BUYER: Nick Lachay
SELLER: Heidi Klum and Seal
LOCATION: Linda Flora Drive, Bel Air, CA
SIZE: 5,214 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
PRICE: $5,000,000 (sale price)
DESCRIPTION: Smart, sleek light bright and airy one story contemporary behind gates at end of cul de sac. Long driveway to 1.8 acres with stunning view of basin and coastline. Resort pool area. High ceilings, art walls, maple wood floors. Newly remodeled with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, gourmet kitchen and family room, den, and step down down living room. Fabulous master suite. Very scenic and lots of privacy.
YOUR MAMAS UPDATE: A kind reader let us know that we repeatedly spelled Mister Lachey's name incorrectly. Oops. Can you tell we're not a fan? None the less, we've fixed the mispelling.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama recently came across a few photos of this contemporary casa, and since we go weak in the knees over the photos of this house, we figured we'd bring them to the children to swoon over too.
Settle down children, we know the sale and purchase of this house happened a long time ago. We also know it was reported widely and as such many of you may already know all you want to know about this property. So if that's the case, you should shut yer screaming traps and go back to work until we have something fresh for your eyeballs.
There is no need to tell the children that Mister Lachey is the hunky, catalog model good looking ex-huzband of Jessica Simpson. And of course, we all know Miz Klum from her many turns down the Victoria Secret runway wearing skimpy panties and a huge pair of wings strapped to her back, as well as being the hostess with the accented mostess on the fabulous Project Runway program on the Bravo, which happens to be one of Your Mama's favorite guilty pleasures.
In December of 2004, not long after Miz Klum birthed the baby she had with the aging Italian playboy billionaire Flavio Briatore, she purchased this home for $4,320,000. The couple had split long before, while Klum was preggers, amid reports Briatore was dating a teenage model on the side.
Shortly thereafter, the supermodel got with the singer Seal and became a baby factory. Your Mama imagines the obscenely good looking and multi-hued couple chose to sell this house in favor of something larger and more child and nanny friendly. Klum listed the property at $5,500,000, and according to property records, sold the place to Lachey in February of 2006 for an even $5,000,000.
Your Mama would be hard pressed to bring the children a more suitable residence for a celebrity plagued by obsessed fans and paparazzi. Not only is this house located way up on a ridge in Bel Air, it is accessed down a very long, private, and gated driveway (see photograph). Even the best telescopic lenses of the most determined paparazzi can not snap a photo from this distance.
The photos here are from when Klum and Seal were in residence, and while we're not keen on some of their artworks, overall Your Mama is ready to pack our Louis Vuitton cases and move into this house. We love all the white walls (we're funny that way) and the walls of glass leave us breathless and envious. We appreciate that Klum and her Mister did not clutter up the window with a bunch of draped fabrics. Certainly Your Mama understands the need to modulate light, but it is our personal opinion that less is often better when it comes to window treatments, particularly in contemporary homes.
We also recognize and appreciate that the home office not only offers more than one work station, it also has a separate entrance at the front of the house. This way there is no need for every industry Tom, Dick, and Jennifer who comes to the house for a meeting to come into the inner sanctum.
Children we all know what the Calabassas house of Lachey and ex-wifey Simpson looked like, so it's a little difficult to imagine what the boy band crooner has done with the decor here. We can only hope he smartly hired a nice gay decorator to come up in here and do it up correct. And we hope that decorator was able to convince the Midwestern minded Lachey not to put a recliner anywhere near this house.