Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity’

Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Buy the House Right Under the Hollywood Sign From a TV Star

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

After residing here for darn near two decades, Julian McMahon—better known as Dr. Doom in the 2005 version of Fantastic 4 and as a “booty-baring” plastic surgeon on Nip/Tuck—has put his home directly under the Hollywood Sign up for sale, says Variety. Whether or not the reportedly terrible hordes of tourists trying to get their picture taken with the sign had anything to do with his decision to sell his long-time home, we’ll probably never know. Built in the mid-1960s, the 3,400-square-foot residence has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-story living room, lots of space for entertaining, and accompanying outdoors areas that include a terraced yard and decks off the second story. McMahon purchased the house in 1997 for $ 712,000; he’s now selling for $ 2.299 million.

· Julian McMahon Lists House Directly Below Hollywood Sign [Variety]
· 6107 Mulholland [Official site]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Banjo player and late-blooming novelist Steve…

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

sm0.jpgBanjo player and late-blooming novelist Steve Martin just listed his 7,377-square-foot Montecito mansion for $ 11 million. Designed by Roland E. Coate Jr., a Venice Beach native, the house can be classified as 1970s residential brutalism to the max. Curbed National has the tour, this way. [Curbed National]

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Curbed – Lifestyles of the Rich & Richer: Celebrity Real Estate Agent Accused of Telling Rich Guy That His Mansion Is Bigger Than It Is

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


For some, the American Dream involves buying a home. For others, the American Dream involves buying the largest, most luxurious mansion in Malibu. Enter Hong-Kong-based millionaire Hiroshi Horiike. In 2007, after seeing more than 80 inferior properties, Horiike threw down $ 12.25 million in cash for a mansion that he says was presented as 15,000 square feet and Malibu’s largest, reports the New York Times. Horiike didn’t bother to have the house checked by an independent party to verify that number, and was presumably enjoying his new place until he found out, much to his horror, that it was just under 10,000 square feet.

Horiike claims he was duped by a double-team of his real estate agent and the agent representing the seller—agent-to-the-stars Chris Cortazzo—who both worked for Coldwell Banker Real Estate at the time and had acted as “dual agents,” meaning they were supposed to be representing both buyer and seller. Cortazzo and Coldwell are both named in a lawsuit Horiike’s filed that seeks $ 5 million in damages.

The irony here is that if Horiike had not been so well-off, he probably wouldn’t have had to suffer through this terrible ordeal of having a smaller-than-he-thought house, because banks insist on sending appraisers before they lend money. That appraiser would have found the square-footage discrepancy before the sale was made. But because he bought the mansion in cash, Horiike didn’t have to worry about that. The NYT estimates that half the sales in Malibu and almost all of the $ 3-million-plus sales there occur in cash. That’s a lot of houses that could be several thousand square feet smaller than they purport to be.

Sadly, now Horrike is forced to live in an enormous oceanfront house of lies: “I don’t love my house,” he says. “It has become a bad dream. It has broken my heart and broke my dream about American people. Before, I thought everything here is beautiful. And perfect.” To recap: when he thought his house was 15,000 square feet, everything was cool and perfect. When he found out it wasn’t, his dreams were shattered.

It’s not uncommon that there are gaps between the square footage that a homeowner provides and those on record with the county assessor. High-end sellers want their houses to be as big as possible; one real estate lawyer told of a seller using the square-footage of a staircase to boost a house’s footprint. “At that point, you’re stuck in the middle between the assessor records and what the seller is telling you. All you can do is disclose that there is a discrepancy and that the buyer should measure the property himself,” an unidentified broker working in Malibu says. Illegal additions by mansion owners and the varying metrics that brokers and assessors use to measure buildings contribute to the likelihood that numbers are off. Still, almost all of the real estate lawyers and Malibu brokers who contributed to the article were “mystified how the Hong Kong businessman and his agent missed more than 5,000 square feet of property.”

Both sides have made strong arguments: this lawsuit was first won by Coldwell and Cortazzo in 2012, but Horiike’s team have successfully appealed, and now the issue is going to the California Supreme Court, which is expected to make a ruling this year. Worst case scenario for Coldwell: they lose, pay Horiike only $ 3 million, and he never counts it.
· In Malibu Luxury Home Listings, Thousands of Square Feet Often Go Missing [NYT]

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Curbed – celebrity real estate: Bob Odenkirk Plunks Down $3.3MM For Stylish Spanish in the Hills

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

[Bob Odenkirk via AMC]

Delightful writer/comedian and star of the upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk and his wife, talent manager Naomi Odenkirk have swapped a snazzy Mid-Century Modern in the Oaks for a stylish Spanish in Beachwood Canyon. Per the LA Times, the Odenkirk’s new residence was built in 1940 but has been “newly refurbished” by designer Betsy Burnham. The .27-acre property was also fresh landscaped by noted garden designer Judy Kameon, and included in Kameon’s recent book, Gardens are for Living. Features of the five-bedroom, four and a half bath house include hardwood floors, wrought-iron details, two fireplaces, colorful period tile, arched doorways, French doors, plus a swimming pool and spa. Listed at $ 3.495 million, the 2,827-square-foot residence sold for $ 3.3 million.

Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Lists Razor-Sharp Los Feliz Mid-Century at $ 2.5 Million [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Curbed Awards 2014: Ellen DeGeneres Was Def LA’s Real Estate Celebrity of the Year

Friday, December 26th, 2014

It’s the last week in December, when according to tradition we make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to all the best, worst, and shitshowiest of things that happened in Los Angeles real estate, architecture, and neighborhoods this year. These are your 2014 Curbed Awards.

Ellen DeGeneres has been one of the biggest players in the Los Angeles real estate game for years, but in 2014 she turned it up to 11. While she faced stiff competition from that ne’er-do-well Justin Bieber (more on him later), she pulled out our Celebrity of the Year award at the very last minute by re-purchasing a house from her ex’s ex, which she had sold to that ex’s ex back in 2007. And that is not even the craziest shit she pulled this year. Let’s look back at the Year in Ellen (and her wife Portia de Rossi):

January: DeGeneres started the year off extremely strong, buying the Brody House in Bel Air for $ 39.88 million. Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones and built in 1949 for philanthropist couple Sidney and Frances Lasker Brody on a beautiful site next to the Playboy Mansion, the property could very well be called the best in Los Angeles (we called it that, in fact). DeGeneres was only the third owner, after the Brodys and a rehabber who kept it only long enough to fix it up before selling to Ellen.

July: Just a few months later, DeGeneres SHOCKED US ALL by freaking selling the Brody House to Napster cofounder and former Facebook president Sean Parker for $ 49.5 million.

July: In a hurry for a place to live, DeGeneres picked up two units covering an entire floor in the very fancy Beverly West condos on the Wilshire Corridor, paying $ 16 million.

(October: Not a DeGeneres move per se, but Jennifer Lawrence bought one of Ellen’s former homes in Beverly Hills. Close enough!)

December: DeGeneres and de Rossi put the floor at Beverly West up for sale at the beginning of the month for about $ 16 million because…

December: They’d bought a new place that was actually and old place. Back in 2007, DeGeneres sold a two-property compound with two mid-century houses on it to Milgard Manufacturing heiress Allison Milgard for $ 10 million. Milgard and DeGeneres share an ex, designer Alexandra Hedison, who fixed up one of the houses and also at some point in there married Jodie Foster. DeGeneres paid $ 10 million (or possibly some other amount!) for one or the other of the houses, but it’s not exactly clear which. Some sources say it was the boomerang-shaped Hedison house, but the ever-reliable Real Estalker claims that one actually sold to Ricky Gervais’s collaborator Stephen Merchant, and that DeGeneres and de Rossi bought the neighboring ranch, which was once rehabbed by architects Marmol Radziner. We look forward to finding out the answer to that riddle and more sure-to-be-wacky DeGeneres real estate hijinks in 2015.
· Holy Shit: Ellen DeGeneres Just Bought The Best House In Los Angeles For $ 40 Million [Curbed LA]
· Here’s the Incredible House Ellen DeGeneres Just Flipped to Napster Founder Sean Parker For $ 55 Million [Curbed LA]
· Ellen DeGeneres Just Bought Back the House She Sold in 2007 [Curbed LA]
· Curbed Awards 2014 [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Are Obviously Winning the Bidding War For This Bonkers $85-Million Bev Hills Mansion

Monday, December 8th, 2014


Maybe it’s the candy room, or the Yves Saint Laurent fire extinguishers, or the indoor car showroom, but something is compelling super-couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z to get mixed up in a bidding war for this over-the-top, $ 85-million mansion in Beverly Hills. TMZ says that the couple are up against three other parties (including some unnamed other celebs) all vying for the flamboyant home. But of course, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are presently the highest bidders.

The 23,000-square-foot mansion sits in the highly-coveted Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills and first came up for sale in a quiet, off-market listing in August, then hit the market publicly in September asking $ 85 million. It features eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, an underground garage, vast closets, a movie theater, and more weird art than anyone knew they needed.

Bey and Jay have reportedly been eyeing the estate since this past summer. Now a source tells TMZ that they and the seller “just a few million dollars apart” on the price and are expected to seal the deal around Christmas for a still-pretty-damn-heartstopping $ 70 million.

·Jay Z & Beyonce All They Want for Xmas …Is This Sick Bev Hills Mansion!! [TMZ]
· Jay-Z and Beyoncé Eying Completely Bonkers, $ 85-Million Megamansion in Beverly Hills [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Here’s the House Moby’s Moving to After Selling Wolf’s Lair

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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[Moby via Uncensored Interview / Wikimedia]

Noted architecture lover and electronic musician Moby‘s just-sold last home, the famed replica castle Wolf’s Lair compound, which overlooks the Hollywood Reservoir, is a hard act to follow. This remodeled 1925 Tudor in Los Feliz right next to Fern Dell Park (and in the celeb-filled The Oaks neighborhood) may not have sweeping views or an old secret speakeasy bar like the Lair, but it does have a very charming brick entry, 11-foot ceilings in the living room, a butler’s pantry, a new pool, and a pool house with vaulted ceilings, and that’s apparently good enough for Moby.

Modern additions to the house include a fire-resistant roof and dual glazed windows and doors. How nice it must be for Moby to move into a house that doesn’t call for $ 2-million worth of renovations (which is how much he spent fixing up Wolf’s Lair)! TMZ notes that Moby scored a nice deal on this place, too—it was listed in July for $ 3.295 million, but he paid $ 2.99 million.

· Moby Radically Downsizes Life But It’s Still Better than Yours [TMZ]
· Moby Just Sold the Incredible Wolf’s Lair Castle Compound for a $ 6MM Profit [Curbed LA]

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