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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Katy Perry Sells Laurel Canyon Compound To Vegas Developer/B-Filmmaker For $5.6 Million

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Katy Perry never lived in the historic DeWitt Residence in Laurel Canyon, but she did own it for two and a half years for some reason. That’s over now: On the last day of 2013, she finally unloaded the estate, aka Park Hill, for $ 5.565 million (most recently she’d been asking $ 5.988 million, although she was originally shopping it in early 2013 for about $ 8 million). Perry, along with her ex-husband Russell Brand, bought the house from jailed National Lampoon CEO Daniel Laikin for $ 6.5 million; it was built in 1925 for early Hollywood developer CF DeWitt and includes two guesthouses, a studio, carriage house, pool with waterfall, and about three acres of land. According to the ever-reliable Real Estalker, Perry sold at such loss to Lorenzo Doumani, son of storied and perhaps mob-related Las Vegas developer Edward Doumani. The younger Doumani is a developer who has also written, directed, and acted in such non-blockbusters as Follow Your Heart and Monster Night, and, according to LinkedIn, now runs a news and entertainment network for tweens. Perry has moved on to a compound at the top of Runyon Canyon.

· Katy Perry Lists Historic DeWitt Residence in Laurel Canyon [Curbed LA]

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The Real Estalker – UPDATE: Katy Perry

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Buckle your celebrity real estate safety belts, children, because global bubble gum pop superstar Katy Perry has unloaded her never lived in Los Angeles estate-compound, Park Hill, for $ 5,565,000.

That’s a lot of money by any standard, of course. However, puppies, a few quick calculations on Your Mama’s tireless bejeweled abacus shows that’s $ 1.385 million less than her original $ 6.95 million open market asking price—Your Mama has it on good authority that Miss Perry first shopped the property off market at closer to $ 8 million—and, even more importantly, $ 935,000 less than the $ 6.5 million she and her now ex-husband, British bad boy comedian Russell Brand, paid for the place in June 2011.

Various property records data bases Your Mama consulted this morning don’t yet reflect a recorded transaction and thus identify the new owner but an impeccable informant—let’s call her Sheeneeduh Tellsomebodee—snitched to Your Mama that the buyer is a fella named Lorenzo Doumani. As far as we can tell, this Mister Doumani is a real estate developer and occasional b-movie writer/director/producer who comes from the illustrious Doumani family of Las Vegas.*

Since Your Mama and every other property gossip on the planet has previously (dissed and) discussed the estate until every one’s eyes bled blood and annoyance we”ll suffice today to say the double-gated compound contains an 8,835 square foot 1920s Mediterranean with a two-story living room and a four room master suite. Additional structures includes a detached three-car garage atop a caretaker’s apartment and studio, and, high on the hillside overlooking a lagoon-style swimming pool, a self-contained one bedroom guest house on an adjoining but separate parcel.

Prior to Miss Perry—and now Mister Doumani—Park Hill was owned by Dan Laiken, the former CEO of National Lampoon who—as far as Your Mama knows—is still in the pokey for his part in a Ponzi scheme. Mister Laiken acquired the estate in 2004 from esteemed country music publishing executive Ralph Peer II.

Earlier this year Miss Perry spent $ 11.2 million in acquire a multi-residence compound near the top of Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. Property records show Mister Doumani owns a fair amount of property in Las Vegas as well as an English Tudor-style mansion in the Beverly Hills flats acquired in June 2011 for a bit more than $ 4,676,000.

*Mister Doumani’s father, Edward Doumani, is a well-known and Old School figure in the Las Vegas property development scene and who has long battled (unsubstantiated) allegations of mob ties. In addition to financing a number of movies, the elder Mister Doumani and his brother, Fred, built a number of iconic casino resorts like the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, the El Morocco Hotel, and the Paul Williams-designed La Concha Motel. In the 1970s Daddy Doumani teamed up with Steven Wynn on the Golden Nugget casino resorts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City but that partnership appears to have ended in shambles and bitterness. But we digress…

listing photos: Teles Properties
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The Real Estalker – Celebrity Rental: Matthew Perry

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In support of and in property gossip solidarity with the hardworking kids at Curbed and their annual “Renter’s Week,” Your Mama thought we’d have a brief look-see at a handful of homes in the sensationally scenic, punishingly pricey, and celeb-saturated seaside community of Malibu, CA, that are currently available for rent and owned by a high profile Tinseltowner…

In the fall of 2011, always working and residuals rich sitcom star Matthew Perry quietly paid $ 12,000,000 for a newly re-habbed, Scott Gillen-designed house on a much-coveted stretch of sand that’s currently available as a furnished rental at $ 40,000 per month.

Listing details show the 5,500 square foot, two-story sand sitter has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms including a ocean-view master suite that stretches the full-width of the house on the upper level. An expansive, loft-like open-concept main living area contains a wide plank wood floors, and exposed wood ceiling, a double-sided fireplace, a truckload of slip-covered furniture, and a modern-minded ping-pong table. a wide wall of glass panels disappear into the walls when pushed open and unite the interior spaces with a glass-railed deck that juts out over the sand and, during a really high tide, the surf. The expensively equipped and cook-friendly kitchen has a commercial-grade refrigerator/freezer that cost more than most people’s cleaning lady’s cars and—natch—there’s a state-of-the-art screening room with tiered seating.

Mister Perry, a fairly frequent buyer and seller of multi-million dollar homes, owns at least three other residential properties in Los Angeles: another house in Malibu—a very contemporary place currently used as a luxury sober living house; a sleek, city view residence above the Sunset Strip; and a fairly modest, 1,700 square foot residence in a solid if hardly fancy nabe just off Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City.

listing photos: The Partner’s Trust
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The Real Estalker – Matthew Perry Quietly Buys Beach Front Digs…Two Years Ago

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

BUYER: Matthew Perry
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
PRICE: $ 12,000,000
SIZE: 5,500 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Veteran sit-com star Matthew Perry is well known amongst property gossips like Your Mama for his relatively fickle relationship with high-priced properties in Los Angeles and Malibu. The real estate activities of the four-time Emmy-nominated t.v.s star are usually discovered and discussed in short order in all the celebrity-related property gossip columns. However, children, it turns out Mister Perry has made at least one big ticket addition to his property portfolio in recent years that, until it was sorted out by the tireless real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak and backed up by the mysterious but always reliable Lucy Spillerguts, has gone entirely under radar.

Back in October of 2011, Mister Perry, by way of an acronymic trust, surreptitiously shelled out $ 12,000,000 for a newly and fully rehabilitated beach front house on much-coveted stretch of sand in Malibu, CA. Iffin he was so inclined, lucky Mister Perry and his lucky beach going house guests could scramble across the often treacherously trafficked Pacific Coast Highway and quickly amble over to the no frills but deservedly popular Malibu Seafood market and cafe for a tuna burger and fries (or whatever).

Just in case any of y’all think it at all strange that Mister Perry can afford a twelve million dollar house at the beach not to mention the no-doubt exorbitant annual maintenance costs associated with owning a twelve million dollar house at the beach…It’s not. Mister Perry and his Friends co-stars earned $ 1 million per episode for the last two, 22-episode seasons of the wildly popular program. That’s $ 44 million in just two years, not counting an additional endorsements or appearance fees he may have earned. And that’s not counting the $ 30+ million he took in the previous two seasons when he and his cast mates pulled down three-quarters of a million per episode. The five Friends stars also received syndication royalties for the last five of the show’s ten seasons and even a person who doesn’t know a damn thing about the ins and outs of Tinseltown knows that there’s hardcore amounts of money to be made in the syndication of a unusually successful sit-com like Friends.

Sure, you might well say, his reasonably busy post-Friends career has lacked traction: The drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was canceled after just one season; The comedy Mister Sunshine lasted a measly two; And his most recent sit-com, Go On, was axed in May (2013) after a single, 22-episode season. However Your Mama thinks we can all be assured—or at least we assume without any proof whatsoever—that Mister Perry’s post-Friends compensation packages, while only short-term, were reasonably substantial. Maybe not Friends substantial but still enough that when added to his still growing pile of Friends money allows him to buy and sell multi-million dollar residences—por ejemplo, a twelve million dollar house on the beach in Malibu—with an almost alarming alacrity.

Property records show Mister Perry’s beach house was purchased in the latter days of 2009 for exactly six million clams by Malibu-based polymath entrepreneur Scott Gillen.* Cigar smoking Mister Gillen, who bills himself on his polished website as a “director, builder, thinker, creator,” took the existing, rag-tag residence down to the studs and re-built the thing with his carefully calibrated signature industrial meets organically modern manner.

Listing details from the time of the most recent transaction show the two-story house, which presents to the casual passerby on the street-side as little more than a fairly nondescript row of garage bays and an un-fussy entry gate, has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in about 5,500 square feet of space. Because, at higher tides, the surf sometimes washes up under the cantilevered structure, listing photographs were able to be shot in such a way that the house appears to almost float dreamily on the ocean like a well-appointed boat.

An extra-wide sandblasted glass and metal front door opens from a small entry courtyard into an airy, sun-bathed foyer with a steel-framed and wood-treaded staircase. The foyer melts into the loft-like main living/dining/cooking space where there are generous expanses of art-friendly gallery white walls, chatoyant golden brown wood floors under foot, and a muscular—if low seeming—exposed wood beam ceiling over head. A somewhat inconveniently located fireplace stands between the living/lounge area and the dining area that do, however, share an approximately 40-foot long wall of floor-to-ceiling glass panels that disappear in to the walls. When pushed open the entire living area merges seamlessly with the slender, glass-railed balcony and is quickly bathed in the relentless sound of the pounding surf and infused with the damp, salt-misted sea air.

The center island kitchen has solid, custom-crafted wood cabinetry that looks to Your Mama like teak or maybe walnut or some other wood that can stand up to the humidity of its sea side location. There are fresh white solid surface counter tops, a simple white subway tile back splash, and top-quality stainless steel appliances that include a glass-fronted—not to mention atrociously pricey—commercial-style fridge/freezer that makes Your Mama go all jelly-kneed with ice box desire and envy.

We’re not sure how the three guest/family bedrooms are arranged or what amenities they might be fitted with but we do know that the master suite occupies prime position on the second floor where it takes full advantage of its situation with another forty-ish foot long bank of glass panels that smoothly slide back into the walls. When open the roomy full-width master suite, comprised of separate but adjoining sitting room and bedroom, is converted to a luxurious veranda/sleeping porch with a dreamy or, for some, potentially sea sickness producing prow-like view over the Pacific. The spacious attached master bathroom has a floating vanity, a glassed in shower stalled lined with (what appears to be) white subway-style tiles, and a separate egg-shaped soaking tub.

Of course, we don’t know a shoe horn from spoon so Your Mama has no idea what, if any, alterations Mister Perry may have made to the house. For all we know—and we know nothing—this place has been radically re-realized since Mister Perry acquired it almost two years ago.

Such are the real estate customs of countless rich and famous Hollywooders, since he became a rich and famous sitcom star Mister Perry has bought and sold a slew of high-priced homes in Los Angeles and Malibu. Many of his purchases and sales overlap and it gets a little confusing so put on your thinking caps, butter beans, pour yourself a mind-clearing gin & tonic and see if you can follow along. If you think it might help, make a a ven diagram of overlapping transactions on some scratch paper.

In 1995, in the dewy dawn of his Friends fame, Mister Perry paid $ 590,000 for a not-quite-2,000 square foot house on a quiet cul-de-sac near the tippy-top of the celeb-saturated Outpost Estates ‘hood in the Hollywood Hills. He unloaded the two bedroom and three bathroom house in 2001, according to property records, to an L.A.-based attorney for $ 820,000 but not before, in June 1999, at that apex of his Friends fame, he forked over $ 2,925,000 for a glassy, 8,000 square foot mid-1970s modern nestled discreetly into the tail end of another quiet culd-de-sac in the now terrifically trendy and ludicrously costly Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills. He hung on to the Trousdale Estates pad for more then five years when he sold it the fall of 2005 for $ 6,100,000. The sleek, city-view house has had several owners since then, the current owner being Fuze Beverage co-founder Lance Collins who, accoriding to property records, snatched the house up in October 2010 for $ 10,280,000.

A few months before Mister Perry sold his Trousdale Estates mansion in 2005 he made two, not quite simultaneous purchases that combined came to nearly ten millon dollars. In April (2005) he shelled out $ 3.2 million for a 1,600+ square foot high-floor condo crib at the star-studded Sierra Towers complex on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. He first attempted to rid himself of the glass and terrace wrapped 2 bedroom and 3 bathroom apartment in 2008 for $ 4.5 million but didn’t actually manage to unload the place until September 2011 when property records show it was sold to a not-famous person for $ 2,850,000.

At just about the same time he bought the city-view in West Hollywood he forked over another $ 6,550,000 for a concrete and glass contemporary perched on a steeply sloped 2.5-ish acre hillside lot with a sweeping coastal view in Malibu’s guard-gated Serra Retreat where some of the rustically swanky enclave’s other famous former residents include Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, and Kelsey Grammer. In October 2011, Mister Perry pushed the four bedroom and 5.5 bathroom residence in the Serra Retreat on the open market with a rose-tinted $ 13.5 million price tag. In March of the following year (2012) the house was taken off the market and, much to Your Mama’s surprise, is currently operated as Perry House, a seven-bed sober living facility for men with the dough to afford such luxurious recovery circumstances. In May (2013) Mister Perry, who long suffered from his own addiction issues and has been to rehab twice (that we know of), was awarded the Champion of Recovery award on the White House lawn for his efforts at bringing awareness to addiction. So bravo for that. Seriously. Anyways…

A few months before property mad Mister Perry paid $ 883,000 for a perfectly ordinary corner property just off Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City (CA) in July 2008, he coughed up $ 4,475,000 for a boxy, two-story contemporary set on a ridge high above the Sunset Strip. He off-loaded this house just this last February (2013) for $ 4,685,000 to, as per the property records Your Mama peeped, long-haired e-commerce mogul Michel Mente.

In August 2011, about a year and half before he sold his house above the Sunset Strip to the e-commerce guy, Mister Perry laid out $ 8,650,000 for a sleek, sexy, and recently re-built residence on a short cul-de-sac near the top of the so-called Bird Streets neighborhood above the Sunset Strip where all the streets are named—you got it smarty pants—after birds. The  approximately 4,000 square foot residence, crisp and rigorously clean-lined yet fearlessly libertine and even a little bit louche, was described in marketing materials as inspired by the ground-breaking Pierre Koenig’s iconic and still terrifically modern Case Study House #22 (a.k.a. the Stahl House). One feature that the iconic Stahl House doesn’t have that sort of sums up Mister Perry’s quintessentially Tinseltown bachelor pad in The Birds is the state-of-the-art nine seat cinema in the basement fitted with a two-inch thick Perspex window that peers into the underwater depths of the zero-edge swimming pool where a person can paddle privately—and preferably in the buff—with a mesmerizing carpet of twinkling lights laid out below.

Presently then, in quick summation, Mister Perry’s $ 25 million-plus property portfolio currently contains the Case Study-inspired Sunset Strip house, the sober living facility in Malibu’s exclusive Serra Retreat, and the twelve million dollar beach front house. What Your Mama thinks matters none but we still think Mister Perry’s small but impressive collection of homes might benefit from a wee pied-a-terre in the New York City like, say, this sassy, 17th floor number in a full-service post-war building in the West Village.

*Mister Gillen has directed more than 100 commercials for the likes of Mercedes, Mini Cooper and the Viagra Racing Team. He executive producted and directed two seasons of a reality program called Build or Bust as well as a single, six episode season of Set Up. He’s customized a handful of vintage cars and motor cycles and spec-built at least half a dozen luxury properties in Malibu and Pacific Palisades.

listing photos: The Levin Group
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The Real Estalker – UPDATE: Katy Perry

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

More than a month ago, based on intel from a few of our better-connected informants, Your Mama tattled to the children that international bubble gum pop superstar Katy Perry was fixin’ to drop a serious wad of sawbucks to create a multi-residence celebrity-style compound high atop Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills.

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Yolanda Yakketyak it’s come to Your Mama’s attention that property records now indicate Miz Perry—by way of a generically named trust—paid a hair straightening $ 11.2 million for the two properties that combined have two houses on three separate but adjoining parcels that total 3.95 acres.

Property records reveal Miz Perry paid exactly $ 3,000,000 for the two-parcel property that includes an organically sleek single-story contemporary on 1.62 mostly au naturel acres with an only-in-Tinseltown provenance. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s (now acrimoniously divorced) parents Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner sold the house in 2009 to drummer/band leader Max Weinberg who flipped the gated two-parcel spread in January 2011. The buyer who paid $ 2.95 million was American oil heiress Aileen Getty who already owned the 2.33 acre spread next door that property records show she sold to Miz Perry for $ 8.2 million.

Like the Gyllenhaal/Weinberg residence, Miz Getty’s house was not listed on the open market and also has an interesting provenance. Our research shows Miz Getty bought the property in April 2004 for $ 3.54 million from occasional film producer and Wal-Mart heiress Sybil Robson Orr. As best as we can tell from various digitally accessible resources the Robson Orr/Getty spread includes a nearly 4,000 square foot mock-Med main house, a semi-detached poolside guesthouse/cabana, and some sort of barn/equestrian facility. Vast stone terraces extend the living to the outdoors in classic California fashion and surround a slightly elevated swimming pool. Terraced gardens planted with fruit trees and laced with pathways make maximum use of the steep slope below the house.

Although the nine-time Grammy nominated singer unloaded a quirky downtown New York City duplex penthouse at a small loss last spring (2012) she still owns Park Hill, the nearly three acre Laurel Canyon estate she and ex-husband Russell Brand bought in mid-2011 for $ 6.5 million but never actually moved in to. Mister Brand reportedly granted Miss Perry full ownership of the historic estate in their divorce and after she unsuccessfully attempted to sell the multi-structure compound off market earlier in the year finally pushed the property on the open market in early April (2013) with an asking price of $ 6,925,000.
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The Real Estalker – It’s Official: Katy Perry Lists Park Hill Compound

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

SELLER: Katy Perry
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 6,925,000
SIZE: 8,835 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 4 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama has been hearing for months already that Miz Perry wants to unload her never-lived in L.A. compound, Park Hill, and—so the scuttlebutt went—she unsuccessfully had it shopped around off-market for a few months in the high seven millions before finally hoisting the grand estate on the open market today with an official (and notably lower) asking price of $ 6,925,000.

In June 2011, almost a year after nine time Grammy-nominated international pop music super star Katy Perry wed her now ex-husband—that would be raunchy and unkempt looking British comedian Russell Brand—in a lavish ceremony in India they dropped six and a half million clams on Park Hill, an historic, double-gated celebrity-style compound of nearly three acres nestled onto a private promontory just above the frequently traffic clogged mouth of Laurel Canyon in West Hollywood (CA).

According to the good people at Paradise Leased and The Movieland Directory, Park Hill was built in the mid-1920s for successful real estate developer C.F. DeWitt who lived in the house until shortly after his wife committed suicide in the house in the mid-1930s. Eventually the house was bought by Dan Laiken, the ex-CEO of National Lampoon who was put in the pokey in 2010 on a securities fraud conviction. It was Mister Laiken’s people who sold the house to Miz Perry and Mister Brand.

Alas, the erstwhile couple broke up in a blaze of tabloid publicity and speculation just a few months after purchasing Park Hill. Mister Brand chivalrously granted complete ownership of Park Hill to Miz Perry who—so we’ve been told by someone in the position to know—never actually occupied the property. (She moved, instead, to a modest if hardly inexpensive rental in a storied West Hollywood apartment house and he snatched up a contemporary crib at the tippy-top of the Bird Streets neighborhood above the Sunset Strip where all the streets are named after—you got it—birds.)

Current listing details reveal Miz Perry’s unwanted real estate albatross looms over a parking lot-sized motor court, stands three stories high at the back, measures in at a roomy but hardly humongous 8,835 square feet and contains a total of seven bedrooms, seven full and four half bathrooms. There are also two fireplaces—living room and library—and loads of original architectural detailing and vintage fixtures such as the silhouette chandelier that hangs in the stone-walled and marble floored front foyer and stair hall.

The mansion’s public rooms are nothing if not baronial and include a capacious, 45-foot long double-height living room with dark-stained wood floors, a heavy beamed wood ceiling, massive carved stone fireplace that originally warmed an Italian castle and a towering Palladian window that opens to a small terrace with big city view. The room’s quirky pièce de résistance is an old timey minstrel’s gallery from where musician once serenaded residents and party attending guests. The partially panelled dining room isn’t exactly the size of a royal banquet hall but is absolutely impressive with its hand-stenciled honeycomb pattern wood ceiling.

Some of the other living and entertaining spaces include a library with fireplace, media lounge, and spacious, center island country kitchen with snack counter, built-in banquette seating, high grade appliances and fixtures and an adjoining breakfast room with a hand-painted groin vaulted ceiling. All in all it looks like the kitchen in a suburban macmansion but anyone who pay seven million for this place can surely afford to replace the existing kitchen with something more stylish and/or suitable for a house of this magnitude.

The bulk of the property’s landscaped grounds are at the front of the house where’s there’s a giant circular drive but there are balconies and terraces all around, some with city views, and tucked back into the steep, planted hillside there’s a lagoon-style swimming pool with waterfall.

In addition to the main manse, the impressively scaled compound includes a two story detached structure with a three car garage upstairs and a caretakers apartment plus art/music studio below. A second detached guest house sits high on the hillside above the swimming on a legally separate lot and includes a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom according to listing details.

listing photos: Teles Properties
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The Real Estalker – Week End Wrap Up: Katy Perry

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Your Mama has known for quite some time now that pop music superstar Katy Perry has been house hunting in Los Angeles and that she’s eager to get rid of Park Hill, the nearly three acre gated estate she and ex-husband Russell Brand bought for $ 6.5 million back in their happier matrimonial days (June, 2011) but never actually occupied. We even snitched such to the children in early February (2013).

So, it comes as no surprise then that celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ reported this week that otherwise unidentified “real estate sources” told them that Miss Perry would liked to have quietly sold the 8,835 square foot 1920s Mediterranean in an off-market deal for close to eight million clams. Alas, despite being shopped around off market and toured by a handful of qualified buyers—including, it was tattled to Your Mama, to at least one famously real estate obsessed actor—the 7 bedroom and 9 bathroom residence remains a costly high maintenance albatross around Miss Perry’s real estate neck.

The folks at TMZ went on to report that ex-Missus Brand is getting increasingly antsy and actually plans to foist the Laurel Canyon crib on the open market in two weeks and that the asking price will be in the “mid 7s.” TMZ‘s snitch went on to say that Miss Perry might be willing to sell the property in the high six millions if someone would just offer it. One of Your Mama’s better connected celebrity real estate canaries told us not too long ago she might even be willing to take even less, something closer to a break even point, but that’s just some real estate rumor and gossip that you did not hear from Your Mama.

aerial photo: Pacific Coast News
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