Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jack Osbourne Flips Out in Los Feliz

SELLER: Jack Osbourne
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,998,000
SIZE: 4,810 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: He only bought it (about) 2.5 years ago, in December 2011, for $2,820,000, but rock 'n' roll scion and reality t.v. denizen Jack Osbourne (Haunted Highway, Dancing With The Stars, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!) flipped his house in L.A.'s Los Feliz area back on the open market yesterday with an asking price of $2.998 million. Current listing details show the gated and thoroughly renovated 1926 Spanish wraps itself around three sides of a central courtyard and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,810 square feet.*

A double-height entrance hall with vintage tile floors and a wrought iron railed staircase leads into a generously proportioned "formal" living room with chunky chimney breast with carved stone (or possibly poured concrete) mantelpiece. There are medium-toned hardwood floors underfoot and a muscular exposed wood ceiling with heavy duty trusses. The nearby formal dining room, where there's a framed Union Jack on the wall, looks a wee compact for a house of this size but does connect conveniently through a pair of arched doorways directly into a very large and well-equipped center island kitchen.

The kitchen's walls appear to be covered entirely in white subway tiles—which we love love love, the counter tops are a mix of black and white slab marble and the appliances high grade and commercial style. In addition to a two-stool snack counter at the double-wide center island there's a built-in banquette for casual meals tucked up into the corner.

A wide archway in the kitchen leads through to a library/family room furnished with little more than an intricately patterned rug, a plush, navy blue section sofa, and a metallic coffee table we'd give our pinky toe to own. There are heavy wood beams across the ceiling and full wall, floor-to-ceiling with built-in book shelves nicely lined with actual books. Another and also wide archway smack in the center of the book shelf wall connects through to a home office (or something) that opens to a rear terrace.

There are two en suite guest and family bedrooms on the upper floor plus a roomy master suite with vintage-style bathroom and several sets of French doors that open to a slender veranda that overlooks the central courtyard. A separate and self-contained but attached guest house accessible via exterior staircase above the street-facing garage has wood floors, a vaulted and beamed ceiling, and a small but complete kitchen with two-burner stove top and under-counter refrigerator.

In addition to the multi-level central courtyard with fountain like plunge pool there's a good-sized red brick terrace out the back of the house with an all stainless steel outdoor kitchen.

At the time Mister Osbourne and his then preggers fiancée and now wife, Lisa Stelly, purchased their Los Feliz residence word on the international real estate street was that he also owned a modest one bedroom apartment in London's Marylebone area that he on the market for £610,000. (We don't know the status of that apartment so don't bother asking. However, if one of the children in the U.K. know, please do let us know and we'll amend our discussion.)

*Inexplicably—at least we can't explain it—listing details from the time of Mister Osbourne's purchase shows the house has four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 4,074 square feet.

listing photos: Hilton & Hyland

Venus (Willams) Sells at a Loss to Ellen (Page)

SELLER: Venus Williams
BUYERS: Ellen Page
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,701,000
SIZE: 1,528 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A month or so ago, the lady property gossip at the L.A. Times revealed that international tennis champion Venus Williams sold her recently rehabbed mid-century modern pied-a-terre in the Hollywood Hills for $1.7 million, a couple hundred grand less than she paid for the place in 2005. (It actually sold for $1,701,000, but who are we to split hairs, right? Anyways...) What was not revealed at the time was that the buyer of the of house—at least to the impeccably connected Yolanda Yakketyyak—was none other than Oscar-nominated and recently out of the closet actress Ellen Page.

Petite Miz Page, a native of Nova Scotia who knows a thing or two about juggling, has plied her craft in the entertainment industry since the late 1990s when, at the tender age of ten, she co-starred in a heartwarming dramatic series called Pit Pony. (Don't worry, children, Your Mama had never heard of it either.) A couple years later she made a hand full of appearance on the (still airing) Canadian-made mockumentary Trailer Park Boys. She got her proverbial big show business break in 2007 when she starred as a quirky, preggers teenager in the quirky, Diablo Cody-penned indie comedy Juno, a role that earned her the aforementioned Academy Award nomination. She went on to star in a long lists of movies (and such) including as a misfit teenager from Texas the female roller derby extravaganza Whip It and as a much more cerebral architect in the Leo DiCaprio-anchored (and four Oscar winning) sci-fi action flick Inception. This year Miz Page reprises her 2006 role as Kitty Pryde in the next of the apparently endless X-Men movies.

Listing details show the gated, single-story post and beam residence was originally built in 1955 and contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,528 square feet. There are blond hardwood floors through out the combination living/dining room that also has a stacked stone fireplace, a pitched ceiling with clerestory windows, and several banks of glass sliders that open to the backyard recreation and entertainment areas.

The galley-style kitchen, bathed in natural light from a big ol' sky light, isn't particularly large but it's well equipped with terrazzo or tile flooring, solid surface counter tops on flat fronted maple cabinetry with barely there hardware, and the usual suite of high quality appliances.

At least one if not all three of the bedrooms open through sliding glass doors to a slender side yard with canyon views. The side yard extends the full length of the house to a flat, trapezoidal backyard with trapezoidal swimming pool, trapezoidal patch of grass and an also trapezoidal deck that cantilevers over the steep hillside below the house to better take advantage of the canyon views.

As far as this (celebrity) property gossip can surmise from out research on the internets Miz Page continues to own and has not yet listed on the open market her starter home on the Studio City (CA) side of Laurel Canyon that property records show was last purchased (by the same trust that purchased the Nichols Canyon residence) in July 2011 for $885,000. Your Mama managed to scare up listing details from the time of the purchase that show the 1950s ranch has—or had at the time it was purchased—two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms in 1,499 square feet of fully remodeled and upgraded interior space.

listing photos: Gibson International

Monday, April 14, 2014

CBS President Les Moonves Lists Malibu Starter House

SELLERS: Les(lie) Moonves and Julie Chen
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
PRICE: $12,995,000
SIZE: 3,014 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In the summer of 2010 multi-billionaire Microsoft co-founder multi-billionaire Paul Allen paid a quirky $25,067,500 for a big, boxy and glassy contemporary house on Malibu's much-coveted and billionaire-lined Carbon Beach. (The seller, in case any of y'all might care, was apparel manufacturing mogul Charles Perez.)

Alas, so the scuttlebutt goes, Mister Allen didn't care for the roaring sound of the surf and some months ago quietly made the house available as a whisper listing with an unknown asking price. In early April, according to property records, Mister Allen sold the almost 5,800 square foot beach house for $28.8 million in an off-market deal to prodigiously compensated CBS president and CEO Leslie "Les" Moonves* and his (20 years younger) wife, Julie Chen. Miz Chen is best known to the t.v. watching public as the moderator of daytime chat fest The Talk and the long-time host of prime time reality juggernaut Big Brother, both of which air—natch—on CBS.

The late April purchase of the Mister Allen's five bedroom and seven bathroom beach shack probably has something to do with Mister Moonves and Miz Chen putting their much smaller and significantly less expensive although still astronomically pricey beach house house on the slightly less coveted but still astonishingly expensive La Costa Beach on the market in early March (2014) with a $12,995,000 asking price.

Property records show the couple picked up their La Costa Beach house in June 2008 for exactly $10,000,000 and listing details show the residence has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,014 of high-grade and elegantly woody interior space finely finished with luminous teak floors and walls sheathed in wide plank horizontal cladding that Your Mama would bet both our long bodied bitches, Linda and Beverly, were hand milled and hand rubbed with some sort of imported wax or rare tung oil.

The two car wide driveway and front facing two-car garage are open to the Pacific Coast Highway but a tall stacked stone wall with locked gate hems in a decked entry courtyard where a molded plastic spa sits under a trellis in a wood-lined cubby. It's an odd place for a spa—it's practically right on the PCH—but it's a helleva lot more private spot for nekkid spa tubbing than the ocean side deck that is visible to the beach combing hoi polloi.

Double glass and wood doors open to a spacious entrance hall that connects directly into an open concept living area where, not surprisingly, a large flat screen television surmounts the fireplace. (As befits a luxuriously decked out getaway home at the beach owned by a couple of A-list showbizzers listing photos show there are also televisions in the master bedroom, the master bathroom, the second floor den/media room, and, it's probably safe to assume, in at least one of the two guest/family bedrooms.)

Between the ocean view dining area and the garage there's a sleek center island kitchen with flat fronted walnut (or maybe teak) cabinetry and taupe-toned solid surface counter tops. An expensive bevy of stainless steel appliances includes multiple ovens, an integrated coffee maker and fridge/freezer flanked by a glass-fronted full-height beverage cooler and an also full-height and glass fronted wine fridge.

Each of the two guest/family bedrooms has an en suite bathroom as does the second floor master suite that's also fitted and kitted with a (television surmounted) fireplace, large bathroom (with small television parked on the vanity), two closets (which may or may not have televisions), and and all but unimpeded whitewater view.

Also on the second floor, on the street side of the house, is a den/media lounge with (partly) double height ceiling, wet bar, built in desk and entertainment center, and a state-of-the-art projection system with surround sound and screen that scrolls down from a soffit at the touch of a button. A narrow, third level gallery, lined on one side with floor-to-ceiling book shelves filled with actual books, overlooks the upper hall and stair case.

Back downstairs the main floor living space opens through a series of (nearly floor-to-ceiling) sliding glass panels to a tiled, beach side terrace, about half of which is protected from wind and sea spray by a frameless glass wall that looks to this property gossip to be about six feet tall.

In addition to their $40 million worth of residential real estate holdings in Malibu Mister Moonves and Miz Chens' property portfolio also includes a three bedroom and three bathroom condominium at an upscale ocean view complex in Pacific Palisades and a gated and no doubt exuberantly fortified 10,000+ square foot residence on a 1.25-ish acre, triangular shaped parcel on the border where Beverly Hills butts up against Holmby Hills. Property records show they scooped up the Bev Hills house in April 2006 for $14,000,000 and digital evidence suggests they recently renovated and expanded the house. We've repeatedly read the couple keeps an apartment in New York City, which makes perfect sense to this real estate gossip, however, sorry Charlies, we don't have any specifics on the situation.

*As the powerful president of CBS Mister Moonves hauled in $66.9 million in 2013. In case any of y'all think that's an anomalous amount and the couple have overextended themselves with their new nearly $30 million beach house: In 2012 Mister Moonves's pay package was valued at $62.2 million and in 2011 he raked in $69.9 million. And that, children, does not even take into account the (probably) millions more Miz Chen brings in from her various duties as a television producer and talking head.

 listing photos: Prudential Malibu Realty

Saturday, April 12, 2014

UPDATE: Fleur de Lys

Hold on to your real estate horses, children. Property records have cleared and despite all the flabbergast and publicity over that last week or so about how wealthy divorcée Suzanne Saperstein sold her proudly palatial Los Angeles estate known 'round the globe as Fleur de Lys to a French billionaire—or maybe junk bond king Michael Milken—for an astonishing $102 million in an all cash transaction, the amount actually recorded on the 28th of March, 2014, with the Los Angeles County Tax Man is curiously and considerably less at $88.3 million.

Perhaps and probably the buyer—who almost immediately upon closing put the property up for long term lease at $400,000 per month—shelled out another $13.7 million for furnishings and other personal items that fall outside the legal definition* of real estate that ballooned the deal to the much reported $102 million. 

*According to the California Bureau of Real Estate, real estate—otherwise known as "real property"—includes, "Land and anything growing on, attached to, or erected on it, excluding anything that may be severed without injury to the land."

aerial photo: Pacific Coast News