‘Seinfeld’ Actor Steve Hytner Finds Gold In L.A.’s Hot Housing Market

How hot is the L.A. market right now? Actor Steve Hytner sold his longtime home in the Picfair Village area of Los Angeles for nearly $200,000 over the asking price (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY | GO.MARKSINGER.COM).

Actor Steve Hytner has sold his Mid-City Los Angeles home for $1.59 million, which is nearly $200,000 more than the listing price for the newly-remodeled property.

As Hytner’s most well-known character, Kenny Bania on the hit NBC sitcom Seinfeld, would say, “That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

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The “Seinfeld” actor’s home received more than 50 offers after hitting the market in early April (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY | GO.MARKSINGER.COM).

The sale of the three-bedroom closed in 30 days after listing in early April, typical of the hot real estate market in California and throughout the country. The California median home price reached an all-time high in March, with nearly two-thirds of homes selling above the asking price, according to the California Association of Realtors.

Listing agent Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland says she had 50 showings over four days and eight offers.

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The classic living room retains its original fireplace (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY | GO.MARKSINGER.COM).

The 1930 stucco house is emblematic of L.A.’s Picfair Village neighborhood, a diverse area filled with Revival-style bungalows and mid-century homes.

“It’s definitely one of the ‘hot’ pockets in Los Angeles,” Hartley says. “It’s centrally located, lovely landscaped yards, well-kept homes, good-sized lots, wide streets, and one of the few places you can get into the market for under $2 million, or even under $1.5 if you’re lucky. Most houses coming up for sale in Picfair Village are flying off the market with multiple offers.”

living dining room inside picfair village home of actor steve hytner

According to listing agent Marcie Hartley, Picfair Village homes often sell before hitting the market (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY | GO.MARKSINGER.COM).

The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home in California hit a record low of eight days in March, down from 15 days in March of last year.

Record-low inventory across California has been a factor, with the supply of homes for sale dropping by more than half over the last year in 30 of the state’s 51 counties.

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The home office has French doors that open to deck space (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY).

Original features and a recent renovation helped boost the home’s appeal. Hytner, who had owned the house since 2004, recently remodeled the kitchen and repainted the interior and exterior. There is also a newly tiled entry porch, refinished hardwood floors, new light fixtures throughout and new landscaping in front and back, including 18-foot privacy hedges in the backyard.

Original features include barreled ceilings, an original octagonal breakfast room with diamond cut windows.

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A staircase connects the deck to a lush and landscaped backyard (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY | GO.MARKSINGER.COM).

“This is hard to find in a city where flippers come in and tear out a lot of the original charm in a home,” Hartley says. “This owner chose to preserve this home’s integrity and features. He just kept it well maintained over the years, so the recent renovations only enhanced it and made it really shine on the market.”

The home also features a bedroom that opens to a raised deck overlooking the backyard and a separate two-car garage with sliding barn doors and a pitched ceiling that has been finished out with drywall and can be used as an accessory dwelling.

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A trellis tops the dining patio in a back corner of the yard (MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY | GO.MARKSINGER.COM).

Along with Seinfield, Hytner has appeared on a number of sitcoms, including FriendsThe King of Queens, Two and a Half Men and Working, as well as in the HBO series Hung and such movies as In the Line of FireForces of Nature, and Eurotrip.


I’ve been working as a journalist in the New York metro area for more than a decade and have developed a specialization in luxury real estate, writing about everything from the post-recession housing market in Fairfield County, Connecticut, to the third-home market in the Hamptons. I’m currently also a regular contributor to Newsday and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. If you spot me in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I’m not knitting, I’m probably admiring the beautiful Victorians that surround my apartment building (and trying to figure out what they would sell for).

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