Wednesday, September 24, 2008

UPDATE: Leeza Gibbons

We're a little late to the rodeo on this one having been reported ages ago by celebrity real estate writer Ann Brenoff at the L.A. Times, but since this was one of the first properties Your Mama ever discussed on our little online endeavor, we thought we'd chime in with a wee update on the house that entertainment television talking head Leeza Gibbons and her estranged huzband Stephen Meadows have been trying to sell for a damn ice age.

The couple, who apparently went splitsville several years ago, first put the house on the market in August of 2005 with an asking price of $8,750,000. No (serious) buyers turned up at that price, which is a little odd whe you consider that was back when people were still buying up high priced properties like they were playing a game of Monopoly. Your Mama first discussed the 7 bedroom and 8 bathroom two-building compound on Courtney Avenue in December of 2006 when it was foisted back on the market with a reduced asking price of $7,995,000. After just a couple short months, a tipster we called Lucy Looselips whispered in Your Mama's big ear that the house had been sold...or at least been put into escrow...with a purchase price of $7,750,000.

But alas. Unfortunately for Miz Leeza and Mister Meadows, that buyer (and we hear at least one other) did not pan out. Now, the now longer a couple couple are making another go of it...not their marriage children, but selling their white elephant of a estate which listing information indicates includes three floors and approximately 11,000 square feet of vintage Mediterranean mansion with a two story guest house/studio that was built in 2000. The estate is now priced at $7,395,000.

According to listing information, the 1+ acre property was apparently once owned by maniacal mommie and hugely talented Academy Award winning actress Joan Crawford so we're is a little soo-prised some filthy rich queen with a wickedly campy sense of humor hasn't already come along and snatched this place right up.

12 comments:

Simon said...

Would this be the same Leeza Gibbons who was married to a not-very-famous british soap star from the UK's longest-running soap, "Coronation Street" - Chris Somebody??

average joe :) said...

here is the problem with the rich and famous

most of them do not watch TV, pay attentions to the media, and for those that do, they think they are special and immune to the economy

unless bernanke gets that 700 billion injection I doubt her home will sell even at 5MM

at least now we all know why the RE market was unaffected until now and now that the fed has run out of money I see a HUGE correction in the RE market very soon

then again

bush could sign a special bill over night screwing us all over again

fairfield girl said...

She has excellent taste in kitchen chairs!
Side note:
Did you know Ms Gibbons at one time was a scrapbook designer? Not the best though, most of her stuff is currently at the dollar store in a sale bin.I wonder was it the poor quality of her China goods or was it her family life that made her walk away from scrapbooking? She started scrapbooking because her mother was suffering Alzheimer's ( I believe her mother has passed on).

Anonymous said...

Average Joe, maybe predicting the saleability of homes and their prices, isnt your forte. I recall how overpriced you though Molly Sims house was, but it went into escrow immediately after it went on the market.
This is Los Angeles, my faraway friend.

Joan Crawford said...

CAROL ANN!! PLEASE GET THE CHILDREN OUT OF THE GARDEN!!!

dolly said...

Simon, yes you're right. That would be Christopher Quinten, who played Brian Tilsley. I always thought Gail was happier with him than that awful Martin Platt.

Simon said...

Dolly, many thanks for putting me straight. I agree with you! Wonder whatever became of Chris. Is he a multi-gazillionaire like is ex-wifey?

Viva! said...

I just don't get it...Leeza's house is nice, it's generally tasteful, it's an interesting design, nice location...it must just be overpriced. She and her ex should just hang onto it, rent it out and when the market recovers in 5 or so years, offload it.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with average hoe

even the congress was saying at the hearings today that the real estate market is still due for a major correction, and to add icing to the cake they said that without the 700 billion infusion of cash the market will crash, with the 700 billion infusion only the inevitable will be delayed for another year

I heard molly sims took her home off the market, like many others have been doing lately so why do you think she sold it ?

Sandpiper said...
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Anonymous said...

because her house is in escrow and "looking for a back up offer".

Anonymous said...

also home to Donald O'Connor i nthe 70's and Anthony Newley, hubby of Joan Crawford. Quiet a history, that house.