Sunday, December 16, 2007

Frankie Muniz Selling Again

SELLER: Frankie Muniz
LOCATION: N. Wetherly Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $3,875,000
SIZE: 4,200-ish square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Secluded & gated gorgeous trad'l 5 bd & 4 ba family hm located off the prestigious lower Doheny Drive. A Stephen Moore design completely upgraded w/ the finest of materials. Open flr plan leads to pl & spa w/ outdr FP. Lrg master ste has pitched ceils, skylights, 2 large W/I closets & stunning bath w/ infinity tub. Full surround sound system. New fire sprinkler system. Beautiful landscaping thru-out and romantic viewing deck w/ striking city views.

YOUR MAMA NOTES: Child actor, race car driver and budding bad boy Frankie Muniz has once again listed a house in the Hollywood Hills for sale. Little Mister Muniz, who has grown to be a young man of 22 with a somewhat bulked up body dotted with tattoos, is of course best known for his role as the precocious and baby-faced kid on Malcolm in the Middle and then later as the lead in the Agent Cody Banks film franchise. The 22 year old young man has made many million of dollars in his few years on earth, and he's known for freely spending his wads of cash on rare automobiles and pricey real estate.

It was celebrity real estate doyenne Ruth Ryon in her Hot Properties column at the LA Times this week who announced that Mister Muniz (who prefers his name be pronounced me-YOO-nez, thank you very much) has listed his N. Wetherly Drive crib for $3,875,000. Property records indicate that Mister Muniz, who has been nominated for but not won an Emmy and two Golden Globes (always a bridesmaid never a bride, poor thing), purchased the 4,200-ish square foot, five bedroom and  4.5bathroom house in January of 2006 for $3,499,000.

It appears from the photos that in addition to race cars, real estate and tattoos, Mister Muniz also has an interest in art. While Your Mama would never want a cartoony portrait of Marilyn Monroe in the kitchen (unless it was a Warhol, bien sur) or have Mick Jagger's wizened visage stare down guests in the guest room, we would like to commend Mister Muniz for expanding his intellectual and decorating horizons to include actual "art" in his home, even if the majority of it is not work Your Mama can easily appreciate.

Out back, the petite but well appointed yard includes a plunge pool, in-ground spa and a lovely trellised patio area with an outdoor fireplace, which looks like the perfect spot to get slowly and comfortably drunk on a nippy December night with a roaring fire to keep the chill out of Your Mama's bones.

Listing information indicates there is also a "romantic viewing deck" which Your Mama presumes is up that wooden staircase that climbs the side of the steep hillside in the back yard. We can imagine being up there with a loved one and a bottle of very expensive champagne looking over the lights of the city laid out like a glittering carpet below could be very helpful for getting two people in the luvvin' mood. However, Your Mama would need a damn breathing apparatus and 40 minutes just to haul our fat ass up all those stairs, which would surely put a damper on the moment, wouldn't it?

Although he may be only 22 years old, this is hardly Mister Muniz's first time at the real estate fair. Oh no, children. Put on your thinking caps kids and see if you can follow. As a teenager, the well paid and hard working child actor reportedly owned a mansion in Brentwood, where it's probably safe to assume he lived with his parents. He reportedly then moved to a "more practical" home in Encino before he started buying up dee-luxe real estate in the Hollywood Hills. First there was a 4,500 square foot Spanish style villa on Doheny Drive that included a 10 car motor court and a 5 car garage. In mid-2004, while still in possession of the Doheny Drive house, he purchased a contemporary sci-fi confection up on Blue Jay Way with staggering views, sliding walls of glass and a front door operated with fingerprint recognition software. He quickly sold both of these houses in mid-2005 (the Doheny Drive house was famously sold to Miss Halle Berry) and, as we mentioned above, in June 2006 the mini mogul purchased his current residence on N. Wetherly Drive.

If Mister Muniz's real estate buying history tells us anything, it would be that he's likely already identified and perhaps even purchased his next home. Whatever the case, Your Mama looks forward to seeing where the child actor who seems to be successfully making the transition to adult actor lands next.

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