Countless classic TV episodes have been conceived on the Norman Lear Estate
A legend in the television industry is now offering up one of Los Angeles‘ most legendary estates. The Brentwood compound of 94-year-old TV impresario Norman Lear is now on the market for $39.95 million.
The creator of iconic TV shows including “All In the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “One Day at a Time” and his producer-writer wife, Lynn Lear, bought the Mandeville Canyon property in the late ’80s, and improved it over the years. The couple added a two-story guesthouse with a round jacuzzi and an outdoor kitchen, a tennis court, staff offices, a gym, and a 30-car garage.
They also purchased a three-bedroom house on an adjacent lot, which is not for sale with the rest of the property. The Lears might move into it if they don’t find another property to their liking by the time they sell the estate, according to listing agents Jade Mills and Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker Previews International.
“Now that their children are grown, they don’t need all that space,” Mills explained. The Lears raised their three children together there, their son Ben, 28, and 22-year-old twin daughters, Madeleine and Brianna. They’ve also hosted storied gatherings that have included U.S. presidents and A-listers, screenings of Lear’s latest work in the elegant home theater, and lectures and discussions. “They created a meeting spot,” says Fitzgerald. “They love stimulating conversation and the exchange of ideas.”
The estate, especially Lear’s “cigar box”-style study with a view and the independent office complex, has also been the site of legendary creativity. In addition to his peerless work on the small screen, Lear has produced feature films like “The Princess Bride,” “Stand by Me,” and “This Is Spinal Tap.”
The 8.3-acre property includes an elegant, 14,000-square foot main residence with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and four half-bathrooms.
There are spectacular views of the city to the ocean from many of the rooms. There’s also a large pool and spa, parklike grounds, meticulously tended gardens, and large lawns. Mills says the estate is “truly captivating, unparalleled by its beauty, quality, sophistication, and elegance. This isn’t simply a home—it’s a lifestyle.”
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