‘Grand Theft Auto’ Creator Flips Spare L.A. Home Back Up for Sale at $9.2 Million

Though it’s been barely a year since Dan Houser and Krystyna Jakubiak doled out $8.5 million for a traditional New England-inspired home in Los Angeles, the English video game mogul and his longtime Russian voice actress wife are already looking to unload their place in an inland Pacific Palisades neighborhood with a nearly $700,000 jump in price, asking a speck under $9.2 million.

Newly built in 2018—and purchased by the couple in spring 2023 at a substantial $1.5 million discount off its original ask—the wood-shingled structure sits atop an attached two-car garage and basement, and features six bedrooms and seven baths in 7,000 square feet of multi-level living space boasting blonde hardwood floors, high ceilings and wainscoted walls throughout.

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Especially standing out on the main level is a gourmet kitchen decked out with an expansive eat-in island, top-tier Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and an accompanying breakfast nook and butler’s pantry, plus a fireside family room displaying glass doors spilling out to a landscaped backyard enclosed with a hedge-topped stone wall, and hosting a pool and spa, built-in barbecue and custom fire-pit. Elsewhere are formal living and dining rooms, along with a bookshelf-lined library.

A winding skylight-topped staircase heads upstairs, where the primary bedroom sports a sitting area nestled beside a fireplace, private balcony and walk-in closet, as well as an Ann Sacks-tiled bath equipped with dual vanities, a soaking tub and shower; and the basement level holds a movie theater, and an entertainment room flaunting a wet bar and temperature-controlled wine cellar.

Houser is best known for co-founding Rockstar Games with his older brother Sam in 1998 and producing the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which has generated revenues of almost $10 billion worldwide and become the highest-grossing media title of all time. After officially stepping down from the company in 2020, the 50-year-old formed Absurd Ventures, which specializes in producing multimedia projects spread across video games, TV, film and comics; his estimated net worth is around $150 million.

Houser and Jakubiak recently sold an elegant Brentwood mansion to Canadian Reuters heiress Taylor Thomson for $16 million. But the couple still owns a $12.5 million mansion in New York City’s posh Brooklyn Heights neighborhood that’s got the added cache of having once belonged to Truman Capote, a Santa Monica beach getaway that cost them $6 million in summer 2021 and another Pacific Palisades home they picked up unfinished back in summer 2021 for a whopping $31 million.

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