Magazine article Variety

Woodsy Estate Nearly Rivals Falcon Crest

Magazine article Variety

Woodsy Estate Nearly Rivals Falcon Crest

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A gunmetal-gray mid-century, post-and-beam-built home set amid a grove of mature live oak and redwood trees in the Longridge Estates area of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and owned, per property records, by Emmy-winning unscripted television pioneer Gary Benz, has come up for sale with a price just under $2.3 million. Benz, executive producer of the long-running and heartbreaking reality program "Intervention" and the hilariously salacious "Sex Sent Me to the ER" and his wife, Mexico-born actress Ana Alicia - probably best known for her seven-plus seasons on the 1980s primetime soap "Falcon Crest"- purchased the property just over three years ago for a bit less than $1.4 million. Listing details show the not-quite-3,600-square-foot residence has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

An interconnected series of living and entertaining spaces include a living room with a voluminous vaulted ceiling, a carved stone fireplace, and glass sliders that open to a tree-shaded terrace at the front of the house. An adjoining dining area has glass sliders to the backyard, and a small den has a built-in entertainment unit. Three bedrooms and a bonus room are located in a wing of their own, while the upper-level master suite has a sitting room, a balcony, a walk-in closet, and two fireplaces, one in the bedroom and another in a spa-style bathroom.

The tree-shaded and sun-dappled backyard, nestled into the steep hillside, has extensive flagstone terracing, a built-in grilling station, and a lagoon-style swimming pool fed by a waterfall.

The house was listed by Donovan Healey of John Aaroe Group.

The couple owns several additional properties that include a second, smaller home in Sherman Oaks, which property records indicate Alicia has owned since at least 1997; a two-bedroom condo in Reseda; and an unassuming, 1,400-square-foot cottage near downtown Grand Junction, Colo.



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Blink-182 Member Looks to Drum Up a Home Sale

Rock star Travis Barker, on tour with the newly re-formed band Blink-182, has listed a contemporary residence in the Cheviot Hills area of Los Angeles with an asking price of $4.75 million. Barker bought the property in June 2014 for exactly $4 million. The 4,173-square-foot residence sits on a 0.21-acre corner parcel behind gates with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

A spacious foyer with faux bois porcelain floor tiles and reclaimed-wood planks on the ceiling leads to a sun-flooded and voluminous combination living/dining room anchored by a towering fireplace flanked by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. There are 10-foot-tall windows and a 13-foot ceiling that drops to a more intimate 10 feet over the dining area. The nearly all-white, open-plan kitchen, like the foyer, has a ceiling clad in reclaimed-wood planks that soften the hard angles.

An outdoor fireplace is surmounted by a large flat-screen television, and there's an al fresco dining area with a built-in barbecue area. The saltwater swimming pool isn't particularly large, but it's solar-heated. Also on the main floor are a home office lined with built-ins and a generously oversized laundry room also lined with built-in storage. Upstairs are a media lounge and three bedrooms, two that share a Jack 'n' Jill-style bathroom and the other with a private bathroom. They're all joined by a master suite replete with three walk-in closets and a spacious bathroom fitted with custom walnut cabinetry.

Mr. Barker, the survivor of a 2008 plane crash, maintains an extensive property portfolio in Southern California. In addition to a couple of undistinguished and modestly sized tract homes in Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore, the vegan drummer continues to own a 2,960-square-foot home in the guard-gated Bel Air Crest community purchased in late 2010 for just under $1.5 million, as well as a 9,253-square-foot mockMed mansion in the gated Oaks development in Calabasas that he and his former beauty queen ex-wife Shanna Moakler bought in 2007 for $9. …

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