Screenwriter Larry Levin Lists Matthew Leizer Designed Santa Monica Home

Screenwriter Larry Levin and his interior designer wife, Sasha Emerson, have listed their Santa Monica, California home. Levin, whose credits include “Doctor Dolittle,” “Dr. Dolittle 2” and “I Love You, Man,” originally purchased the property in 1994, and is asking $3.695 million for the mid-century modern home.

Designed by architect Matthew Leizer in 1962 and later featured in a photography spread by esteemed photojournalist Julius Shulman, the property had languished mightily for a number of years before being purchased by Levin, who saw great potential in the mid-century offering that backs Rustic Canyon Park. With the help of architect Mark Mack, the once battered post-and-beam home was revitalized.

Originally hired to remodel only the kitchen, Mack was eventually tasked with the home’s entire renovation, and did so while respecting Leizer’s original floor plans and style. The previous, L-shape floor plan was replaced with a U-shape design that included floor-to-ceiling glass-lined corridors that open the home to the backyard and pool, while the interior received a much needed facelift. In the late 90’s, following the blessed union of Levin and Emerson, the couple commissioned the addition of a second-story pavilion to accommodate their children.

Today, the property offers nearly 4,450-square-feet of living space and a total of six bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. Both the interior and exterior of the home has Emerson’s designer stamp, with a fair use bright color, ornate-retro furniture and flair found throughout the home. It includes an open and vibrant kitchen, library, playroom and a hybrid living room-dining area that overlooks the pool, while adjacent to the rear garden is a private studio and a raised patio that features a nifty vintage chiminea.

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