YouTuber Markiplier Buys Donald Glover’s La Cañada Midcentury Modern – The four-bedroom home, designed in 1953 and situated on nearly an acre on a mountain path, cost $4 million to the gaming legend. When Donald Glover‘s gorgeous starter home in the quiet Los Angeles suburb of La Caada Flintridge first went on the market in February, it received a lot of attention from Dirt and other publications. One of the deep-pocketed folks who caught wind of the sale was Mark Fischbach, the 31-year-old gaming YouTuber better known as Markiplier. Fischbach quickly won the keys to the place, paying exactly $4 million — $15,000 over the asking price — for the estate.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Fischbach can afford to afford to pay millions for a home; he’s one of the most successful YouTubers of all time, with upwards of 15 billion lifetime video views, 29 million subscribers, and a widely reported $35 million net worth. It’s a big come up for the Hawaii-born University of Cincinnati dropout, who was born to an American army veteran and a Korean mother, and grew up poor in the Cincinnati suburbs.
Fischbach and his longtime partner Amy Nelson will be decamping to La Cañada from the Echo Park neighborhood, where back in 2016 he paid just over $1.6 million for a newly-built contemporary house with three bedrooms and four baths in about 3,000 square feet of hard-edged living space, all of it set behind camera-watched gates.
As for the new property, the ex-Glover estate lies on a twisty mountain road, with the house well hidden from the road behind gates and a long driveway. Built circa 1953 by obscure Pasadena architect Keith P. Marston and renovated during Glover’s ownership by top L.A. designer Barbara Bestor — who’s also responsible for the dynamic recent remodel of John Lautner’s iconic “Silvertop” mansion — the low-slung house structure offers about 3,300 square feet of living space, and last sold in 2016 for about $2.7 million.
The home’s exterior is spiced up with a cobalt front door; inside, there’s a modernized kitchen that retains its midcentury hallmarks, complete with banquette seating and exotic-looking cabinetry. Natural light filters into the kitchen’s via a floor-to-ceiling glass slider opens to the blacktopped driveway, which is shaded by a mature oak grove.
Beyond the kitchen, a white brick fireplace effectively bisects the dining and family rooms, both of which offer two sets glass sliders opening on one side of the room to a grassy knoll with panoramic Angeles National Forest views, on the other to a firepit-equipped stone terrace for romantic al fresco dining. Other entryway-adjacent spaces include a forest green powder room and a spare bedroom that currently functions as a cozy living room.
At the far rear of the single-story house is a family wing that’s well removed from the public rooms. Behind closed doors are a tiny laundry room, plus a bedroom and office that share a full bathroom. But the master retreat is indisputably the show’s star, with a bedroom opening to a private wooden deck and a redwood bathroom with dual vanities and a skylit glass shower that’s completely open to the back patio, potentially creating vivid memories for an unsuspecting gardener.
The acreage also includes a private pool area just off the driveway, which is located far away from the home. Beautiful views, as well as leafy surrounding gardens and a poolside cabana with a complete bathroom, surround the oversized swimmer’s pool.
Glover and his longtime partner Michelle White continue to reside in La Cañada; the couple own a larger nearby home acquired several years ago and recently renovated.Andrew Morrison of Redwood Real Estate Brokerage held the listing; Michelle Schwartz of The Agency repped Markiplier.