NBC late-night host Conan O'Brien is buying a newly built, six-bedroom house in Brentwood for just under $10.5 million.

By Ruth Ryon, Los Angeles Times • Photos by Lee Mannin • January 20, 2008

Conan O’Brien isn’t expected to take Jay Leno’s place on “The Tonight Show” until 2009, but he will soon move closer with his purchase of a Brentwood compound listed at just under $10.5 million.

Its New England traditional-style design should make him feel right at home. The 44-year-old O’Brien was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard University in 1985.

The newly built, gated compound has six en suite bedrooms, including a master bedroom for O’Brien and his wife, Liza, which includes a sitting room, balcony and two bathrooms.

The home, which the Multiple Listing Service notes was “just completed on one of Brentwood’s most prestigious streets,” has a screening room; a 1,500-bottle wine room; a paneled library with a bar; a 60-foot veranda; a pool; a spa; a pavilion with a fireplace; an outside kitchen; and canyon views. Inside are gracious public rooms, 10-foot ceilings and six fireplaces.

O’Brien, who has been living in New York, never had it so good when he performed with the Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles during the late 1980s. He went on to write for “Saturday Night Live,” for which he shared a comedy-writing Emmy in 1989.

He was a writer and producer of “The Simpsons” on Fox in the early ’90s before launching “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” on NBC in 1993.
The late-night talk-show host was announced as Leno’s successor in 2004, giving him plenty of time to plan for the big move. Leno has been the host since 1992, when he replaced Johnny Carson.