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Hot Property: Ed Asner Parts with a Character-Filled House in Studio City

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By Lauren Beale

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards 2014(MCT)—If just the mention of the name Ed Asner puts the theme song from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in your head, then the actor’s longtime Studio City house will probably bring to mind his trademark character: lovable, flawed, curmudgeonly, fatherly editor Lou Grant.

Talk about a warm fuzzy. The charming traditional-style home, which sold for $1.306 million, has that real-people-lived-here look. And the place oozes wall-to-wall character.

Used brick, leaded glass, exposed-beam ceilings, brass hardware and French doors are among the charms in the 2,783-square-foot home. Living space includes living and family rooms, an office, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The self-contained master suite features a sitting area, a fireplace, another office and a walk-in cedar closet.

Brick steps lead from the back of the home to a sunny patio and a swimming pool with a spa.

Asner, 84, is a past president of the Screen Actors Guild. The Emmy winner played Lou Grant in the 1970s sitcom with Moore and in “Lou Grant,” a spinoff drama set at a newspaper. He voiced a character in the animated film “Up” (2009).

Last year Asner appeared in “The Glades” and the TV movie “Christmas on the Bayou.” This year he is on the series “Men at Work” and in the films “Audrey,” “The Games Maker” and “Promoted.”

Asner bought the property in 1996 for $540,000, public records show.

Tech Money Finds a Home

Eric Schmidt, the billionaire executive chairman of Google Inc., has bought the Veronique and Gregory Peck estate on L.A.’s Westside for $22 million.

Set on 1.3 acres, the 1930s French chateau sits at the end of a long driveway and is surrounded by a flat lawn, mature trees and lush gardens. The neighbors include heiress Petra Ecclestone, White House interior designer Michael Smith and the Playboy Mansion.

Designed for grand-scale entertaining, the 9,182 square feet of living space features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living rooms, an office, a bar, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

French doors throughout the house open to patio space and a swimming pool.

Schmidt, 58, was worth an estimated $8.3 billion last year, according to Forbes, ranking him No. 138 on the magazine’s list of the richest people in the world.

Gregory Peck, who died in 2003 at 87, won an acting Oscar for his starring role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962). Among his other memorable films are “Roman Holiday” (1953), “The Guns of Navarone” (1961) and “MacArthur” (1977).

Veronique Peck bought the property the year her husband died for $14.135 million, public records show, and filled it with his memorabilia.

©2014 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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