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A broad stone terrace bordered by a meticulously clipped, knee-high boxwood wraps around the back of the house and gives way to a grassy yard, a swimming pool and spa, and, attached to the back of a detached garage, a multi-room poolside structure easily converted to a guesthouse, art studio, home office, and/or fitness suite.
A small bedroom directly off the kitchen has a marble en suite that makes it suitable as staff quarters, each of the three guest/family bedrooms on the upper floor benefits from a private marble bathroom — one also has a roomy private terrace — and the master bedroom offers a fireplace, an itty-bitty sitting nook, two walk-in closets and a not particularly spacious but smartly arranged bathroom sheathed in thickly but delicately dark-veined white marble. French doors in both the living room and separate, chandelier-lit dining room open to a stone-paved dining terrace. The cozily proportioned foyer features a tightly curved stairway and espresso-toned hardwoods that run throughout the residence and the ample formal living room has intricately articulated ceiling moldings and an awkwardly located fireplace. A small den/office is dominated by a white marble fireplace and the all-white, marble-countered and expensively appliance kitchen is open over a double wide island to an informal dining area with wet bar and backyard access.
Set on a slight knoll with an imposing street presence, the restored and up-to-date residence was built in the 1920s and contains five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 5,614-square-feet plus a detached poolside cabana. Screenwriter Christopher Markus, one half of the supernova duo that penned the “Narnia Chronicles” film franchise, three of the blockbuster “Captain America” films, and this year’s two-billion dollar international mega-hit “Avengers: Infinity War,” splashed out just over $6 million for a stately, vine-encrusted English Country manor house along a pretty street a handful of miles west of downtown Los Angeles in the historic and historically hoity-toity Hancock Park ‘hood.
The fantasy and superhero specialist appears to have upgraded house from an approximately 2,300-square-foot, triple-story contemporary built in the late 1980s with two en suite bedrooms plus a detached guest house in the Silver Lake area he bought in late 2005 for a bit more than $1 million.