Hot Property: John Schneider ready for real-life 'Smallville'
In a move to downsize, Schneider puts his 3-acre home in Agoura Hills on the market for $2,199,000. Features include horse pastures, an infinity pool and a guesthouse.
Actor John Schneider has listed his Agoura Hills compound for sale. (George Hutchison)
The actor raised his three children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85) and "Dr. Quinn" (1993-98) were shot.
Schneider described the English-style ivy-covered house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair."
"We have fall at the house," he said. "You have to rake leaves.
"I'm defaulting toward an easier life," he said, referring to the upkeep of the large house. "I'd rather deal with a fairway in my backyard than a creek."
The family home, the site of annual Christmas parties and a tour benefit for hospice care, has a large dining room with a fireplace and a game room. The gated and fenced property includes detached offices, a guesthouse, an outdoor entertainment center with kitchen and fireplace, an infinity pool, a fenced pasture for horses and three- and two-car garages.
Besides adding the pool and pool house to the property, Schneider also soundproofed a recording booth in the office and set up a studio for editing. "I did my Home Depot voiceovers from there," he said.
But his favorite parts of the house are the grand entry, the poured stone and concrete fireplace and the handmade bar next to it.
"The first thing I did when we got the house was put up the largest mirror you can buy," he said of the piece over the mantel. "That's where everyone would congregate around the piano."
Schneider, 50, commutes to Vancouver, Canada, for episodes of "Smallville," which is in its final season after first airing in 2001. He is in preproduction on a film to be shot in Louisiana in the fall and recently sold a sitcom to Nick at Nite.
Public records show he purchased the house in 1999 for $1.25 million.
George Hutchison and Jeannette Hutchison and Tamara Campbell of Coldwell Banker Westlake Village are the listing agents.
$23 million? He sure knew best
Talent manager turned home remodeler Sandy Gallin has parted ways with his latest residential project in Bel-Air for $23 million.
The late-'30s Paul Williams-designed home belonged to "Father Knows Best" actress Jane Wyatt until her death. Gallin bought the house in 2007 for $7 million and remodeled and expanded it into a seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom home that blends Williams' traditional style with the contemporary architecture of Scott Mitchell. Among the signature Williams design elements is a two-story circular entryway with a sweeping staircase.
Gallin replaced Wyatt's terraced gardens with a flat yard and built three sets of retaining walls, one of which runs along the infinity pool.
The 12,000-square-foot mansion was originally listed at $32 million.
Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Michael Libow of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills South, represented the buyer.
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