Magazine article Variety

Reagan's Former Home Reimagined

Magazine article Variety

Reagan's Former Home Reimagined

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Emmy-winning producer Michael Manhelm ("Roe vs. Wade") and Tony-nominated screenwriter Janus Cercone ("Leap of Faith") sort of fell into developing high-end properties. Now, through Jaman Properties, with investment backing from a consortium of Tinseltown insiders who they politely declined to identify, the couple has extensively reworked or built from the ground up eight multimillion-doilar homes in some of LA.'s most hoity-toity ZIP codes. Their former projects have been acquired by showbiz movers and shakers including Mary Parent. Matt Croenlng, Marcy Carsey and Conan O'Brien.

Manheim and Cercone are natural-bom storytellers who say they conceptualize their projects around a fictionalized character. For their latest project - a plum Pacific Palisades property owned for 25 years by Nancy and Ronald Reagan, who lived in the home at the time he was elected president in 1980 - the couple imagined the buyer would, among other things, be a quietly confident individual who enjoys trophy cars, gourmet cooking and large-scale entertaining.

Although completely rebuilt from the original low-slung mid-century modern as a stately five-bedroom and 7. …

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