Actress Angela Bassett and her actor husband, Courtney B. Vance, have sold their 4,828-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Hancock Park area for $3,800,000.
We know this is an older item, but it's one that we haven't yet gotten around to following up on, and we'd really like to use this holiday weekend to close the loop on some dated items like this one. The Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff broke the news way back on July 23 of the sale of Bassett's five-bedroom house, which was at 69 Fremont Place in Hancock Park, even before the details on the sale made their way into public records.
Sure enough, however, public records eventually wound up revealing everything that Brenoff had noted: that Bassett, 50, and Vance, 48, sold the house for $3,800,000 on July 2 (with the deal being recorded on July 11). And, indeed, the non-celebrity buyer is an adjoining neighbor who wants to use it as an in-law dwelling.
For our part, we had written about Bassett's listing of the house back on July 29, 2007 -- back when she had it on the market for a whopping $5,999,900! Bassett later re-listed the house in March 2008 for $4,999,000, and then later lopped another $1 million-plus off the asking price to give it a final listing price of $3,900,000.
Built in 1940 and designed by obscure architect Clarence J. Smale (1886-1966), who mostly designed theaters, Bassett's now-former French Colonial-style house has six baths, a gourmet kitchen that opens to a family room, a formal living room, a dining room, French windows, crown molding throughout the house, and an elegant foyer, according to public records and listing information. Also on the 0.625-acre (27,225-square-foot) property are two fountains, a koi pond, and a separate, new, two-story, two-bedroom 1,384-square-foot office/guest house with two baths, a kitchen, a full gym and a home hair salon, according to public records and listing information. The property sits on a guard-gated street south of Wilshire Boulevard.
Bassett purchased the house in 1994 -- before her 1997 marriage to Vance -- for an disclosed amount from Vietnam hero, gay activist and arts patron Duke Comegys.
Check out an online listing sheet for Bassett's now-former house -- complete with a photo.
We still haven't ascertained where Bassett and Vance have moved. (Readers, any thoughts?) However, when we find out, we will of course provide that information here.