In the summer of 2018, film producer/director Ari Ryan – the only grandson of a prominent Chicago businessman and philanthropist Zev Karkomi, which has built one of the nation’s largest private retirement home chains – has handed out $12.8 million for a notable Spanish-style estate in the Little Holmby neighborhood. At the time, the transaction was ranked as the most expensive sale ever in the affluent enclave, located between Westwood and Holmby Hills.
Earlier this year, that record sum was surpassed by both a $16.8 million transaction and the $13 million transfer of a remodeled and expanded Sumner Spaulding-designed home on the same street.
Ryan and his wife Rebecca have now decided to put their home back on the market, this time asking for just under $15.8 million. And while the current list price won’t break any more records, it’s still nearly $3 million more than they paid Anders Eisner – the youngest son of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. – for the place about three years ago.
Built in the late 1920s and once owned for years by ‘Knots Landing’ actress Michele Lee, the premises were extensively renovated during the Eisners’ tenure, with five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms out of more than 11,000 square feet of living space adorned with oak and stone floors, arched doorways and wood-beamed ceilings. Modern amenities include two office spaces, a cinema room, a games room and a gym.
Tucked away on a secluded one-way street amidst a double walled and gated lot spanning over an acre, the stucco and terracotta-roofed structure overlooks the scenic golf course and city lights . A large motorized courtyard faces the house, which includes a majestic porte-cochere entrance that leads to a grand foyer with a decorative fireplace and built-in display area.
Other highlights include a living room with fireplace and walls of patio doors opening onto the grounds, and an adjacent bar and wine cellar that connect to a formal dining room with patio doors to the garden. opening onto an outdoor dining terrace.
A sleekly designed kitchen outfitted with marble countertops, high-end stainless steel appliances, and an island with dining area adjoins a bright family room; upstairs, a chic master’s retreat is adorned with a fireside seating area, private balcony, and two walk-in closets and soaking tubs.
Outside, the terraced backyard is lined with beautiful fruit trees and a rose garden, and is home to a swimming pool and spa flanked by a sundeck, BBQ, running track, and lounge. basketball half court. There is also a Barbara Butler– Tree house designed for children and a three-car garage for adult car enthusiasts.