A brand-spanking new architectural residence just a minute’s drive from the Sunset Strip in L.A.’s lower Laurel Canyon was recently sold for $4.6 million, much below its original price of $5.25 million, and tax records and other eagle-eyed sources indicate the new owner is action and horror genre filmmaker Len Wiseman. Partly obscured behind a 15-foot tall row of ficus hedging and secured by a slatted iron gate that slides open to a multi-car motor court, the wood, stucco and glass residence perches high on a hillside with five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in close to 6,000 square feet. Other numbers of note include three separate living rooms, three indoor fireplaces and two outdoor fire pits, a three-stop elevator, and street-level garage parking for three cars with off-street parking for six more.
Under five, pill-shaped glass light fixtures, a 12-foot long island in the sleek, minimalist kitchen is decadently sheathed in lightly veined black marble and incorporates a built-in casual dining table. The far end of the kitchen opens to a comfortably snug lounge dominated by a massive, geometric black stone fireplace and a family room on the second floor spills out to a sun splashed deck with wrap around canyon views. All four of the guest bedrooms have private bathrooms and the master suite includes a suede-walled walk-in closet and a crisply tailored bathroom with a cleverly asymmetrical double-sink vanity and an over-sized shower sheathed in somewhat suggestively patterned, book-matched marble slabs.
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Interior living areas and exterior entertaining spaces become virtually indistinguishable when vast banks of floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the living room and kitchen slip into the walls and expose the rooms to a central courtyard with a narrow strip of exotic wood decking around a glassy, zero-edge swimming pool. To one side of the pool there’s a sheltered area for shaded al fresco lounging and, a few steps up, there’s a tiny patch of lawn tucked against a thick and high hedgerow.
Property records suggest that Wiseman, best known as a co-creator, writer director and producer of the long-running, half-of-a-billion dollar action horror movie series “Underworld,” continues to own an approximately 3,600 square foot residence in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles that he and his now ex-wife, “Underworld” series star Kate Beckinsale, picked up in 2006 for not quite $3.6 million.