Beverly Hills, CA
Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,683 square feet
Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia di Rossi are keeping their real estate agent busy this summer. The duo just dropped $26 million on a new mansion in Montecito, and today, the real-estate-loving duo are dumping a penthouse apartment in Beverly Hills for $899,000. One peek at the listing photos suggests the penthouse was a home for a family member or personal staff. While lovely, the condo is decidedly different and less fancy than Ellen and Portia’s usual home decor style.
The corner penthouse in the Somerset building has views of mountains and the trees from a spacious, light-filled unit. An entry gallery with wood floors opens to living room/dining area with fireplace. The kitchen comes complete with an eating area and laundry room. The unit’s 2 bedrooms are both large, with en suite bathrooms.
The building is full service and amenities include: doorman, valet parking, security, gym, pool, spa, sauna and club room. Building dues/HOA will cost you $1,186 a-month.
Images via the MLS.
Pacific Palisades, CA
Hanks is an A-list actor, producer, writer, and director and Wilson is his actress wife
4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 6,289 square feet, pool.
Tom Hanks and wife of 25 years, Rita Wilson, are shedding one of the houses from their “Big” property portfolio for $5.22 million. Purchased by the A-list duo for $1.9 million when they were first married in 1988, the home has 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and is 6,289 square feet. The gorgeous but rather boring and monochromatic house has large living spaces, a library and even a private beauty salon.
Two years back, Hanks and Wilson made real estate headlines when they paid $26 million for another Pacific Palisades mansion that could easily be mistaken for Los Angeles‘ famous hilltop Getty Museum.
Hanks and Wilson’s other property holdings include yet another Pacific Palisades mansion they picked up in January 2010 for $1.45 million and a beachfront Malibu Colony spread they’ve owned since the early 1990′s.
Images via the MLS.
Hollywood Hills, CA
Oscar-winning actress for "The Accused" (1988) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
5 bedrooms, 4 full & 2 half bathrooms, 6,060 square feet, pool, views
With a distinguished address and oodles of famous neighbors, Foster’s Spanish Villa is the ultimate celebrity hideaway, as it offers privacy, security and style.
The home has 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms, an office and an attached guest suite. Adjacent to a formal dining room, a butler’s pantry leads to a stunning kitchen. A luxurious master suite features a sitting area, walk-in closets, fireplace and sauna.
Outside, the central courtyard pool and brick patio are shielded by a high-reaching hedge for the utmost seclusion – a must for the notoriously private Foster, who had never openly discussed her private life in the public until she outed herself in an emotional speech while accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
In other real estate moves, Jodie was busy last year. She sold her Beverly Hills mansion for $8.3 million in January 2012 and purchased the home she and her sons are likely to be moving in to – a 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 3,752 square foot home in Beverly Hills she paid $11,750,000 for on June 25, 2012.
4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 6,319 square feet spread out over 3 floors
International real estate mogul Christian Candy is selling the penthouse at the famed Plaza hotel for $59 million. The Monaco-based Christian bought the penthouse for $25.9 million last year, and after some massive upgrades, he flipped the one-of-a-kind property back on the market with a $59 million price tag.
This isn’t a one-off deal for Christian. He and his brother Nick Candy are real estate developers known for creating high-design luxury residences, including the ultra-exclusive One Hyde Park in London.
The Plaza triplex penthouse features approximately 6,319 square feet of interior of living space and 229 square feet of exterior living space spread over the 19th, 20th and 21st floors. The 19th floor features an elevator that services all 3 floors, 3 bedroom suites and a laundry room. The 20th floor features a grand living room, 14-seat dining room and a gourmet kitchen that boasts 21 foot ceilings and a skylight. The 21st floor features the sumptuous master suite with private terrace.
According to the Wall Street Journal, if the penthouse sells at its asking price, it would set a record for the century-old building, which converted to condominiums in 2007. The highest purchase to date in the Plaza is $6,316 per square foot, or $48 million, paid for two adjacent condos by Igor Krutoy, a Russian composer and music producer, in 2011.
Miami Beach, FL
Crooning some of the most classic hits of all time
7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, pool, 165 feet of water frontage
The ‘Piano Man’ is ‘Movin Out!’ Singer Billy Joel has sold his nearly 9,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival style mansion on Miami Beach’s swanky La Gorce Island for just under $14,000,000. Property records show the buyer is the deep-pocketed Italian billionaire shoe and handbag mogul Diego Della Valle, who founded and still owns a controlling interest in the Italian luxury leather goods brand Tods.
Joel paid $13.5M in 2006 for the 8,880-square-foot Mediterranean-style home, set on a .67-acre slice of waterfront on the luxe, celeb-studded island of La Gorce.
The home boasts expansive open areas with breathtaking views of the bay. Home amenities include a luxurious bar with wine cellar, gourmet chefs kitchen, formal living and dining room, office and sumptuous master suite, all of which showcase the finest details and finishes. A must have in Miami, the home has 165 feet of water frontage and room for new owner Valle’s yacht.
Controversial former daytime talking head
6 bedrooms, 5.5. bathrooms, 11,104 square feet
Time to take down the “For Sale” sign? According to the always-in-the-know Real Estalker, chat show hostess Rosie O’Donnell has sold her waterfront mansion on Miami Beach’s Star Island for $12,675,000 to an unknown buyer. While property records do not yet reflect the sale, sources close to the deal say it’s in the bag.
Property records DO show that the actress, comedienne and former “The View” co-host bought the 1+ acre property in March 1999 for $6,750,000. O’Donnell first listed the home on the open market in March 2012 with a $19,500,000 price tag. In March 2013, the price was cut to $17,500,000. With no buyer coming forward with that kind of cold, hard cash, O’Donnell had to dig deeper into her profit margin to get the deal done.
The home is a gem on the high-priced celebrity enclave of Star Island and the entrance and brick motorcourt is punctuated by a massive tree. The home opens to a double height foyer and formal living and dining rooms. There’s also a den/library/office, media room, and a well-equipped, two-island kitchen that’s open to a family room and informal dining area. The second-floor bedrooms include a vast master suite with sitting room, fireplace, private office, and direct access to a large terrace that overlooks the water.
Drew de la Houssaye is a regular commentator on the LA Times Hot Properties webcast and can be found on Twitter @MadCribs where he tweets about celebrity homes, architecture and real estate economics. He is an agent with THE BROKERAGE Real Estate Group Beverly Hills, which specializes in renovating and marketing luxury homes. Their Palm Springs office specializes in mid-century modern architecture and offers vacation rentals through its affiliate, Concierge by THE BROKERAGE.
Drew began his career in real estate over 20 years ago, and he has advised over 550 families and investors on real estate transactions.
He regularly volunteers at homeless charities, enjoys skiing, sailing, travel, working-out, air hockey and hot wings.
Let’s get to know Drew de la Houssaye better:
How did you get your start in real estate?
My first job out of USC’s Marshall School of Business was with a commercial real estate firm that specialized in tenant representation for Fortune 500 clients. Our broker had formed real estate investment partnerships with many the city’s top CEOs, CPAs and real estate attorneys. My job was to administer the day-to-day operations of these partnerships and oversee the office and industrial buildings that they controlled.
What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?
Once my clients got moved-in to their first home, they invited me over to watch the Superbowl. I noticed that they had framed their son’s drawing of “Our Dream House,” and put it in the foyer. Looking outside, I saw his kids playing in the yard — not in the alley behind some apartment building anymore, and I thought, “This is a great job.”
What is your dream home location?
I live in a home in Bel Air with canyon views, but I have a deep affinity for lake front homes. I find homes overlooking large, placid bodies of water to be relaxing and serene…even a little mystical. I love Ashton Kutcher’s contemporary modern home overlooking Lake Hollywood, and I have friends with a home at the north end of Lake Tahoe which has amazing sunrise views of the lake. I could very easily imagine myself in either of these homes.
What kind of car do you drive?
I drive a convertible Jaguar XK8. It’s my second Jag. I’m a big fan of English cars. I love my convertible, but it isn’t practical for taking buyers to showings. So, my next car will be a sedan. I’ve fallen in love with the Jaguar XJL Ultimate which has iPad monitors and a Champagne cooler in the backseat…perfect for chauffeuring clients to showings in Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Beverly Hills or Palm Springs.
iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry?
I got an iPhone for Christmas a few years ago and reluctantly gave up my TREO. Now, I LOVE IT! It has actually made me more productive.
What site/app do you check first when you wake up?
After I work-out and meditate, I check my Facebook account for inspirational and humorous posts. I like to have a good laugh before I start my day. In the afternoon, I usually go to my Twitter account @MadCribs and tweet about celebrity homes, architecture and major real estate market trends.
What was the last book you read?
Unreal Estate by Michael Gross. I love the history of Los Angeles, and this book chronicles the growth of the city by recounting the stories of a dozen great homes and the people who lived in them. It starts during the Spanish Colonial period and traces the growth of the city though the development of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Westwood and Bel Air; and it exposes the scandals behind the building of these world-class communities.
Name your favorite guilty pleasure?
I’ve seen every episode of The Kardashians. Please, don’t judge me.
What’s one thing someone would never guess just by looking at you?
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Sherman Oaks, CA
Mom to star actress Kristen Stewart, longtime script supervisor and aspiring director herself!
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,308 square feet, pool
Jules Stewart, best known to the world as Kristen Stewart’s mom, has just paid nearly a million dollars for a new home in Sherman Oaks, CA. Jules hit tabloid headlines this year, when it was revealed that she owns “wolf-hybrids” as pets and was engaged in a heated dispute with a neighbor who wasn’t sleeping soundly knowing the creatures were right next door.
Property records show that Jules paid $999,000 for the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,308 square foot home on April 30, 2013. It’s unlikely this place is a new home for the wolves, as it lacks any kind of real room to run in the backyard. We took a closer look into the elder Ms. Stewart’s property holdings, and it turns out she’s actually quite a seasoned real estate investor, and this latest purchase is probably a nice, new addition to her property portfolio.
In addition to this new home, we see that she paid $4,800,000 in September of 2011 for a stunning home in Malibu with her super-famous daughter while both ladies were experiencing some bumps in the road. Mama Stewart was in the middle of divorcing Kristen’s dad John, and Kristen was smack in the middle of her much-publicized cheating scandal with Rupert Sanders. She also has an investment house in Pasadena that she paid $628,000 for in 2008 and a longtime residence in Woodland Hills, CA.
Stewart’s newest home is an East Coast Traditional with pool, spa and tree top views in a great location. Features include hardwood floors, a spacious living room with custom-mantled fireplace, plus a cozy den/family room. An open kitchen includes granite counters, and a breakfast bar and sitting area that opens to the patio and garden. Master bedroom suite has high ceilings, walk-in closet and a private attached bath with dual vanities. The home has 2 additional bedrooms, plus a home office or optional guest room.
Images via the MLS.
Hollywood Hills, CA
Weight loss doc on The Biggest Loser and former team physician for the Los Angeles Raiders.
3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 3,724 square feet, views
Robert Huizenga, M.D., or better known to world as Dr. H on the television show The Biggest Loser, has just listed a stunning home in the Bird Streets of the Hollywood Hills that he’s trying to flip for $2,990,000! Property records show he paid $1,875,000 for the home on May 1, 2012. Before he beamed into our living rooms on The Biggest Loser, or became a house flipper, Dr. H was the team physician for the Los Angeles Raiders and a best-selling author. His first book was adapted by Oliver Stone for the film Any Given Sunday.
A man with that kind of resume is bound to have some serious real estate – but who knew he also had time to flip houses! He’s selling this remodeled gem for a million dollars more than what he paid for the home just over a year ago. And, as it turns out, this is Dr. H’s second home to come on the market in Los Angeles. He also has an additional high-priced trophy estate in Los Feliz that he’s been trying to sell for years. It’s currently listed for $4,599,000.
This newly listed, flip home is a European contemporary located high in the hills of the coveted “birds streets” of the Sunset Strip. From the Hollywood Hills location, the home boasts breathtaking city and ocean views. Recently remodeled by Dr. H, the home has top-of-the-line imported materials, is flooded with natural light, and is perfect for entertaining. The downstairs features an impressive foyer with 20 foot ceilings, a step-down living room that opens to a patio, and a gourmet kitchen with large center island and professional-grade, stainless steel appliances. Upstairs is home to an incredible master suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and separate his/hers bathrooms, plus two additional bedrooms with separate attached baths. Two separate rooftop decks provide ample space to entertain while enjoying incredible 180 degree views from downtown to Catalina Island.
Images via the MLS.
Hollywood Hills, CA
Head of Toni & Guy beauty empire
6 bedrooms, 7,007 square feet, pool, views
Perched atop the Hollywood Hills on Blue Jay Way in the famed “Bird Streets,” Mascolo’s for-sale home is a bold showstopper, with floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood wi
Being the head of a big beauty business pays some pretty pennies! Property records we peeped show that aside from this Hollywood Hills mansion, Mascolo and his wife Kyara own a beachfront estate in the exclusive enclave of Malibu Colony. They paid $11.5M for that home in 2004.