Ellen Degeneres Just Sold ‘The Best Home In LA’ To Sean Parker

    Posted by Cristin  |  July 7, 2014  |  10:20 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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    Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

    Beverly Hills, CA

    Most Known For

    Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress; Married

    Home Stats

    6 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, 13,511 square feet, 2.3 acres

    Price

    $55,000,000

    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. 

      Josh Hutcherson Snaps Up A New Studio City Home For $1.25 Million

      Posted by Cristin  |  June 3, 2014  |  11:58 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Josh Hutcherson

      Studio City, CA

      Most Known For

      Actor who plays 'Peeta Mellark' in the Hunger Games films

      Home Stats

      3 bed, 2 bath, 1,506 square feet

      Price

      $1,250,000

      ‘Hunger Games’ hunk Josh Hutcherson has just snapped a new spread, paying $1.25 million for a gorgeous East Coast traditional in the Silver Trangle area of Studio City.

      The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property was extensively remodeled in 2011. Now, the swank home features dark wood floors, a vaulted beam ceiling, and a formal dining room with fireplace, overlooking a charming brick patio. Oh, la la.

      The cook’s kitchen has an uber-popular farmhouse-style sink, Carrara marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and a center island.

      Small but mighty at just 1,506 square feet, the home has a master suite with two large closers and a master bedroom with additional Cararra marble counter tops, dual sinks and a stunning claw-foot tub.

      Outside, the landscaped and terraced yard includes a sparkling blue swimming pool and views of the hillside.

      This is an interesting purchase for the Hutcherson, since its not your typical celeb buy – it’s not gated and it sits directly on the street, offering little-to-no privacy to the Hunger Games star. It’s also a majorly different purchase from the super-private “tree house” home he bought in May 2012 for $2.5 million. That home is gated, tucked away in the hills and steeped in serious celeb history. Former owners included serial home buyer Ellen Degeneres and Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger. This new buy is likely to be an investment or for a family member.

      Lori Shelton of John Aaroe Group repped the seller, and Deedee Howard of The Agency was Hutcherson’s agent.

      Images via the MLS.

        Actress Jordana Brewster Selling Hollywood Home Once Owned By Ellen Degeneres

        Posted by Cristin  |  February 4, 2014  |  11:02 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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        Jordana Brewster

        West Hollywood, CA

        Most Known For

        "The Fast and the Furious" actress who has also appeared on hit TV show 'Chuck' and started her career on soap operas

        Home Stats

        3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,868 square feet, pool, once owned by Ellen Degeneres

        Price

        $3,379,000

        ‘The Fast and the Furious’ actress Jordana Brewster is selling her stunning Hollywood home for $3,795,000.

        Property records show that the Brazilian-American actress paid $3,375,000 for the 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,868 square foot architectural stunner in March 2011.

        Long before Brewster called the place home, Ellen DeGeneres walked the halls of this house after she purchased it on June 11, 1999 for $1,700,000. In typical Ellen Degeneres fashion, she quickly grew tired of the home and and sold it on February 8, 2002 for $1,930,000. Ellen has since moved up in the real estate world and currently resides in a home called “the best home in Los Angeles” that she paid nearly $40 million for.

        Brewster’s for-sale home is a private and sophisticated architectural retreat in a prime Sunset Strip location. Situated all on one level, the wonderful open floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a den, and gorgeous screening room. Walls of glass open onto lush terraced gardens, and nearby, you’ll find a pool, spa, and an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

        Perfect for its multiple celebrity owners, this home is gated for maximum privacy.

        Property images by Nick Springett for listing agent Jonah Wilson of Hilton & Hyland

         

          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.

           

           

            Ellen And Portia List Drab Beverly Hills Penthouse for $899,000

            Posted by Cristin  |  June 18, 2013  |  8:38 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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            Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

            Beverly Hills, CA

            Most Known For

            Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress

            Home Stats

            2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,683 square feet

            Price

            $899,000

            Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de 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.

            Any takers?

             

            Images via the MLS.

              2012 Celebrity Real Estate Losers

              Posted by Cristin  |  December 27, 2012  |  4:31 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

              2012's Biggest Losers

              Price

              Sky High Homes $$$

              2012 brought us oodles and oodles of celebrity real estate news and tidbits. From salacious to snooze-worthy, if it was happening in celebrity real estate, you could read about it on Trulia Luxe Living.

              This year in celebrity real estate wasn’t positive for everyone. Some stars were actually losing money on their big ticket real estate items. Let’s take a look at some of the losers:

              Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell in Malibu

              The longtime Hollywood lovebirds aren’t loving the $5 million-dollar price cut they had to make on their Bali-style Malibu mansion. For many years, Goldie and Kurt put their Malibu beach house on the summer rental market with an asking price of $95,000 per month. In the summer of 2011, the longtime duo  not only lowered their monthly asking price to $80,000 per month, they also placed the beachfront property on the open market with an asking price of $14,749,000. Two scorching summers and many months passed and no buyer stepped up to the plate. It’s still lingering on the market.

              Matthew Perry in the Hollywood Hills

              Matthew Perry has been trying to “unfriend” this home for the better part of a year.  After hitting the market in October 2011, Perry took it off the market and then relisted the home for $5,295,000 – a price reduction of $400,000. It’s still waiting for a buyer to come in and make an offer.

              Kimora Lee Simmons in Beverly Hills

              The usually fabulous Kimora Lee Simmons, faced a not-so-fabulous situation when it came time to unload her relatively modest Beverly Hills estate for $4,650,000. The Style Network star of her own reality show, “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” purchased the “country home” around the height of the market in 2007 and is now taking a dose of a different kind of reality – that of a down real estate economy. Like many sellers in today’s struggling market, Kimora sold at a loss and was forced to slash 21 percent of her original $5.9 million buying price.

              Meg Ryan in Bel Air

              In 2008, Ryan had her Bel Air home listed for an optimistic $19,500,000. With no buyers at that price, the asking fell to $14,200,000 and was eventually converted to a $40,000-a-month lease. Ms. Ryan tried her luck again in the real estate game in April 2012 by listing her 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 6,877 square foot home for a new, improved and much lower asking price of $11,400,000. It eventually sold for $11,000,000.

              Hulk Hogan in Bellaire, Florida

              Maybe Hogan doesn’t know best after all, at least when it comes to real estate. Former Wrestlemania super-star, Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) sold his 17,145 square foot Tudor-style mansion in Bellaire, FL for $6.2 million. The property has been on and off the market since 2006 and was originally listed for $25 million, then discounted to $9.24 million in July 2011.

              Lauren Conrad in the Hollywood Hills

              Lauren purchased the home for a very star-like sum of $2,360,000 in early 2008. Her neighbors weren’t big fans of Conrad or the caravans of tour buses that rolled by the home on a regular basis, so Lauren fled for a another residence higher in the hills (naturally), and rented the home out for a while, before putting it on the market for $2.25M. It eventually sold for $2M and Conrad lost almost $400,000 on the deal.

              Reese Witherspoon in Ojai, California

              Reese Witherspoon is trying to let go of her Tennessee-style Ojai, CA estate. She listed it with a bang, asking for a cool $10 million. Within weeks, Witherspoon lowered the price to a more realistic asking price of $8.9M. It’s still awaiting a buyer.

              Since we’re not all doom and gloom over here, there’s one beacon of hope in the celebrity real estate game this year:

              Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi 

              The married duo sold the Malibu beach home that they purchased from Brad Pitt  for $12M in December 2011. They sold the home in June 2012 for $13M to cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson. That’s a nice profit after less than a year of ownership. Oh, and they also sold their other monster estate to Ryan Seacrest for $37M. Not too shabby, ladies.

               

                Seacrest Sells! Hollywood Renaissance Man Sells Former Pad for $11M

                Posted by Cristin  |  August 30, 2012  |  9:42 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                Ryan Seacrest

                Hollywood, CA

                Most Known For

                Hollywood's jack of all trades

                Home Stats

                6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms on almost an acre of hilltop; Pool, wine cellar, guest house

                Price

                $11,000,000

                Hollywood’s very own Renaissance Man, Ryan Seacrest, has just sold his former Los Angeles home for $11M clams. According to TMZ and public records, that’s about $500K less than he paid when he bought the home from Kevin Costner back in 2006 and way, way, WAY less than the $37M+ he paid for Ellen Degeneres and Portia di Rossi’s Beverly Hills compound.

                For “the hardest working man in Hollywood,” times have really changed since he first bought this here home in 2006. In the past 6 years, Ryan’s star has risen in showbiz, as have his numerous paychecks from gigs like E! News, American Idol, his role as an executive producer for the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” franchise, his radio show and much, much more. That much pure Hollywood gold has translated into some real real estate dreams coming true for Seacrest.

                While his former pad was posh by anyone’s standards, Seacrest needed to flex some of that Hollywood muscle and make a statement that he had arrived. There is no better way to do that in tinsletown than buying a massive, majorly expensive piece of property. We know his new place is spectacular, but what do we know about his dearly departed home?

                Let’s dig in to the details: The Hollywood estate was affectionately dubbed ‘Casa di Pace’ (House of Peace). The 8,000 square foot bachelor pad of peace features 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a guest house, tennis court, swimming pool and a massive, 4,500 bottle wine cellar. Originally built in 1974, the home sits behind gates on nearly almost an acre of prime Hollywood hilltop with canyon and city view.

                The home was once “Idol-ized” by Americans when it graced the pages of Architectural Digest in January 2008.

                Super agent to the stars, Kurt Rappaport, represented Seacrest in the sale.

                 

                  Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Flip Brad Pitt’s Former Malibu Bachelor Pad

                  Posted by Cristin  |  August 24, 2012  |  7:55 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

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                  Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

                  Malibu, CA

                  Most Known For

                  Daytime talk show host and beautiful actress

                  Home Stats

                  4,088 square-foot glass oceanfront home on 1.26 acres

                  Price

                  $13,000,000

                  Ellen and Portia have just taken another ride on the real estate merry-go-round. The married duo have just sold the Malibu beach home that they purchased from Brad Pitt 7 short months ago. According to The Real Estalker and public records, Ellen and Portia purchased the home for $12M in December 2011 and sold the home in June 2012 for $13M to cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson. That’s a nice profit after less than a year of ownership.

                  What’s the skinny on Ellen and Portia’s dearly departed Malibu manse? The ‘house that Brad built‘ is fully equipped with its own private beach entrance. The combined living space is made up of two separate homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Point Mugu State Park and features stunning panoramic views throughout. The grounds include a tennis court, pool, and lavish landscaping, allowing for privacy. The property boasts a very modern design with glass walls, sleek ceiling, over sized chandeliers, and stainless steel appliances.

                  The duo seemed to have made the buying and selling of real estate an expensive hobby of theirs. They recently sold their massive Beverly Hills compound to Ryan Seacrest to the tune of about $37.5M. They then bought the former Beverly Hills home of Hollywood mega-producer Robert Cort for $17.4M. They also have an equestrian estate in Hidden Hills on the market for $16.5M.Dizzy yet?

                    Ryan Seacrest Makes a Deal With Ellen Degeneres for $37M Compound

                    Posted by Vanessa  |  May 15, 2012  |  2:01 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                    Ryan Seacrest

                    Beverly Hills, CA

                    Most Known For

                    Television and radio personality; executive producer

                    Home Stats

                    15,000 square foot compound

                    Price

                    $37,000,000

                    According to gossip machine TMZ, Hollywood’s hardest-working businessman Ryan Seacrest has officially swooped in on Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s former Beverly Hills digs for $37M. DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi first listed the property back in October 2011 and shortly thereafter moved into Brad Pitt’s more private bachelor pad. Hollywood sure does keep it in the family!

                    Seacrest is currently searching for a new owner for his former Los Angeles estate, which is listed for $11.985 million.

                    The multi-talented Seacrest has completely taken over Hollywood since his American Idol hosting debut in 2002. He is currently an on-air personality for two Los Angeles radio shows, an executive producer for eight television reality shows -most notably heading the Kardashian television take over,- a host on the ever-popular E! News, and touching young children’s lives daily with The Ryan Seacrest Foundation. If that wasn’t enough, Seacrest has also just recently signed back on to host American Idol Season 12, as well as taken on a spot on the Today Show as a guest correspondent.

                    It’s no wonder Ryan can afford to buy this ginormous 2.87 acre compound!

                    The full property consists of a main house, two additional guest cottages and an extra three-bedroom house. The entire 15,000 square foot property was featured on Architectural Digest in November 2011 and gives a great sneak peak at the history behind its evolution. According to the article, Degeneres purchased the main home fully furnished from Will & Grace cocreator Max Mutchnick after falling in love with it when invited over for an American Idol viewing party – how ironic is that!

                    Degeneres and de Rossi added their own flare to the residence by purchasing the two neighboring properties, installing a koi pond, scattering dozens of trees for privacy, and toning down the formal décor to give the reclaimed-wood floors and wooden beams a more relax feel. It is unknown if Seacrest purchased the compound fully furnished but by the look and sound of it, various LA talents have made their artistic marks on it, so we hope he was able to keep as-is!

                     

                      Ellen DeGeneres Buys Brad Pitt’s Bachelor Pad

                      Posted by Vanessa  |  December 19, 2011  |  1:36 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

                      Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

                      Malibu, Ca

                      Most Known For

                      Daytime talk show host

                      Home Stats

                      4,088 square foot, glass oceanfront home

                      Price

                      $12,000,000

                      Various reports have confirmed that Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are officially moving in to the  former Malibu home of Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt. Just three short months after listing their 15,000 sq ft Architectural Digest-featured home for $49 million, Ellen and Portia have now settled for a much smaller 4,088 sqft coastal property for an estimated $12 million.

                      Fully equipped with its own private beach entrance, Ellen and Portia have escaped their former hillside compound for a bradillicious beachfront abode. The combined living space is made up of two separate homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Point Mugu State Park and features stunning panoramic views throughout. The grounds include a tennis court, pool, and lavish landscaping allowing for privacy and a lovely terrace. The property boasts a very modern design with glass walls, sleek ceiling, over sized chandeliers, and stainless steel appliances.