A two-bedroom, 1,924-square-foot house near Los Angeles' Hancock Park area that actor Christopher Lloyd owned from 1981 until 2002 -- and that actor/director Howard Morris later owned -- is on the market for $1,229,000 after previously having been listed for $1,329,000.
The listing of the house, which is at 742 N. Sycamore Avenue, is not new, but it's one that we've been wanting to get around to writing about for a long, long time. This holiday weekend affords us that opportunity. Curbed LA's Marissa Gluck (whose outstanding and apparently now-abandoned, L.A.-themed blog, terra non firma, used to keep us company on our BlackBerry in 2005 while we were traveling overseas) wrote about this house back on June 10 right after it hit the market, and given that the listing states loud and clear that the house is "former celebrity owned," Curbed had wondered if the listing could be referring to Lloyd. Indeed public records -- and also our friend E.J. over at the Movieland Directory -- bear that out. However, Lloyd wasn't the only onetime celebrity owner of this house. Records show that Lloyd and his then-wife, Jane Walker Wood, owned this house from 1981 until selling it in 2002 for $675,000 to Morris, who played Ernest T. Bass on the "Andy Griffith Show" and who got his start working with comedian Sid Caesar on "Your Show of Shows." After Morris' death in 2005, his estate sold the house to the current owners for $1,248,000, according to public records, meaning the current owners clearly now are expecting to take a loss on the property.
Built in 1923, the Sycamore Avenue house has one full bath and one three-quarter bath, five fireplaces, a solarium, and Spanish Colonial and adobe influences in the master suite, the guest quarters and breakfast rooms, according to public records and listing information. Outside on the house's minuscule, 0.17-acre (7,449-square-foot) lot and an above-ground quarried coral pool and rare and exotic trees and plants, according to public records and listing information. The Lloyds had designer Robert DeYoung convert the property to its current lush state, according to listing information.
Check out an online listing sheet for the house -- complete with a huge number of photos.