Beverly Hills, CA
Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress; Married
6 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, 13,511 square feet, 2.3 acres
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres‘ side gig as a house flipper is proving to be a seriously lucrative endeavor.
Reports have just emerged that Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi have just sold the Brody House, also known as “The Best House in LA” to tech savant Sean Parker. Parker was famously portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the Oscar-nominated “The Social Network.”
According to TMZ, Ellen just sold the house to Parker for $55 million. That’s $15 million more than the $40 million she paid for it less than a year ago. TMZ’s sources tell them that “Parker approached Ellen and Portia late last month with the offer … he went nuts over the famous house and Ellen’s interior design. We’re told even though she never intended to flip the house, she couldn’t refuse a good deal. The escrow was all of 8 days. It closed last Thursday.”
Parker’s swank new home is 13,511 square feet, with 6 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, a pool, gym and more, all on 2.3 acres in prime Beverly Hills.
The change of ownership isn’t yet reflected in property records, so until then, this is just a mansion-sized rumor. We wouldn’t put it past Ellen and Portia, though. In 2012, they bought Brad Pitt’s Malibu bachelor pad, and then flipped it back on the market seven months later. When the home sold shortly thereafter, they made $1,000,000 profit.
It’s reported that Ellen and Portia have moved on to two adjacent, high-priced condos in Beverly West. They still own a massive estate in Santa Barbara. With their past in real estate, no doubt they’ll be on to their next project before you know it.
Images of The Brody House via the MLS.
Beverly Hills, CA
20 year-old Canadian singer who's transitioned from hearthrob to bad boy
2 units in a brand new building. 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms total. Penthouse unit has a private terrace
$27,000 a month
This is where the prince of pop plays!
Now back on the West Coast and without a massive mansion to call home, 20-year-old Bieber has taken up residence in two condos in a brand new Beverly Hills condo building. Bieber is currently renting both the penthouse unit and a smaller condo directly underneath it, although the two units do not connect. According to TMZ, he needed the second unit for not only for more space for himself, but also his entourage.
The Canadian crooner, who has been on a bit of an attempted (but failed) “image reboot” as of late, hasn’t won over any of his new neighbors, who have already complained of excessive noise, late-night partying and marijuana smells that seep into the shared hallways.
After less than a month, Justin’s new neighbors are fed up. TMZ is also reporting that the condo has hired private security from the hours of 6pm and 8am, all to keep Bieber and his entourage in check and keep the peace around the building. Since Bieber’s just renting, the HOA is sending the bill for the security guards directly to the condo’s owners. Ouch.
Bieber’s paying $16,000 a month for the penthouse unit and $11,000 a month for the 4th floor unit, for a grand total of $27,000 a month.
Brand new and never lived in, the penthouse unit has a private rooftop deck and jacuzzi, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and top-of-the-line details throughout. The smaller unit has an additional 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
If he keeps up his bad boy ways, no doubt Bieber will be on the move again soon.
Studio City, CA
'Juno' and 'Inception' actress who recently came out
2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1,499 square feet, pool
Newly ‘out’ actress Ellen Page just sold her modest Studio City digs after snapping up Venus William’s former home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.701 million.
With the purchase of Williams’ home, Page no longer needed the 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home she purchased back in 2011 for $885,000. She was asking $1,050,000 and sold for just below that: $1,041,409.
Perched in a prime Studio City Hills location on a privacy-friendly dead-end street, Page’s just-sold bungalow is a rare turn-key Cape Cod Traditional Home.
The sunny home features beamed ceilings, a brick fireplace, hardwood floors and multi-door access to a pool and outdoor dining area.
A fully remodeled kitchen has cook’s appliances and a breakfast nook.
Ellen’s former master suite has a redone bath, generous walk-in closet, and direct access to yard and pool.
Peter Maurice of Rodeo Realty – Beverly Hills held the listing and Leah Guerra of Rodeo Realty represented the buyers.
Beverly Hills, CA
Former couple; She's most known as Monica on Friends, he's part of a large Hollywood family and has a few acting hits under his belt
5,500 square feet, 4 bedrooms (plus maids quarters), 5.5 bathrooms, swimming pool
Listed for $19.5M, the Real Estalker is reporting that the Mid-Century style home is in escrow for about $18 million bucks, and the rumored buyer is successful producer, songwriter and Grammy-winner, Dr. Luke. He’s also the same celebrity real estate aficionado that snapped up Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne‘s former Malibu beach house for $7.925M in 2012.
Timing is right for Courteney and David to make a deal on the estate they own together. Although they still amicably co-parent their 10-year-old daughter Coco together, the duo have been officially divorced since May 2013. Although the two remain “Friends,” Courteney just announced her engagement to Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid, and David has since moved on to girlfriend Christina Mclarty, with whom he has a young son named Charlie West.
After they separated, the estate spent two years unofficially on the market as a “pocket listing.” With no takers, the A. Quincy Jones-designed Beverly Hills estate hit the MLS in September 2013 for $19,500,000.
The Wallace Ridge estate is nestled in the uber-private and high-priced gated Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills. In June 2004, in their happily married days, Cox and Arquette purchased the trophy property for $5,450,000. They had the single-story home completely restored by renowned architect Cory Buckner in 2006.
The in-escrow estate is an approximately 5,500 square foot home on one level, with 4 bedrooms (plus maids rooms), 5.5 bathrooms, detached office and uniquely gorgeous circular swimming pool.
Jonah Wilson of Hilton & Hyland held the listing.
Glamourous supermodel, turned TV host and mogul
8.5 acres, 12,300 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, pool, views
According to listing details, the Italian-style villa, completed in 1999, has been given the Heidi makeover—a complete renovation that revived and refreshed a front-row oceanview estate in the premier guard-gated community in Brentwood, located off bucolic Mandeville Canyon.
Heidi recounts the first time she heard about the property, saying “when I first heard about this available property, I was a bit skeptical when I was told it had been empty for a long time. As a busy working mother with four young children, I was hoping to find a home that was essentially turnkey… I knew that homes that are unoccupied for any length of time do not always get the attention they need, and I wasn’t looking for a project.”
However, the Emmy Award–winning executive producer and host of “Project Runway” and judge on “Germany’s Next Topmodel” and the top-rated “America’s Got Talent” tapped her creative skills to transform the estate into a warm family home.
Heidi’s team of talented people worked extensively for over six months to replace every window, re-stain all the gorgeous woodwork, upgrade all the appliances and fixtures, design dream closets, build a master bath with views of the ocean and expand the garden.
The time, energy and patience poured into the restoration paid off. Heidi says, “by the time we finished, the house was as incredible as its grounds and views. Sometimes I sit in the garden, drinking my coffee, looking at the Pacific, and really feel it is a little piece of Heaven. I think others will love the house as much as I have.”
Set on 8.5 acres with approximately three prime acres of flat land, the grounds have an infinity-edge pool and spa, koi pond, formal rose garden, fountains, lawns, gazebos, rolling green for golf putting and driving, children’s playhouse and slide, secret gardens and hiking trails—all with unobstructed ocean views and complete privacy.
A perfect Los Angeles escape.
Los Feliz, CA
'Big Bang Theory' actor
3 bed, 4 bath, 2,827 square feet, views
Jim Parsons has just parted ways with his Los Feliz starter home, mere months after snapping up Robert Pattinson’s glittering estate for $6,375,000.
Property records show that Parsons went out with a whimper, instead of ‘Bang,’ on his smaller, more modest house, selling the spread on June 20,2014 for $1,575,000. He had high hopes for more dough when he listed the place for $1,850,000 in January 2014. While he didn’t get full asking, he did rake in more than the $1,300,000 he paid for the place in April 2009.
Located just a few blocks away from his new, bigger home in the same Los Feliz neighborhood, Parson’s just-sold starter home is a beautifully remodeled and immaculately decorated hillside home with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths and 2,827 square feet of living space spread out over two levels.
The open floor plan features fireplaces in the living and dining rooms, and a spacious cook’s kitchen.
The lower-level features a den/office and a master suite with sitting room, large en-suite bathroom with spa tub and separate shower, and a huge walk-in closet.
Outside, a charming private entry patio contains an outdoor fireplace.
We suspect that Parsons and his fiance Todd Spiewak aren’t sweating the lower-than-hoped-for sale price as they nest nearby in their new, upgraded, A-list digs. Not ones to keep it all in one Los Feliz neighborhood, the engaged duo also spent $1.822 million for a NYC apartment near Gramercy Park in August 2013.
'Best Actress' Academy Award winner for 'Walk the Line;' and starred in all Legally Blonde films and other romantic comedies
5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 1.3 acres, pool
‘America’s Sweetheart’ is looking to make a sweet real estate deal!
Per property records and The Real Estalker, the three parcels that comprise the large estate were bought in December 2003 and December 2013 for just over $11 million, combined.
A captivating and rare find, Witherspoon’s California Spanish-style estate is tucked away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on a double lot in the desirable, guard gated and celebrity-friendly Brentwood Circle.
Unparalleled privacy, sprawling grounds, gorgeous gardens, richly detailed spaces, a perfect floor plan make for the ideal indoor/outdoor lifestyle for any A-lister.
Interior amenities include a double-height entry with sweeping staircase, formal dining room with rich wood ceiling, and cozy library/den.
A fabulous eat-in kitchen and adjacent family room open through French doors to expansive lawn, pool/spa, outdoor fireplace, sunken trampoline, children’s playground, vegetable garden and towering Eucalyptus trees.
In total, Reese and Jim’s home has 5 bedrooms, each with private bath, including a sensational master suite with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, marble bath, two large closets, and a separate gym or office.
Reese and her agent, David Offer, have structured the deal in two ways. The main residence is asking $10.5 million, but also available to be purchased separately is an adjacent 28,870 square foot (per assessor) parcel, which would bring the total lot size to over 1.3 acres and the total cost to $14 million.
Reese is hoping this deal goes better than the sale of her former ranch in Ojai. Reese originally had the place listed for $10 million, and price chopped it multiple times, until it finally sold for almost a million less than the $5.8 million she paid for it.
Images via listing agent David Offer, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
Toluca Lake, CA
He's a 90210 alum and she's a smoking-hot actress with roles in Transformers and more
4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 6,710 Square Feet, Gated, Pool
Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox are on the move!
The married duo welcomed their second son, Bohdi Ransom, earlier this year and decided to make a change on the home front. They recently listed their Los Feliz mansion for $3,995,000, and bought a new place in Toluca Lake, CA, paying $3,350,000 for the 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 6,710 square foot home that was Bing Crosby’s original Carriage House.
Property records show that they swooped up the one acre property on June 10, 2014.
The private estate has a 100 foot curving driveway that leads you between gorgeous century old oak trees and olive trees to a contemporary ranch house.
Remodeled in 2008, the 6,710 square foot, one-story home has exquisite architectural details.
The main room is spacious, with exposed beams and quartz slate floors. The kitchen has an Australian opal granite island that offers seating. An adjacent formal dining room has a Brazilian cherry hardwood floor and a gorgeous nearby library has ample shelf space and an electric skylight.
The recreation room is ideal for indoor activity – perhaps a home gym for the gorgeous duo or a play room for their boys.
Brian and Megan’s new master suite includes a 600 square foot 2nd story loft and separate his-and-hers dressing rooms and bathrooms.
The back yard features a saline pool and jacuzzi, and a fire pit. An added bonus, a spacious 563 square foot pool house has its own kitchen and bathroom.
Lots of room for this growing family!
Images via the MLS.
Beverly Hills, CA
Margaritaville crooner and restauranteur with devoted 'Parrothead' fans
4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,322 square feet, pool, views
Jimmy Buffett has found a new place to rest his (Parrot) head.
The flip-flop wearing crooner just picked up a new place in Beverly Hills, paying $8,250,000 for a 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 4,322 square foot gated Mid-Century style estate.
According to The Real Estalker and property records, Buffett’s deal closed on April 14, 2014, making him and his wife Jane the proud owners of a brand new California oasis.
Fully renovated and re-interpreted by an accomplished designer, the home has a fantastic open floor plan with walls of glass opening to spectacular city and ocean views. Perfect for Jimmy and Jane, the home has an incredible master suite with his-and-hers baths and walk-in closets.
The floor plan allows flow from the living room, family room, kitchen and dining and outdoors for entertaining. The gourmet chef’s kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and leads to a bright and secluded office.
The house surrounds a salt water pool and spa, with views so spectacular, they could inspire a song!
Buffett also owns multiple trophy properties in Palm Beach, FL, The Hamptons and the island paradise of St. Barths.
Images via the MLS.
Hollywood Hills, CA
'Dancing With The Stars' pro who has successfully crossed over into acting
2,101 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool
The dancing and acting dynamo that is Julianne Hough has just bought herself a new place to kick up her feet.
With charming rustic chic ambience, Julianne’s new abode has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms spread out over 2,101 square feet of living space. Just like Julianne, the house is a knockout, and the views will take your breath away.
Delivering exactly what a house high in the hills should have, the place has magnificent wrap-around views of city lights, far-reaching mountains and the famous Hollywood sign.
Inside, the light and bright home has a large chef’s kitchen with center island and top-of-the-line appliances, a step-down living room, a great master suite with a sumptuous bath. With perfect indoor/outdoor flow, the home has a lanai that flows out to a massive lawn and pool area.
Julianne famously dated Ryan Seacrest for 2+ years, and during their time together, she bunked up with him in the insane $37M compound he bought from Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi. While it’s no Seacrest compound, Hough’s new bachelorette pad is a sweet spot for this rising star.
Images via the MLS.