TV Director Craig Zisk Lists Historic Hollywood Hills Home (Exclusive)

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Craig Zisk's Hollywood Hills home

The helmer of such shows as 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'Preacher' has lived for over a decade in one of the original Outpost Estates model homes, developed as "Hillsides of Happiness" in the 1920s.

Television and film director Craig Zisk is selling his Spanish-style Hollywood Hills home, which is one of the original Outpost Estates model homes built in the late 1920s. The home is one of a few remaining residential tethers to Los Angeles' adolescence as a city, redolent with early Hollywood history.

Located on La Presa Drive, the 3,500-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four and a half baths and sits on an 11,000-square-foot lot with direct views to downtown L.A. from nearly every room. Zisk, who has directed over 75 television series including Fear The Walking Dead, Preacher and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, along with the film The English Teacher, is listing the home for $2.775 million.

Zisk and his wife bought the house 11 years ago — they had been looking for a home for almost two years and nearly considered building a house from the ground up. “The thought of building our dream house to try and match this one seemed crazy. People don’t build houses like this anymore,” said Zisk.

Almost all the couple's renovations were on the exterior. They did a makeover of the landscaping, added gravel, sand, new tiling and a pergola along with two fountains to give it a southern French feel that complements the classic Spanish architecture. It has a gated courtyard entry with a split-level entrance with public living areas — living room, dining and kitchen — all with city views. French doors in the living room lead out to a spacious outdoor garden, which slopes into the canyon.

The Outpost Estates were a housing tract development dreamed up by C.E. Toberman and originally marketed as “Hillside Homes of Happiness.” Toberman, one of the L.A.’s most storied real estate developers, earned the nickname "Mr. Hollywood" for building Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Egyptian Theater, Hotel Roosevelt, Hollywood Studios and the Hollywood Bowl.

When they originally moved in, Zisk and his wife found some original photos of the sloping hills surrounding the house just before construction began in 1927. The photos now are framed and hang in the entryway; Zisk told The Hollywood Reporter he will not be taking those photos with him when he moves out. “We feel like they belong in the house and are for the next owners to keep a good reminder of what life in Hollywood was like back in the '20s,” he said. 

Zisk is now looking for a home closer to his wife's work and their kids' schools. The listing agent on the house is Partners Trust associate partner Carrie Berkman Lewis.

See photos below.


Panoramic views of downtown L.A. are available from almost every room.



The living room has French doors that lead to an outdoor garden.


The balcony has direct views of downtown L.A.



The front entrance leads into a courtyard.


Moroccan tiled fountain


Small fountain pool.

Built-in outdoor seating for 14.

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