Broadcast syndication company head Byron Allen seems to be doing his part to help the Westside real estate market. The stand-up comic and TV show host bought an estate in Beverly Hills for $17 million and is now listing a place in the Hollywood Hills West area for $8.995 million.
The contemporary mansion he bought sits behind gates on more than an acre. A two-story entry leads to a living room with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to an infinity pool and a terrace. The nearly 13,000 square feet of living space includes a library, a dining room that can seat 18, a bar, a den, seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It last changed hands in 2007 for $15.9 million.
The house he is selling is a Richard Landry-designed contemporary, built in 1962, in the celebrity-populated Bird Streets area. With 3,540 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms, the house features high ceilings and expansive city views. The third-acre property includes a motorcourt, swimming pool and a spa. Public records show he bought the house in late 2003 for $3.2 million.
Allen, 51, produces and distributes shows through his Entertainment Studios. He is executive producer for "Comics Unleased" (2006-present) and the pilot of "The First Family," a comedy-drama about a black family in the White House.
Jeffrey Hyland and Barbara Tenenbaum of Hilton & Hyland were the listing agents on the Beverly Hills manse, and Terence Hill represented the buyer, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Barbara Robinson and Nichelle Robinson have the listing on the Hollywood Hills West property.