Actor Justin Berfield has placed his five-bedroom, 6,483-square-foot house in Calabasas, Calif. on the market for $3,995,000.
The Los Angeles Times' outgoing celebrity real estate columnist (best of luck to you, Ann!) Ann Brenoff broke the story a month ago of the "Malcolm in the Middle" actor's listing of Berfield's house at 24944 Lorena Drive in Calabasas, and the Real Estalker followed up with a nice post as well. Still and all, we wanted to weigh in on this listing, which hit the market on March 16, before it gets too stale.
The house is known most as the "Newlyweds" house, since it's where Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson filmed their ridiculous MTV reality series. Lachey sold the house to Berfield's Sticky Toffee Trust and Catamaran Trust in early 2006 for $3,400,000, according to public records. (Everyone else has reported that Lachey sold the house to Berfield in 2006 for $3,750,000, but that canard has persisted only because Lachey had had the house on the market in early '06 for $3,750,000; trust us -- Berfield paid $3,400,000 for it.)
Built in 2001, Berfield's house in Calabasas has seven baths, an open floor plan, walls of windows, a restaurant-style wine cellar, a home theater, a recording studio/gym, a chef's kitchen with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, bedroom suites with walk-in closets and balconies, and a towering entryway with a wrought iron staircase and a fountain, according to public records and listing information. Other features include a private master suite that has a combined large retreat and bedroom, a fireplace, a spacious balcony and a master bath with an oversized spa tub, a walk-in shower, dual vanities and spacious closets, according to listing information. Outdoor features on the 0.51-acre (22,141-square-foot) gated property (which itself is inside a gated development!) include a pool and overflow spa, a draped cabana and lounging areas, acording to public records and listing information.
Check out an online listing sheet for Berfield's Calabasas house -- complete with photos.
Brenoff reported that Berfield is planning to move to Malibu to be closer to his Venice-based film and production companies. That may well be true. However, it's also possible that he's just ready for a change; as we exclusively reported last May, Berfield had paid $1,450,000 for a house in Los Angeles' Venice area (obviously near his film and production companies). As we noted in our post, Berfield has bought and sold lots of L.A.-area properties over the years, so we wouldn't rule out the likelihood that Berfield just wants to try living in a different neighborhood as well.
We'll keep you posted if Berfield is able to unload this house -- and if so, for how much. Stay tuned.