Pee-wee’s Personal Pad

Storied mid-century home of comedy actor Paul ‘Pee-wee Herman’ Reubens up for sale
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Following the success of his 1985 blockbuster film 'Pee‐wee's Big Adventure,' comic actor Reubens bought his 3,000‐square‐foot home in Los Feliz (above) for $415,000. Four decades later, it's now on the market with a $4.995 million price tag. All house photos: Sam Wadieh

Zany entertainer Pee‐wee Herman's favorite 'playhouse' apparently was his own 1957 mid‐century modern residence set in the Hollywood Hills.

We should have known.

Nearly a year following the passing of comic actor Paul Reubens, Pee‐Wee's real‐life alter ego, that playful, quirky pad he called home for 40 years has hit the market.

Following the success of his 1985 blockbuster film 'Pee‐wee's Big Adventure,' Reubens bought the 3,000‐square‐foot, 2.5‐bath home for $415,000. It now has a $4.995 million price tag, says realtor Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman, who represents the property at 5835 Green Oak Drive.

 

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Zany Pee‐wee Herman AKA Paul Reubens: his modern residence is considered an authentic '50s icon of Hollywood history. Photo: courtesy CBS ‐ Everett Collection
 

Reubens' 1.4‐acre estate is located at the end of a private road in The Oaks area of Los Feliz, and, because of the comedian's significant and endearing accomplishments, is considered an authentic '50s icon of Hollywood history.

Describing the California modern Reubens House as "highly original," entertainer and close friend Charles Phoenix pointed out that the home was lovingly preserved by Reubens, noting that "Paul was a genius, and had impeccable curatorial talent."

 

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A collector at heart, Reubens left behind his personal imprint throughout the home. His selections of whimsical vintage wallpaper are visible in photos of the den, where you'll find a built‐in wet bar, fireplace, and wall coverings featuring circus animals frolicking among cocktail glasses.

In the kitchen, there's a built‐in breakfast nook for morning coffee, and sunshine‐y yellow laminate countertops are paired with another lively wallpaper pattern picturing vegetables and tea trays. The adjacent dining room has generously‐sized built‐in shelving and cabinetry.

 

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"The most incredible thing about Paul Reubens' home is that it's the last house at the top of Bronson Canyon," says Phoenix. "It is surrounded by nature, it is an enchanted wonderland. There are trees all around it…it's absolutely incredible to be on this property."

As described in the listing, part of the "park‐like grounds, with walking trails and abundant wildlife…over an acre of land, privacy, and panoramic views" is a cactus garden that Reubens planted.

There are also views from nearly every room—looking out to such famous Los Angeles landmarks as the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory.

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