Named by early homesteader Edson Benedict, pastoral Benedict Canyon has been a favorite neighborhood of showbiz types since the 1920s. Currently on the market in the moneyed enclave is the former residence of legendary talent manager Sandy Gallin, whose stable of clients included Michael Jackson, Cher, Dolly Parton, and Barbra Streisand.
Situated at the end of a two-block-long driveway on a 2.1-acre lot, the Tudor Revival-style mansion was built in 1972, but thoroughly reworked by Gallin, who launched a successful second career as a luxury home designer in his later years.
The two-story residence contains six bedrooms and 7.5 baths within its 10,652 square feet, and features lofty ceilings, multiple fireplaces, and woodsy accents. There’s also numerous elements from faraway lands and time periods, such as brick flooring imported from a French chateau, a wooden headboard repurposed from a 300-year-old Italian church, and a tea room built by Japanese master craftsmen using cedar and black sesame wood from the forests of Hokkaido.
Outdoors, there’s a 50-foot-long Pebble-tec pool and spa as well as a Balinese-style dining pavilion with fire pit and mahogany deck where one can take in dramatic canyon views.
The secluded property, located at 2781 Benedict Canyon Drive, is being offered for sale with an asking price of $8.995 million by veteran film producer Mark Damon, whose projects include Monster, The Lost Boys, and cult favorite Mac and Me. Josh Flagg has the listing.