Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Donates Proceeds From Unique Pacific Palisades Homes
It’s a one-of-a-kind property for a one-of-a-kind guy.
Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons” (among many titles), died last March of colorectal cancer at age 59, but he was prepared for it. He designated his vast fortune for various charitable organizations, including his own Sam Simon Foundation (which largely helps dogs), PETA, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (which protects marine life) and Save the Children.
Now, the proceeds from the sale of his 1.5-acre estate, which includes two houses – one of them the revered Richard Neutra 1948 Bailey House – will bolster his foundation’s work. The property is listed at $18 million.
The Case Study involved Arts & Architecture Magazine commissioning major architects of the day to build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the U.S. housing boom that followed World War II, when military personnel returned to civilian life. Simon had the home, known as the Bailey House, meticulously restored and used it as an office, and lived in it while the expansive main residence was being rebuilt, after it was destroyed by fire in 2007.
The 7,124-square-foot white-walled contemporary, which has a sort of modern mission feel, has vast white walls, the better to display Simon’s extensive art collection, which consisted of works by artists from Rodin to Ruscha, as well as memorabilia from the TV shows he worked on, including Cheers, Taxi, The Drew Carey Show, and, of course, The Simpsons.
Perhaps the grandest work of art in the house is the stunning blue blown glass Dale Chihuly chandelier, which hangs above the sweeping, glass-railed floating staircase. That chandelier is not included in the price, but for those who can afford $18 million for the rest of the property, what’s another several hundred thousand for the light fixture? Just moving it is beyond imagination.
The number of bedrooms in the main house can vary from three to five, depending on how they’re used. The listing combines both houses’ stats and numbers them at five bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The master suite, with its terrace, expansive closet space and spacious master bath, is inviting to humans as well as canines. Almost every floor surface in the house is dog friendly.
Other high-end spaces include a climate-controlled wine cellar/cigar humidor room; an ultra modern kitchen with an L-shaped island; an entertainment lounge with a wet bar and home theater; an infinity pool with a water wall; and various ponds and spas hidden among the lush vegetation on the verdant grounds.
Climb up the circular, glass-walled staircase that leads to the roof top terrace, and you’re not only rewarded with a spectacular view of the nearby beach, but you’ll also see that the home has an elaborate solar energy system that supplies a good deal of the estate’s energy needs.
In fact, the main residence is LEED Gold certified, has myriad eco-friendly, energy-saving features, and is built of sustainable, recycled, toxin-free materials, according to listing agent Stephen Sigoloff who took me through the home.
The Pacific Palisades property is located in one of the most coveted communities in the Los Angeles area. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have a family home in “The Palisades,” which is rumored to be whisper-listed as a result of their split. Celebrities like Judd Apatow and his wife Leslie Mann, Matt Damon, Larry David, Kobe Bryant, Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman have all called the sea-view area home.
Simon’s trust should be able to keep on giving long after its kindhearted founder has gone. Of course he’ll be well remembered for his role in bringing us Bart and Homer, but his true legacy will help life on the planet in countless other ways.
For more photos and information on this stunning property, see my feature on Yahoo Real Estate.
Simpsons Sam Simon Donates Proceeds From Unique Pacific Palisades Homes