REAL ESTATE

Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan of 'Buffy' Fame Renting Out Santa Monica Home

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Exterior

    Exterior

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

Fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" take note: Power couple Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof have put their 4,200-square-foot home in Santa Monica, CA, up for rent.

The rental property has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and two half-baths in an upscale neighborhood of Santa Monica, the beach town whose waterfront running trails and distinctive pier are often seen in movies. The rent is $17,500 per month, which is in line with the price of other rentals in the neighborhood.

The couple met while working together on the '90s cult TV show "Buffy," which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a high school cheerleader turned human foe of the undead. Hannigan played Willow Rosenberg, Buffy's best friend, and Denisof entered the show in its third season as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Buffy's amusingly uptight would-be supervisor.

They purchased a $7.9 million mansion in the Brentwood Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2015 and moved out of this charming classic.

What they left behind is quintessentially Southern Californian. Built in the 1930s, this Spanish-style bungalow has hardwood flooring, quirky chandeliers, intricate tile mosaics, archways, clever built-ins, little nooks here and there, and french doors.

The couple renovated the home to add modern amenities while maintaining its core character. The kitchen features new stainless-steel appliances, an island, and built-in window seating. The large dining area overlooks a backyard with mature landscaping, multiple entertaining areas, and a swimming pool.

"The thing I truly love about this home is how Alyson and Alexis really stayed true to the old-world charm of this 1930s Spanish-style home, while modernizing it with the highest quality fixtures and amenities," listing agent Ren Smith said. "This is not easy to do, and for people who truly appreciate the finer details of an architecturally classic Spanish home, this is a rare gem."

The master suite has a beamed ceiling, fireplace, balcony, and master bath with soaking tub and separate steam shower.

The Santa Monica neighborhood north of Montana is known for its classic architecture and upscale shops and restaurants. It's nestled between the Brentwood Country Club and the Riviera Country Club.

"North of Montana is hard to beat," Smith said. "The home sits on a quiet street, equidistant between the shops and restaurants of Montana Avenue and Brentwood Country Mart, making it one of the finest walking neighborhoods in L.A. Combine that with being in a highly sought-after school district and roughly 2 miles to the beach, this is the perfect city-seaside sanctuary."

Denisof, 50, starred in a modern retelling of "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon in 2012. He has also appeared in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Avengers." His character in "Buffy" was originally slated to be killed off but proved so popular, his sentence was commuted -- and he ended up making the transition to the "Buffy" spinoff, "Angel." It was after he moved to the other show, Hannigan has said, that she felt they could start dating. They married in 2003 and have two daughters.

Hannigan, 42, played the talented flutist Michelle in the "American Pie" film series. She also played Lily Aldrin in the long-running sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (in which Denisof had a recurring role) and currently hosts "Penn & Teller: Fool Us."

The couple purchased the Santa Monica home in 2002 for $1.9 million, public records show.

According to Smith, the celeb couple are also helping to maintain a bit of Southern California charm by putting the property on the rental market.

"There has been an epidemic of developers buying up classic, older homes and tearing them down to build new construction with maximum square footage," Smith said.

"While this is a natural evolution, it's often a shame to lose these classic architectural homes. The fact that Alyson and Alexis were able to modernize the home, while preserving its historical significance, makes it a really special and unique property."