Australian Beauty Erica Packer Buys Dazzling Bel Air Mansion For $13.5 Million

    Posted by Cristin  |  March 24, 2014  |  12:30 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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    Erica Packer

    Bel Air, CA

    Most Known For

    Australian singer and model; recently divorced from James Packer, one of Australia's richest men

    Home Stats

    6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 10,534 square feet, pool, gated

    Price

    $13,500,000

    Erica Packer has just spent $13.5 million on a dazzling mansion in Bel Air!

    The Australian singer and model is known around the world as the ex-wife of gaming billionaire, and one of Australia’s richest men, James Packer. After their fall 2013 divorce (and a rumored $100 million settlement), Erica is closing the book on her six-year marriage in style and is stepping out on her own by creating a new life for her and her three children in the US.

    It was recently reported that Packer was renting a stunning Beverly Hills home for $100,000 a month. While she was working on securing an amazing rental, she also had her eye on a permanent place to put down roots, and found it in a 6-bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, 10,534 square foot gated estate in lower Bel Air. Originally listed for $14,950,000, Packer paid $13,500,000 and the deal closed on March 10, 2014.

    Reminiscent of an Italian Villa, Erica’s new estate has an elegant sandstone foyer, a spacious formal living room with fireplace, arched ceilings and gorgeous French doors. Additional public rooms on the main floor include an office or den, a huge climate-controlled wine room, formal dining room, and extraordinary gourmet kitchen with adjoining family room. Also on the main level is a mud room/craft room and a maid’s suite.

    The second floor offers 4 family bedrooms, a media room, laundry room, and luxurious private master suite with private terrace, his and her baths and custom walk-in closets.

    The outdoor grounds offer great space for both grand entertaining and relaxation, including a custom pool, spa, large stone patios and spacious pool house.

    Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker represented the listing and Rayni Romito of Hilton & Hyland was Packer’s listing agent.

      Sarah Michelle Gellar And Freddie Prinze Jr. List Longtime Home For $5.5 Million

      Posted by Cristin  |  March 19, 2014  |  9:10 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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      Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.

      Los Angeles, CA

      Most Known For

      Married actress/actor duo who met on the set of "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

      Home Stats

      5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 7,620 square feet, pool, gym

      Price

      $5,499,000

      The married actress/actor duo of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have just listed their longtime estate in Los Angeles for $5,499,000.

      Purchased for $2,450,000 by the unmarried duo in October 2001, they went on and made it official when they wed on September 1, 2002. Now more than 10 years and two kids later, the duo are still rock solid – but are looking for a change up when it comes to their living situation.

      This longtime estate is located on Stonehenge lane, inside the prestigious 24 hour guard-gated community of Bel Air Crest.

      Gellar and Prinze’s gated estate boasts privacy, grand scale rooms, an open floor plan and exquisite grounds.

      The extraordinary gourmet kitchen, featuring beautiful cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and center island, overlooks the family room and sun-filled breakfast room. Nearby, the family room is complete with a drop down screen and projector, high ceilings, fireplace, and french doors that open to the patio area, with waterfalls, pool, spa, and BBQ.

      The luxurious master suite features 15-foot ceilings, a fireplace, sitting area, secluded balcony, custom dual walk-in closets and dual baths – a recipe for a happy marriage! This estate also has a unique lower level with bonus room, guest quarters, sunroom and gym.

      Freddie and Sarah Michelle sent celebrity real estate watchers into a tizzy when they purchased a Los Angeles home for $6.1 million in August 2013, only to put it BACK onto the market on March 5, 2014 with a price tag of $7,900,000. Whether they’re flipping – or just flip-flopping – is still TBD, as that home is no longer listed for sale.

      Perhaps the duo decided to hold onto their newer home and list this longtime estate instead.

      Cynthia Ambuehl of Partners Trust Brentwood holds the listing.

        Tennis Great Pete Sampras and Wife Bridgette Wilson Buy Albert Brook’s Former Bel Air Estate

        Posted by Cristin  |  March 12, 2014  |  9:58 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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        Pete Sampras & Bridgette Wilson

        Bel Air, CA

        Most Known For

        He's a retired tennis ace, she is an actress best known for her role in 'Billy Madison'

        Home Stats

        4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 5,100 square feet, pool

        Price

        $5,996,500

        Tennis ace Pete Sampras and his gorgeous wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, just dropped $5,996,000 for the Bel Air estate recently owned by actor Albert Brooks.

        Located on over 2 acres, featuring mature trees and lots of privacy, the property is accessed via a long, gated private drive. The 5,100 square foot home is entered through the dramatic living room, which features 20 foot high wood-paneled ceilings, skylights and massive glass walls that blur the distinction between the spacious home and the lush property surrounding it. The family-friendly home has 3 bedrooms (and a maid’s), and the master suite has its own sitting room and his-and-her baths and closets.

        Outside there is a tennis court (naturally!) and a large grassy area that could play host to any number of events, either children’s birthday parties or warm summer evening cocktail parties. The highlight of the spacious yard is the pristine infinity pool that looks out over a perfect Los Angeles view.

        Pete and Bridgette’s new home has a long and storied show business history, having been owned by Merv Griffin before being purchased by Brooks for $3,650,000 in 1992. Albert Brooks sold the home in 2012 for $6,275,000, after listing it for nearly $7 million. The new owners didn’t hold on to it for very long, and sold it to the Sampras family at a loss.

        Pete, Bridgette and their two children most recently resided in a $5.6M mansion at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. They also owned a modern Thousand Oaks, CA estate that they were asking $19.95 million for. That estate sold in November 2013 for an undisclosed price.

        In their most recent real estate deal, Mauricio Umansky of The Agency represented the listing and Jordan Cohen of RE/MAX Olson & Associates was Sampras and Wilson’s agent.

          Mariah Carey & Hubby Nick Cannon List Bel Air Mansion For $12,995,000!

          Posted by Cristin  |  February 10, 2014  |  8:01 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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          Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

          Bel Air, CA

          Most Known For

          Pop diva and her TV presenter husband

          Home Stats

          7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 11,750 square feet, pool, movie theater, gated

          Price

          $12,995,000

          Pop diva Mariah Carey and her TV host husband Nick Cannon are selling their Bel Air mansion for nearly $13 million!

          Just listed and first reported by The Real Estalker, the home at 3130 Antelo Road is a gated Hamptons-style estate on an acre of land in primo Bel Air, CA. Carey and Cannon purchased the 7 bedroom, 9 bathroom, 11,750 square foot pad on April 2, 2009 for $6,975,000.

          If you’re wondering why Mariah and Nick are asking nearly double what they paid for it, it’s because the estate has been meticulously renovated to bring it up their “Glitter-y” standards. Now, the estate has a grand formal entryway, a master suite comparable to the penthouse in the finest hotels, a formal dining room with a fireplace and breathtaking views, an enormous kitchen and an incredible “Aspen” room that Nick and Mariah use as a den, but can easily accommodate parties of several hundred of your closest friends.

          Other A-list amenities inside include a movie theater, basketball court and gym. Outside, the estate has a sprawling backyard with a pool, putting green, and parking for more than 20 cars.

          According to property records, the couple still own an oceanfront compound on Windermere Island in the Bahamas and a massive New York City triplex.

          This Bel Air home is being listed by Jordana Leigh of Rodeo Realty.

            Blockbuster Producer Michael Bay Lists L.A. Home For $13.5 Million

            Posted by Cristin  |  December 10, 2013  |  8:54 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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            Michael Bay

            Los Angeles, CA

            Most Known For

            Producer with such smash hits as Transformers, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon and more

            Home Stats

            4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 7,919 square feet, pool

            Price

            $13,500,000

            Mega-producer Michael Bay is selling his blockbuster Los Angeles home for $13.5 million.

            The 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home has nearly 8,000 square feet of living space, and is primely located in the celebrity enclave between Bel Air and the Holmby Hills in Los Angeles.

            Bay is selling this estate because he recently completed construction on a brand new home that has been in the works since he purchased it in October 2009 for $10.9 million. To much outrage, he tore down an architecturally significant home to build an even bigger and more contemporary estate.

            The new home is designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design, and according to the architects’ description of the project, Bay’s new mansion is nestled into a hillside, spans 30,000 square feet and features a large theater, movie prop museum, parking, spa and two master bedroom modules hovering above the main living quarters.

            Quite the project!

            While Bay’s moving into his new home, he’s now selling his former home, which he purchased in 1999 for $5.16 million.

            The striking contemporary estate is off a long gated drive in prime Bel Air on a promontory w/ unobstructed views of the entire Los Angeles basin. Designed by the late architect Jack Warner, this extremely private home features clean, crisp lines, grand scale museum-like spaces, soaring ceilings, ideal indoor/outdoor flow and dramatic views from every room. A spacious central living room has a huge fireplace, a large formal dining room, and separate library/den that opens to a lush, private garden, pool & spa.

            Other amenities include a state-of-the-art theatre (naturally), wine cellar, and gorgeous wood & stone floors.

            David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services is the listing agent.

            Images via the MLS.

              Billionaire Elon Musk Buys His Neighbor’s Home in Bel Air For $6.75 Million

              Posted by Cristin  |  November 1, 2013  |  7:44 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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              Elon Musk

              Bel Air, CA

              Most Known For

              Tesla CEO, also at the helm of SpaceX; previously made a fortune on PayPal

              Home Stats

              3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 2,756 square feet, pool and private guest cottage, views

              Price

              $6,750,000

              Billionaire business mogul Elon Musk has just paid $6.75 million for his across-the-street neighbor’s home in ritzy Bel Air, California.

              Musk, who has amassed billions via Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, currently lives across the street in a home he purchased on January 1, 2013 for $17,000,000. His current home has 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and has 20,248 square feet of interior living space and incredible outdoor spaces.

              According to property records, his brand new purchase, just a few hundred feet away, was purchased on October 24, 2013 for $6,750,000.  The ranch-style home is substantially smaller than his existing abode, with just 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 2,756 square feet, with an oval pool and private guest cottage. The home was the longtime residence of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” actor Gene Wilder, who lived there from 1976-2007.

              What it lacks in size, Musk’s new property makes up for in opportunity. The home is the perfect location to develop a dream property. It sits on a one acre promontory overlooking a beautiful stream, mature trees and the white sand traps of the 13th green and 14th fairway of the prestigious Bel-Air Country Club Golf Course.  The lot is elevated, allowing for distant city views.

              Musk currently lives in an incredible estate that he previously rented for three years before he officially purchased it January 2013. It’s likely he’ll either capitalize on the opportunity presented by the new home and build an even more over-the-top mansion, or he’ll raze the existing home and create even better views and privacy for his current home.

              He’s not the first billionaire to buy their neighbor’s homes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer both recently paid millions of dollars for adjacent and nearby properties to ensure privacy.

              With a net worth of $6.7 billion, Musk has the purchasing power to gobble up all the pricey estates for miles and miles.

              Musk has made headlines recently when he unveiled plans for the Hyperloop, a rapid-speed train that claims to be able to transport passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.

               

              Images via the MLS.

                Rupert Murdoch Officially Buys Bel Air Vineyard Estate For $28.8 Million

                Posted by Cristin  |  August 29, 2013  |  9:06 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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                Rupert Murdoch

                Bel Air, CA

                Most Known For

                Newscorp chairman and legendary businessman

                Home Stats

                3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 7,500 square feet, pool, winery

                Price

                $28,800,000

                Newscorp Chairman Rupert Murdoch has officially purchased a 13-acre winery and mansion in Bel Air, California. Property records and the Los Angeles Times show that Murdoch paid $28.8 million for the property, which was listed earlier this year at $29.5 million.

                His new acquisition is an award-winning winery and elegant main residence that make up the historic Moraga Vineyards Estate. Hidden away in the heart of Bel Air, the property has a 7,500-square-foot main residence with 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a guesthouse and a swimming pool.

                The property’s winery operations include an on-site wine cave with significant wine inventory and a 4,400 sq ft office building, currently used as the winery sales office, within 1/2 mile of the property.

                Aside from his Newscorp duties, 82-year-old Murdoch is chief executive of 21st Century Fox. According to media reports, the billionaire media mogul’s name has been floated around as a potential buyer for the Tribune Co. newspaper company, which includes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

                Outside the boardroom, Murdoch is currently experiencing some personal woes. He and his wife Wendy Deng Murdoch split after 14 years of marriage. Many thought the divorce would be quick and easy due to an iron-clad prenuptial agreement, but Ms. Deng has recently hired a new high-powered divorce attorney, William Zabel, suggesting that the divorce proceedings have taken an acrimonious turn.

                 

                 

                Jim Kline of Surterre Properties Inc. represented the sellers and Murdoch was represented by Delphine Mann of Coldwell Banker-BH North.

                 

                  Seven Nights In Heaven! One Direction Spends $27,000 For Seven Nights To Rent Bel Air Mansion

                  Posted by Korina  |  August 8, 2013  |  4:13 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

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                  One Direction

                  Bel Air, CA

                  Most Known For

                  Dashing boy band from the UK

                  Home Stats

                  5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 11,000 square feet

                  Price

                  $3,857 a night / $27,000 for seven nights

                  One Direction is living large for a week in Los Angeles as the adorable boy band dropped $27,000 for seven nights to rent a lavish pad on the ever popular Mulholland Drive. According to our friends at the Daily Mail, the boys are in town to finish up their North American leg of the tour and to promote their new dolls.

                  The mansion is secluded and gated, which is good considering all the attention these boys get from their screaming fans, and has floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offers a panaramic view of the LA city lights and majestic mountain ranges. This party house is complete with a pool table and fully stocked wet bar just in case the group decides to invite their groupies over after one of their shows. And, with five bedrooms and eight baths no one will have to share a room in this 11,000 square foot home!

                  And that’s just the inside! Perfect for the summer nights, the mansion boasts more than more than 2,500 square feet of outdoor party space with a sleek swimming pool and two spas.

                  Listing provided by our very own Josh and Matt Altman.

                    Just A Year After Buying In Bel Air, Michael Strahan Sells For A $3 Million Profit

                    Posted by Cristin  |  July 29, 2013  |  2:57 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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                    Michael Strahan

                    Bel Air, CA

                    Most Known For

                    FOX NFL Analyst, Former Super Bowl Champ, Current Co-Host of "LIVE! With Kelly and Michael"

                    Price

                    $11,000,000

                    Michael Strahan is the man.

                    Not only is his post-NFL career at an all-time high after he snagged the co-hosting duties on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” when Regis Philbin retired, he also just sold his Bel Air home for a $3M profit in an off-market deal.

                    But here’s the kicker. He made the massive profit by doing NOTHING. You read that right – nothing!

                    According to a source close to the deal, Strahan found a buyer willing to pay $11M for the the home he bought for $7.9M in May 2012. The ink is drying on the contracts and sale is about to close, and according to sources, the home’s an outdated “teardown” that will need to be completely rebuilt, but because it’s on an acre of land in a killer Bel Air location, it was worth the higher price.

                    The Trulia Price Monitor shows that asking prices in Los Angeles are up 19.2%, and even higher in primo locations like Bel Air and Beverly Hills, so all Michael had to do was ride the market up and make some serious coin along the way.

                    While Strahan enjoys life in New York and pockets the $3M profit, the unknown buyer is picking up a 5 bedroom, 6.5 bath estate on an acre of land. Built in 1926, the “teardown” features Mediterranean influences throughout, with courtyard entry, glass walls, theater and bar. Additionally, the home includes a gym, sauna, detached guesthouse and swimming pool.

                    While it all sounds lovely, word is that the home’s new buyer will actually tear it down and put up a newer home on the prime piece of land.

                      Bob Newhart Lists Longtime Bel Air Estate for $15.5 Million

                      Posted by Cristin  |  June 21, 2013  |  9:28 am  |  Tags: , , , , ,

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                      Bob Newhart

                      Bel Air, CA

                      Most Known For

                      Actor and comedian made famous for eponymous shows like "The Bob Newhart Show," "Newhart," and "Bob."

                      Home Stats

                      5 bed, 7 bath, 9,169 square feet, pool

                      Price

                      $15,500,000

                      Beloved actor and standup comedian Bob Newhart has just listed his classic Bel Air estate for $15.5 million. The Grammy-winning octogenarian has called the 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 9,169 square foot home since February 1990, when he paid $4,200,000 for the Wallace Neff-designed estate.

                      Since 1990, the stunning home as been expanded and remodeled. The main house has generous rooms that include a spacious living room with fireplace, grand family room leading out to outdoor covered patio and entertainment area. A cooks kitchen comes complete with top of the line appliances. The second story has a grand master suite with a sitting area and his/hers baths and large walk-in closets. Two additional bedroom suites are on the second level. The property also includes maids quarters and a bank of detached offices with a separate entrance above the garage.

                      Outside, 1.37 acres of  beautifully landscaped grounds offer complete privacy with a lagoon pool, outdoor entertaining area and huge grassy lawn.

                      Images via the MLS.

                      The listing is held by Michael Sahakian of Coldwell Banker.