Ellen and Portia Sell High Priced Equestrian Estate In Just Six Weeks

    Posted by Cristin  |  September 12, 2013  |  3:58 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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    Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

    Thousand Oaks, CA

    Most Known For

    Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress; Real estate aficionados

    Home Stats

    8 bedrooms, 10.5 bathrooms, 26.29 acres

    Price

    $10,580,000

    Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi have sold their Thousand Oaks equestrian estate just six weeks after listing it.

    First listed for $11 million, the duo must have had oodles of interested parties, because they quickly upped the asking to $12.995 million. Now, the home is under contract with a buyer, as first reported by Curbed and confirmed by the listing agent, Suzanne Perkins. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the sale price is $10.85 million.

    Nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks, CA, Ellen and Portia’s former property is comprised of 26 acres that include a unique compound of vintage barns, charming guest cottages and state-of-the-art equestrian facilities. Two large barns serve as the social hubs of the property and are ideal for entertaining. Four private cottages provide modern convenience and farmhouse charm. A stable has six double stalls, grass and sand turnouts, a dressage arena and judging stand. The property also features a tennis court and windmill. Additionally, incredible landscape lighting washes majestic oaks, pines in pools of light and cottage paths appear magically at night.

    A mere 50 minutes from Ellen and Portia’s $17.4M main residence in Los Angeles, this property was the ideal escape for the hard-working duo.

    Don’t worry about Ellen and Portia being without a proper vacation home. Just before they put this ranch on the market, they scooped up a mansion in Montecito, CA for $26 million.

    In the past couple years, Ellen and Portia have kept their real estate agent on speed dial. They sold a penthouse in Beverly Hills, flipped Brad Pitt’s Malibu bachelor pad, and sold their massive Beverly Hills compound to Ryan Seacrest. Expect more news from these real estate aficionados sometime soon.

     

     

      SOLD: Exes Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto Snag A Buyer and Make Major Profit On Former Marital Home

      Posted by Cristin  |  September 9, 2013  |  1:33 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Paul Wesley & Torrey DeVitto

      Most Known For

      He's best known for playing Stefan Salvatore on Vampire Diaries and she's known for her TV work in Army Wives and One Tree Hill

      Home Stats

      3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 3,262 square feet

      Price

      $1,734,020

      There’s a silver lining in Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto’s divorce story. The actor and actress exes just closed on the sale of their former martial home in the Hollywood Hills – and they got $139,000 OVER their asking price.

      Property records show that the home closed on September 6, 2013 for $1,734,020. They were asking $1,595,000 when they listed it in early August. The timing may not have been right for their relationship, but when it comes to the housing market, it was spot on. Shortly after placing the home on the market following their divorce announcement, it quickly went into escrow and closed a month later.

      After meeting in 2007 and marrying in a private ceremony in New York City in April 2011, Wesley and DeVitto purchased the home together on December 29, 2011 for $980,000. While their marriage may be kaput, they can at least smile about the $754,000 profit they made on the home sale.

      Sold to an unknown buyer, the Wesley and DeVitto’s former home is a fully restored 20?s Mediterranean Villa perched above Beachwood Canyon with hedged perimeter for absolute privacy. The interior has a large rotunda entry, gorgeous vintage tile floors, a top-of-the-line kitchen, beamed ceilings and stone counters.

      Upstairs, the large master retreat is separated from the 2 additional bedrooms, which share a vintage-style bathroom. Outside, French doors open to a large flagstone, canyon-view terrace with fountain and garden areas.

      Peter Maurice of Rodeo Realty – Beverly Hills represented Wesley and DeVitto in the sale and Boni Bryant of Sotheby’s International Realty was the buyer’s agent.

      Images with the MLS.

        Drew Barrymore Drops The Price Of Her Marital Montecito Mansion By $600,000!

        Posted by Cristin  |  September 9, 2013  |  8:19 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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        Drew Barrymore

        Montecito, CA

        Most Known For

        Child actress turned full-blown adult star; currently focused on motherhood and her beauty line, Flower.

        Home Stats

        6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a separate guest apartment, expansive lawns, site of her 2012 nuptials

        Price

        $6,900,000

        In an effort to sell the stunning Montecito mansion she married at last year, Drew Barrymore has just priced chopped the estate by $600,000.

        Originally listed for $7.5M in May 2013, Barrymore never found a buyer during the hot and heavy summer buying season. As summer turns to fall, Barrymore needed to bring the asking price down to attract a potential buyer.

        In the summer before she hoisted the home on the market, Barrymore hosted a modest 190-person backyard wedding at this home to her art consultant husband Will Kopelman. In early June 2010, before she met Kopelman, and likely before she was marriage-minded, Barrymore purchased the home for $5,705,000.

        The estate is a gorgeous 1937 traditional home on approximately two acres of secluded, lush grounds. The classic two-story estate features 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a separate guest apartment and ample parking. A walking path winds through the abundant gardens, citrus and avocado trees and expansive lawn to create a one-of-a-kind setting.

        While Montecito is a chic and highly desired celebrity real estate enclave, sales prices are down about 7.9% in the last quarter, so Barrymore and her wealthy neighbors are all having trouble selling.

        Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s holds the listing.

          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.

           

            Bruce Willis Chops $2 Million Off Asking Price of Beverly Hills Hacienda

            Posted by Cristin  |  August 27, 2013  |  8:13 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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            Bruce Willis

            Beverly Hills, CA

            Most Known For

            Action movie star of hits like "Die Hard" and "Armageddon" and others

            Home Stats

            11 bedrooms, 10,379 square feet, pool

            Price

            $19,995,000

            In a housing market that’s going up, up, up, actor Bruce Willis is having a hard time selling his Beverly Hills mansion. Originally listed for $22 million in May 2013, Willis just chopped $2 million off the asking price of his sprawling, gated Beverly Hills hacienda.

            Willis slashed the price of the home in hopes that a lower price can get the deal done and he and wife Emma Hemming can fully enjoy East Coast life in their chic condo in New York City.

            Property records we peeped show that Willis paid $9 million for the estate way back in June 2004, when he bought the pad from movie industry titan Alan Ladd Jr.

            The 1928 Spanish-style residence sits on about an acre acre of flat land in a prime section of lower Beverly Hillsand has 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms spread out over 10,379 square feet of interior space that also includes a state-of-the-art screening room, his & hers bathrooms and two staff rooms. Outside, a large pool, tennis courts and the surrounding areas are an entertainer’s paradise.

            Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland is the listing agent.

              Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth Sell Toluca Lake House For Nearly $4 Million Following Divorce

              Posted by Cristin  |  August 19, 2013  |  11:22 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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              Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli

              Toluca Lake, CA

              Most Known For

              "Twilight" actor who was once married to the "90210" and "What I Like About You" actress

              Home Stats

              7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and 8,416 square feet, pool, gated

              Price

              $3,990,000

              “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli and his ex-wife, actress Jennie Garth, have sold their home in Toluca Lake for $3.99 million to “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Bill Prady.

              A year after filing for divorce and just a month before their divorce became final, Facinelli and Garth were able to agree on one thing together – to accept the offer from Prady that was $2,640,000 more than the $1.35 million Facinelli and Garth purchased the home for in 2003.

              According to property records first discovered by the Los Angeles Times, the deal closed on May 1, 2013.

              The traditional home was built in 1937 and has 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and 8,416 square feet of living space that includes formal living and dining rooms, his-and-hers offices, a bar and game room, kitchen with a fireplace, two master bedroom suites, gym and media room.

              The gated property contains an expansive five-car garage, an outdoor kitchen area and a swimming pool.

              Andrew Manning of Prudential California Realty and Garth’s mother, Carolyn Garth of Sotheby’s International Realty were the listing agents. Caroline Fleck of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills South office represented the buyer.

               

               

               

               

                CNET Founder, Halsey Minor, Sings Bankruptcy Sale Blues as LA Estate Hits Market for $14.9 Million

                Posted by Daisy  |  August 15, 2013  |  11:13 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                Halsey Minor

                Los Angeles, CA

                Most Known For

                Founding CNET and blowing a multi-million dollar fortune

                Home Stats

                7,479-square-foot Mid-Century mansion with four bedrooms and six bathrooms

                Price

                $14,950,000

                To quote the immortal lyrics of The Notorious B.I.G., we’ve got another unfortunate case of “Mo Money, Mo Problems.”

                The 1990s and 2000s were good years for Halsey Minor. He founded CNET in 1993, turning it into one of the Internet’s first profitable companies, then sold it to CBS for $1.7 billion in 2008. But by comparison, the last few years haven’t been quite as stellar. Minor was named #1 on the state of California’s list of top 250 delinquent taxpayers in 2012, with unpaid taxes estimated at $10,711,699.29. And in May of this year, he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Allegedly, the former multi-millionaire owes more than $100 million and only has $50 million on hand to cover his debts.

                Now, as a likely part of that filing, Minor’s 7,479-square-foot mansion in Los Angeles has hit the market for $14,950,000 as a bankruptcy sale — that’s about $5 million less than what he purchased it for in 2006.

                Located in lower Bel Air, this gated home sits on a cliff with unobstructed, panoramic city and ocean views. The four-bedrooms, six-bathroom home was originally designed by famed Mid-Century architect Richard Dorman and built in 1964 — but move-in ready, it is not. According to the listing, the home has come into disrepair. So if you’re looking for a contemporary estate in a prime location in Los Angeles to fix up, look no further.

                Side Note: Minor also owns an 18,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in San Francisco’s prestigious Presidio Heights neighborhood that’s also currently for sale for a cool $21 million. That home was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s Le Petit Trianon in Versailles — but like his Los Angeles home, it’s also in a pretty bad shape.

                Images via the MLS.

                  Former Mrs. Donald Trump Marla Maples Swoops Up an $850K Profit After Selling Calabasas Mansion

                  Posted by Matt  |  August 12, 2013  |  6:44 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                  Marla Maples

                  Calabasas, CA

                  Most Known For

                  Actress who was formerly married to Donald Trump

                  Home Stats

                  5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,770 square feet

                  Price

                  $2,200,000

                  Marla Maples, someone who should be familiar to anyone who was paying attention to the news in the 1990′s, has just sold her Southern California Calabasas home for $2.2 million. The actress slash model, perhaps best known as the “other woman” who swooped in on billionaire Donald Trump during his marriage to Ivana Trump and then later went on to marry The Donald back in 1993, is relocating New York after raising their daughter, Tiffany, in this sprawling 5,770 square foot west-coast home.

                  Maples originally bought the home in November of 1999 for $1.349 million meaning Maples will be leaving the prestigious Mountain View Estates home with a good $850,000 - a good profit made between the sale price and the original buying price.

                  Situated on a sizable lot that includes both a basketball court and a swimming pool, the 5-bedroom, 6 bath home includes two large bedrooms upstairs, with the master suite featuring a private stone fireplace and a balcony greeting you each morning with sweeping mountain views. Guests entering the home through it’s magnificent double doors will first notice the grand rotunda that features a sweeping wrought iron staircase. A chefs kitchen features all the modern appliances in an open, convenient layout.

                  The backyard is perfect for entertaining. A custom pool with built-in water slide and cascading spa offers sanctuary on hot Southern California day and features a swim up bar with bar stools for enjoying the right beverage. A barbecue area and patio offers a prime location for dining or lounging.

                    @Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Selling #SanFrancisco Mansion for $2.995 Million

                    Posted by Cristin  |  July 16, 2013  |  2:46 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                    Evan Williams

                    San Francisco, CA

                    Most Known For

                    Twitter co-founder @Ev

                    Home Stats

                    4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, guesthouse, rooftop deck

                    Price

                    $2,995,000

                    Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is selling his mansion in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco for $2,995,000. First reported by Curbed SF, Williams and his wife Sara purchased the home at 313 Duncan Street in 2009 for $2.4 million. They remodeled the pad in the family-friendly neighborhood and they’re now saying #goodbye to the home.

                    In true Twitter fashion, here’s the property description in 140 characters:

                    3-level fully-restored Victorian home with 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, separate guest house, private garden, and rooftop deck.

                    The Williams had originally planned to demolish another house they owned in the Parnassus Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and build a brand new home, but neighbors aggressively opposed the project and its fate is currently unknown.

                    When he’s not battling his neighbors, Williams is working on a new start-up project, Medium. He left his role at Twitter in 2011.

                    Eric Turner of Maguire Real Estate holds the listing.

                      Television Legend Ed Asner Selling Longtime Studio City Bungalow For $1.5 Million

                      Posted by Cristin  |  July 15, 2013  |  9:22 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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                      Ed Asner

                      Studio City, CA

                      Most Known For

                      Television legend, winner of seven Emmy Awards

                      Home Stats

                      3 bedrooms, 2 full, 1 partial bathroom, 2,783 square feet, pool, gated.

                      Price

                      $1,500,000

                      Television legend and Emmy award-winning actor Ed Asner is selling his longtime home in Studio City, California for $1,500,000. Purchased by the actor on February 7, 1996 for $540,000, the understated Los Angeles home has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms spread out over 2,783 square feet.

                      The brick bungalow is a gated, traditional retreat with total privacy – a must for an actor with as many film and TV credits as Asner. Inside, a sunny garden family room, living room and master bedroom open to a patio, pool and spa. The master bedroom is complete with a sitting area, fireplace and office.  A two-car garage has a separate level that can be used as studio or office.

                      Ron Holliman of Coldwell Banker holds the listing.