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Actor Max Greenfield Is Selling His Revamped L.A. Beach House for $3 Million

Back in 2020, while some folks were learning to speak another language or taking up a new hobby to bide their time during the pandemic, Tess Sanchez went a completely different route. The longtime wife of veteran actor Max Greenfield—probably best known for his role as Schmidt in the sitcom New Girl—decided to while away her spare time remodeling a “neglected and odd” beach house in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades that the couple had picked up for $1.6 million in late 2019.

“I was home all the time, for the first time,” the former Fox casting executive and mother of two told Sunset magazine in a 2022 article. “My kids didn’t know what to do with me. I got laid off at the beginning of quarantine in 2020. And I’m not good with idle time.”

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Armed with an ardent love for home-renovation shows, and help from K&M Contractors, Sanchez went on to convert the formerly cramped, dark space into a haven of natural light and beautiful textures, as well as to fully cover a façade emblazoned with a funky beach-themed mural with copious amounts of white paint. Now, a little more than four years later, the revamped cottage has popped up on the market again, this time asking a smidge under $3 million.

Max Greenfield House Pacific Palisades
A before photo shows the mural-painted house as it appeared prior to Greenfield’s purchase.

Originally built in the late 1940s, the two-story structure rests amid a compact hillside parcel atop the sought-after and secluded Castellammare community, just steps from a pedestrian bridge leading to Will Rogers State Historic Park, and offers “stunning ocean and mountain views,” per the listing.

Three bedrooms and two bathrooms are packed into just over 1,900 square feet of living space boasting white, cream and beige interiors complemented by hardwood floors, high ceilings and plentiful windows allowing for an abundance of natural light. Highlights include a stylish living room displaying an oversized wood-burning brick fireplace with a floating hearth, plus sliding glass doors spilling out to a fenced wraparound deck overlooking the Pacific.

Also standing out on the main level is a marble-clad kitchen, which comes complete with hanging shelves, a wine cooler, an eat-in breakfast bar and a pass-through window opening to a seated bar on the deck. An adjacent dining area has a built-in buffet, while the primary bedroom suite’s bath is decked out with dual vanities.

A laundry room, another bath and two guest bedrooms are sequestered on the lower level, including one with two sets of double built-in bunk beds and another that could easily double as a media room; and rounding it all out is a driveway and an attached garage that can accommodate up to two vehicles.

In addition to their for-sale Pacific Palisades home, Greenfield and Sanchez still maintain a primary residence in L.A.’s Hancock Park enclave that they paid Emmy-winning television producer Scott Stone $2.8 million for back in 2014.

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