Hot Property: ‘This Is Us’ star says this is it to modern Venice pad


Actor Chris Sullivan, best known for playing Toby on NBC’s “This Is Us,” has found a hip spot on the Westside, paying $2.333 million for a modern home in Venice’s Oxford Triangle neighborhood.

Found a few blocks from the marina, the two-story home dates to 1956 but was extensively remodeled about four years ago. Among features are front and back landscaping and a park-like backyard complete with a patio, a built-in barbecue and a turf lawn. Stained wood siding lends a contemporary feel to the exterior.

Inside, crisp white walls complement white oak floors and European walnut cabinetry. The open-concept floor plan combines a living room with a chic center-island kitchen. On the lower level, there’s a family room with a built-in fireplace.


Four bedrooms and 3.75 bathrooms fill out the rest of the 2,230-square-foot interior and include a master suite with a glass shower.

At the edge of the fenced property, a fire pit sits among drought-tolerant landscaping.

Over the last decade, Sullivan appeared in a handful of indie films before landing roles in the crime thriller “Imperium” and the Marvel blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” On the television side, the 38-year-old’s credits include “The Knick” and “Camping” in addition to his main role on “This Is Us.”

Jerry Jaffe of Compass and Alison Betts of Douglas Elliman of California were the listing agents. Bryan Sullivan of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer.

Holding court elsewhere

NBA superstar Russell Westbrook, who last year splashed out $19.75 million for a newly built home in Brentwood, has put his other place in the Beverly Hills Post Office area up for sale at $5.995 million.

The two-story contemporary, once owned by “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” personality Scott Disick, was previously rebuilt and expanded by the Stewart-Gulrajani Design Team.

Largely devoted to open-plan space, the main floor consists of a center-island kitchen, a living room and a dining area. An office, which doubles as another bedroom, sits off the common area. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to patio space off the living room.

The master suite takes in city-to-ocean views from the second story. There are five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in all.

Outside, grounds of more than a third of an acre hold a swimming pool with a spa, lawn and hedges. A two-car garage sits behind gates at the front of the house.

Westbrook, 30, bought the house from Disick in 2015 for $4.65 million.

The high-scoring point guard has deep ties to Los Angeles, having attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale and UCLA, where he was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

In the NBA, Westbrook has made eight all-star teams while winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2017. He has averaged a triple-double in points, rebounds and assists in each of the last three seasons.

Donnell Beverly Jr. of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties holds the listing.

An anticipated payoff

After spending more than a year on and off the market, the Malibu home of late film and television legend Garry Marshall has found its new owner. The oceanfront house on Carbon Beach sold for $14.25 million, down from its original asking price last summer of $18 million.

Marshall, who created the iconic show “Happy Days,” isn’t the only Hollywood name tied to the property. In 1981, Marshall bought it from actress Debbie Reynolds, who had the home built 16 years earlier.

Clocking in at just under 3,200 square feet, it has five bedrooms and four bathrooms across two stories.

Wood shingles and brick touch up the front of the house, and out back, a second-story balcony overlooks the ocean. Interior highlights include a living room with beamed ceilings and a loft lined with built-ins.

Sliding glass doors open to an ocean-facing patio with a swimming pool. A staircase descends from the patio to 40 feet of beach frontage that served as a set piece in Marshall’s 2010 film “Valentine’s Day.”

Marshall, who died in 2016 at 81, had a prolific career as a director, producer, actor and screenwriter. He directed his first feature film, “Young Doctors in Love,” in 1982, and went on to direct 18 others, including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries.”

He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tony Mark and Russell Grether of Compass held the listing.

Kickin’ it in Beverly Grove

Professional footballer Gregory van der Wiel, who moved on from Toronto FC earlier this year, has bought a home in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles for $3.68 million.

The contemporary-style house sits behind gates and has steps that ascend to a 23-foot glass front door. Built in 2018, the multilevel home has a light and airy feel with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and clerestories. Retractable doors open the interior to the outdoors.

A high-ceiling living room, a formal dining area, an office, a chef’s kitchen, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms are among the living spaces. A floating staircase made of glass and polished steel runs through the heart of the home.

Outside, hedged grounds hold a built-in barbecue, a pavilion and a swimming pool. A rooftop deck with a fireplace takes in city-light views.

Van der Wiel, 31, signed with Toronto FC in 2018 and appeared in 34 combined matches with four assists last season. After a reported altercation with head coach Gregory Vanney in January, he and the Toronto club mutually agreed to part ways in March.

The defender has previously played for AFC Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain FC and Fenerbahçe. He was part of the Netherlands national team that reached the World Cup final in 2010.

Christina Collins of Hilton & Hyland and David Parnes of the Agency were the listing agents. Lauren Foster of Keller Williams Realty represented the buyer.

Classic hacienda was once his bureau

In the Beverly Hills Post Office area, an estate once owned by newspaper publisher David Whitmire Hearst has come on the market for the first time in more than half a century for $13.5 million.

Hearst, one of five sons of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, began his media career as a reporter for the New York Journal-American in the 1930s. After joining the Los Angeles Evening Herald-Express in the late 1930s, he was elevated to the role of publisher at the paper in 1950, which he held for a decade.

He remained an executive at Hearst Corp., serving as vice president and as a member of the board of directors, until his death in 1986 at 70.

The former Hearst estate sits at the end of a gated driveway and centers on a hacienda-style home dating to the early 1930s. A grand entry featuring original tile work sets the tone for the classic residence. Farther inside, a step-down living room with an oversize fireplace sits beneath coffered ceilings. Another fireplace lies in the office/den.

Two master suites and two staff rooms are among the five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. An attached guest apartment has a separate kitchen and living room.

Outside, 1.5 acres of park-like grounds contain a grassy field, gardens, mature trees and a brick-surrounded swimming pool. Elsewhere, a loggia looks onto a courtyard with a tile fountain/well.

Hearst sold the estate in 1953 to Samuel M. Fuller, a writer and producer at 20th Century Fox, for $57,500. More recently, it was owned by late B-movie filmmaker Larry Cohen.

Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland holds the listing. | Twitter: @LATHotProperty