Hollywood filmmaker Joe Roth recently purchased a $23 million Los Angeles home in an off-market deal, property records show.
The “Maleficent” and “Dolittle” producer bought the one-level, Mid-Century Modern Beverly Hills residence last month through a limited liability company tied to his business manager, Jeffrey Bacon, according to property records that just became public.
Roughly 5,500 square feet, the four-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 1961 by architect Daniel Dworsky, who also designed the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles and UCLA’s Drake Stadium. He brought his experience with commercial projects to the home, giving it a scale seldom seen at the the time, including its high ceilings, according to the listing agent Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland.
Until a few years ago, the gated property had only one owner since the 1960s, Ms. Smith said. In 2017, the home traded for $12.25 million, and those buyers restored the property.
“They wanted to keep it as close to the original as they could,” she explained. “They took it down to the studs and updated all the systems…[but] they kept the original floors and the fireplace. Those things are irreplaceable.”
In addition, they did not open up the kitchen to the rest of the main living space, a common set-up for modern homes, Ms. Smith noted. The dark wood cabinetry has a retro look, but all the modern conveniences are included.
Dark wood cabinetry and paneling continue into the living and family rooms, which feature the original double-sided fireplace at the center, according to the listing. There are also retractable walls that lead outside, plus a wet bar and a formal dining area.
A firepit, pool and lounge area are surrounded by landscaped grounds.
Ms. Smith also noted that it’s rare to find a one-level home that’s not a massive size in the flats of Beverly Hills, a neighborhood between Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards.
“There’s a lot you can do in 5,500 square feet,” she said. “Not everyone needs such a big house…I’m glad this has been restored. It’s like a piece of art that can’t be replicated.”
Mr. Roth, 73, has served as chairman of 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios and helmed several production companies, such as Morgan Creek Productions, Revolution Studios and Roth Films.
He is also trying to sell a seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom home designed by architect Paul R. Williams for $48 million. The residence includes a bar with circular marble counter, numerous entertaining rooms, a guest house, a tennis court, and a pool and pool house on a 1.32-acre estate. Representatives for Mr. Roth did not immediately return a request for comment.
The story was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.