LOCATION: Malibu, CA
SIZE: 2,550 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama first heard this latest bit of property gossip about wildly prolific writer/producer Judd Apatow from Yolanda Yakketyak but we see now we've done been beat to the celebrity real estate punch by the long-legged gal at Trulia Luxe Living (and subsequently the tireless kids at Curbed). None the less we're gonna get on this horse and ride anyways, just like we planned.
Mister Apatow, in case y'all live in a hole, is hardly a neophyte Tinseltowner having executive produced The Ben Stiller Show in the early 1990s. He went on produce The Larry Sanders Show, the short-lived but beloved Freaks and Geeks, a handful of money minting comedies with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and/or Seth Rogan (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express to name a few). More recently he produced the screamingly funny Bridesmaids and he currently executive produces Lena Dunham's naughty, mildly existential and highly controversial tee-vee program Girls. He and his actress missus Leslie Mann—who appears primarily in Judd Apatow produced projects—are, to put it mildly, rolling in professional and financial clover.
Not only do Mister Apatow and Missus Mann own a swanky spread in Brentwood they quietly bought off market in mid-2009 for a very A-List $18,250,000, last June they dropped $8.6 million for a vacant one acre residential flag lot on the bluff overlooking the ritzy Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica and last month they shelled out another $10,825,000 for a beach front house in the exclusive, guard-gated Colony community in Malibu.
Mister Apatow's increasingly baller-style real estate ways must really chap the ego of writer/producer Mark Brazill who once had a fierce feud with Mister Apatow. In a serious of emails Mister Brazill accused Mister Apatow of plagiarism and actually wished cancer upon Mister Apatow. Cancer! Who does that? Seriously. Anyhoo, Mister Apatow seems to be laughing the last laugh since Mister Brazill hasn't had much showbiz success since That '70s Show was canceled in 2006. As it turns out, Mister Brazill recently put his own house in Los Feliz, the one formerly owned by Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, on the open 1market with an asking price of $5,195,000.
A careful parse of listing information from the time of the sale shows Mister and Missus Apatow-Mann's newly acquired beach house in the Bu is an East Coast-y 1930s cottage with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,550 square feet, plus an additional bedroom and bathroom atop the detached two car garage.
A tiny but inviting tree-shaded flagstone courtyard leads from the entry gate to the front door that somewhat awkwardly opens directly into a roomy and completely renovated center island kitchen/family room combination space. The kitchen is equipped with a mahogany topped center work island, a pixilated tile back splash that reaches all the way to the ceiling around the glass-fronted upper cabinets and—natch—the customary complement of high-grade stainless steel appliances Your Mama and every other property watcher associates with beach houses that cost nearly $11 million.
The open concept main living/dining area has white floors (of unknown material), a bookcase flacked white brick fireplace in the dining area, a second, much more massive white brick fireplace in the living area that also has an extra-wide picture window with sea and sky views. An adjoining sun porch with wrap around windows and wood-framed glass doors has a party-sized built in sofa banquette that Your Mama thinks looks goddamn for foggy afternoons fueled with gin, tonic and a pound of penny candy.
Upstairs according to a listing Your Mama managed to scare up on the internets shows the there are two bedrooms with private bathrooms on the main house's upper floor as well as a master suite that spans the full width of the house with fireplace and full wall of glass that connects the room to an L-shaped seaside terrace. A spiral stairs links the upper level terrace to the lower level outdoor living areas that include a sunken dining area and an elevated sunbathing deck with direct ocean access and view.
A quick perusal of property records reveal the seller was the estate the late, four-time Emmy nominated film and television producer Laura Ziskin who may not be a household name or tabloid staple like that April Fools faux-pregnant Lindsay Lohan whose fame has become sad and puzzling but shepherded a few handfuls of money making movies like The Eyes of Laura Mars, Pretty Woman, Spider-Man 1,2 and 3 plus The Amazing Spider-Man. She was also the first woman to produce the (74th and 79th) Academy Awards extravaganzas. Presumably Miz Ziskin shared the beach house with her man-beau and husband, two time Oscar winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent (Julia, Ordinary People, Spider-Man 1,2 and 3 plus The Amazing Spider-Man).
listing photos: Hilton & Hyland