Bel-Air villa

The Bel-Air home of Stephen Verona, who wrote "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974), has gardens and a swimming pool on 1.3 acres. (Jeff Elson)

The Bel-Air home of Stephen Verona, music video and film director, screenwriter and painter, has come on the market for the first time in 30 years. It is listed at $4,395,000.

The two-story red tile-roofed villa, built in 1938, sits behind gates on 1.3 acres. The 3,405-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a formal dining room, a light-filled breakfast room, a den, an office and maid's quarters. There are fireplaces in the living room, library and master bedroom. Many of the rooms open to a large patio, off of which are gardens, a gazebo and a swimming pool.

Verona, 69, worked as an art director and producer with John Lennon and Barbra Streisand, among others. A pioneer of music videos, he teamed with such groups as the Lovin' Spoonful, Chicago and Simon & Garfunkel. The first feature film he wrote was "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974).

To get away from the pressures of the entertainment industry, Verona painted in his Bel-Air home's studio at night. He later began selling his work and eventually devoted himself to painting.

The listing agents are Marty Trugman and Cara Sheriff of Teles Properties, Beverly Hills.

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