Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nicollette Sheridan (Finally) Leases Upper Bel Air House

OWNER: Nicollette Sheridan
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
PRICE: $12,500/month
SIZE: 2,731 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Thanks to a friendly French informant we'll call Monsieur Fahfah Froufrou and an assist from Our Fairy Godmother in Bel Air, Your Mama has learned that, after more than six months on the market, actress Nicollette Sheridan has finally, at long last, found a tenant for her secluded, mid-century semi-Spanish rambler in the upper Bel Air of Los Angeles that was last available with an asking price of $12,500 per month.

Miz Sheridan, the British-born step-daughter of famously smooth-pated actor Telly Savalas (Kojak), has bounced around Tinsteltown since the mid-1980s when she was cast in the blessedly short-lived modeling drama Paper Dolls co-starring famously helmet-haired actress Morgan Fairchild and the de-voon, gravel-voiced Brenda Vaccaro. The blond bombshell's big Showbiz break came quickly in 1986 when she was cast on the long-running prime time soap super-drama Knots Landing on which she strutted her stuff in 181 episodes. Lots of forgettable movies (Spy Hard, Beverly Hills Ninja) and terrible tee-vee movies followed (Dead Husbands, The Spiral Staircase, Deadly Betrayal etc.) before she landed her to-date seminal professional gig as the cunning and conniving real estate agent Edie Britt on the (now canceled) campy prime time super-drama Desperate Housewives. Of course we all know how that ended for Miz Sheridan....

Anyhoo, property records show Miz Sheridan has owned the 1.5 acre hillside property since at least the  mid-1990s. Listing details Fahfah Froufrou dug up out of the depths of the internets shows Miz Sheridan's single story main residence has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,731 square feet of mostly saltillo tiled interior space. A detached structure with fourth bathroom provides additional living space as a guest house/home gym/media lounge or whatever. The house (and guest house) are well situated for celebrity style privacy on a plateau down a foliage lined semi-private driveway shared with two other homes, as far as Your Mama can tell, owned by non-celebs.

The sky-lit main living/dining space has a vaulted ceiling with exposed support beam and post, a massive red brick fireplace and two walls of French doors that open to a deep shaded loggia conveniently equipped with a curving, built-in bar and barbecue station. There's also a separate formal dining room (or possible den) just off the front door. A long, clerestory window lit galley kitchen with perfectly ordinary (possibly limed) pine raised panel cabinetry, white tile counter tops with extra-side grouting and top-grade commercial style stainless steel appliances that include a super-sized double over Viking brand range with eight burners and a damn griddle.

Listing information goes on to reveal there's a small bedroom (set up as a simple home office) and a larger bedroom furnished in listing photos as a t.v. watching lounge with a giant, roll-armed sofa with chaise kick out and a flat screen monitor mounted in the corner on and articulating arm. Of particular decorative note are the fur blanket—it looks like mink to Your Mama but what do we know about fur?—carefully laid across the sofa's chaise and a leopard print rug that may or may not be an actual animal hide.

The master bedroom has utterly impractical white wall-to-wall carpeting, a red brick fireplace set at an uncomfortable angle between the double entry doors and a row of high windows punished with a tone-on-tone beige bubble shade. There's also large walk-in closets, a vaulted ceiling with exposed ridge line support beam, French doors that join to a shrubbery enshrouded brick terrace with sunken spa—cue the cheesy romance music—and a roomy bathroom with pickled wood cabinetry, deep blue tile on counters, floors and walls, double sinks and make up vanity, glass-enclosed shower space and separate jetted tub that look large enough to host a small, 1970s-ish soiree. Once again the children will note Miz Sheridan's thing for animal hide. There are sheepskin rugs on the floor in the bathroom and in the bedroom as well as another leopard rug and a trio of fur pillows on a small settee that look like maybe they're made of raccoon?

Between the main house and the guest house there's a swimming pool surrounded by a used brick sunbathing and lounging terrace. A rolling lawn slopes down to a thicket of trees and other foliage that provide an enviable amount of privacy that would certainly allow Miz Sheridan and/or her tenets to run around naked without any nosy neighbor being the wiser.

We're not sure how long it's been since Miz Sheridan has actually lived in her Bel Air house but we do know that way back in 2008, when she was still rolling in Desperate Housewives clover, Miz Sheridan paid rock star Melissa Etheridge (and her ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels) just over $4.3 million to acquire a nearly 7,000 square foot mini-mansion in the equestrian and family oriented guard gated community of Hidden Hills in the far northwest suburbs of Los Angeles.

listing photos: Westside Estate Agency