Neil Patrick Harris Sells His Family-Friendly West Coast Home

The star of stage and screens both big and small sold his L.A. home with a magic surprise in the blink of an eye.

Now that his hit TV series How I Met Your Mother is over and his Broadway career has been validated with a best actor Tony Award for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, affable actor Neil Patrick Harris is reducing his Los Angeles real estate footprint. He and partner David Burtka recently put their 4,191-square-foot home in Sherman Oaks on the market for $2,995,000.

It seems that Harris, Burtka and their fraternal twins had pulled up stakes in favor of the Harlem brownstone they bought in 2010 awhile back, as most of the rooms in their six-bedroom, five-bath San Fernando Valley home were staged, and some rooms were left empty. That didn’t deter from its appeal, however. The property that had been featured in InStyle magazine and on Oprah’s Next Chapter sold in less than a week.

Photo courtesy of Zillow The spacious epicurean kitchen has double Wolf ovens, a six-burner gas range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two Sub-Zero wine coolers. It also features a prep sink and a farm sink, in addition to a large island.

Harris bought the home about four years ago for $2.1 million, so it’s likely he made a tidy profit. Among its more distinctive features are a built-in pizza oven and kitchen in the backyard, which also features a swimming pool, spa and outdoor shower. The latest tech goodies abound, such as 18-zone whole-house Sonance audio with Sonos streaming, internet surveillance and enterprise-level Wi-Fi. There are also two master suites and an oversized, open kitchen with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and an adjacent family room. Perhaps most curious of all, there's a secret room that Harris calls his “Magic Man Cave,” that features imposing red wall paper, and once housed his magic act accouterments.

The house is typical of the luxury, family-style homes in a neighborhood that has also been inhabited by fellow stars such as Pink and Corey Hart, Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory, Wayne Brady of Let’s Make a Deal and Michael Chiklis, star of The Shield and No Ordinary Family. The area is popular among celebrities for its more reasonable prices and less conspicuous attitude than pricy, glamorous addresses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Bel Air, just over the hill.

Although his latest series has wrapped, the entertainer, who began his career on Doogie Howser, M.D., has probably never been busier. He stars in the soon to be released Gone Girl, and is much in demand as a voiceover actor, having recently worked on The Good Dinosaur and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. He’s also a popular awards show host, serving as emcee for ceremonies including the Emmys, the Tonys and the TV Land Awards. He’s about to launch an autobiography, and is hotter than ever on Broadway, where, in addition to Hedwig, he’s starred in productions such as Proof, Cabaret and Assassins.


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