'Whiplash' Producer Jason Blum Lists Hollywood Hills Home for $4M (Photos)
Blum says hello to fatherhood and goodbye to the bachelor pad where he hosted Ethan Hawke and 40 screenings of 'Paranormal Activity.'
This story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
When Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum graduated from Vassar College, his first day job was selling tony real estate in Manhattan. Now, with a string of hits under his belt, the peripatetic producer of movies ranging from Paranormal Activity to last year's Whiplash, an Academy Award nominee for best picture (and winner for supporting actor J.K. Simmons as well as film editing and sound mixing), is back to selling tony real estate — this time, his own.
During renovations, Blum added a snug guesthouse separated by a stainless steel-sheeted wall — Hawke stayed there while filming 'The Purge' with Blum.
Roy Lichtenstein lithographs brighten the kitchen. Blum's father, Irving, was director of the pioneering Ferus Gallery in L.A., which gave Andy Warhol his first solo show in 1962.
Blum retrofitted the first floor with a master suite that opens on to the terrace with its pool and spa. "Today's buyer wants outdoor spaces that flow seamlessly," says Lavey, the listing agent.
Blum and his wife of three years, Lauren Schuker Blum, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and current Economist writer, are putting their contemporary aerie high above Sunset Plaza on the market. The 2,115-square-foot house, with two bedrooms, four bathrooms and 1,500 feet of outdoor living space, is listed for $3.99 million. Lauren recently gave birth to the couple's first child, Roxy, and the Blums now want a house more conducive to raising children, says The Agency's Eric Lavey, who is handling the sale. "This is a house for a certain stage of life," notes Lavey, adding that the couple is after a "super family home" and considering Los Feliz and Hancock Park. "They have great, pedigreed taste, and they want another special property." Blum, who bought the midcentury vintage house in 2004, added a master suite, terraces, infinity pool and guesthouse. The home was indispensable in snagging Paranormal a distributor — Blum hosted 40 screenings there before Paramount agreed to release the film in 2007. Paranormal director Oren Peli and Ethan Hawke are among those who have lodged in the guest quarters while working on films with Blum. "More buyers today are looking for that Hollywood Hills showstopper," says Lavey of Blum's onetime bachelor pad. "And it's a showstopper that's not 10 million bucks."
The couple's daughter, Roxy, was born April 15.