James Van Der Beek Sells His “Humble” Home in the Valley

$1.15 million may not seem too “humble” to most, but here’s why it was a bargain and a good investment.

James Van Der Beek's Former Los Angeles Home

James Van Der Beek photo by: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images
House photo by: Zillow
$1,155,250 may seem like a lot for a four-bedroom, three-bath, 3,017-square-foot home built in 1936, but remember, this is in Los Angeles, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.

Not every Hollywood celebrity star owns a multi-million dollar estate in the hills of Beverly. TV star James Van Der Beek recently sold a more “humble” home in the quaint Valley Village area of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley for a mere $1,155,250.

Of course, anywhere else in the country that would seem like a fortune, especially for a four-bedroom, three-bath, 3,017-square-foot home built in 1936. That kind of money could buy you a palatial estate in some parts of Wisconsin, Missouri or New Hampshire, for example.

Photos courtesy of Zillow The home has been meticulously redone inside, with slate flooring, vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.

But for those who are tied to the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, the home Van Der Beek just sold seems like a good deal. Of particular value are the tasteful updates and designer decor, plus the pool surrounded by mature foliage which provides for natural privacy and noise buffering. The property is also located in the Carpenter School District, one of L.A.’s finest. If you have children, you can save up to $60,000 per year for each child by enrolling them in public school, rather than in one of the fancier private schools in the area.

Other attractive features include hardwood a slate flooring, a great room with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, and an open kitchen with bar seating. There are French doors off the master suite that lead out to the pool, as well as a spa tub and steam shower in the master bath. 

As charming as his house may be, Van Der Beek spends most of his time in New York City and has been renting the property out for about $5,000 per month since he bought it for $1.26 million in 2005. His property tax was likely adjusted downward since he bought it. So even though he sold the home for less than he paid for it, chances are he at least broke even on it over the long haul.

And that will be some consolation for him, now that his most recent TV series, Friends With Better Lives, has just been canceled. He is also known for the series Don’t Trust the B—— in Apt. 23 and Dawson’s Creek, in addition to the films Varsity Blues and The Rules of Attraction. He'll doubtless pop up in a new pilot soon.

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