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It becomes immediately clear when speaking with comic actor Joel McHale that he would have made a terrible real estate salesman.
Typically, when a house goes on sale, the owners extol every last virtue it has to offer, whether real or imagined. But McHale, whose Los Feliz home hits the market this week for $2.4 million, eschewed the virtuous for the calamitous.
“The property was big but it was a steep property and only a couple of times did my kids tumble and stop just before hitting the retaining wall,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. Moments later, McHale mentioned the time he captured a rattlesnake in his yard and caught it on film.
He was, of course, joking. The former host of The Soup and the star of CBS’ The Great Indoors can’t help himself. Fortunately for McHale, the house — built in the 1940s and impeccably renovated and designed by his wife, Sarah Williams, and designer Elizabeth Gordon — speaks for itself.
Privately tucked away at the top of a flat cul de sac, the 3,500-square-foot home offers a two-story entry with formal living room with canyon views, a dining room and a renovated chef’s kitchen. There are four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a family room, an office and a den. Scroll through the photos and you’ll notice textured counters and accent walls reminiscent of an Umbrian farmhouse.
“There wasn’t a surface that we did not touch. We redid everything,” said McHale. “We definitely did up the backyard in a huge way.” Carrie Berkman Lewis at Partners Trust is the listing agent.
The outdoor entertaining space offers blue stone patios, an outdoor fireplace and a staircase that leads to the second floor. The property also has a private gated entrance to Griffith Park and its hiking trails, where the comedian’s alleged tussle with a snake took place.
McHale, his wife and two sons already have moved out of Los Feliz and have just completed an 18-month renovation of their new home in the Colfax Meadows neighborhood in Studio City, a decidedly less hip area than the one they lived in for almost a decade. But that could all change very shortly.
“I’m definitely bringing the cool to the neighborhood. I am wearing a cut-off half shirt and got a headband on my head,” said McHale. I’m going full Bjorn Borg.”
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