Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity’

Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Jimmy Kimmel Selling Classy Cahuenga Pass House With Outdoor Beer Tap For $2.3 Million

Friday, August 15th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that late-night TV star Jimmy Kimmel ever co-hosted a cable show called The Man Show (which featured women jumping on trampolines in every episode) after looking at this rather grown-up and stylish house he’s just put up for sale. Coming to us via the Wall Street Journal, Kimmel’s house in the Cahuenga Pass has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus a dessert case like the ones in diners, a bedroom that can also function as a recording studio, and a beer tap (BYOKeg) next to the barbecue/smoker/pizza oven in the backyard. Classy, but also of course party-ready. Kimmel bought the house back in 2002, paying just $ 925,000. It’s now listed for $ 2.299 million.

· Comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s Los Angeles House to List for $ 2.299 Million [WSJ]
· Classic Hollywood Knolls Home [Partners Trust]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Charles Bronson’s Old Estate in Bel Air Asking $19.75 Million

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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In honor of Throwback Thursday, the LA Times Home section dug through the archives to find some decades-old coverage of this house, the former family home of tough-guy actor Charles Bronson and his wife, Jill Ireland, which has just hit the market with an asking price of $ 19.75 million. The celebrated lovebirds, who met on the set of The Great Escape in 1962, purchased the Bel Air estate in 1968 and encountered a bit of trouble with it right off the bat: “During an inspection of the home, Ireland became separated from her 4-year-old son, Valentine, according to a 1968 story in The Times. Fearing that the boy had become locked in a ceiling-high safe, police and the fire department were called to the scene. Upon opening, however, the vault was found empty; Valentine had gone to visit his new elementary school, Bellagio Road School, just down the street.” His new elementary school? That’s what you call a not-so-great escape.

Sited on a .69-acre lot overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club, the Spanish-style property was built in 1929 and features seven bedrooms, nine baths, a formal dining room, a music room, a game room, a gym, four fireplaces, and a PebbleTec saline pool and spa. The listing description also notes that the house “showcases elaborate wine storage for the ultimate wine connoisseur or discerning wine professional,” which makes sense, given that it’s been owned since 1995 by Colgin Cellars vintners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender.


· Charles Bronson’s former Bel-Air home on market at $ 19.75 million [LAT]
· 121 UDINE Way [Redfin]

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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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