SELLER: Lisa Gores
LOCATION: Gloucester Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 6,900 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: (shortened from listing agent's website) Stunning gated 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath in prestigious Deep Canyon has been extensively upgraded with no expense spared...Generous living room and family room with fireplace, media room and music room. Luxurious master suite with office/sitting area, private balcony, vaulted ceiling, stunning master bath with dual sinks, vanity, spa tub and walk-in closet. Private grounds feature an outdoor lanai, fireplace, pool/spa and canyon views.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We're not sure if Miz Lisa Gores qualifies as a celebrity, but her story is trés scandalous so we figured we'd do a little post on her and her for sale Beverly Hills house. It wasn't so long ago that Miz Lisa was married to Mister Alec Gores, who in 2006 Forbes Magazine ranked as the 606th richest person in the world with a net worth of $1.3 billion dollars.
But under that mountain of money lies a sordid story of sex, lies, and illegal wire-tapping. Yes, children, Miz Lisa and her hubby were caught up in the Anthony Pellicano celebrity wire-tapping case which had big name and big money Hollywood types storming lawyers' offices from Los Feliz to the far reaches of Malee-boo. Your Mama is going to give you the reader's digest of what happened here, but we'll link you over to more information if you're interested.
Once upon a time Miz Lisa was married to private equity billionaire Mister Alec Gores and they lived happily up in a 10,000+ square foot mansion the guard gated celebrity enclave of Mulholland Estates. The children will recall this is the very same 'hood where the spitter Avril Lavigne, helmut headed Loni Anderson, and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson currently have their houses on the market. And in fact, the Gores lived right up next door to the house Tom Arnold purchased from wacky American Idol judge Paula Abdul and recently sold for just over $7,400,000.
Anyhoo, our Mister Alec Gores has a Beverly Hills based younger brother named Tom who according to Forbes happens to have even more money than his brother with a 2006 net worth of $1.7 billion. At some point in the late 1990s or early 2000s our Mister Alec became suspicious that wifey was having inappropriate conduct with brother Tom. Uh oh.
So what does he do? He calls one-time celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano, pays him a reported $50,000 (plus a never repaid $50,000 loan and a lavish trip to Hawaii) to illegally tap the telephones of wifey and brother Tom.
And according to all reports, Pellicano obtained taped phone calls which indicated Miz Lisa and brother Tom were fooling around. Oh dear. Naturally, a very expensive dee-vorce ensues and Miz Lisa decamps from the Mulholland Estates manse to this house in the Deep Canyon area of Beverly Hills, which is basically just on the other side of Mulholland Drive from Mulholland Estates.
Miz Lisa purchased this house in August of 2001 for $2,460,000. Your Mama has no idea why she's choosing to sell now, but our guess is that's she's flush with dee-vorce money and she wants something a little less fancy suburbs and a little more glamorous dee-vorce-ay. But hunnies, that is sheer speculation and we have no proof of that whatsoever, so don't go around quoting that nonsense.
You want to know what we think of the house? Ack. It's a lovely house if you like tiny drive courts and living slammed up against your other richie-rich neighbors. Clearly Miz Lisa had her nice gay decorator up in the house turning it into an Architectural Digest fantasmagoria complete with tapestries, leaded glass chandeliers, and velvet covered furniture with rope fringe around the bottom. A big yawn in our book.
But the backyard, although not large, we are feeling pleasantly in our gut. We appreciate the simply shaped swimming pool and spa with it's lovely green color. The outdoor fireplace is fantastic and we particularly dig the covered loggia with the wood beamed ceiling which is of course a great place to get away from the scorching Southern California sunshine.
Your Mama wishes Miz Lisa all the happiness in the world as she moves on to her next home. A little advice though...in the future, no more fooling around with the in-laws even if they are richer and better looking than your own spouse.
Sources: Fox News, Cal Law, Man Without Qualities, Forbes, The Smoking Gun