Thursday, April 16, 2009

Your Mama Hears...

...From two separate sources, one we'll call Glinda the Good Witch and the other we'll call Winnie Baygo, that large lipped ack-tress Scarlett Johansson (Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Other Bolyn Girl, Lost In Translation and etc.) is fixin' to list her house on Senalda Road in the Outpost Estates area of Los Angeles.

If the children will put on their thinking caps they might recall that the formerly curvaceous now twig thin Miss Johansson purchased the 4,352 square foot Spanish style pile in May of 2007 from director Harold Becker who piloted movies such as the gripping The Sea of Love, Taps and The Onion Field.

What's perhaps most titillating to Your Mama about this particular celebrity real estate rumor is that, according to Miss Baygo, the house will be listed for "around $5,100,000," a figure our bejeweled abacus reveals is a gasp inducing $1,900,000 less than the $7,000,000 property records show she paid for the 7 bedroom and 7 bathroom house. Keep in mind children, that's just Miss Baygo passing along idle real estate gossip, so until the house actually hits the market we will not know what number is slapped up as the asking price.

Glinda whispered to Your Mama that the four time Golden Globe nominee, whose mother owns a crash pad condo at the Hollywood Versailles apartment tower, never moved into the house on Senalda Road because she, "Had to make repairs and renovations...The house isn't pretty at all." Oh dear.

After first hearing this real estate rumor, Your Mama also contacted the The Easter Bunny to see what he knew. Mister Bunny immediately responded to our query saying he didn't know a thing about Mrs. Ryan Reynolds house on Senalda, but would not be surprised if she were to sell the property since it is his understanding that she's moving (or already moved) to Manhattan.

Miss Johansson was real estate gossip catnip in May of 2008 when she sold her New York City loft at 66 Leonard Street (at a reported $52,000 loss) and then quickly coughed up $2,100,000 for a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom terraced penthouse apartment in an undistinguished building on East 53rd Street near–but not actually in–the swank Sutton Place neighborhood. These real estate distinctions make a difference in New York City in the same way that real estate snobs in Los Angeles get their panties in a kerfuffle about the difference between Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Post Office.

photo: Pacific Coast News

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

who's that standing across the street? a stalker? a pap?

Anonymous said...

It's gratifying to see these over-rewarded people reducing their net worth by the clumsy timing of investments, etc. Scarlett seems particularly prone to this. You go girl.

The Preppy Pauper said...

Can you imagine? an almost $2,000,000 loss on a house you've never lived in? I didn't think being Woody Allen's muse paid that much!

"Miz Scarlett, Miz Scarlett, I don't nothing about investing in L.A. Real Estate!"

Anonymous said...

any interior shots? anybody?

Anonymous said...

Has she ever actually lived in LA? She grew up in NY & since she became famous always seemed to remain in NY rather than fleeing to Hell.A - lots of celebs around this particular house, orlando around the corner & doesn't Felicity Huffman & husband live on Senalda?

angeleyes said...

I feel badly for her. Starting off listing $2MM below what you paid has got to hurt. Hopefully Ryan is savvy and influential enough to make sure it dosen't happen again. I'm betting he is.

Viva! said...

What an interesting situation...a $2 million dollar loss is huge, I don't care who you are unless your some Russian billionaire, why not just lease it out like Sharon Stone's done with her albatross on Beverly Drive?

The thing is, the house looks like it has potential to be beautiful. Love the pool and that glass roof. With some work, it could be special. What a waste!

Anonymous said...

Just on the MLS & the Montalban house has had a $6M price chop already! It's only been listed for a couple weeks! Jan Horn lining it up alongside the former Madonna castle perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the blue tarps over half the roof clearly visible in the Zillow bird's eye view of the property explain the $2 million loss? Or is it that paying $1,600/square foot for a house way up on Outpost was a bit rich in the first place?

Anonymous said...

It's a great house that she way overpayed for in the first place, in a direct deal with former owner-director Harold Becker and his wife, who apparently got greedier everytime someone looked at it. Then again-they found the sucker. Miss Scarlett then paid 1M to a contractor who spent a year there supposedly working on foundation and some weird hi-tech stuff, instead of redoing the kitchen. Hear she fired the business manager and got a new one-good move! Could have been worse-could have had her money with Madoff.

Anonymous said...

The front of the house is visible if you go to maps.google.com and type in "7222 Senalda Rd, Los Angeles, CA." Then, drag the little yellow person in the corner to the red arrow. There should be a street view.

It seems charming. But I want to see inside.

luke220 said...

The pool is in the front yard. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

2:05 THANKS.... went to Google and saw the front of the house then "wandered" down the street to see the 'hood. About a couple of houses down, one just sold by realtors Dia and Ray... Weren't they the two on that Bravo show: Million $ Listings? The husband and wife team that was so wacko.

Never the less, sort of a grim neighborhood. Not very friendly.

BTW, love the street scenes. I feel like a stalker. Anyone know where Jake lives???!!!???

Anonymous said...

'Anyone know where Jake lives???!!!???'

With Reese! Stone Canyon Rd in Bel Air I think but she maybe lives in Brentwood - Can't remember.

Jack said...

Ouch! That's gotta hurt.

Anonymous said...

Scarlett Johansson "actress"actually is a clone from original person,who has nothing with acting career.Clone was created illegally using stolen biomaterial.Original Scarlett Galabekian last name is nice, CHRISTIAN young lady.Original family didn't authorize any activity with stolen biomaterials,no matter what form it was created in,it's all need to be back to original family control in Cedars-Sinai MedicalCenter in LA.Controlling clones is US military operation.Original Scarlett never was engaged,by the way

Anonymous said...

Jake lives on Woodrow Wilson.

And Reese lives in Brentwood not Bel Air.

Anonymous said...

Jan Horn lining the Monteban place up against the former Madonnna pad makes no sense, get real.

They are nothing alike size, land, or location

Anonymous said...

The aerial view is pretty but it has zero curb appeal.

Anonymous said...

Jake primarily lives with Reese but he still uses his house. IIRC, he threw a birthday party for Reese at his house a few weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ April 17, 2009 3:41 PM -- Google street view doesn't illustrate how nice the neighborhood really is. Most of the nearby homes have thick foliage in front, blocking the view from the street. The house on the corner of Senalda and Outpost (2572 Outpost Dr) is a lovely late 1920s Mediterranean with lush gardens on about 1/2 an acre. For years, writer Gore Vidal and his partner lived at the next house down at 2562 Outpost Drive. I've always loved the area. Many of the older homes are large (around 3,500 to 5,000 square feet) but manageable, unlike McMansions being built today. The original developer of the area, C.E. Toberman, hired talented architects for the spec houses he built and many of the homes were custom built for their original owners. However, as much as I like Outpost Estates, $7,000,000 was just a crazy price to pay! The most expensive home in Outpost currently on the market is listed at $3.75 million for new construction. I'm afraid $5.1 million is probably optimistic, but we shall see.

Anonymous said...

The Lloyd Wright-designed Beverly Johnson House is on Senalda as it the long time home of architect Hal Levitt. Not a bad street at all. There is a very nice newly renovated house at 7110 that has only been on the market for a couple of weeks for 2.1m.