Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil deposit $ 13.8 million on Grand Hancock Park mansion – The Hollywood Reporter


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 represents 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 city of Burbank in 1954, which he then developed in DeBell Golf Course, and tax records show the nearly two-thirds of acre spread was sold by real estate 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 television writers / producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, writer of the late 1990s television series. Moesha, and the creator of the longtime sitcom from the August debut Girlfriends, and its fallout The game, before she and Salim co-create, develop, write, direct and / or produce the unfortunate series Love is …, the successful series Being Mary Jane and, more recently, Black Lightning, the latter a series of superheroes 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 from Eklund / Gomes team at Douglas elliman, while the Akils were represented in the case by Stephen Sweeney at Oak Brook Realty.

Throughout the home, carefully preserved original details are mixed and matched with the comforts of modern creatures and clean contemporary decor. A sleek chandelier provides a striking 1960s counterpoint to the graphically painted coffered ceiling of the grand double-height foyer, the wrought-iron stair railing with flowery curves, and the majestic black and white checkered marble floor.

Arched windows almost from floor to ceiling ensure that the formal living room, with its minimalist black marble fireplace, is bathed in natural light. The home also offers a den that spans the backyard, a professional-grade gym and home theater as well as marketing materials described as “a library learning lounge” and “space for learning”. learning for children ”.

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Elaborate plaster moldings in some rooms, such as the dining room, have been restored and / or recreated, while a hidden bar in the living room features hand-painted wallpaper from the 1920s.

Eschewing the usual white marble countertops and Shaker-style cabinetry found in homes across America, the Italian-designed kitchen is sleek and shiny like a Ferrari with two huge stainless steel islands.

A closed porte-cochere leads to a gravel playground and a three-car garage, and the landscaped grounds include tall hedges, expansive lawns and, of course, a swimming pool.

Tax records reveal that the Akils maintain a fairly extensive bi-coastal real estate portfolio that includes: a two-bedroom 1920s bungalow in a neighborhood adjacent to Hancock Park which they purchased in 1996 for $ 255,000; a four-bedroom contemporary hurtled down a private lane in the mountains above Beverly Hills that they acquired in 2014 for $ 3.425 million; and a two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condo in a newly constructed apartment building in New York’s Lower East Side that was salvaged just over two years ago for just over $ 2.5 million. dollars.

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