Magazine article Variety

Snappy Sale in Laurel Canyon for TV Producer

Magazine article Variety

Snappy Sale in Laurel Canyon for TV Producer

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An extensively updated and snazzily decorated treehouse-like cottage - cleaved to a steep hillside just above Hollywood Boulevard in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles and owned, per property records, by television producer Greg Gugliotta - went up for sale in late October with an asking price just shy of $1.3 million. According to online listings, the property is already in escrow, to be sold for an unknown amount to an unknown buyer. Gugliotta created the NBC franchise "Behind the Camera" and currently executive produces the highly rated drama "The Fosters."

It's a daunting, multistory climb up a carefully engineered staircase that ascends from the street-level garage to the multilevel aerie, which has just one bedroom and one bathroom in about 900 square feet. The living room features an exposed-wood cathedral ceiling, newly installed wood floors, a built-in media center next to a massive stone fireplace, and a series of glass doors that open to a canyon-view deck. Raised-panel wood doors at one end of the room slide open to reveal a tiny «- hidden office space. The dining area, on the mezzanine level overlooking the living room, has custom leather-banquette seating and a wet bar with an under-counter beverage fridge. A few more steps up from the dining area, the kitchen is decidedly compact but smartly arranged and expensively outfitted with custom cabinets, stone counter tops, and top-grade, stainless-steel appliances.

The cottage's bedroom, which has a wood-beamed ceiling and filigreed-wood screens over the windows, incorporates a dressing area lined with built-in wardrobes, and a bathroom with wood-paneled walls and a basket-weave-patterned, marble-tile floor. A large laundry room has a long, cushioned window seat and a view over one of the property's decks that are carved into the hillside and provide serene canyon views.

Gavin Polone Buys House Next Door in Beverly Hills

We first heard word from tireless real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak - and property records confirm - that talent agent turned eight-time Emmy-nominated television producer Gavin Polone shelled out $1.95 million in an off-market deal for a mid-century ranch house near the end of a discreet and whisper quiet cul-de-sac in the upper reaches of Coldwater Canyon Drive in the Beverly Hills Post Office area. Both buyer and seller were represented by Mauricio Umansky and Ben Belack at The Agency.

Curiously enough, the single-story house is right next door to a similarly sized mid-century ranch house the notoriously brash and politically outspoken "Curb Your Enthusiasm" producer purchased earlier this year for $1.87 million.

The new purchase, at approximately 2,700 square feet, is described in online marketing materials as a "three bedroom, three bathroom fixer." It includes a wall-to-wall-carpeted formal living room with a pitched ceiling, a fireplace set into a smooth paneled wall, and a long bank of nearly floor-to-ceiling glass sliders. Wrapped in once elegant but now campy butterscotch-brocade wallpaper, the formal dining room links through to the eat-in kitchen, which has original cabinetry and lemon-yellow ceramic-tile countertops. A separate den features a massive stone fireplace, a bank of built-in bookcases, and sliding glass doors. These lead to a deep loggia that runs along the rear of the house and looks out to a somewhat small but lushly landscaped backyard nestled into the base of a steep slope.

It's unclear what plans the producer has for the side-by-side properties, given that he already owns a much more expansive and luxurious 2.3-plus-acre estate that's privately perched on a high ridge near the top of the Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills. Polone acquired the multi-parcel, gated estate in three separate transactions in the late 1990s. He additionally owns an updated 1960s home in the mountains above Sherman Oaks, acquired in 2009 for $1.12 million.

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