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A small, secured and lushly planted courtyard entry behind striking, blue glass panels leads to a massive glass door that pivots open to a loft-like, open plan living space with gleaming hardwood floors, a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open to the yard and a chef accommodating kitchen daringly fitted with acid green solid surface countertops. Originally built in 1962 and later remodeled in a manner listing descriptions described as a “modern homage to the Case Study Houses,” the 3,821-square-foot single story contemporary offers three bedrooms plus an en suite bonus room suitable for an office of gym, a total 4.5 bathrooms and open plan living spaces that spill out to a resort-style yard with shimmering nighttime views over Los Angeles.
Having failed to entice a buyer when listed on the open market from late June to early October 2017 with a $13.5 million price tag, veteran sitcom superstar Matthew Perry sold his former home in the Bird Streets neighborhood above L.A.’s Sunset Strip late last month in a surreptitious, off-market deal valued at $12.5 million. The syndication rich “Friends” star, who more recently co-starred in the three-season sitcom reboot of “The Odd Couple” and wrote and starred in the play “The End of Longing,” which opened in London and ran off-Broadway in New York City last year, has owned the slick and sexy city-view contemporary since August 2011 when he picked it up for $8.5 million.
Tucked beneath the master suite, a state-of-the-art screening room with exterior entrance features large picture windows into the watery depths of the swimming pool. Large stepping stones across a shallow pond with two theatrical fire chalices links the living area to the backyard that incorporates a small bit of lawn, a covered patio for dining and lounging and an LED-lit infinity edged swimming pool that butts up to the master suite where a huge glass slider opens and allows direct entry to the pool from the master bedroom.
Like many successful entertainment industry luminaries with the financial fire power to do so, Perry also maintains a prodigiously pricey and stylish ocean-front residence in Malibu, a Scott Gillen designed organic contemporary with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in about 5,500-square-feet that he scooped up in the fall of 2011 for $12 million. The high-floor unit, where his upstairs neighbor is deep-pocketed syndicated television widow Candy Spelling, sprawls across an entire floor that measures almost 9,500-square-feet with four bedrooms and five full and three half bathrooms plus four terraces and a banquet hall sized living room with two fireplaces. Perry swapped his Bird Street nest for a much grander, mansion-sized aerie at the prestigious and exceedingly expensive Century tower in Century City he bought in May 2017 for $20 million.