Space, comfort and a child-friendly atmosphere are some of the highlights of the 7,371-square-foot Los Angeles home recently listed by producer and philanthropist Peter Samuelson. It’s also the former abode of some serious Hollywood royalty.
“We know Ralph Bellamy lived here, of ‘Trading Places,’” said Mr. Samuelson, 65, referencing the 1983 comedy.
“And Cary Grant lived here, with his wife,” Mr. Samuelson said, but it’s unclear when the celebrity couple, who were married from 1949-62, resided in the home.
The six-bedroom, 10-bathroom home, built in 1934 in Little Holmby, has also had a host of “high-caliber” neighbors over the years, Mr. Samuelson said. It was listed on Wednesday for $5.49 million.
“Down the street is the Playboy mansion,” he said. “The Spelling mansion is across the way.”
Other former Little Holmby residents include Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, according to the listing.
One reason for the area’s star wattage may be its proximity to Hollywood studios. Mr. Samuelson, producer of 1984 comedy “Revenge of the Nerds” and 1999 thriller “Arlington Road,” said every major studio is within a quick drive of the house.
“It’s ideally situated,” he said. Plus, he added, “Little Holmby is an extraordinary neighborhood with wide streets and mature trees….the house is right across the street from Holmby Park, which has activities for all ages, 0 to 100.”
Mr. Samuelson and his wife, Saryl, have lived in the house since 1984. “I only remember we moved here in April 1984 because it’s written on the gas meter,” he said.
They purchased the house from Phyllis and Frank Mariani, a former co-owner of the L.A. Lakers, according to public records. It has been on and off the market since 2012, and was most recently removed from the market in June. It is now listed with Lisa Gild and Richard Stearns, both of the Partners Trust.
The couple raised their four children there, all of whom are now all young adults. Mr. Samuelson and his wife also each ran a business out of the home, so they needed a lot of space. Now they hope to pass it on to another family.
A foyer with extra-tall ceilings and a sweeping staircase marks the entrance to the spacious abode, according to the listing. There are two separate living rooms, a gourmet kitchen and an extensive outdoor area with a pool, firepit and entertainment areas. There’s also a back garden, formal dining room, den and a roof deck.
Upstairs, there are two complete master suites, each with two bathrooms, Mr. Samuelson said. There are four additional bathroom, plus eight bathrooms.
“Nobody is falling over each other,” Mr. Samuelson said. “You can be on your own here, as well as be with rambunctious children.”
Leaving their corner perch in Little Holmby is bittersweet for the Samuelsons, but they are ready to pass the baton, he said.
“The house has all the stuff you want to impress a business client at dinner,” he said. “But, arguably just as important, it’s a luxurious and comfortable place to raise a family.”
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