‘Black Lightning’ Producers Deposit $ 13.8 Million on Grand Hancock Park Mansion


This is far from the highest price ever paid for a single-family home in Los Angeles’ historic and historic Hancock Park neighborhood – that honor goes to Tudor Nickelodeon red-brick baronial president Brian Robbins, who sold early in 2020 for $ 19 million – but the recent $ 13.8 million sale of a trendy rehabilitated Italian Revival-style mansion that anchors a significant corner of the exclusive neighborhood is the highest amount paid to date this year for a single-family home in this particularly chic part of town.

Completed in 1930, the house of awe-inspiring proportions was built for prominent LA developer Joseph A. DeBell – he donated 100 acres to the town of Burbank in 1954, which he later turned into a golf course. DeBell, and tax records show that nearly two-thirds of a hectare has been sold by property developer and hospitality entrepreneur Lorenzo Boucetta and his wife Kaya Boucetta. Although the Boucettas, who bought the place in 2018 for $ 7.2 million, spent a lot of time and money turning the vintage estate into a showcase of modern family life, the couple decided to move when the opportunity arose to purchase a property they had previously rented. in the Holmby Hills area of ​​Los Angeles.

The new owners of the Hancock Park mansion are married TV writers and producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, herself a screenwriter on the late 1990s TV series “Moesha” and creator of the longtime sitcom “Girlfriends. “. her spin-off “The Game”, before she and Salim co-created, developed, wrote, directed and / or produced the ill-fated series “Love Is …”, the hit series “Being Mary Jane” and , most recently, “Black Lightning,” the latter is a superhero series based on a character of the same name in DC Comics publications.

Elegantly embellished with sculpted eave supports, arched windows and sculpted stone columns on either side of the front door, the imposing rectory spans nearly 10,000 square feet with four bedrooms and 5, 5 bathrooms, as well as an adjoining one bedroom guesthouse with full kitchen and 1.5 thermal baths.

The estate was listed with Viktor Aaberg and Fredrik Eklund of Team Eklund / Gomes at Douglas Elliman, while the Akils were represented in the case by Stephen Sweeney at Oak Brook Realty.


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