Celebrity Real Estate Review – October 2017

Take a closer look at a select and exclusive group of celebrity real estate deals, including listings and purchases by James Franco, Katy Perry, Kathy Griffin, Beck, Ellen Pompeo, Connie Britton. Plus, the former estates of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, and Groucho Marx return to the market.

Johnny Carson’s longtime Malibu estate gets another moment in the spotlight
Fashion tycoon and film producer Sidney Kimmel and his wife, Caroline, have listed the former Johnny Carson estate in Malibu for sale at $81.5 million. The longtime “Tonight Show” host, who died in 2005 at 79, bought the Point Dume estate in 1984 for about $9.5 million, The Times previously reported, and owned the property for more than two decades. The Kimmels acquired the home and two adjacent parcels from Carson’s widow, Alexis, in 2007 for about $46 million. The estate, on a bluff of slightly more than 4 acres, centers on a modern showplace designed and built in 1978 by Malibu architect Ed Niles. Its 7,083 square feet include a living room with a copper-and-glass sunken fireplace, an updated kitchen, a media room and a wine cellar. A 30-foot-high glass ceiling filters natural light in the indoor arboretum.
via LA Times

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo selling glassy treehouse midcentury in Hollywood Hills for $2M
Grey’s Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo and her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, are ready to part with their 1957 modern in the Cahuenga Pass area of the Hollywood Hills, reports Variety. The house, designed to be “upside-down,” is arranged so that the main living spaces are on the top floor and the entrance to the house is on the ground floor. Concrete floors and huge floor-to-ceiling windows amplify the nearly 1,900 square feet of the residence. Stone accents throughout, from the flagstone fireplace to outdoor gathering spaces, like that courtyard fire pit.
via Curbed LA

Kathy Griffin Cut Price on Former Home in Hollywood Hills Known as ‘Wings’
Sassy, ribald and sometimes polemical insult comedian Kathy Griffin chopped the asking price of her longtime former home in the Hollywood Hills down to $4.75 million. The celeb-skewering two-time Emmy winner, who took home a Grammy in 2013 for her comedy album “Calm Down Gurrl,” purchased the property in April 2004 for $2.85 million and first put it up for sale almost a year ago with an in-hindsight too confident asking price of $5,495,000. Built in 2003 with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the 8,098-square-foot contemporary mansion was featured in Griffin’s former reality program “My Life on the D-List,” during which she engaged the interior design services of “Good Morning America” co-host and avocational interior decorator Lara Spencer to oversee an extensive remodel of the residence that gave it a bright and distinctly Palm Springs vibe.
via Variety

Katy Perry selling Hollywood Hills Mediterranean for $9.5M
Now in possession of a secluded spread in Beverly Hills, pop star Katy Perry is looking for a buyer for one of two adjoining homes she purchased from heiress Aileen Getty in 2013. Variety reports that the singer has listed the larger of the two Hollywood Hills homes, a nearly 7,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion, after failing to sell the two properties together in an off-market deal. The four-bedroom home has been given a vaguely bohemian update since Perry purchased the place and includes amenities like a security guardhouse, a detached fitness building, and a swimming pool surrounded by stone quarried in Italy. Situated on a two-acre lot surrounded by fruit trees and gardens, the home borders Runyon Canyon Park—a popular spot for hikers and celebrity dog walkers alike. Interior features include roomy living spaces, multiple fireplaces, and a master suite that takes up the entire second level and has its own Roman bath.
via Curbed LA

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Creator Lists Home Above the Sunset Strip
I. Marlene King, writer, producer and creator of the megahit teen mystery thriller “Pretty Little Liars,” has her former home just above L.A.’s teeming Sunset Strip up for sale at a smidgen under $4.5 million. King, also the creator of the Bella Thorne-starring drama “Famous in Love,” stands to earn a small fortune on the sale of the elegantly low-key property she and wife Shari Rosenthal have owned since early 2003, when it last changed hands, for $1.65 million. The extensively updated white-clapboard-sided and black-shuttered colonial dates to the 1920s and sits behind gates on close to one-third of an acre with three bedrooms and three bathrooms in just over 3,500 square feet.
via Variety

James Franco’s Silver Lake duplex hits the market for $949K
Enigmatic actor, writer, director, and perennial grad student James Franco is parting ways with a charming little Silver Lake duplex that he purchased from Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant in 2012. As Variety reports, the property hit the market last week with a $949,000 price tag—about $175,000 more than he paid for the place five years ago. Since then, it appears to have gotten a slight remodel, though it still boasts tile floors, built-in shelving, arched entryways, and large casement windows. Built in 1923, the Spanish-style property is rumored to have been commissioned by legendary filmmaker (and racist) D.W. Griffith as a vacation home.
via Curbed LA

Rachel Bilson buys mansion after Hayden Christensen split
Rachel Bilson has moved on from her recent split from longtime boyfriend Hayden Christensen with the multimillion-dollar, over-asking-price purchase of a carefully maintained and mostly original mid-century modern residence in the ruggedly ritzy hills above the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The $3.25 million sale price was notably above the ask just shy of $3 million. Sequestered down a discreet, private lane in one of Pasadena’s wealthiest and most coveted neighborhoods, the almost 3,700-square-foot house was designed by master architect Gregory Ain and custom built in 1950 for Walter W. Ralphs Jr., scion of the Ralphs grocery store chain.
via Page Six

Late actress Glenne Headley’s 1920s Spanish home lists for $2.9 million
The Hollywood Hills West home of late actress Glenne Headley, known for her film roles in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Dick Tracy,” has come on the market for $2.895 million. Shaded by a Chinese elm and surrounded by lush landscaping, the 3,077-square-foot home is approached through a walled courtyard with a pond. Originally built in 1923, the four-bedroom residence was remodeled in 2003 using ecologically-friendly building materials.
via LA Times

Beck asking $3.75M for flipped Tudor in Brentwood’s rustic Mandeville Canyon
Musician Beck can flip out cross-genre hit records—and he can flip houses. The Grammy-award winner and Echo Park native has wrapped up his latest project, a three-bedroom Tudor in Mandeville Canyon, a rustic but wealthy pocket of Brentwood. Designed in 1964 by Gerard R. Colcord, a prolific Los Angeles architect known for his traditional-style homes for the wealthy, the home holds three beds and three baths. Beck purchased the estate in March 2016 for $3.15 million, property records show. Variety says he bought it from James Mangold and Cathy Konrad, co-writer and producer, respectively, of the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.
via Curbed LA

‘Nashville’s’ Connie Britton Picks Up Los Feliz Mediterranean Villa
Shortly after her pivotal character on “Nashville” was killed off earlier this year, Connie Britton went house hunting in Los Angeles, shelling out close to $3.1 million for a 1920s Mediterranean villa in L.A.’s Los Feliz area. Set well below the street and all but invisible behind a low wall and a sky-high hedge, the vine-encrusted and tile-roofed residence, designed by acclaimed architect Paul Revere Williams, measures in at nearly 4,100 square feet over three floors, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
via Variety

Villa Maggio, Frank Sinatra’s desert retreat, returns at $3.7 million
A Coachella Valley getaway built for legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra has returned to market for $3.695 million. The rustic retreat, set at an elevation of 4,300 feet on a plateau above Palm Desert, was designed by the singer and actor in collaboration with architect Ross Patton. Completed in 1967, Sinatra would christen the home Villa Maggio in a nod to his Oscar-winning performance in “From Here to Eternity.” Reached by a gated road or private helipad, the 7.5-acre property centers on a Midcentury lodge made of wood and stone. The main house, restored and maintained by its current owner, features beamed and vaulted ceilings, period fixtures and multiple viewing decks. The five fireplaces were built using locally sourced stone.
via LA Times

Frank Biondi Jr. Puts Lavish Brentwood Estate on the Market
An imposing French manor house on 1.6 park-like acres in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, owned by veteran entertainment industry executive Frank Biondi Jr., has come to market with a price tag approaching $24 million. Biondi, president and CEO of Viacom in the ’80s and ’90s, and briefly chairman and CEO of Universal Studios in the late 1990s, purchased the handsome, brick-clad Wallace Neff-designed mansion in 1996 for nearly $4.1 million from married super-producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. At about the same time, he shelled out not quite $2 million more for a neighboring parcel from a different seller. The mansion was renovated and expanded in the late 1990s by celebrated architect Robert A.M. Stern to more than 9,300-square-feet with four bedrooms and seven full and two half bathrooms.
via Variety

Fashion designer Lauren Conrad sells her Brentwood home for a fitting price
Designer Lauren Conrad has sold her six-bedroom home in Brentwood for $4.525 million. That’s $30,000 above the asking price and about $900,000 more than she paid for the property three years ago — $3.651 million. Tucked behind a private gate, the two-story Traditional home is approached by a sloping driveway.
via LA Times

Groucho Marx’s former home in Hollywood Hills West fetches $3.81 million
A Hollywood Hills West residence where film comic Groucho Marx once lived has sold again, this time for $3.81 million. It had previously changed hands 11 months ago for about 10% less, $3.45 million, records show. The seller, a San Francisco-based technology investor, lightly updated the corner-lot traditional in the Hollywood Regency style after acquiring it last November. It had been renovated and expanded by the previous owner. Built in 1935, the handsome two-story sits behind fences and gates and has a brick walkway leading to the front door. A trio of dormers line the sloping roofline, which extends over the covered front porch.
via LA Times

Author Helen Fielding Sells Above Sunset Strip
English novelist and screenwriter Helen Fielding, best known for penning a series of hugely successful novels that became the even more successful feature film “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and its two sequels, for which she also wrote the screenplays, has her longtime home above L.A.’s Sunset Strip listed at $3.5 million. The best-selling author, long coupled with Kevin Curran, six-time Emmy-winning writer-executive producer for “The Simpsons,” who died after a long illness in October 2016, has owned the home since 2000, when it was purchased for close to $1.4 million.
via Variety

Actress Denise Richards gives it another go in Hidden Hills
Actress, model and animal rights advocate Denise Richards has put her Hidden Hills home back on the market for $5.995 million. Richards originally put the remodeled and expanded estate on the market two years ago for $7.749 million. More recently it was listed for sale at $6.3 million, records show.
via LA Times

Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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