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Saw’ director James Wan makes an off-market exit in the Bird Streets


LA Times

Hollywood filmmaker James Wan has gone off-script in a recent transaction, parting with his home in the Bird Streets area of Hollywood Hills West for $13.125 million in a deal that closed outside the Multiple Listing Service. Talk about your flair for the dramatic.

Built in 1962 and since updated in a more contemporary style, the 7,550-square-foot home provides a textbook example of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that has become synonymous with Southern California.

An artful entry topped with a series of skylights opens to an open floor plan that seamlessly flows between a chef’s kitchen, breakfast area, a den and a living room with a wet bar. Walls of telescoping glass doors wrap the exterior, bringing outdoor living areas and panoramic views inside.

The master suite has a fireplace and a spa-like shower for a total of six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. A detached guest house sits adjacent to the main residence and has a full kitchen and living room. There’s also a separate gym.

On the grounds, an outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven opens to a kidney-shaped swimming pool and spa. Expansive decks and a patio with an outdoor fireplace complete the setting.

The sale is quite a windfall for Wan, the director-producer known for the “Saw” film franchise, who bought the house two years ago for $9.75 million.

Andrea Shrink of Teles Properties represented Wan in the transaction. Gayle Weiss and Rochelle Atlas Maize of Nourmand & Assoc. represented  the buyer.

In addition to his work on the “Saw” films, Wan, 39, directed “Insidious” (2011), “The Conjuring” (2013) and “Furious 7” (2015). Among his current projects is the upcoming DC superhero flick “Aquaman,” due out in 2017.