nearby dining room. A galley-style kitchen, a breakfast room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms complete the two-story floor plan.
Outside, the home’s covered front porch extends around the side to create a small outdoor patio. A private sun deck sits off the back.
Forte bought the house in 2002, shortly after joining the cast of Saturday Night Live. The sketch artist, comedian and actor had an eight-year run on the show, originating such roles as NASA recruiter, the Falconer, and special operations agent MacGruber — which spawned a feature film that was also fleshed out around his dining room table.
SITCOM MOM ENDS HER RUN IN TOLUCA LAKE
Emmy-winning actress Patricia Heaton and her husband, actor-producer David Hunt, have sold a Toluca Lake home they owned in a trust for US$7.5 million.
Set behind hedges and gates, the Mediterranean villa-style home was designed by architect Kevin Clark and built in 1998. Updated during Heaton and Hunt’s stay, the two-story house features custom millwork, new hardwood and marble floors and an overhauled chef’s kitchen. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in about 7,650 square feet of interior.
Outside, the three-quarter-acre lot has a glass-tiled swimming pool and spa, a built-in barbecue/bar and a fireplace. Gardens, lawn and a pool house complete the grounds.
MOVING ON FROM OLD HOME FIELD
Call it one last pass in San Diego, Calif., for Philip Rivers. The longtime Chargers quarterback, who joined the Indianapolis Colts this offseason after 16 years with the Bolts, has sold his home in the private, gated residential community of Santaluz for US$3.675 million.
Originally listed in April for US$4.199 million, the Spanish-style home’s price was cut to US$3.699 million in June before catching an offer six weeks later. Rivers bought the estate through a trust in 2009 for US$3.299 million.
Built in 2005, the home sits on more than an acre of grounds with a saltwater swimming pool, a putting green, lawn and a playhouse. Inside, the 6,800-square-foot interior has arched doorways, vaulted ceilings, a wood-panelled office and a kitchen with two islands. There are six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms on a single story.
Covered patios, a massive fireplace and a built-in barbecue extend the living space outward. The fenced and gated property overlooks the greens and fairways of the nearby Santaluz Club golf course.
PLAYA VISTA NOW HIS OLD HAUNT
Kellan Lutz, who found fame as Emmett Cullen in the Twilight franchise, has finally sold his place in Playa Vista. The actor’s three-story home spent nearly two years on the market and saw its price cut six times before trading hands last month for US$2.799 million.
— Los Angeles Times