Excessive profile Hollywood connections abound within the houses in and across the metropolis of Los Angeles, however, the house that Legislation & Order SVU’s Christopher Meloni owned for almost ten years has a very dense record of cultural connections. Again within the Fifties, it was owned by Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and served as their on-screen house in ABC’s long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and the couple’s actual life dwelling, too.
Later it appeared as the house of Jeremy Piven’s character in Entourage, but now according to recent reports surfacing all over social media, Meloni has bought the dwelling, passing the baton over to a different well-known purchaser, Rawson Marshall Thurber, the director behind Dodgeball, We’re The Millers, and Purple Discover. Jeff Hyland and Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland hold the listing.
Details of the house
Meloni bought the place six years ago and has updated the interiors while retaining a wealth of character details. Delicate wainscoting, textured wall coverings, French doors and three fireplaces are among features of note. A classic center hall sits beyond the red-hued front door. Hidden securely away behind walls and gates, on a half-acre parcel nestled just below the mouth of Runyon Canyon Park, the wood and shingle-roof structure features five bedrooms and seven baths spread across a little over 5,200 square feet of living space.
There’s also a detached guesthouse, which likely figures into the overall square footage, along with an eye-catching raspberry-hued front door that opens into a classic center hall boasting a staircase. Upstairs, an expansive master retreat rests beneath a vaulted ceiling and displays a fireplace, sitting area, and dual walk-in closets. A luxe bath is equipped with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and a massive walk-in shower, and elsewhere on this floor is a family room/lounge.
The house, built in 1916, sits on just shy of half an acre with brick patios, a lawn, and a kidney-shaped swimming pool. A charming guest house, designed to evoke the main residence, sits next to the pool area.
Originally listed for $6.5 million in 2020, and then removed from the open market shortly after and rented out ever since for $29,500 per month. The two-story, traditional-style home was acquired by the couple in the fall of 2014 for $5.25 million; and though they have made some minor tweaks to the premises during their tenure, the exterior remains much as it did when it was built way back in the early 1900s.
The listings outlined the home as an “East coast traditional” abode with rustic settings. It also contained formal living rooms, dining rooms, and a family area. The family room extended to a kitchen equipped enough to get the approval of a pro chef.
The kitchen was also designed as an eat-in area with wide islands and marble counters. The sprawling property built in a cul-de-sac is on the same block as the homes of other big wigs in the entertainment industry. One of the houses on the block was a neoclassic-style home owned by Samuel Godwyn. Music star Beck owned another of the spectacular houses on the block. Before buying the Nelsons’ home, Meloni and his spouse had a 3,000-square-foot home in Manhattan, and they put it up for sale for a while.