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The Fam­ily Ther­apy host’s home is as com­fort­ing as she is

Closer Weekly - - News - By GREGG GOLDSTEIN

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.

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