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'Modern Family' man Ed O'Neill buys Brentwood home from Robert Richardson

Ed O'Neill's new two-bedroom, two-bath home, designed by Cliff May, has an open plan and walls of glass.

April 12, 2011|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times

Ed O'Neill of "Modern Family" has bought a Brentwood home from cinematographer Robert Richardson for $3.05 million.

The ranch-style house was designed by Cliff May in 1953 as his personal residence. It was an experiment in open plan living, with walls enclosing only the bathrooms and long drapes and rolling cabinets defining other rooms.

During Richardson's ownership, the home was restored and refined by L.A.-based Marmol Radziner. Walls of glass open to park-like grounds, and a 288-square-foot skylight brings natural light into the house. Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings, motorized black-out window coverings and walnut cabinetry. There are two bathrooms.

O'Neill, 65, has played patriarch Jay Pritchett on the sitcom since 2009. He also is known for his starring role on "Married With Children" (1987-97).

Richardson, 55, won Oscars for "JFK" (1991) and "The Aviator" (2004). His credits include "Shutter Island" (2010) and "Inglourious Basterds" (2009).

The property had been listed at $3,495,000.

Barry Sloane of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Nancie Richards and Dawn Robertson of the Brokerage Beverly Hills represented O'Neill.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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