Albert Brooks' Home For Sale (PHOTOS)

02/09/2012 05:16 pm ET
  • Ann Brenoff Senior Writer/Columnist, The Huffington Post

The longtime home of actor-director-screenwriter Albert Brooks has come on the market at $6.995 million. The 5,500-square-foot house, which once belonged to Merv Griffin, isn't listed in the MLS and hasn't been for sale for almost 20 years.

Brooks portrayed the brutal gangster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," a departure from his usual comedic persona. He was also the voice of Marlin in "Finding Nemo," and wrote, directed and starred in "Defending Your Life." Comic auteur Brooks has crafted some of Hollywood's biggest cult comedies, including "The Muse" and "Lost in America."

The four-bedroom, tennis court estate that he is selling is entered through a long, gated driveway. That spells privacy, big-time. The single-story home is -- according to the listing agent's website -- "reminiscent of a Modern Aspen Ski Lodge or a Balinese Modern Resort." You can take it from there. The home has lodge-pole supports, a ton of glass that lets in natural light, and a dramatic living room with 20-foot-high ceilings. The master bedroom suite has his and hers baths and a private sitting room. The 2.5 acre property includes an infinity pool, mature gardens and is sited on a private street.

Billy Rose and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency, Beverly Hills, share the listing.

Photos courtesy of The Agency.