Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Adam Levine Leasing Out Los Feliz Bachelor Pad

OWNER: Adam Levine
LOCATION: Green Oak Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $10,000 per month
SIZE: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Gated private Hollywood Hills celebrity estate on huge promontory. Half acre lot w/ panoramic views of both city & canyons...Expansive property w/ 3 bd main house & a separate guest unit. Wood floors, fireplaces, theater w/ multi-media sound system, security cameras, walls of glass that open to outdoor fireplace & the hippest private pool & spa ever!

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A quick dash through the rental listings on the MLS reveals that Moby is not the only musician looking to lease out his Hollywood Hills digs. Turns out that Adam Levine, the nicely tattooed and ladee-loving lead singer of Maroon 5, is looking to lease his Los Feliz area house at $10,000 per month.

Mister Levine, a slight but well built man who positively oozes a certain kind of smarmy sex appeal, has been linked to any number of high profile woman including Natalie Portman, Maria Sharapova, Paris Hilton (who seems to get around to a frighteningly large number of men and even a few women), Jessica Simpson, Natasha Bedingfield and a pre-Justin Timberlake Jessica Biel. For the last couple of years, dirty minded Mister Levine has dated a cocktail waitress named Becky about whom he revealed to Howard Stern (and the world) he screwed the first time they met. Some reports say the lovebirds busted up last year, but honestly children, we do not know or much care.

Anyhoo, property records show Mister Levine scooped up his, long, low and louche hillside home above Bronson Canyon in November of 2005. The prop records for Mister Levine's sexed-up bachelor pad that we accessed are a bit whackadoodle and vague, but we do know the property was listed for $3,195,000 at the time of purchase and the always informative Penny Pricegiver swears on her Birkin bag he paid the full asking price. We suspect he paid somewhere just below that number, but don't anybody go quoting Your Mama on that like we're speaking the gospel. Records also show the house measures a modest 2,045 square feet, a number that more than likely does not include the detached guest unit tacked on to the back end of the garage.

Listing information indicates the property includes 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Presumably one of those bedrooms and one of those poopers comprise the guest unit. The open plan main house includes dark wood floors and good sized expanses of floor to ceiling glazing that slide open to merge the interior spaces with the terrace that runs the length of the rear of the house and overlooks the swimming pool and across the canyon to the city lights in the distance.

A large, square cow skin rug anchors the living room seating area where two clean lined white (or very light beige) sofas flank a fireplace over which a flat screen boob-toob has been hung. While we generally prefer to see a nice piece of art hanging above a fireplace, we also understand that above the fireplace is often the least problematic, if not the most discreet location in terms of space planning, particularly in modestly sized homes that do not have separate living and family rooms. However, listing information indicates Mister Levine's crib includes a "theater w/ multi-media sound system," so this tee-vee seems somewhat superfluous.

The kitchen, blessedly bare of overhead storage, is fitted with caramel colored cabinetry, gleaming white counter tops, and a long work island with a row of stools with white cushioned seats. The dining area features a mid-century modern table and chairs lit by a large glass orb chandelier that effectively mimics the round shape of the dining room table and the over-sized circular mirror that is, somewhat strangely, propped up on the kitchen counter. Could Mister Levine be so vain that he needs to check his hair while flipping on the coffee pot?

Mister Levine's bedroom has been sexed up with dark brown walls which may (or may not) be leather, a chocolate brown ceiling, black floor to ceiling cashmere curtains and, naturally, a king sized bed with brown leather head and foot boards. Opposite the bed is a second wood burning fireplace above which a large projection screen drops at the touch of a button for big screeen viewing of high quality porn and the delicious freak show that is The Real Housewives of New York City.

The rear terrace has been laid with very large, square slate tiles and includes an outdoor fireplace where a rustic wood bench and table make a nice tableau but do not look particularly comfortable for chilling out fireside on a cool California evening.

As far as Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter are concerned, the best asset of Mister Levine's property is the utterly dee-voon oval swimming pool and spa set up located just down the hillside from the house. A tall and graciously curving line of privet hedges surround the pool deck and ensure Mister Levine, his ladee friends and Your Mama can sunbathe in their birthday suits without fear of being seen by nosy neighbors. Mister Levine, or his nice gay decorator, have selected simply shaped (but no doubt very expensive) patio furniture with thick white cushions shaded by square shaped white market umbrellas.

It's puzzling to Your Mama that Mister Levine would want to lease out his lovely house in Los Feliz for ten grand a month, or any amount of money for that matter. Given Maroon 5's continued success, it's hard to imagine that he needs the money. Listing information indicates the house is only available to lease through October 1st, so perhaps Mister Levine is out on tour with Maroon 5 and doesn't need a home base for the next 6 months or so? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

If the gossip glossy reading children put on their thinking caps, they might recall that during the summer of 2008 Mister Levine's crib was splashed in vivid color across a multi-page article in In Touch magazine in which he claims he does not go out much and reveals that he's hosted some "wild parties" at his house with guest lists that include people like Prince, who probably tried to proselytize to the other party goers.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'll pay 15,000 a month if Levine stays in the house with me. What a sexy man.

Anonymous said...

get real. He looks quite murine.

Bruna said...

I am Bruna from São Paulo, Brazil, and I would pay whatever he wants if he stay with me for only one night in the house. Are u interested Mr. Levine? ;) just kidding!! bruninhagm@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

ew, he's not even cute.

Anonymous said...

Each to their own. I'm sure some of the children aren't prizes too.

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Madam Pince said...

Why does Mr. Levine have a mirror in the kitchen? Of all the things I need in mine, a mirror is not one of them.

Anonymous said...

Why does Mr. Levine have a mirror in the kitchen? Of all the things I need in mine, a mirror is not one of them.

As interior designer Heidi Toll told the LA Times about designing Dave Navarro's loft at the Broadway Hollywood..."Mirrors and rock stars play well together."

Anonymous said...

I'd definitely pay $10K a month for this place before $15K for Moby's.

Anonymous said...

A quick calc says 10 thousand a month or 120 thousand a year rent for an investment of 3.2 million is a return of 3.75% which seems pretty cheap. Especially is you don't need the money.

Viva! said...

Love the pool...the rest of it...meh.

Anonymous said...

If only available as a short term rental until October (see Mama's article), then it is only going to bring in about 70k income.

thevinylvillage said...

wasn't he burned up in a plane crash?

or was that some other tattooed fella?

JK Platt said...

is his house at the end of Green Oak Drive?

Kissyface said...

For the right person, this house would be fabulous! Absolutely fabulous! For those who like that kind of thing,it will be the kind of thing they like. And there seems to be lots of it.

But I ADORE the link to spread of Paris Hilton innamorati! Wheee-hah, that woman pushes back the bounds of the physiologically possible! Way to go, girl! Ride 'em high!

pudenda shenanigans said...

He is kinda hot.

But that pic of him holding the hose in the In Touch spread makes me laugh out loud.

Why do you think kitchens should be blessedly free of upper cabinetry? It makes his kitchen look like a wet bar. Talk about lack of functionality.

Anonymous said...

It's only rentable through October 1st cause the guys are in studio writing their new album and they always end up crashing in some renovated house they turn INTO a studio for their needs. Hey, if you're not gonna be in it might as well get some use ( and money! ) out of it!

angeleyes said...

I can't stomach people like Levine who blatently and publicly discuss a sexual conquest. Smarmy is a kind description. Bet Rebecca's parents were thrilled.

Mama, I totally agree about the dee-voon oval swimming pool, and it's setting is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Wrong band, vinyl village.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the mirror in the kitchen is bad feng-shui

Love the pool

Anonymous said...

The backyard affords no privacy at all. The kitchen mirror is a bit weird, but I don't really mind the house itself. Just the yard.

Ana Beatriz said...

I'm Ana from Brazil and I would give everything just to stay for one night in this gorgeous house with his gorgeous owner Mr. Adam Levine! I'm just crazy about him!

Kissyface said...

I'm a little surprised that pretty much everyone who comments on it finds the kitchen mirror to be so odd. It seems likely that given the geometry of this kitchen/dining room set up, the mirror is where and what it is so that whoever is working in the kitchen can see what's going on in the rest of the space even when facing away from the diners. Those are pretty traditional concerns and solution, although perhaps not so much in a mid-century modern context.

In other words, this looks like a typical oval "butler's mirror" right out of the late 18th and 19th centuries - a very traditional way of addressing a very traditional concern. The mirror appears to be slightly convex, which let's the kitchen worker see essentially everything in the kichen/dining space from anywhere in the kitchen. The mid-20th-century format here just seems to be a disguise for the very traditional arrangement.

I really don't KNOW if this is INTENDED with this kitchen mirror, of course, since I wasn't privy to the design conferences that created this interior. And I'm not commenting one way or the other here on whether I LIKE the decor or this effect. But the mirror doesn't seem all that ODD or PECULIAR to me.

Anonymous said...

I've met him on several occasions in Hollywood and he is a consummate douche.
Pitching a fit about "where is my driver?! This is such bullshit".
Word on the street likens a certain part to that of a baby.

Jenn said...

I also would pay WHATEVER hed ask if hed stay there too! Ive also met him.. and he was nothing but a COMPLETE sweet heart! Very friendly! And if all you guys were THAT HOT youd want a mirror in your kitchen too!!