Pop-culture commentator and comedian Chris Hardwick will very likely be the buyer of the Bekins estate in Eagle Rock. The host of ‘Talking Dead’ and ‘Talking Saul’ offered an undisclosed amount for the mansion, and the funds are now in escrow to seal the deal. The Eastside property—which is called Chateau Emanuel—had listed at $5.6 million prior to the sale.
The marketing of the home has been somewhat contentious. Before Hardwick came along with his intention to preserve the property intact, the 5,100 square foot house on three and one-half acres had been courted by several buyers, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles among them. But resistance to substantive changes to the property, and subdivision, came from neighbors intent on maintaining the integrity of the area, local zoning, and the L.A. Conservancy.
As it stands, the property includes several residential structures aside from the main house. The compound was built in the mid-1920’s for Martin Bekins during the heyday of Bekins Moving. The home displays the optimism of a millionaire in the 1920’s, with embellishments and flourishes galore. Details include leaded glass windows, ornamental ceilings, original narrow-plank oak floors, and crystal chandeliers.
The property exterior includes a motor court centered by a water feature, greenhouse, a pool and spa, tiered landscaping punctuated by gardens and water features, a private restaurant, a soccer field, and three guest houses.
Hardwick founded Nerdist in 2012. The podcast has grown into a network, a YouTube channel, and a BBC America broadcast. Hardwick and Lydia Hearst tied the knot last year.