UPDATE: After about a month on the market, Benjamin McKenzie’s Nichols Canyon villa sold for his asking price: $1.895 million. That’s a tidy profit of more than $450,000 — McKenzie bought the home in 2005 for $1.429 million.
Former The O.C. star Benjamin McKenzie, who now has a starring role on the FOX show Gotham, is saying goodbye to his three-bed, two-and-a-half-bath Spanish villa right off the Sunset Strip. The home just hit the market for $1.895 million, and it’s certainly a gem, even if there will no longer be a white-tank-top-sporting bad boy from Chino, CA, frolicking around in the yard.
Built in 1950, the 2,000-square-foot home embraces the indoor/outdoor aesthetic. The master suite is a soothing oasis with private master bath featuring a separate steam shower and tub, as well as a large walk-in closet and access to one of the patios. Sprawling hardwood floors carry throughout the home, as do recessed lighting and arched doorways, for a chic, architectural touch.
The spacious backyard, canopied by large trees, is ideal for entertaining. (Chrismukkah parties, anyone?) Two patios, lush, manicured gardens, and a built-in barbecue provide all the high-end amenities a SoCal home in the sun needs. However, there’s no willowy neighbor like Marissa Cooper to come over and brood about the trials and tribulations of life at Harbor School, but you could always give former starlet Mischa Barton a call. We hear her acting schedule may have some space these days. (And we now know there’s not much of a chance for an O.C. reunion popping up.)
The gated home is protected from prying eyes and also features a detached guest suite with a private bath, which could be converted into a fourth bedroom, office, or gym. But I think we all know that extra bedrooms are meant for troubled kids from tough neighborhoods that Sandy Cohen can bring home after a long day in the public defender’s office.
Ryan Atwood, er, we mean Benjamin McKenzie, bought the house back in 2005 for $1.429 million. We’re guessing he’s ditching the Left Coast for the East Coast, seeing as his new show is called Gotham. Well, at least we know he’s not going back to Chino.
Images courtesy of Keller Williams Hollywood Hills (via The MLS). The listing agent is Kimberly Green.