Friday, December 5, 2008

Entourage Creator Doug Ellin Selling Starter House

SELLER: Doug Ellin
LOCATION: N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
PRICE: $1,595,000
SIZE: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Great Country English house on lower North Beverly Drive. This house is priced to sell. Over 3,200 sq. ft. Redone hardwood floors, beautiful master suite, 3 fireplaces, great outdoor entertainment space featuring gazebo, hot tub, bbq and fire pit.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: This property may be listed as "priced to sell" and be in escrow with a solid buyer, but that does not change the fact that Your Mama thinks the "Country English" style house listed for sale by Entourage creator/writer/producer Doug Ellin for $1,595,000 is ass-uglee.

Property Records show Mister Ellin and his Missus Melissa picked up their 3,248 square foot faux-timber hot mess on N. Beverly Drive in June of 1998 for $810,000. Listing information shows the not particularly pretty Tudor style house includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Before all your Bev Hills types have a real estate hissy fit, let's just be clear that this house is in the Post Office and not in Beverly Hills proper.

Interior features include a living room with a vaulted ceiling, wood burning fireplace and a couple of zebra skin rugs which are probably the best thing about that room if you don't mind walking on dead animals. The dining features an oddly contemporary "chandelier" that is hung way, way, WAY too high and all dining room chairs with an, uhm, unusual spider web-like back. The black and white seat cushions, however, look promising.

The kitchen appears to have been renovated and includes a long breakfast bar and eating area with French doors that open to the large brick patio in the back yard. A decent sized living room has a behemoth brick wall with a fireplace as its focal point, but we can't see beyond the gigantic brown leather recliner. Listen children, we do not care how comfortable these recliners are, they have no place in a tastefully decorated house. The large master bedroom includes a sitting area, a third fireplace and, sauna or no sauna, a bathroom desperate to be done over by a smart architect and a nice gay decorator.

While we may not care for this house or the uninspired "day-core," we will note and grant with some sincerity that at least this house looks like actual people live in its rooms rather than like a sterile show house with a ball room sized entrance hall designed to impress the guests and the Chinese food delivery man.

Matters improve somewhat in the backyard where we find a large brick terrace, built in barbecue, hot tub, fire pit with a sunken and circular seating area and up the slope a wee bit sits a gazebo. Oh dear. We do like built in barbecues and the Dr. Cooter enjoys soaking his weary bones in a hot tub, but Your Mama hates gazebos almost as much as we dislike pot racks and beige bathtubs.

Property records show Mister and Missus Ellin have moved up in the real estate world by moving down to the Beverly Hills flats where records show they recently forked over six million smackers to purchase a 6,253 square foot house with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

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