Y’all may (or may not, depending on how much booze you’ve imbibed in the last 24 hours) recall that yesterday Yolanda discussed Stephanie Anderson, a low-profile gal who just paid $4,300,000 in what appears to have been an all-cash deal for an Encino mansion briefly owned by soccer star Nigel de Jong.
As one might expect, Ms. Anderson’s big mansion upgrade meant that she no longer needed her old house, a “Spanish style” (per the listing) mini-mansion located in the hills of Studio City. Records show that Ms. Anderson’s blind trust sold the property in September (2017) for $3,400,000, comfortably above the $2.8 million she paid for the spec-house in late 2012.
Records reveal the buyer also used a blind trust to cover their tracks. However, Yolanda happens to know that the happy new owner of Ms. Anderson’s old pad is Patton Oswalt, a comedian and actor who has starred as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007), voiced Remy in the film Ratatouille (2007), and played multiple identical brothers, the Koenigs, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014–17). Yolanda has never seen any of those films or shows, so we cannot comment on Mr. Oswalt’s acting chops, but it should be noted that Mr. Oswalt has won both an Emmy and a Grammy over the course of his career.
For all his success, however, the Virginia-born Mr. Oswalt has also faced great tragedy. In April 2016, his first wife Michelle McNamara died in her sleep in the family’s Los Feliz home due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition and complications from prescribed medication.
Luckily for Mr. Oswalt, he was fortunate enough to find a new life partner — he and actress Meredith Salenger got hitched just this November (2017). Mazel tov! Unsurprisingly, Mr. Oswalt sold off his sad Los Feliz place and went looking for a pad to fill with joyous marital memories. Or something like that.
Anyway, they took a shine to Ms. Anderson’s house.
The first thing Yolanda noted about this house is that it is sited on an extraordinarily narrow (if deep) .29-acre lot. Thus the 5,945-square-foot mansion itself is inordinately long and narrow, seemingly filled with never-ending hallways and a epic staircase that looks like it requires a good 5 minutes to ascend or descend. Maybe Mr. Oswalt and Ms. Salenger were looking for a house that would keep them in shape? If so, they certainly chose wisely.
Though the property is situated on a quiet street, it does back directly up to busy-busy-busy Laurel Canyon Boulevard, not necessarily the most ideal situation. But we digress.
The front door opens rather rudely into the double-height living room. We’re not sure if this is necessarily in keeping with the “Spanish” theme, but the whole house is filled with medium-brown hardwood floors and wood (and wrought iron) accents on the doors, windows, everywhere.
As you might expect of a $3.4 million mansion, there is a movie theater, a wine cellar, and a library. It appears to Yolanda that Ms. Anderson had already moved out of the premises by the time these listing photos were taken. Either that, or maybe she doesn’t like to read?
Continuing down the center hallway leads to the formal dining room, which is just beyond the Viking appliances-equipped kitchen. A center island has bar-style seating and opens to the family room, which has French door access to the backyard terrace. There is also a maid’s bedroom suite on the ground floor.
Up that frightful flight of stairs lies four more bedroom suites, including the master. There is a pitched, all-wood ceiling in the bedroom, a private covered balcony overlooking the backyard, and a spacious bathroom with marble floors, dual vanities, a built-in soaking tub, and a glassy shower.
The tropically-landscaped backyard features an outdoor dining area, a grassy play area, and a sparkling pool/spa combo with waterfall feature. And let’s not forget the small guesthouse (of unknown square footage) at the very rear of the property. It contains a kitchenette plus lounge area and another bedroom/bathroom plus a walk-in closet.