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Former Fryman Canyon home of decorated composer Elmer Bernstein seeks $5.2 million

The onetime home of late composer Elmer Bernstein, whose credits include “The Magnificent Seven” and “Ghostbusters,” is for sale in Studio City for $5.199 million.
(Adrian Van Anz)

The Studio City estate where prolific composer Elmer Bernstein once lived is for sale at $5.199 million.

Bernstein, who died in 2004 at 82, scored more than 200 movies during his career and won an Academy Award in 1967 for “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The films “The Magnificent Seven,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “True Grit” are among his other Oscar-nominated works.

His career took on a new light in the 1970s and ’80s, when he scored such film comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Airplane!” and “Ghostbusters.”

Bernstein’s former home, built in 1937, sits behind gates on about an acre in the celebrity-popular Fryman Canyon area.


Designed by architect Arthur C. Munson, the two-story home features such classic details as exposed beams, diamond-shaped window grilles and peg-and-groove floors. A short staircase connects the den/game room to a pub-style bar.

Some 4,600 square feet of living space also includes a formal dining room, an office/library, a sunlit breakfast room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms. There are brick fireplaces in the master suite and living room.

Expansive brick patios surround a clover-shaped swimming pool and spa in the backyard. A lighted and fenced tennis court sits off the front motor court.


Craig Strong of Pacific Union International holds the listing.

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