Burlingame—Jim and Jennifer Belushi’s custom-designed estate in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles—is back. The duo has been trying to sell the home for about three years; it first became available in March of 2016 as a $42 million whisper listing. The last time it hit the market was June of last year, when it was priced at $30 million. Another trim to the ask leaves it at $28 million.
The property was a dream realized for the couple, who brought in architect Oscar Shamamian to develop a parcel they’d purchased for $8.3 million in 2007. The estate that resulted is anchored by a grand Tuscan-inspired villa, with stucco, wrought iron, board-and-batten shutters, and a clay tile roof giving it a strong, cohesive style.
Interior features include reclaimed wood and tile, and hand-hewn floors. The feel is rustic, but refined; the interiors are conservative, comfortingly familiar, and nicely detailed. Ceiling moldings, fireplaces, build-ins, tongue-and-groove, and period-style or vintage light fixtures all contribute to the living style. The layout invites interior/exterior transition from all shared spaces.
The property’s interior living spaces measure well over 14,000 square feet, and there are six bedrooms and eleven baths between the main house and guest house. The property exterior measures a little under one acre, but is engineered to be a sanctuary, with walking paths, gardens, patios, a water feature, an outdoor fireplace, extravagant pergolas, a lengthy arbor, and a pool and spa all within the meandering, very private grounds.
In 2004, Belushi feuded with actress and neighbor Julie Newmar over construction plans; she accused him of trying to build a second house on his lot at the time. Belushi launched a $4 million lawsuit against her for harassment and defamation. The pair eventually made amends, with Belushi inviting Newmar to guest-star on an episode of According to Jim where they made light of their much-publicized quarrel.