David Lipman likes to call the Hollywood Hills residence he recently listed at $2,195,000 "the house Shrek built."
The DreamWorks producer first saw the home at night and said he "was immediately drawn to the view of downtown L.A. sparkling through the hills. Then I turned back, studied the house and saw the incredible lines and was blown away."
When he bought the classic midcentury house in 2000 for $678,000, it needed work. To counter years of neglect, he embarked on a complete overhaul of the home, which had been designed by architect Merle Roussellot and built in 1961.
"I reengineered the house and removed many of the interior walls to focus on the view and the simplicity of the design," Lipman said. He opened it up to the outside by adding more windows and pocket doors.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, with fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, has a swimming pool and sits on a hillside cul-de-sac.
"It's very private up here," he said. "You can't see any of the immediate neighbors. I feel like I'm a million miles away from everything, yet I'm 15 minutes away from most of the studios."
A courtyard entrance with a koi pond leads to 1,875 square feet of flexible living space that Lipman has used for large parties and intimate dinners.
"I feel like I'm on vacation here all the time," said Lipman, who, in addition to working as a producer on the "Shrek" movies (2001, 2003 and 2004), was supervising producer for "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" (1996-97).
But all vacations eventually must end.
"I'm selling because I've been living and working in London the last 3 1/2 years and have decided to relocate there permanently," he said.
The listing agent is Max Nelson of Deasy/Penner & Partners, Beverly Hills.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times