Platinum selling pop crooner, songwriter and occasional actor Josh Groban has plunked down close to $2.3 million for a casually cosmopolitan, organic-modern residence cleaved to a steep hillside near the end of a little-trafficked, hook-shaped cul-de-sac in a coveted neighborhood of L.A.’s celeb-favored Los Feliz area. Originally built in the late 1970s by architect Tony Ngai and substantially updated since, the multi-story contemporary is faced with knotless cedar planks set off by a charcoal-colored metal roof. There are three en suite bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in a wee bit more than 2,100 square feet.
Cedar planks also clad some of the sharply vaulted ceilings in the airy, white-walled residence that features imported wood floorboards and well-placed windows that provide lovely and leafy, cross-canyon views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Just inside the front door, the dining room opens to a small deck with big views and the up-to-date kitchen has snow-white solid-surface countertops and a snazzy combination of navy blue of and jet black cabinetry. A deep, cushioned window seat in the kitchen works well for relaxed book reading and coffee drinking.
An open stairway descends from the dining area into a petite but extraordinarily voluminous, triple-height library lounge with custom shelving. A massive picture window floods the room with natural light and, beyond the library, an also light-filled yet still invitingly cave-like lounge is the perfect spot to curl up in front of the TV-surmounted fireplace. Guest bedrooms have private and renovated, subway-tile sheathed bathrooms, while the master suite offers direct access to a canyon-view balcony, an unexpectedly spacious walk-in closet and a roomy bathroom where a large window in the over-sized steam shower perfectly frames a view of the Hollywood sign.
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In addition to the several petite decks and balconies off the bedrooms and living spaces, a sprawling, multi-level roof terrace has been covered in easy-maintenance faux-grassing and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and canyons along with a head on view of the Hollywood sign.
The singer and actor, who did a 10-episode arc on “The Good Cop” in 2018, once owned an estate on Malibu’s Point Dume — it was sold in 2016 for $375,000 less than the $4.125 million he’ paid for it more than ten years earlier — and he’s long owned a penthouse condominium in a pricey if otherwise unassuming complex on pretty, tree-lined Beverly Hills street. He acquired the two-bedroom unit more than 15 years ago for $900,000 and online listings show it’s currently in escrow after being set out for sale about three months ago with an asking price just shy of $1.7 million. Groban, who has a penchant for famous actor girlfriends — he dated January Jones, April Bowlby and Kat Dennings before getting with his current lady-friend, actress-writer Schuyler Helford, also keeps a bolt hole in New York City’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood, where in late 2011 he shelled out more than $4.4 million for a 2,300-square-foot, loft-style unit in an early 20th-century converted warehouse building.