Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, Calif.
Represented Buyers: After almost two decades in Wilmington, N.C., and then a decade in midtown Manhattan, stage and screen star Linda Lavin has packed up her trove of prestigious theater awards — they include a Tony Award, two Obies and a pair of Drama Desk Awards — and hightailed it to Los Angeles. Walled and gated for security, and all but hidden from the street behind prickly clouds of hot-pink bougainvillea amid grassy gardens, the white-stucco and red tile-roofed home retains many original architectural charms, as well as some period-appropriate updates. The arch of the wooden front door is mimicked in the arched windows in the living room, while the adjacent dining room spills out to the entry courtyard, and the kitchen sports rustic, reclaimed wood cabinetry, along with a hammered copper sink and Talavera accent tiles. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the 2,300-square-foot home. One of the bedrooms is en-suite, and the hall bath is emblazoned with black and minty green vintage tile work. A bonus room with built-in media console is attached to the back of the detached two-car garage. Filled with succulents, fruit trees and lush lawns, the gardens are quintessential southern California. A bougainvillea-draped trellis spans a courtyard terrace with a tiled water feature, while a second trellis-shaded patio includes an outdoor kitchen, and a tile-accented spa tub is nicked way in a quiet corner. The property was listed with Ron Viola and Darcy Kaye, both of Sotheby’s International Realty; Lavin and Bakunas were represented in the transaction by Howie Nicoll, Gregg Silver and Dafna Milstein of MS Property Partners at Keller Williams Beverly Hills.