Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Katherine Heigl Selling Starter Home

Okay children, Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter have finally winged our way back home. We're jet lagged and a wee bit hung over from one too many complimentary gin and tonics on the plane, but we're gonna do the best we can on limited brain resources today starting with some old news.

SELLER: Kathering Heigl
LOCATION: Parva Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,750,000 (list)
SIZE: 2,369 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Celebrity owned redone contemporary w/ open floor plan. Stunning walls of glass to view city from downtown to ocean. Professionally designed dream kitchen w/ SubZero, center island, and granite counter tops. Large master w/ French doors to city view balcony. Sensational master bath w/ huge stone steam shower. Many upgrades such as hardwood floors, dual zone a/c, recessed lights. Entertainers yard w/ room for pool.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: According to the dee-voon Miz Ann Brenoff at the Los Angeles Times, getting a little big for her britches boob-toober turned film star Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses, Knocked Up) has listed her "starter house" on twisty turny Parva Avenue in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood. Property records show the cancer stick luving Grey's Anatomy actress purchased the 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom house in April of 2006 when she forked over $1,500,000 for the the frustration and annoyance of trying to squeeze her giant red Range Rover Sport into that standard sized garage.

Your Mama's bejeweled abacus tells us that with the current asking price of $1,750,000 Miss Heigl will barely make any money on this property, but given that she's currently one of the most in demand actresses in Hollywood, that's probably not a major concern of hers.

The 2,369 square foot house has clearly been staged to within an inch of livability so we won't bother to comment on the oh so common orchids, the sad artwork or the banal and exuberantly beige day-core. Listing information shows that the house includes an open floor plan, all wood floors (that parquet shit makes Your Mama woozy), long and impressive views over the city that worships at Miss Heigl's well shod feet, a master bedroom with a view balcony and steam shower (perfect for releasing all the tobacco toxins), and a kitchen that has been done over by a real live kitchen design professional and features granite counter tops and top grade appliances.

This modestly sized quasi-Mediterranean crib was a reasonable real estate purchase at the time considering Miss Heigl had yet to become the belle of the Hollywood ball when she snapped this place up. However, as soon as the recently married Miss Heigl hit it big on the big screen, she went house hunting again. Property records show that in September of 2007, flush with movie money and in possession of a newly won Emmy for her role on Grey's Anatomy, Miss Heigl plunked down $2,550,000 for a 3,960 square foot house with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms that sits less than a mile from the Parva Street property she has on the market.

Your Mama imagines that as Miss Heigl's star rises so will the price of her real estate. The young ladee clearly likes living in Los Feliz, but if we had to predict, we'd look for her next move to be to a proper estate with a long, gated celebrity style driveway and more terlits than there are days in the week. In the meantime, Your Mama wishes Miss Heigl a happy home and a little more tact in dealing with her bosses at ABC.

17 comments:

Alessandra said...

I like the windows and the views. However, the exterior facade is UG-LEE. And I'm a bit suspicious that we don't see the kitchen or the baths in these photos. It makes me wonder just how hideous are they?

Lara said...

The exterior isn't that bad. Paint the facade white with a bold colour for window/door frames, replant the garden...and then it would it would be a completely different exterior, wouldn't it? ;-).
What always astonishes me are homes with this beigeness and indefinability. Do people actually want it to look like that or is this the result of complete and utter lack of talent when it comes to decorating?
Anyway, her "interior design" just proves me again that this girl might be nice looking, but is otherwise completely overrated.

E.J. said...

Seems to be some confusion as to when she lived here. She moved to a house on Berendo last year, moving from a house on Amesbury, which she bought in 2004 or 2005. It looks like she overlapped ownership of the Amesbury and Parva houses? She also lived out in Calabasas for a while. Anyone?

Anonymous said...

She needs to be a little more grounded, her head got WAY TOO BIG! She thinks she's hot shit? She's cold diarrhea. That being said, nice house.

Viva! said...

I don't like the house. It's overrated...much like it's owner. Seriously, that girl needs a reality check, talk about a swollen head. She's ridiculous. A few seasons on a hit (ensemble) drama and a couple of successful comedies does not a superstar make.

Armo said...

Jealousy and envy really are horrible traits. If you dislike her so much why do you even bother to post about it? The fact is - if she was really as boring and uninteresting as you pretend you wouldnt be wasting your life posting on a blog. I dont like pasta, so I dont eat it and therefore I dont hang around Italian kitchens complaining about the food.

Personally i think she is ballsy, outspoken and honest. She is also a very good actress. The house looks great and if you check the original LA Times article there is a virtual tour of the property. Looks fantastic inside to me - I'd happily live there. I am sure your own houses are far nicer of course ;)

Anonymous said...

virtual tour

http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=432383&idx=1

Anonymous said...

Katherine WHO?

Anonymous said...

lara, read the post

mama said that the house has been "staged to within an inch of livabliity"

that means that she paid some idiots who flunked out of design school to replace whatever her individual taste may be (whether good or bad) with offensive beigeness

that leaves a slight possibility and a glimmer of hope for the rest of us that she very well may have decent taste in furniture

...then again, the "Mediterranean" (ugh, there aren't quotes big enough) exterior causes me to lose a bit of hope on that front

lil' gay boy said...

Too close to the road and the almost architecture is a snooze at best, a slap in the face to Mediterranean lovers at least . . .

"Staged to within an inch of livability" and it's still like gazing into the dead eyes of a Ted Bundy.

I smell tear down; the views are passable.

Outsmoker said...

You may say whatever you like about the steamshower.........I think it is cool that Heigl is out and open about her smoking. She looks hot smoking and has more balls than most of the closeted celebrity smokers...........Quaid, Affleck, Damon.......sure they quit.......sure.......just like Brad Pitt

Anonymous said...

katherine spends a lot of time defending herself on blogs. truly not criticizing, just an observation,

Sammy said...

Love the house -- hate the girl.

Anonymous said...

e.j.

Katherine Heigl did buy a house on Berendo last year and moved in this year, but not from a house on Amesbury. Katie moved from this house on Parva and is now selling it. Her MOTHER (Nancy Heigl) bought a house on Amesbury in 2007 that had been purchased by a prior non-Heigl owner/developer in 2004 or 2005 (the tabloid blogsites like TMZ, X-17, Defamer, etc often show Katie coming and going from her mom's Amesbury house). Both Heigls previously lived out in Calabasas until at different times they each bought their different Los Feliz digs.

Does that clear things up?

Anonymous said...

Armo said...

Jealousy and envy really are horrible traits. If you dislike her so much why do you even bother to post about it? The fact is - if she was really as boring and uninteresting as you pretend you wouldnt be wasting your life posting on a blog. I dont like pasta, so I dont eat it and therefore I dont hang around Italian kitchens complaining about the food.

Personally i think she is ballsy, outspoken and honest. She is also a very good actress. The house looks great and if you check the original LA Times article there is a virtual tour of the property. Looks fantastic inside to me - I'd happily live there. I am sure your own houses are far nicer of course ;)

Hi, Katherine!

Anonymous said...

Bla-bla-bla. If there's anything I despise, it's a young girl too full of herself. I'm sure the academy is grateful for her stepping down so others my have a glimmering change at her otherwise rightfull statue. To all fortunate contenders made possible by Ms. H’s sensitivity, for the grace of God shall you be fortunate to have Ms. H's four variations of shock contend with your comparatively solid talent.

Ms. H. you are a mecca of humbleness. Such a gift yet so unpretentious. Your pious generosity to the trade leaves me without words. Except for LOL...LOL...LOL...RMAO-LOL.

Anonymous said...

Looked into this place on an open-house. What a mess. Entry is restricted to the top level, and the lower level containing the bedrooms can be reached ONLY by a narrow spiral staircase!

OK view, but hot southern exposure and a semi-funtional HVAC that can't keep up. No pool. With this steep hillside location you're going to need LOTS of equipment and engineering to put in a pool (probably why nobody did it yet). But there's just a tiny, steep strip of land on each side of the house - so no easy way to get pool-building equipment into the back yard. We're definitely talking lifting every piece of equipment over the house WITH A CRANE. But Parva is a narrow, winding street. This will not be easy or cheap. And for what?

Then there's the stink. I'm sorry, but that's the only word that will do. Ms. Heigl must be a big dog-worshipper, because the entire lower level of the house stinks mightily of dog excrement and there's lots of evidence of doggy discontent on the ruined lower level hardwood floors. The real estate agents have LOADED the place with special scented candles to disguise the smell ... but the perfume only makes matters worse. When I arrived it was hot and sunny and all of the windows and doors were all opened wide, but then a brief rainy, windy squall blew over and all the windows and doors had to be shut. Within five minutes the stench was so strong that I had to leave or lose my lunch. Yech! No wonder she was so eager to move into her new Berendo digs! Maybe Joshua threatened to leave her if he had to spend one more night in the dog-shit-hole that constitutes the master bedroom? Just asking.