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Screenwriter James Dearden’s Beverly Crest remodel is ready to attract a buyer

Hot Property | James Dearden and Annabel Brooks

The Art Deco-inspired house has been remodeled into a contemporary retreat.

(Adrian Anz | Inset: David M. Benett/Getty Images)

English director-screenwriter James Dearden, known for the 1987 thriller “Fatal Attraction,” and his wife, actress Annabel Brooks, have put a two-story house in Beverly Crest up for sale at $5.995 million.

But the celebrity pedigree doesn’t stop there. Academy Award winners and professional athletes are among those who lived in the gated estate, which has been offered for lease at prices ranging from $25,000 to $30,000 a month.

Set back from the street on more than half an acre above Benedict Canyon, the Art Deco-inspired retreat was built in the 1940s and remodeled last year. High ceilings, stone floors and wrought iron work are among the details.

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Sliding doors open the living room to the swimming pool area.  A patio with a fireplace sits off the updated center-island kitchen, which has stainless appliances and glass-front cabinetry. Each of the five bedrooms has its own bathroom and a balcony or terrace. The 5,286 square feet of white-walled living space also include a dining room, a media room, a den and a powder room.

A hidden terrace accessed by a lighted trail sits above the pool and sun deck. Lush landscaping creates a private cocoon around the perimeter of the property. 

Dearden wrote and directed “Pascali’s Island” (1988) and “A Kiss Before Dying” (1991). Brooks has been in such films as “The Witches” (1990), “Princess Caraboo” (1994) and “Last Run” (2001).


The couple bought the house in 2007 for $4.695 million.

Paul Czako of Gussman Czako Estates is the listing agent.

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