We have two updates on the item we wrote about actor Neil Patrick Harris recently purchasing a house in Los Angeles’ Sherman Oaks area and listing his current house in Los Angeles’ Studio City area, which we first wrote about on Sunday:
First, Harris’ purchase of the 2,408-square-foot house on Galewood Street in the Longridge Estates area of Sherman Oaks has cleared public records, so we can confirm that Harris did indeed purchase it from celebrity firefighter Jack McGee. However, despite what the Los Angeles Times’ Ruth Ryon reported on Sunday—that Harris had paid “slightly more than its $1.5-million asking price”—in a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report that public records clearly show that Harris paid exactly $1.5 million for the house, and not “slightly more.” Also, records show that Harris purchased the house through his N. D. Visible Trust.
As for the house that Harris is selling for $1,295,000, in our item on Sunday, we deliberately had omitted printing the exact address of the house, since we had assumed—incorrectly, it now appears—that Harris had wanted to keep that information somewhat private. (He had purchased that house in 1999 through his Blackacre Trust for $635,000, according to public records.) Now, however, we have gotten hold of his listing sheet, and listing agent Monty Iceman hardly keeps Harris’ ownership a secret, describing the property as a “private celebrity cul-de-sac estate.” The house, at 4434 Ben Avenue, is described in the listing as being “celebrity owned due to its wonderful space and privacy.”
Features in the four-bedroom, 1,996-square-foot Ben Avenue house, which looks largely vacant already from the looks of the listing photos, include a formal entry and a living room with a coved ceiling and brick fireplace, according to listing information. Other features include a dining room with a bay window and window seat and a country-style kitchen with a brick floor, pine walls and cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances including a commercial Thermador stove and hood, according to listing information. Harris’ media room has a wood-beamed ceiling, plush carpet and surround sound, while the master suite has vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, lighted closets with organizers and a luxurious master bath with custom tile, granite-topped wood vanity, claw-foot soaking tub and a seated steam shower. Outside are a large brick patio, a grassy yard, lush professional landscaping, a sparkling pool with an automatic cover and a pool house with a wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, a large fireplace and a bar area, according to listing information.