American Idol’s Randy Jackson Loses $825k On Sale Of Tarzana Home

    Posted by Cristin  |  September 16, 2014  |  8:51 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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    Randy Jackson

    Tarzana, CA

    Most Known For

    Grammy-winning producer who spent 12 years as a judge on 'American Idol'

    Home Stats

    5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, pool, guest house, gated

    Price

    $1,900,000

    Oh No, Dawg!  Former ‘American Idol’ judge, Randy Jackson, just lost a chunk of change on the sale of his Tarzana, CA home.

    Purchased by the Grammy-winning super-producer in May 2005 for $2,725,000, Jackson just sold the 5 bedroom, 8 bathroom, 5,878 square foot place for $1,900,000. That’s $825,000 less than what Jackson paid when he bought it. Ouch.

    He listed the gated estate for $2.199 million in June 2014, price chopped it to $1.99M, and then quickly found a buyer…but not one willing to pay full asking on the gated estate in the El Caballero area of Tarzana.

    The buyer got a bargain basement price on a large custom-built estate with a newer gourmet kitchen with high-end amenities, including granite countertops, stainless steel Viking appliances, a SubZero fridge/freezer.

    In the master suite, Jackson’s house had his/her bathrooms, with direct access to the spa. All five bedroom are over-sized, with their own en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets.

    The exterior features a sparkling swimming pool and manicured, lush green lawn. Beyond the pool, the property also featured a stand-alone guest house with full kitchen and central air and heat.

    Kenneth Margolis of Soetheby’s International Realty was Jackson’s agent and Alan Parness of Rodeo Realty represented the buyer.

      Reese Witherspoon Quietly Spends $12.7 Million On Revamped Pacific Palisades Home

      Posted by Cristin  |  September 11, 2014  |  8:22 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Reese Witherspoon

      Pacific Palisades, CA

      Most Known For

      'Best Actress' Academy Award winner for 'Walk the Line;' and starred in all Legally Blonde films and other romantic comedies

      Home Stats

      5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, pool, views

      Price

      $12,705,000

      Reese Witherspoon is doubling down on fancy houses, buying her second multi-million-dollar estate in the last month, this time in Pacific Palisades, California.

      Just last month, she paid $1,950,000 for a stately fixer-upper in her hometown of Nashville.

      When Reese bought the big Nashville mansion last month, it looked like she was packing up the family and decamping to Tennessee, shedding her glamourous life in California. It seemed like a real possibility, especially since she and Jim had their Brentwood mega-mansion quietly on the market for $14 million. With this brand new West Coast purchase, it seems that Reese and Jim aren’t leaving the Golden State, they’re just changing things up and moving to a new pad!

      For their new West Coast deal, property records show that Witherspoon and her agent hubby, Jim Toth, paid $12,705,000 for a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 4,344 square foot home. The home was never publicly for-sale and the deal was an off-market transaction that closed on August 28, 2014.

      Sneaky, sneaky.

      The home was last sold in December 2012 for $4.9 million to award-winning “starchitect” Ken Ungar, who worked his magic on the property and created an estate worthy of an A-lister. Based on the sold price and the “before” pictures you can see above, Unger took a outdated estate and turned it into something worthy of a $12.7 million price tag, netting a nice profit when the deal closed.

       

       

       

        Cheryl Hines Becomes A Kennedy, Sells Bel Air Estate

        Posted by Cristin  |  September 10, 2014  |  8:25 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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        Cheryl Hines

        Bel Air, CA

        Most Known For

        'Curb Your Enthusiasm' actress, now third wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

        Home Stats

        5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,756 square feet, pool, views, gated

        Price

        $3,105,000

        Less than a month after becoming Mrs. Kennedy when she married Robert F. Kennedy Jr., actress Cheryl Hines has sold her estate in Bel Air for $3,105,000.

        Reminiscent of the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, Cheryl’s just-sold home is a Cape Cod-style stunner in upper Bel Air. The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3,756 square feet of living space. A formal entry gives way to an expansive one story home centered around a grassy backyard with sparkling pool and large brick patio.

        The center of the home features a great room with exposed wood-beamed ceilings and custom shelving and a den. Nearby, the kitchen has a large center-island with Viking appliances, abundant storage space, a walk-in pantry and built-in breakfast area. The formal dining room has wood floors and overlooks the grassy front yard.

        The master suite features a fireplace, beautiful bathroom with spa tub and large walk-in closet. French doors lead to the backyard, with coveted views of the canyon, city and ocean.

        The newest Mrs. Kennedy made a tidy profit on the deal. She bought the home for $2,350,000 in August 2010, and sold it for $755,000 more, just four years later! Now, that’s a great wedding present from the real estate market!

         

          Bold Pop Star Kesha Buys Understated Venice Bungalow For $1.65 Million

          Posted by Cristin  |  August 29, 2014  |  8:26 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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          Ke$ha

          Venice, CA

          Most Known For

          Bold, over-the-top pop star

          Home Stats

          3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, 1,416 square feet, artist's studio

          Price

          $1,650,000

          Pop’s colorfully bold bad girl, Ke$ha, has just shocked everyone and bought a very vanilla Venice bungalow.

          The artist with the dollar sign in her name dropped $1.65 million of her own dollars for a pristine 1925 Spanish bungalow in a primo Venice Beach location.

          Who knew the edgy singer would be into vintage details? Her new home has oodles of them, including arched entryways and hardwood floors. The throwback details are combined with modern amenities, including an updated kitchen with Italian marble counter tops, new stainless steel appliances, a brand new master bath, dual paned windows and central AC.

          From a very romantic and feminine master suite, French doors lead to a secluded backyard, featuring an outdoor fireplace and arbor-covered hot tub.

          Ke$ha can now entertain to her heart’s desire on the side-to-back spanish-tiled patio and cook on the built-in outdoor kitchen.

          A one-car garage has been used as an artist studio/office by it’s previous owner.

          Kesha rose to fame in 2010 with the release of her first album, which spun out multiple number-one hits. She’s had a bumpy road in the last few years, including a stint in rehab. With the purchase of her new Venice retreat, she has a calm and serene place to call home.

          Matthew Irmas of Partner’s Trust Beverly Hills represented the sellers and Kesha’s real estate agent was Peter Lorimer of Peter Lorimer Group Estates.

            Katie Holmes Buys Mansion In Calabasas, Moves Suri Back To The West Coast

            Posted by Cristin  |  August 22, 2014  |  12:53 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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            Katie Holmes

            Calabasas, CA

            Most Known For

            Actress with a breakout role on "Dawson's Creek," ex-wife of Tom Cruise

            Home Stats

            6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 6,200 square feet, pool

            Price

            $3,795,000

            A new home for Holmes!

            Katie Holmes has left her life in New York City and moved back to California.

            According to a report by TMZ and property records, Katie dropped $3,795,000 on a 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath, 6,200 square foot mansion in the celebrity-infested LA suburb of Calabasas.

            TMZ says that Katie’s high-tailing it back to California to be nearer to Hollywood, so she can get her career back on track. Ex-husband Tom Cruise must be thrilled – he’s got a massive estate in Beverly Hills, and this moves brings daughter Suri closer.

            Katie’s next phase in live will start inside a “Grand European Manor with contemporary flair,” situated on an expansive lot.

            Located atop a cul-de-sac and bordering pristine conservancy land, Holmes’ new home is an expansive main residence with a separate guest casita. Extensively customized with the finest finishes, the home’s features include a gourmet center island kitchen with professional appliances, dark distressed wood floors, and use of rare stones and marble accents.

            The open floor plan includes several entertaining courtyards, including one adjacent to the dramatic formal living and dining rooms. A grand foyer is accentuated by an open library/loft and Katie’s brand new master retreat has a sitting area and a large sun deck.

            Outside, resort-like grounds feature an oversized pool with sunken fire pit lounge area, several seating enclaves, a covered loggia, large grassy area, kitchenette, and sports court. Perfect for Suri as she grows!

            Images via the MLS.

             

              Julianne Hough Buys Rustic Chic Spread High In The Hills

              Posted by Cristin  |  June 18, 2014  |  2:37 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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              Julianne Hough

              Hollywood Hills, CA

              Most Known For

              'Dancing With The Stars' pro who has successfully crossed over into acting

              Home Stats

              2,101 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool

              Price

              $1,943,575

              The dancing and acting dynamo that is Julianne Hough has just bought herself a new place to kick up her feet.

              According to property records and The Real Estalker, Ms. Hough spent $1,943,575 for a house high in the Hollywood Hills that’s very reminiscent of her Nashville and country roots

              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.

                Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider Selling Motion Picture Perfect Brentwood Spread

                Posted by Cristin  |  June 9, 2014  |  11:20 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                Dreamworks Studio CEO Stacey Snider

                Brentwood, CA

                Most Known For

                Dreamworks Studios CEO

                Home Stats

                7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 11,137 square feet, pool, theater

                Price

                $15,495,000

                Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider is selling her stunning storybook Brentwood estate for $15,495,000.

                The meticulously renovated Brentwood estate was created by distinguished architect M. Brian Tichenor and worked over by renowned interior designer, Kelly Wearstler. With those two at the helm, the end result is nothing short of impeccable.

                Set behind large gates, this private compound sits on over an acre and boasts over 11,100 square feet of living space. French doors throughout the estate open to several different courtyards, a formal garden, and a swimmers pool with a cabana and pool bath.

                The first floor features a large chef’s kitchen, pristine living and family rooms, an exquisite dining room, formal office, and guest suite.

                Incredible details continue to the upper level, boasting three additional en-suite bedrooms and a master suite including his-and-her baths, a sitting room and library.

                On the southwest corner of the estate is a full guest house, providing any long-term guests with all they need to feel right at home.

                Adjacent to the main house is a professional digital theater, where Stacey undoubtedly screened the latest Dreamworks flicks, a gorgeous full gym with bath, and exquisitely landscaped grounds.

                All-in-all, Snider’s for-sale home is the ultimate trophy property for any Hollywood insider.

                Images via listing agent Ann Eysenring of The Agency.

                  Kaley Cuoco Sweeting Sells Bachelorette Pad In Sherman Oaks

                  Posted by Cristin  |  May 22, 2014  |  8:41 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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                  Kaley Cuoco Sweeting

                  Sherman Oaks, CA

                  Most Known For

                  She stars on 'The Big Bang Theory,' he's a professional tennis player

                  Home Stats

                  5 bedrooms, 4.25 bathrooms, 5,233 square feet, pool, amazing closet

                  Price

                  $2,565,000

                  After snapping up Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s former home in Tarzana, CA, newly married actress Kaley Cuoco Sweeting has just sold her former bachelorette pad in Sherman Oaks, CA for $2,565,000.

                  According to property records and the Los Angeles Times, Kaley and her brand new professional tennis player husband, Ryan Sweeting, sold the home after listing it in March 2014 for $2,795,000.

                  Built 10 years ago and located in a prime section of Sherman Oaks, the Tuscan-style estate has a open floor plan that feature bright and airy formal dining and living rooms – ideal for entertaining.

                  The kitchen is a cook’s dream, with top-of-the-line appliances and a swank center island.

                  The upstairs holds the master suite, with grand balcony and patio, amazing bath and a walk-in closet. The other 3 bedrooms upstairs are all en-suite, and Kaley converted the front suite into a salon/dressing room complete with every girl’s dream: built ins, shoe racks and a bathroom with a professional shampoo bowl and 2 private balconies.

                  Outside, the home has an outdoor kitchen with an eat-at bar, a swimming pool and a spa.

                  A separate guest suite downstairs completes this just-sold home.

                  Stephanie Vitacco of Keller Williams was Cuoco Sweeting’s listing agent. Mia Trudeau of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.

                    Nicole Richie and Hubby Joel Madden Selling Gated Glendale Home

                    Posted by Cristin  |  April 24, 2014  |  9:14 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                    Nicole Richie & Joel Madden

                    Price

                    $1,875,000

                    Nicole Richie and her Good Charlotte rocker husband, Joel Madden, are selling their ‘spare’ Los Angeles-area estate, asking $1,875,000.

                    The duo have two kids – and two homes – together. Their main residence is a 4 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, 5,380 square foot pad elsewhere in Los Angeles that they purchased together in May 2009 for $1,912,000. That home has an incredible backyard for entertaining, and Ms. Richie showcased it in a recent Domaine Home feature.

                    With a primary residence that’s just perfect for the “House of Harlow” designer and her family, it’s now time to cast off the residence that Madden bought on November 16, 2004 for $1,800,000.

                    The gated two-level Spanish Colonial estate sits on a tree-lined street in northwestern Glendale. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 3,281 square foot home has been meticulously restored to its 1930’s splendor.

                    The home’s features include an oversized formal living room, a massive kitchen with center island and high-end touches, a formal dining room and gorgeous French doors throughout.

                    Perfect for Southern California living, an outdoor Lanai has stylish drapery that provides added seclusion and is perfect for outdoor entertaining and dining.

                    Thomas Atamian of Dilbeck Real Estate holds the listing.

                      Once Broke ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Lena Headey Buys Sherman Oaks Fixer-Upper

                      Posted by Cristin  |  April 21, 2014  |  9:00 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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                      Lena Headey

                      Sherman Oaks, CA

                      Home Stats

                      3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,808 square feet, fixer-upper

                      Price

                      $790,000

                      Nearly a year after ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Lena Headey claimed she had “less than $5″ in her bank account, the actress, who plays Queen Cersei on the hit show, has just purchased a dated fixer-upper in Sherman Oaks, CA for $790,000.

                      Property records show the deal for the 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,808 square foot home closed on April 4, 2014.

                      In April 2013, Headey opened up about the reality of her financial situation in legal docs related to her 2012 divorce filing from husband Peter Loughran. In the docs, she was petitioning for half of the couple’s $46,000 2011 tax return, saying she needed the money asap to make ends meet for her and their 2 year-old son. The media reports were shocking, since many people figured she was well-compensated for her role as a main character on one of the most popular shows currently on TV.

                      Her precarious financial situation was exacerbated when she sold her former home in Los Angeles‘ Laurel Canyon-area at a loss. That home was purchased by Headey and her ex-husband for $1,685,000 in June 2008 and sold for $1,349,000 in late 2012.

                      Her new home isn’t much to look at (by Hollywood standards), but it does have potential. Located in one of the best neighborhoods Sherman Oaks has to offer, the traditional home has a mid-century modern twist and sits on a beautiful and quiet tree-lined street.

                      Spacious, bright and airy, with a good floor plan and great ‘bones,’ Headey’s new home has a decent-sized kitchen that conveniently opens to the family room for easy entertaining.

                      A large master suite has ample closets and a private bath.

                      The backyard has a lovely pool, covered patio and gardens.

                      Ben DI Benedetto of Keller Williams Studio City represented the sellers (who were the original owners) and Zoe Rudolph of John Aaroe Group was Headey’s real estate agent.