No joke. This midcentury marvel in Los Angeles was once owned by the comedy legend Mel Brooks and his wife, the actress Anne Bancroft. It’s now on the market for $3.85 million.
And since Brooks and Bancroft sold the place in the 1980s to its current owner, the structure of the midcentury modern abode hasn’t changed.
“This property is steeped in Hollywood history,” says one of its listing agents, Andreas Elsenhans with Douglas Elliman.
“The owners made sure to keep the pool and fireplace untouched, as an ode to a different time. As you walk through the home, you can still feel the vibrant energy of all the Hollywood superstars who may have partied there. It truly is timeless.”
The funnyman’s secluded former pad is seriously nice. Nestled on a hillside, it has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
Built in 1958, the home features an open plan with a living room and adjoining dining room. The great room is dominated by the original three-sided fireplace, and its oversized windows and glass doors make indoor-outdoor living easy.
A library/den comes with wall-mounted bookcases and hillside views. The home’s open kitchen includes a center island, maple cabinetry, a butler’s pantry, and high-end appliances.
The spacious master suite has a bathroom, walk-in closet, and built-ins. Another en suite bedroom comes with outdoor access.
For a buyer in need of help, there are also staff quarters on the premises.
Outside, the grounds include palm trees and plants, a terrace, saltwater pool, spa, and an outdoor kitchen with barbecue. A private gate and two-car garage complete the property.
Brooks, who was born in Brooklyn as Melvin Kaminsky, is known for his comic classics, such as “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Spaceballs,” and “The Producers.”
The “2000 Year Old Man,” as he was called in his classic comedy sketch, is now 94 and belongs to the ultra-exclusive EGOT club: He’s been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. The Academy Award-winning actress Bancroft, who died in 2005, starred in “The Graduate,” “The Miracle Worker,” and “The Elephant Man.”