Celebrity Real Estate Review – Summer 2019

All your Los Angeles celebrity real estate news in one place. Go inside the homes of Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Harry Styles, Patrick Dempsey, Cara Delevingne, Niecy Nash, Brie Larson, Rihanna, Ashley Benson, Bill Hader, Zayn Malik, and many more. See who sold at a loss, bought at a deal, and find out who is asking $35 million dollars for their penthouse in the sky.

Get a glimpse of Jessica Alba’s serene family home in the 90210
“We wanted a place to watch our kids play and grow up,” she tells Architectural Digest. When Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren bought a new house in the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood, which bears that famed 90210 zip code, she thought that all she’d need to do was paint.
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Brie Larson Loses a Little on Sale in Laurel Canyon
Brie Larson is unquestionably a big winner in Hollywood. The 29-year-old phenom took home an Oscar in 2015 for the indie drama “Room” and, following her star turn in “Captain Marvel,” she’s part of the celeb-packed ensemble cast of this year’s mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” which has hauled in an astonishing almost $2.8 billion in worldwide receipts. However, the in-demand actress and budding film director (“Unicorn Store,” 2017) didn’t bring home any bacon on the sale of a thoroughly updated and smartly upgraded mid-century bungalow in Los Angeles’s near-mythic Laurel Canyon. She quietly acquired the property about three years ago for $2.25 million — $50,000 above the asking price — and has now sold it at a small loss for $2.17 million.

Photo by Anthony Barcelo.

Harry Styles gets $6 million for Hollywood Hills pad
English singer and actor Harry Styles, formerly of the pop supergroup One Direction, has sold his home in the Hollywood Hills for $6 million, record show. The sale comes roughly two years (and several price cuts) after Styles originally put the home on the market for $8.495 million. He bought the property in 2016 with a trust for $6.87 million, records show. Gated from the street, the multilevel contemporary features an open floor plan and pocketing walls of glass that provide views from the city to, on a clear day, the ocean. The 4,100 square feet of updated interior includes a center-island kitchen, a screening room and a gym.
Log Angeles Times

Giada de Laurentiis Serves Herself a Tasty Palisades Bungalow
Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis has cooked up a new Los Angeles home — new to her, anyway. The “Giada at Home” star and media scion has laid out just under $4.9 million for an impressively low-slung bungalow in the fearsomely expensive Riviera enclave, arguably the most expensive neighborhood pocket in Pacific Palisades, itself a Westside neighborhood of Los Angeles. The .31-acre triangular corner lot is gated and tall-hedged for supreme privacy, with the two-car garage conveniently tucked into the southern corner of the residence. There is additional off-street parking for three more luxury vehicles, plus a large, well-irrigated front lawn and half-court basketball court.

Photo by Michael MacNamara and Jason Speth, courtesy Compass.

Matthew Perry seeking $35M for entire floor of Century City condo tower
The one where a condo costs $3,800 per square foot. Friends star Matthew Perry is parting ways with the entire 40th floor of Century City’s ritzy Century building. Perry paid $20 million for the 9,290-square-foot penthouse unit in 2017. He listed it last week for a cool $35 million, making it one of the highest-priced condos in Los Angeles—second only to a top-floor offering in West Hollywood’s exclusive Sierra Towers complex. Since purchasing the unit, Perry’s given the space a thorough overhaul. According to a representative from the listing brokerage, architect Scott Joyce and interior designer LM Pagano oversaw the renovation.
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Rihanna Seeks Renter for Hollywood Hills Villa
Not having had any luck selling, Rihanna now seeks a well-heeled renter for a Hollywood Hills residence that is now available to rent at $35,000 per month, after it popped up for sale for late last year at almost $7.5 million. The mono-monikered Barbadian pop superstar and international style icon, also a savvy beauty, fashion and fragrance mogul, purchased the property just over two years ago for $6.8 million. Alas, she understandably opted to reside elsewhere after, in the spring of 2018, an intruder disabled the security system and broke into the house. Rihanna was not in residence at the time, but the 26-year-old trespasser reportedly charged his phone, unpacked his bag and spent the night before he was apprehended and arrested.

Photo by Trevor Tondro.

Inside Cara and Poppy Delevingne’s Playful Los Angeles Retreat
For the stylish sisters, living large in Los Angeles means keeping it all in the family. The scenario seems ripe for a bawdy rom-com: Two gorgeous sisters from London, both high-profile model/actresses descended from British aristocracy, decide to set up house together in sunny Los Angeles; they trick out their alluring Stateside hideaway with a Playboy pinball machine, a nautical bar straight out of Gilligan’s Island, and a stripper pole; margaritas flow freely; high jinks ensue. That, in a nutshell, is the story of Poppy and Cara Delevingne’s intoxicating California home, which, much like the sisters themselves, offers an object lesson in idiosyncratic personal style leavened with sauciness and humor.
Architectural Digest

Ashley Benson Lists Spanish Villa in Celeb-Packed Enclave
Owned by “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson, a freshly rehabbed 1925 Spanish villa in the historic and historically celeb-packed Laughlin Park enclave in L.A.’s Los Feliz area has come for sale at $2.45 million. Listed with Nikki Friedman and Robb Friedman at Compass, the three-story villa is surrounded by tall oak trees and verdant foliage on a sandbox-sized .08-acre hillside parcel with three bedrooms and 3.5 newly renovated, vintage-style bathrooms in close to 2,600 square feet. Marketing materials indicate over $700,000 was spent on recent renovations and, unfortunately for the “Spring Break” star, that means, unless the next owner plunks down a hefty bit over the asking price, she’s staring down a substantial loss on the property she bought just over 1.5 years ago for $1.8 million.

Photo by Cameron Carothers, via Deasy Penner Podley.

My Favorite Murder’s Karen Kilgariff buys killer midcentury modern in Studio City
The co-host of the popular true-crime comedy podcast My Favorite Murder has purchased a glorious midcentury modern in the hills of Studio City. Variety reports that podcast maven Karen Kilgariff spent $2.1 million on the home, built in 1951. Situated on a windy cul de sac, the house recently underwent “a full period restoration with discerning attention paid to every detail,” according to the listing.
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Zayn Malik Reduces Price on Bel Air Home
Former boy bander Zayn Malik, who would like to be known mononymously as just Zayn, has re-listed his secluded hideaway in L.A.’s posh Bel Air community with a reduced price of just under $3.2 million. The heavily tatted 26-yearold One Direction star, who released his 27-track sophomore solo album, “Icarus Falls” in December 2018, acquired the almost one-acre spread not quite four years ago for $3.1 million and set it out for sale last year at nearly $3.5 million.

Photo Courtesy: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Patrick Dempsey’s former 1920s haunt trades hands in Hollywood Hills
McDreamy’s former digs are officially off the market. The romantic canyon retreat, once owned by Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame, has sold for $2.495 million after four months on the market. Public records show the actor nearly doubled his investment in the property, buying the place for $1.37 million in 2001 and selling it five years later for $2.57 million. Covering a quarter of an acre, the double-lot compound holds a 3,000-square-foot home built in 1926, as well as a tiered backyard with a detached guesthouse, swimming pool, paddle tennis court, outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace.
Los Angeles Times

Reese Witherspoon Snags Hobby Farm in Malibu
Deafening scuttlebutt on the celebrity real estate street is that Reese Witherspoon is celebrating her summer with a clandestine, $6.25 million off-market purchase of an almost painfully charming, magazine-spread ready hobby farm in the rolling foothills above Malibu’s Zuma Beach. The stylishly quaint compound was most recently owned by a design-savvy couple who operated the not quite two-acre property as a photogenic wedding venue and event space. The private and gated estate’s modernized, 1949 farmhouse offers boho-chic open-plan living spaces, a designer-quality galley kitchen, several bedrooms and a couple of fully updated, vintage-inspired bathrooms.

Ryan Murphy Relists Lavish Laguna Beach Compound
Exceedingly prolific Hollywood titan Ryan Murphy is giving it another go deep behind the Orange Curtain. After first attempting to sell his idiosyncratic Laguna Beach weekend getaway last February (2018) with an $18.75 million ask, the designer-done estate is back with a newly-improved pricetag of $17.75 million.

Francis Ford Coppola and Ariana Grande both called this Hancock Park Tudor home
A Hancock Park estate that has been home to the likes of Oscar-winning film director Francis Ford Coppola and Grammy-winning pop star Ariana Grande has sold slightly above its asking price for $7.05 million. Coppola owned the Tudor home in the early 1980s, and Grande leased it in the early 2010s, using a recording studio in the basement. Public records show the property leased for $17,900 a month in 2010.
Los Angeles Times

Adam Levine Cashes in on Sale of Max Mutchnick’s Former Mansion to Ellen DeGeneres
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have sold a baronial Beverly Hills mansion with an illustrious chain of ownership for a reported $45 million to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. The mainstream radio rock star, who, it was announced Friday, will not to return as a coach on “The Voice,” and the Namibian-born Victoria’s Secret model only acquired the one-ish acre spread, with its spectacular oval swimming pool and lighted tennis court, just over a year ago from “Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnick and entertainment attorney Erik Hyman in a clandestine, off-market deal valued at just over $33.9 million. No strangers to high-end property gossip columns or glossy shelter publications, Mutchnick and Hyman had acquired the posh property in 2008 for not quite $17 million from tennis great Pete Sampras and gave the elegant shebang a full facelift later featured in Elle Décor.

Photo courtesy: Erik Grammer.

Charlie Kaufman unloads 109-year-old Craftsman in Pasadena
Charlie Kaufman’s Pasadena home sale went according to script. Just a month after listing his 109-year-old Craftsman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter sold it for $2.535 million ­– or $60,000 less than his asking price. Box gardens approach the South Arroyo home, which taps into the Craftsman style with a low-pitched gabled roof and wraparound front porch. The trend continues inside, where custom built-ins and wood-trimmed windows and doors adorn 3,576 square feet of interiors.
Los Angeles Times

Bill Hader Picks Up Pacific Palisades Contemporary Villa
A clean-lined contemporary villa on a low-key but high-cost street in a quietly plum Pacific Palisades, Calif., neighborhood was recently sold for about $4.2 million and word on the celebrity real estate street is the new owner is showbiz polymath and Emmy darling Bill Hader, winner of two of the 15 Emmys for which he’s been nominated over the past decade. The busy-as-a-beaver writer, director, actor, producer and comedian became an Emmy winner for his work on “South Park” in 2009 before he landed four more Emmy nominations and a prestigious Peabody Award as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” These days, he’s the co-creator and co-star of the twice-Emmy-nominated IFC mockumentary series “Documentary Now!” as well as the co-creator and 2019 Emmy-winning star of HBO’s dark comedy “Barry.”

‘Divorce’ creator Sharon Horgan finds a match in Hollywood Hills
Irish actress and writer Sharon Horgan is just the latest buyer to add to the celebrity pedigree of a home in Hollywood Hills. The 1953 house, which she bought for about $1.737 million, was once owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and in the late 1990s was leased by actor Norman Reedus and filmmaker Jonathan Silver.
Los Angeles Times

Niecy Nash Hopes Buyer Sinks Claws Into Canyon Home
Having recently upgraded to a larger home nearby, Niecy Nash has listed her former residence in the guard-gated Bell Canyon enclave near Calabasas, Calif., in L.A.’s affluent far western suburbs, for not quite $1.25 million. Thomas Davila and Kennon Earl at Compass hold the listing for the property that the “Reno 911!” and “Claws” star acquired about six years ago for just over $1.1 million.

Dr. Dre Seeks Sale of Woodland Hills Mansion
A lavish mansion in a quietly ritzy, guard-gated enclave discreetly nestled into the rugged foothills above L.A.’s Woodland Hills, long owned by Andre Young, aka rapper, record producer and near-billionaire entrepreneur Dr. Dre, has come for sale at $5.25 million. Dre himself, worth about $800 million, according to Forbes, hopes to more than double his money on the suburban spread he picked up more than 20 years ago for a tad less than $2.4 million.

Photo by Sam Frost.

Lee Daniels’s Beverly Hills House Is a Minimalist Dream
It’s all his business manager’s fault, really. Oscar-nominated director, writer, and producer Lee Daniels never wanted to set up a permanent home in Los Angeles (“I’m a New Yorker,” he says), but hotel living apparently adds up, and so he finally realized, with some prodding from his business manager, that buying a home would actually be a more economical option. But even as Daniels was house-hunting last year, the Empire cocreator knew he didn’t want to go big. “So many of my friends’ homes are pretentious or they’re just big for no reason other than being big,” he says. “I liked the bones of this house because I knew that I would be able to furnish it—the more minimal, the better.” When he moved in last spring, he says, “it felt like I was putting on a pair of jeans,” and he furnished the whole thing, with the help of his friend Roxy Sowlaty, in a month and a half.
Architectural Digest

Million Dollar Listing’s Tracy Tutor selling opulent Brentwood mansion for $23.9M
Seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, Missoni window treatments, and ’70s chandeliers. Million Dollar Listing agent Tracy Tutor is looking to sell her personal residence, and it’s a million dollar listing in its own right. The Bravo star’s home looks rather traditional from the street, but inside, it’s an explosion of color and extravagant finishes.
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Topher Grace Seeks Studio City Sale
Topher Grace has hoisted a comprehensively updated and pristinely maintained mid-century California ranch-style home in Studio City, Calif. up for sale at close to $2.7 million. The “That ‘70s Show” and “Spider-Man 3” star and his actress wife, Ashley (Hinshaw) Grace, quietly acquired the stone-accented olive-green residence a bit more than two years ago for exactly $2.5 million. Listed with Jason Reitz and Ryan Brown of Rock Realty Group and squirreled away in the rustic, celeb-favored Fryman Canyon area, the single-story home measures in at roughly 3,700 sq. ft. with four and potentially more bedrooms and three fashionably appointed bathrooms.

Onetime Brentwood home of actor Jimmy Stewart fetches $8.26 million
In leafy Brentwood Park, a former home of legendary actor Jimmy Stewart has sold for $8.26 million, or $510,000 over the asking price. The over-asking sale is reflective of a market that will pay a premium for large, flat lots with development potential. In the case of the former Stewart home, the property encompasses nearly half an acre. The single-story home, built in 1938, is reached through a gated courtyard entry. Inside, some 4,600 square feet of living space holds four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a dining/family room and an eat-in kitchen. The formal living room features a wall of wood built-ins that surround a classic fireplace.
Los Angeles Times

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Leeza Gibbons springs for a pedigreed Paul Williams home in Hancock Park
Talk show host and one-time “Apprentice” winner Leeza Gibbons has paid $5.46 million for a historic Hancock Park home. The Country English-style home was designed by Paul R. Williams and built in 1928. Homes designed by Williams have attracted generations of Hollywood stars, and the charming two-story is no exception. The house was owned in the mid-2000s by actors and former couple Coleman Laffoon and Anne Heche.
Los Angeles Times

Mark Ronson’s 1930s Hideaway Is the Definition of Hollywood Glam
“I must have looked at 20 places that day,” says Mark Ronson—the music world’s modern-day Merlin, not to mention 2019’s highest-paid musician-producer—of his search for his first legitimate Los Angeles crash pad. It was the winter of 2016, post the release of the money-printing megahit “Uptown Funk” but long before anyone had heard the awards-sweeping power-ballad “Shallow” that he would cowrite with Lady Gaga. “I had been spending so much time in L.A. working, going back and forth between London and L.A., it was just time to bite the bullet.”
Architectural Digest

Josh Hutcherson’s Midcentury treehouse seeks $3.5 million in Hollywood Hills
After seven years, Josh Hutcherson is ready to part with his perch in the Hollywood Hills. The “Hunger Games” star just listed his Midcentury-style treehouse for $3.495 million — roughly $1 million more than he paid in 2012.
Los Angeles Times

‘Ghost Adventures’ host Zak Bagans buying infamous LaBianca House
Fifty years after supermarket chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary were brutally murdered inside their Los Feliz home by members of the Manson “family,” that house has been scooped up by Zak Bagans, star of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. According to TMZ, Bagans—whose Haunted Museum in Las Vegas exhibits such ghoulish items as the hospital gown Charles Manson died in and a painting made with his ashes—offered close to the $1.98 million asking price for the 1,655-square-foot house.
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Melissa Rivers parts with her longtime home in Pacific Palisades
Producer and television host Melissa Rivers has sold her Pacific Palisades home of more than two decades for a little over $5.223 million. Set on a corner lot near the Paseo Miramar trailhead, the hedged and gated house dates to 1953 but has been renovated and expanded through the years. A stone walkway crosses through a grassy front yard to reach an arched porch.
Los Angeles Times

Seal Buys Mountaintop Retreat Above Malibu
Henry Samuel, better known around the globe as four-time Grammy-winning singer-musician Seal, has plunked down a bit more than $3.5 million for a secluded mountaintop retreat near Topanga, Calif., in the scrubby, fire-scarred mountains above Malibu.

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