Legendary Hollywood Composer Elmer Bernstein’s Former Studio City Home Comes to Market for $6M

Published: March 23, 2017 | By: American Luxury Staff

A Los Angeles property that was once the home of composer Elmer Bernstein has resurfaced on the market. The Studio City house has an asking price of $5.995 million.

Located in Fryman Canyon, the property known as ‘Winterbrook’ dates to the late 1930’s, and measures about 4,600 square feet. It contains four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, and was designed by Arthur Munson in the style of an English country house.

Peg and groove hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and a somewhat compartmental layout distinguish the interior. Brick fireplaces and leaded glass windows add period charm, but also add to the considerable weight of the interior. It feels very much in the English style: a little dark, but cozy.

It’s a little dated, too, though. The kitchen clearly hasn’t seen a remodel since the 1970’s; dark cabinetry and tiled surfaces predominate, and the mock skylight doesn’t offer much in the way of liberation. Dining room wallpaper is very heavy-handed, and the master bath could use a radical overhaul. The master bedroom is dominated by a large brick fireplace surround; with a good revision, it could be a spectacularly comfortable retreat.

The property exterior features a free form pool amid the brick patio; the grounds measure about an acre, and offer a meandering, shady margin that belies the lot size. There is a tennis court on the property.

Elmer Bernstein is best remembered for his instantly recognizable scores to the John Sturges classics ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘The Great Escape,’ but composed literally hundreds of scores during his career. He worked constantly until his death in 2004.

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