Exploding Kittens Co-Creator Sells California Ranch Estate For $4.7 Million

Video and analog game designer Elan Lee, who co-created the popular tabletop card game Exploding Kittens, has sold his home in a historic Los Angeles neighborhood for $4.7 million.

Located in Los Feliz, a celebrity-popular neighborhood on the Eastside, the Spanish-style home hit the market over a year ago and sold following a six-week escrow, records show. Marc Noah and Kyle Dordick of Beverly Hills-based Hilton & Hyland handled the listing.

A house among trees in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The home at 2653 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles had been listed for about $5 million.

Set on three-quarters of an acre, the 1920s single-story house was recently updated and displays wood-beamed ceilings, light wide-plank floors and white gallery walls. Large arched windows capture the scenery in each of the home’s two great rooms.

The chef’s kitchen is outfitted with a broad island and custom cabinetry. A built-in breakfast nook is another feature of note.

Four bedrooms and five bathrooms include an expanded master suite with a custom walk-in closet. An additional guest suite lies above the detached three-car garage.

The backyard and pool of a home in Los Feliz.

The custom swimming pool on the property has a built-in spa and a waterfall feature.

Various patio areas, an outdoor kitchen and a custom swimming pool with a spa and waterfall feature complete the property.

A former developer for X-Box, Lee and “Oatmeal” cartoonist Matthew Inman launched a Kickstarter for Exploding Kittens in 2015. The campaign raised more than $8.7 million thanks to 219,000-plus “backers,” making it among the most-funded projects ever launched on the platform.

The game designers later launched the game company Exploding Kittens Inc., which in 2019 received a $30-million investment from former News Corp executive Peter Chernin’s TCG Capital. This year, the company released the titles Throw Throw Avocado, a sequel to the dodgeball card game Throw Throw Burrito, and A Little Wordy, a Scrabble-like word game.

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Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.