Still active at 94 years old, super writer and TV producer Norman Lear has brought us some of the most memorable sitcoms in television history. Who didn’t howl over All in the Family with Archie Bunker’s in-your-face and over-the-top style of bigotry that was so extreme, it became funny and helped us laugh at ourselves at the same time? Or what about Maude, or One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times or Sanford and Son? His last sitcom ended in 1983 with Archie’s Place. His television shows won multiple Emmys and Golden Globe awards. Lear’s writing was somewhat controversial as he wrote about the day’s difficult political and social issues and how they impacted families. When All in the Family first aired, a warning was posted on the screen saying that the content was not to be taken seriously, but with hilarity.
Norman and Lyn Lear have now put their 8.29-acre Brentwood, California estate on the market. Perched on a promontory, it takes in bird's eye views of the Pacific Ocean, the city of Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Will Rogers State Park. Located just north of Sunset Boulevard, the grounds contain the 14,000-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, executive staff and security offices, a gym, 35-car show garage, tennis court with shaded viewing area, a keyhole-shaped swimming pool, lush mature gardens and terraces that open seamlessly from the interior of the house with a full outdoor kitchen. The interior of the main house is accessed from an impressive circular motor court with fountain and opens into a gallery foyer with curved staircase. Beyond are the formal rooms, gourmet kitchen with sunny breakfast area, glass-walled library and professional media room. There are seven bedrooms and twelve baths, including the master suite with his-and-her baths and a private study. Rooms are designed to take in the views with large windows, glass walls and doors. Co-listing agents are Jade Mills and Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell-Banker Global Luxury.
Legendary television writer Norman Lear and wife Lyn are selling their long time Brentwood estate, priced at $39.95 million.
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