Magazine article Variety

Luke Schelhaas Lists Spanish in Hollywood Hills

Magazine article Variety

Luke Schelhaas Lists Spanish in Hollywood Hills

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A vintage 1920s Spanish, owned, per property records, by television writer and producer Luke Schelhaas, and tucked up into the historic Hollywood Dell neighborhood, has come up for sale at a smidgen less than $1.5 million. "The Good Wife" writer/producer, whose credits include "Touched by an Angel" and "Smallville," has owned the property since March 2009, when it was acquired for just over $1 million.

Described in listing details as "romantic and picturesque" - and briefly owned in the mid- 2000s by Grammy-winning music executive Randy Spendlove - the house is perched high on a hillside above a long and slender driveway that leads to a twocar tandem garage, eco-consciously equipped with an electric car-charging station.

It's a glute-straining climb up from the driveway to the front door that opens to a petite foyer set between an airy living room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and a chandelier-lit formal dining room that links through to a wee sun porch.

The remodeled galley kitchen, with thickly veined granite countertops on faux-distressed bone-colored cabinetry, opens to a skylit breakfast nook lined with floor-to-ceiling windows.

One bedroom is furnished as a cozy den, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and French doors to a small private deck; a second bedroom has a private entrance and en suite bathroom; and the main floor master suite, like the living room, has a row of original arched French doors that lead to a tree-canopied terrace for al fresco dining and lounging. Fenced patios surround the house, and there's a terraced yard space in the back where, according to listing details, "one could perhaps put a pool."

Skinnygirl Lists Fat Pad in N.Y.'s Trendy Tribeca

With her rancorous, four-year-long divorce finally finalized, booze baroness and "The Real Housewives of New York City" star Bethenny Frankel has, we learned from Big Apple celebrity snitch Chatty Charlie, listed the Tribeca condo she shared with ex-husband Jason Hoppy for $6.95 million. The often outspoken and occasionally abrasive Skinnygirl founder bought the approximately 3,600-square-foot apartment in August 2011 for not quite $5 million and spent considerable resources on a full-scale renovation. Alas, she lived there only briefly before she and Hoppy split, after which she hopped around for a few years from hotel to hotel while he, much to her chagrin, remained in residence until recently.

A long entrance gallery leads to a combination living/dining room that's spacious and features a snazzy quartet of dramatically lit columns but, unfortunately for those who seek natural light, does not have any windows. Happily, filtered light streams through from the adjoining eat-in kitchen, which is flooded with natural light through enormous windows and sleekly outfitted with lacquered white cabinetry.

The condo, which includes a deeded private parking spot in an on-site garage, is currently arranged with three bedrooms and three bathrooms: two guest/family bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill style bathroom, and a privately positioned mas ter suite with custom-fitted dressing room. Another windowless room just offthe entrance gallery is outfitted as a home office with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and built-in desks to accommodate several assistants.

The Skinnygirl founder selected Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Listing New York" star Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes at Douglas Elliman Real Estate to market the condo, which carries property taxes and common charges that ring up to more than $6,600 per month.

Frankel, who says she's "distancing" herself from the show that made her famous after filming an emotionally grueling eighth season (and batting down rumors that her short-lived Sirius XM radio show was canceled due to diva-like behavior) currently resides in a Soho loftshe purchased in September 2014 for $4.2 million.

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