Michael D. Ratner has made a name for himself directing and producing branded content for some of the biggest celebs on the planet — filming Kevin Hart in a tub full of ice for the comedian/actor’s LOL Network and chronicling the tumultuous life of Demi Lovato via a docuseries, and that’s just for starters. Recently signed to talent juggernaut CAA — along with the Emmy-winning OBB Media production studio he formed in 2016 — the successful producer is upgrading from petite West Hollywood digs to a ritzy gated estate in the steep mountains above Beverly Hills.
Property records reveal Ratner sold his two-bedroom, two-bath WeHo apartment for $1.5 million and immediately doled out $5.4 million for his new 90210 home, originally listed for $5.8 million. Weighing in at just over 4,000 square feet with six ensuite bedrooms, the two-story house was built way back in 1955 but has since undergone a comprehensive contemporary revamp, and rests on a 0.36-acre parcel just a quick jaunt to both the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and Franklin Canyon Park.
Set back from the street, and fronted by a motorcourt and attached two-car garage, the structure was described as an “elegant Hamptons estate” in the listing, and boasts an off-white stucco and brick facade. Steps lead up to steel-framed front doors, which open into an entry foyer adorned with a decorative red chandelier. From there, a fireside living room sports a vaulted skylit ceiling, towering built-in bookshelves and a stylish wet bar. Pocketing glass doors spill out onto an al fresco dining and entertaining terrace, which holds a firepit and wood-paneled seating area.
…Shawn Shirdel of Sotheby’s International Realty served as the listing agent; Ratner was repped by Steven Schaefer and Jay Luchs of Newmark Residential.