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The former Encino home of director/producer/actor, Ron Howard, is currently listed on the market for $2,999,999 on June 25, 2014. Howard has directed such greats as Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (resulting in a Best Director Award in 2002), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Cocoon to name a few. He was also an accomplished actor that I think many have forgotten with his most notable role playing 'Richie Cunningham' in Happy Days in the mid-70's.
Howard has been in the industry since 1956 and there is no stopping the 60 year old legend as he is currently producing and directing more movies set to release in 2015. Howard is also the co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment with Brian Glazer that has brought hits like Friday Night Lights, 8 Mile, and Arrested Development.
The home measures 5 Beds/6.5 baths on 5,900 sqft on a total lot size of 0.51 acres built in 1951 located three homes north of the entrance to the Encino reservoir at 4535 Encino Avenue. According to the listing description, the home was designed by renowned architect Robert Byrd who also designed the Benedict Canyon home where Sharon Tate was murdered of the Charles Manson gang, the Robert Taylor Ranch in Mandeville Canyon, the former Ryan Stiles home in Encino, the home of the late Joseph Barbera in Studio City, and The Rock'N'Roll house of Frank Zappa in Laurel Canyon known as The Tree House. The listing description states:
Situated on one of the best streets in ENCINO! A Robert Byrd Designed Estate and the former residence to mega producer/director Ron Howard. Enter through the gates and experience something that you could define as spiritual as you are overcome by the beauty that the lush landscape, rolling lawns, & old world character and charm provide to you at the first glance. Extensive use of Wood & Brick throughout, beamed ceilings, stone flooring, leaded glass windows, multiple fireplaces, and many grand and cozy rooms perfect for entertaining. Dining room, pub with rich wood ceilings and walls, 5 bedroom en suites with the master bedroom down w/ 2 closets, full bath and soaking tub. The guest house is full of detail and design, it offers one bedroom, living room, and kitchen. The grounds are spectacular and serene, they are filled with custom lighting, pool & spa, multiple water features, 3 car garage, and enormous space for outdoor dining, activities and large events. This is a special opportunity to buy a house in one of the most sought after locations in Encino, homes rarely are available in this neighborhood.
I dont know the exact dates when this home was owned by Howard as the property records dont go back far enough but according to the trusty Movielanddirectory.com site, Howard was here in the 80s - 90s and may have left after the success of Apollo 13 in 1995.
The Movieland Directory also lists two other homes linked to Howard in Burbank with an 80's home located at 4286 Clybourn Avenue (practically in Toluca Lake) which happens to be the current home of his parents and a 1964 childhood home located at 346 Corona Ave.
Howard was recently in the celeb. R.E. news for the listing of his main home in Connecticut for $27.5 million. Howard also owns homes in Santa Monica, New York City, and Paris according to the Realestalker.
Hopefully Howard comes back to the SFV one day.
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