Leslie Dixon and Tom Ropelewski List Beverly Hills House for $8.995 Million (Exclusive)
The screenwriting and producing couple has put the only known Greene & Greene designed house in Beverly Hills on the market.
Screenwriters and producers Leslie Dixon and Tom Ropelewski, who together penned the film Look Who's Talking in 1993, have put their Greene & Greene Craftsman-style home in Beverly Hills on the market for $8.995 million, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The couple purchased the architecturally significant property known as the Anthony-Kerry House in 1992 for $1.7 million, and have listed the home following their decision to return to Dixon’s childhood roots in the Bay Area while maintaining a pied-a-terre in Los Angeles.
Designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene (whose most notable properties include Pasadena's Gamble House, built in 1908), this home is a prime example of the duo's signature style and attention to detail, combining elements from the Arts and Crafts movement with features from Japanese imperial buildings. Located in the tony enclave north of Sunset and within walking distance to the Beverly Hills Hotel, the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom home boasts 4,565 square feet of living space on a 3/4-acre landscaped lot, swimming pool included.
Listing agent Bret Parsons, a realtor with John Aaroe Group and managing director of Aaroe Architectural, cites the living room as one of the home’s most dramatic features. "It's huge, and it’s built to combat the California sun. It's enveloping and nurturing," he says, drawing attention to the cross-breezes and fireplace. Parsons also describes owners Dixon and Ropelewski as "thoughtful stewards" of the home, noting their careful renovations and restorations to the property throughout their 22-year ownership, including replicating a number of original fixtures that had been stripped from the property over the years.
The home's ties to the entertainment industry extend beyond Ropelewski and Dixon, whose screenwriting credits include Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and Limitless (2011), and is a producer on the upcoming film adaptation of Gone Girl. In 1907, entrepreneur Earle C. Anthony—who was the largest Packard car dealer in California, and along with his father, developed the concept of "filling stations"—commissioned the home by the Pasadena-based architects in 1907 to be built near downtown Los Angeles on Wilshire Avenue. As the neighborhood began to transition from a residential to more commercial area, Anthony had moved in 1921 to an enclave in Los Feliz, where it was threatened with demolition to make way for an apartment building. Silent film star Norman Kerry saved the home from destruction, and commissioned the Greene brothers to move it once more, to its present Beverly Hills location.
During his ownership, Kerry rented it to a number of notable tenants, including Marion Davies, Fanny Brice, Helen Hayes and composer Lorenz Hart, who wrote the song, "Isn't it Romantic?" while residing here.