Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity’

Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Diddy’s New $39-Million Mansion Has an Underwater Tunnel

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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[P. Diddy via DFree / Shutterstock]

Record producer, sometime-actor and Sean Jean clothing line founder Diddy, aka Sean Combs, has just plunked down $ 39 million on a brand new, 17,000-square-foot mansion in Holmby Hills, reports the LA Times (well, they say it was $ 40 million, but Blockshopper says otherwise). The two-story “European-style” estate was developed and sold by spec megamansion king Nile Niami, who’s known for his outrageous designs (operating room??). Construction finished earlier this year and the house didn’t have time to hit the open market before Diddy snapped it up in an off-market deal.

The property include a pool and grotto connected by an underwater tunnel, a 35-seat theater, a wine room, and a “steam room, massage room and beauty salon” in a separate structure on-site, according to TMZ. With his new address, Diddy will now be a neighbor to the Playboy Mansion and the equally infamous The Manor, which has a climate-controlled attic that’s the same size as Diddy’s new place.

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· Sean Combs spends $ 40 million for newly built mansion [LAT]
· Diddy Drops $ 40 Mil on Sick House [TMZ]
· Nile Niami [Curbed LA]

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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


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

[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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