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The Family Therapy host’s home is as comforting as she is
Family Therapy host Dr. Jenn Mann guides Closer through her luxurious Beverly Hills pad.
Leave it to TV psychologist Dr. Jenn Mann to find the deeper meaning in her search for a new home! After she became “obsessed” with one home (“I was kind of a house stalker!” she quips) and the deal fell through, she ended up finding her dream abode in Beverly Hills 15 years ago. “When I walked in here for the first time, I thought, This is it! It just felt like home,” Jenn, 46, reveals to Closer. “Sometimes we get attached to something that isn’t right for us, and often when we don’t get what we want, it’s a blessing. Those became bigger life lessons for me.”
It doesn’t take a psychological breakthrough to appreciate the gorgeous Spanish-Mediterranean home she shares with her twin daughters from her first marriage, Quincy and Mendez, 10, along with her partner of three years, web
entrepreneur Eric Schiffer, 50, their dog, Sweetie, and cat, Honey.
“My friends tell me this is like being in a tiny Italian villa,” says Jenn, who removed a lot of the original home’s gilding in favor of neutral-color walls and artwork that Eric (a collector) brought when he moved in a year ago. “I have a big personal attachment to this place, as my girls grew up here and my mom helped me decorate. Maybe that’s why a lot of friends say this is like a ‘country home’ version of my parents’ mansion!”
Those parents are the famed songwriting team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, who penned such classics as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Here You Come Again.” They were also a key reason Jenn chose this five-bedroom home. “I wanted to be near them,” she explains. “When the girls were born, they had severe colic and reflux — I couldn’t have handled that first year without them. My mom even helped me decorate the nursery — she made a plaque that said ‘Crazy Mom Designs!’ ”
Keeping a guest room open for them is one reason the house — a relatively roomy 2,940 square feet — has “gotten a little small for us as the girls have gotten older,” Jenn says. The other four are used as a TV/ family room/Eric’s office, one as Jenn’s office, one as their bedroom and one as the girls’ bedroom. But “it’s the house of bathrooms,” Jen jokes of her six loos. “If you need to pee, it’s the place to be!”
And the ivy, colorful tiles and detail work that cover its two stories (including a top floor that was added to the 80-year-old home in the 1980s) transport you to another place entirely. “Here you can see the leaves change color in the fall and drop off in the winter,” she notes. “It’s an LA home where you don’t feel like you’re in LA.”
She penned her new book, The Relationship Fix, in the home, and it’s a place to find some comfort after days spent comforting others at her private practice. “Coming back to a peaceful home that makes me happy,” she shares, “is a great blessing.”
— Reporting by Steve Gidlow
“Here I’m Mommy, not Dr. Jenn. This home is about family.” — Jenn (with Eric)
“I’m hoping to add some more furniture” in the lush backyard, Jenn shares.
“We got a brandnew bed when Eric moved in,” says Jenn, whose dad, Barry, took the photos above it.
“Whenever I start cooking, the girls are on hand with magazines to start fanning smoke out of the kitchen!” she jokes.
Jenn loves the home’s unique touches, like this fountain near the front entryway. “This is usually the business meeting space, and where the girls will do their homework,” Jenn reveals.