One of the first houses built in Brentwood, a 1920 Spanish-style hacienda, has come back on the market at $6.9 million.
The walled and gated four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence of Dylan McDermott and Shiva Rose, has long been a home to entertainment-industry couples. Previous owners included actress Melanie Griffith and actor Antonio Banderas, and actress Michelle Pfeiffer and television show creator David E. Kelley.
"I was initially attracted to the privacy and integrity of the house," McDermott said. "The depth of the house impressed upon me the value of architecture. From the hand-painted drawings in the magic room, to the mariachi balcony that echoes glamorous Hollywood, to the thick adobe walls that keep the house cool in the summer, to the antiquated stable doors."
The two-story great room has beamed, cathedral ceilings and opens to the dining area. The bedroom wing has three suites, one of which has a fireplace, and the rooms open to a glass-walled galleria showcasing the gardens and fountains.
"I will mostly miss the genuine passion I had for the house and my own personal involvement with its life," he added. "I literally tightened every screw."
The recently remodeled kitchen opens to a sunroom with a guest bedroom beyond. The rear garden terrace has antique pavers, a pool and fountain. There is a pergola with climbing roses and expansive lawn.
The 250-year-old oak tree that sits in the frontyard "is truly the centerpiece of the home," the actor said. "It always made me feel a peace and tranquillity in an otherwise hectic life."
The McDermotts, who were divorced at the beginning of this year, bought the 4,000-square-foot house in 1999 for nearly $4 million, public records show. They had originally listed the home for sale last summer.
"When I was a struggling actor in New York, I once waited on Michelle Pfeiffer," McDermott recalled. "Years later I ended up buying her house. Some of the happiest days of my life have been spent in that house."
McDermott, 47, is known for his long-running role in "The Practice," which aired from 1997 to 2004. The Golden Globe-winning actor has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.
Rose, 40, has appeared in episodes of "CSI: Miami" and "Las Vegas."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun