Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity’

Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom Buy the Famous Moorcrest

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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[Image via Michael Locke / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Ex-Saturday Night Live cast member and general funnyman Andy Samberg and harpist/singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom have, somewhat surprisingly, just purchased the famous Moorish-Gothic-Art Nouveau-Mission Revival estate in Beachwood Canyon known as Moorcrest, reports the LA Times. The early-1920s house, home to Maltese Falcon actress Mary Astor and little tramp Charlie Chaplin over the years, wasn’t on the open market; Samberg and Newsom closed on it in late March for $ 6.25 million.

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The four-bedroom, six-bathroom Moorcrest was designed by Marie Russak Hotchener, a rare female architect (at the time), and was originally part of the legendary Krotona Colony, a group within the Theosophist Society that tried for about a decade to build a utopian community in Beachwood Canyon, then ended up ditching the compound for Ojai. Hotchener designed other house in the area, as well, but this is the one she’s famous for.

Charlie Chaplin tramped on in and rented the house at some time in the early 1920s. Actress Mary Astor’s mother and father, Otto and Helen Langhanke, purchased it in 1925 and lived there for nearly ten years. It was eventually foreclosed-on and sold at auction in 1934 for $ 21,500, about a tenth of its estimated value at the time.

Moorcrest is in great shape now, having been recently restored to its full, multi-cultural, elaborate glory, and features “leaded stained-glass windows, copper and marble baseboards, custom cabinetry, hand-painted frescos and elaborate mosaic tiles.” Its grounds total nearly an acre and include a pool, as seen in the above photo.

The property last sold for $ 900,000 in 1999, according to Zillow, and was listed in 2006 for $ 9.989 million, then chopped that same year to $ 8.989 million. It was listed again in late 2007 for $ 7.475 million, but there were apparently no takers until now.
· Andy Samberg buys former home of Mary Astor, Charlie Chaplin [LAT]
· 6147 Temple Hill Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068 [Zillow]
· The Creation of Beachwood Canyon’s Theosophist “Dreamland [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Agnes Moorehead’s Former Roxbury Drive Estate Returns

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Here you go, Derwood. You might not have noticed that the former home of late actress Agnes Moorehead went off the market in January, but it did, and now it’s popped back up with the same asking price. Moorehead purchased the eight bedroom, seven bath home in 1952. The 11,700 sq. ft. home also features its own tennis court, a pool, and a “deluxe media & billiards room,” per the listing. According to the Just Call Me Aggie blog, Moorehead had the help of her friend, artist and interior designer Tony Duquette, to help decorate the home. “For Agnes Moorehead Tony designed a bedroom in shades of lavender to compliment her hair- amethyst walls, white bed, pink taffeta drapes.” The blog also includes a number of photos of Agnes in the home. She apparently really loved her tiger skin rug. The home is still asking $ 18,990,000.

· 1023 North Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 [Redfin]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: West Dollywood: Dolly Parton Lists Her Countryfied Spanish Bungalow in WeHo

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

American icon Dolly Parton has put her fantastically-Dollyesque West Hollywood home on the market. In our mind, Dolly can do no wrong, but the terrible Daily Mail describes this wonderful piece of shabby chic crossed with country princess as “bizarre” and a “fixer upper”. As Miss Dolly would say, it takes a lot of money to look this cheap. The two bed, two bath Spanish-style home is hidden behind a tall hedge and fence combo providing privacy and a respite from the busy neighborhood, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. The listing notes that this was also the childhood home of actress Natalie Wood. This tiny piece of the Great Smoky Mountains in LA can be yours for $ 1.395 million..

· 9060 Harland Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 [Redfin]
· Not quite Dollywood! Dolly Parton puts her bizarre $ 1.4 million Californian home on the market and it has to be seen to be believed [Daily Mail]
· Dolly Parton’s WeHo Home Is on the Market [Wehoville]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Elvis’s Palm Springs House of Tomorrow Asking $9.5 Million

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The modernist Palm Springs house where Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon has hit the market, and it’s riding that history for all it’s worth. We’ve got to hand it to Elvis: This is a good choice for a post-nuptial destination. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate has a fireplace, a nicely-secluded backyard with a pool, a private garden, and a master suite that offers up panoramic views of the local mountain ranges. The brokerbabble divulges that Lisa Marie Presley was born nine months after the newlyweds holed up here, so it did indeed prove to be effectively romantic. With all that Elvis history, it would have been a shame not to turn this mid-century modern house into an unofficial Elvis museum. As can be seen from the listing photos, that’s been done: the walls and shelves are dotted with pictures and golden statuettes of Elvis—even his original lease for the house has been saved and framed. Celebrity connections aside, the house, designed as a series of concentric circles on three levels, under a roof that can only be described as “batwing-style,” is a showstopper. (In 1962, Look magazine called it “The House of Tomorrow.”) Asking price is $ 9.5 million.

· 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, CA 92262 [Hilton & Hyland]
· Elvis Presley’s Palm Springs Honeymoon Roost Asks $ 9.5M [Curbed]

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The Real Estalker – Six—Or Maybe Two—Degrees of Celebrity Real Estate Separation: Reese Withespoon

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

SELLER: Jim Toth
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 1,795,000
SIZE: 1,788 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In case you don’t read the Showbiz trades or peruse the celebrity gossip glossies when you’re in line at the supermarket, Jim Toth is Tinseltown A-lister Reese Witherspoon’s Hollywood power player husband, a muckety-muck at talent management colossus CAA who hardly lives in the shadow of his wife’s Oscar-winning career. (His client lists includes or included Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey, Jr., Rachel Bilson and Scarlett Johansson.) Anyways, a week or so ago, Mister Toth, now married and making babies with Miz Witherspoon, listed his former bachelor pad on a wickedly twisted cul-de-sac high in the Hollywood Hills with an asking price of $ 1,795,000.

Property records show Mister Toth purchased the contemporary crib in December 2006 for $ 1,950,000. If you’re paying attention you’ll have already noted that, unless his successful real estate agent can secure a sale price higher than it’s current $ 1.795 million asking price, Mister Toth faces a $ 155,000 loss on the property not counting upkeep expenses, improvement costs and real estate fees.

Current listing details show the two-story house, behind a tall concrete wall and tightly wedged on to a compact, .17 acre kitchen axe shaped parcel, has two en suite bedrooms and a total of three bathrooms in 1,788 square feet. The tidy, glassy and airy interiors were put in place prior to Mister Toth’s 2006 acquisition by celebrity designer Darryl Wilson who installed grey oak floors, rift cut oak cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, and stone counter tops with seamless integrated sinks. There are clerestory window topped sliding glass doors, numerous sky-lights and a fireplace in the living room.

The upper level of the house, where the main living spaces and at least one of the bedrooms are located, opens to a slender, cantilevered deck that hugs that rear facade before, outside the master bedroom, it juts out over the yard at tree top level. Down below, the triangular-shaped backyard, surrounded by a towering wall of bamboo, has a flat patch of grass cut by an row of square cut stone stepping stones and a large dining terrace outfitted with a slightly raised circular spa and a built-in fire pit with curved, cushioned for comfort built-in sofa lounge.

For the record, Your Mama has no idea who or if anyone has occupied this residence since Mister Toth moved across town to the West Side and in to Miz Witherspoon’s long-time home in Brentwood. Maybe it sat empty or was rented to some young celebrity client of Mister Toth. Perhaps the couple used it to crash after awards ceremonies or work related dinners in West Hollywood. Who knows? Who cares, right?

In other, celebrity real estate news quasi-related to Miz Witherspoon, whackadoodle action flick actor Steven Seagal put Lava Lakes Ranch, his scenically sensational, luxe-rustic 4,400 acre spread near the town of Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou County, CA, up for sale with a $ 12,000,000 asking price. In addition to the 14,00 square foot main house—a log-built edifice with 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and at least two taxidermied bears standing up like they’d like to maul somebody—the working cattle ranch and nature preserve has a second, 4,200 square foot house with guest house, a barn or two or three and seven lakes that teem with essentially undisturbed wildlife.

And, finally, our big, sad and desperate lurch in this silly game of Six/Two Degrees of Celebrity Real Estate Separation to connect Mister Seagal to Miz Witherspoon… In August 2010, a year before she married Mister Toth, Miz Witherspoon paid Mister Seagal $ 6.9 for a bucolic 2.53 acre ranchette in the Mandeville Canyon area of Los Angeles. (The estate was previously owned by famously mustachioed actor Tom Selleck.) Presumably in order to to make way for an estate custom-built to her celebrity specifications, she razed the existing residence and most if not all of the other structures and equestrian facilities on the property.

Alas, Miz Witherspoon clearly caught a case of The Celebrity Real Estate Fickle because she quietly sold the increasingly celebrity pedigreed property in early 2013 for $ 7.5 million to super producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall who, between them have more than a dozen Oscar nominations. (Back in 2011 Mister Marshall and Miz Kennedy sold their Gwathmey Siegel & Associates-designed mansion in Pacific Palisades for $ 26 million to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Remember that? Anyhoo…) A couple months ago, a the Kennedy-Marshalls flipped the property back on the market with an asking price of $ 9.75 million and it’s still listed for $ 9.75 million.

Miz Witherspoon owns a nearly 6,500 square foot house in a gated community in Nashville (TN) that she bought back in 2005 for $ 760,000 but she and Mister Toth (et famille) primarily live in an expensive and quiet gated enclave in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles on a three-parcel spread purchased in three separate transactions between December 2003—when she was still married to her first husband and the father of two of her three children, actor Ryan Phillippe—and late December 2012. All together, by Your Mama’s calculations, Miz Witherspoon has spent a total of $ 11,050,000 for the three properties.

listing photos (Hollywood Hills): The Agency
listing photos (Siskiyou County): Ranch Marketing Associates
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Curbed – Weekend Open House: Pretty Decent Mid-Century Modern with Celebrity Pedigree

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Open House: Sunday, March 23, 2014 between 2 PM – 5 PM

2055 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Price: $ 1,990,000
Beds, Baths: 3 beds, 3 baths
Floor Area: 2,459 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Classic 1962 Mid-Century, tastefully & thoughtfully restored for today’s modern lifestyle. This stunning property embodies the best of the California lifestyle w/ an open, airy floor plan, vaulted ceilings & walls of sliding glass. Sleek lines & architectural details compliment the original terrazzo floors. Stainless steel kitchen w/ restored cabinetry, caeasarstone counters & built-in breakfast nook. Chic living room w/ its original, stunning travertine fireplace. Bonus separate media/family room, Master suite w/ walk-in cedar lined closet & 2 additional bedroom suites. Surround sound & skylights throughout. The master & all public rooms slide open to the recently landscaped backyard which features a large glass-walled pool & private spa. Tranquil & peaceful setting near the end of the cul-de-sac on a flat street in BHPO. Situated in between Coldwater Cyn Park & Franklin Cyn Park w/ its serene hiking trails. Minutes from the heart of Beverly Hills in the Warner Ave School district.”

This well groomed house has quite a history of being home to various industry folks, including actor-heir Balthazar Getty, director Jason Reitman, and the current owner Glee/New Normal writer/producer Ali Adler. Adler spoke about the home, which she moved into shortly after her breakup with Sara Gilbert, to Domaine: “It was the purity of architecture in the post and beam living room that first caught Adler’s attention: “It has that whole Julius Shulman, Palm Springs feel,” she explains of the aesthetic draw, “and since it’s up in the hills, it also feels like a beautiful cabin at summer camp.” Adler furnished the space with furniture that spoke to her Danish modern sensibilities, and accented with dynamic touches…”

· 2055 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 [Redfin]
· Ali Adler: Happy Place [Domaine]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Buy TV Pitchman Ron Popeil’s Historic Ranch for $4.995 Million

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Prodigious inventor/TV pitchman extraordinaire/Ronco founder Ron Popeil, whose face is recognizable across generations for his ads for products including the Showtime Rotisserie (“Set it and forget it!), is selling his 150-acre Rancho Quinta Ladera in Santa Barbara’s San Marcos Pass. The massive ranch, established by President McKinley in 1897, is criss-crossed by riding trails and covered by old oak trees, boasts the listing, plus furnished with a riding area, riding pens, a barn, a guesthouse and pool. But wait … there’s more! The main house on the property is a charming 1898 adobe with five rooms and three bathrooms, although the listing photos don’t provide a very good look inside. We don’t blame anyone for focusing on those jaw-dropping vistas, but hopefully this property isn’t being marketed to people who might raze the historic house and plop down a McMansion. How much would you pay for all of this? The asking price is $ 4.995 million.

· RANCHO QUINTA LADERA [Truly Great Homes]

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