Encino Home of Late ‘Touched by an Angel’ Star Della Reese Gets Price Chop (EXCLUSIVE)
21st December 2018

The last home of late singer, actress and ordained minister Della Reese, an unassuming, low-slung 1970s contemporary notched into a hillside at the end of a cul-de-sac in the affluent foothills of Encino, Calif., is now listed at $1.775 million after first coming to market about four months ago at $1.925 million. The “Touched by an Angel Star” and her concert producer husband, Franklin Lett, had long resided in Bel Air, but decamped to Encino sometime after their $1.79 million purchase of the property in late 2014.

Bearing a striking architectural resemblance to Reese-Lett’s former mansion in Bel Air, the low-slung home offers five bedrooms and four sleekly renovated bathrooms in 4,291-square-feet that sprawls out over a single floor. A shallow porch and double-door entry opens to a roomy, wood-floored and chandelier-lit foyer flanked by a step down living room with fireplace and a formal dining room lit by a second crystal chandelier. Crisply renovated with chocolate-brown wood cabinets, almost white marble-like countertops and upscale stainless steel appliances, the kitchen encompasses an informal dining space that opens to the backyard while an adjoining family room features a cathedral ceiling, a walk-in wet bar, a modern-minded carved stone fireplace and wall of windows that looks out to the swimming pool. Four reasonably sized guest and family bedrooms are joined by a master suite that opens to the backyard through broad bank of French doors and includes a thoroughly contemporary bathroom with glass sliders to a pint-sized fenced patio. Brick accented and salt-pitted concrete terracing runs between the back of the house and a swimming pool and spa backed by a curving retaining wall that’s sheathed in azure tiles and holds back a naturally planted hillside.

Lett and Reese, who passed in the fall of 2017 at 86, previously owned a 9,000-square-foot home with a “near Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool” under the shade of 100-foot-tall pine trees on a high, serpentine ridge above Bel Air’s Stone Canyon Reservoir. They presided over the secluded property since at least the middle 1990s and sold it in a 2014 off-market deal for $7.5 million to an investment operation who razed and replaced the Reese-Lett residence with an ultra-modern glass-walled extravaganza of almost 12,000-square-feet that came up for sale in early 2017 at $23.5 million and sold later in the year for $19.25 million to an anonymous corporate entity.

Listing photos: Engel & Volkers

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