Thursday, May 14, 2009

Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson Moving On

SELLER: Kevin Richardson
LOCATION: Miller Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $3,977,000 (list)
SIZE: 3,532 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Secluded & gated, this is one of a handful of large flat view properties on the Sunset Strip Romantic "Byrd House" redone for today's lifestyle yet the original character & details remain intact. Extraordinary outdoor entertainment areas include huge sweeping lawns & garden, outdoor covered porch & dining area w/FP. Staggering jetliner views from downtown. Wonderful oversize pool evocative of Old Hollywood & fire pit complete this one of a kind property.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Sorry kids, but we're a little like a chicken with our head cut off today so we need to be swift in our discussion on this property because we figure that's better than leaving y'all high and dry and in desperate need of a celebrity real estate fix. Besides, we don't want to hear the whining that some of you do when we take a little time to ourselves. If Your Mama has said it once we've said it 14,000 times, when y'all start paying the insurance and satisfying our mortgage you can bitch all you want. Until then, shut yer traps. Ooh lawhd, can y'all tell Your Mama woke up sour? Shoooot, we are needing a nerve pill now and we ain't even got our day half started.

Anyhoo, it looks to Your Mama like former Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and his former Rockette ladee-mate Kristin (Willits) Richardson have up and sold their Sunset Strip area house. Your Mama never listened to that boy bad music so we really can't tell you much about Mister Richardson other than we hope he steered clear of that fat ol' (alleged) pervert Lou Pearlman who is justifiably raked over the coals in Tyler Gray's book The Hit Charade.

Your Mama wishes we could reveal the figure for which the Richardson residence was sold, but property records we accessed this morning do not disclose a sale price. What we do know, thanks to Our Fairy Godmother in the Sunset Strip, is that the Miller Drive property was put on the market on March 2, 2009 with an asking price of $3,977,000, went into contract just 1o days later and the damn thing had closed by the end of April. Well, la-di-dah.

Property records show Mister and Missus Richardson purchased the Robert Byrd designed domicile (or at least Robert Byrd-esque style domicile) in March of 2001. We regret to inform that we also do not know what the teen gurl magnet paid but based on mortgage records we'd guess it was somewhere around two million clammers.

The higgeldy-piggeldy house was built in 1936 and sits up a long gated driveway that makes the property completely private from the street. Although the driveway and privacy may be celebrity style, the approach to the house not so much. A front facing two car garage greets guests who must clamber along the side of the house to reach the front door of the 3,532 square foot house that snakes along a narrow flat pad with a steep up slope on the backside and a glittery and unobstructed view of Los Angeles on the other.

Listing information indicates the "redone for today's lifestyle" two-story residence has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms including a master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, a private deck, and a large master bathroom with double sinks, a shower that easily accommodates two or more, and a very uglee old-fashioned soaking tub that sits in front of a window for staring at the stars while sitting in a pool of dirty water. The children will also note the rather impractical fireplace. Who lights a damn fire while their brushing their teeth in the morning or wiping off their make-up face in the evening? Who? Okay, probably that Sharon Stone would. But she's got an army of petrified minions to light fires for her, so she doesn't really count. All we know is that as much as we like staring into the flames of a roaring fire, neither Your Mama nor the Dr. Cooter would ever (ever!) bother to haul wood up to the second floor pooper and we certainly would not risk being ripped a new asshole by asking our sometimes splenetic house gurl Svetlana to do such a thing.

The living room has a brick fireplace and a low beamed ceiling as does the dining room which has been painted that particular shade dining room red that is supposed to inspire appetite but always looks a little too bordello for Your Mama's decorative sensibilities. The country style kitchen features more of the low beamed ceiling found elsewhere on the ground floor and the cabinets looked like that are stained to look like walnut (or some other dark wood) but are not actually walnut (or some other dark wood). As we do in so many celebrity cribs, we find a pot rack hanging over a work island with a butcher block counter top. We know that pot rack is supposed to look charming and sort of Old World scullery-like, but it just looks to Your Mama like it should not be there at all.

A large family room (with even more low wood beamed ceiling) opens through dark stained French doors to a covered flagstone terrace surrounded by a low brick wall. This, my chickens, looks like a perfect spot to whittle away an afternoon with a tall stack of gossip glossies, a big bowl of candy and an ice cold pitcher of gin and tonics. A second covered patio near the front of the house has a criss-crossed brick patio, built-in brick fire place/bbq. The Richardsons used the space as an outdoor dining room with a farm table lit by a chandelier (not the crystal kind) and surrounded by a mix and match collection of spindle backed wood chairs. It ain't our thing, but it's really quite lovely.

The simple, rectangular shaped swimming pool sits pleasantly away from the house and is sunk into the lawn with a narrow flagstone coping. A raised area for sun beds behind the pool allows sunbathers an amazing view of the city while frying their skin up in the scorching afternoon sunshine.

The new owner does not appear to be a famous person and we really don't know where Mister and Missus Richardson have decamped. Perhaps they've moved to bigger and better digs in Los Angeles or maybe they've gone back to his native Lexington, KY to raise up their toddler out of the limelight and glare of Tinseltown's paparazzi drama. Wherever they may land, Your Mama wishes them well and hopes they don't put another damn pot rack in their next house.

35 comments:

Rich said...

Very uninspired.

Venice4504 said...

What??!? No comments about the ugly as shit couch that is multi colored?

Anonymous said...

teardown?

Anonymous said...

I like the privacy, that's about it...

Rich said...

In reply to Venice4505: The "ugly as shit" sofa as you call it is Roche-Bobois and very high quality. The problem with the house lies in everything else, other than the location.

Anonymous said...

Ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly - oh yeah, and ugly! F'ugly even.

Anonymous said...

boring

Anonymous said...

sorry Rich, - I don't care how "high quality" the sofa is. It's fucking hideous.

(Venice - you stated my sentiments exactly.)

StPaulSnowman said...

I still have not recovered from the amazing post on the NYC building........you have spoiled us Mama! It is refreshing to see that some of these houses are starting to sell. Any action on the Spelling or Saperstein piles?

Rich said...

Anonymous, please don't be sorry, I'm sure you'll be comfortable in your La-Z-Boy recliner.

pollylanda said...

not crazy about the house, but the land and views are AMAZING this was a good buy, it was purchased for $4,200,000 not bad couple hundred thousand over asking, but this is a "trophy site" flat pad with amazing views. good buy

The Preppy Pauper said...

I usually love older homes, but I think this home has suffered from a renovation, or multiple renovations that have robbed the house of any charm it may once have had. A very mediocre house in a stunning location.

White Chocolate Mess said...

How about we keep the pool. everything else GOES!

Anonymous said...

my 2 cents... that is one ugly ass couch!!!

The Swagman said...

"would not risk being ripped a new asshole" - that's funny!!

Can someone please explain the American obsession with hanging pots from a pot rack in the middle of the kitchen? You would rarely see this in Australia.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking that exact same thing, Swagman.

Must be a bitch in an earthquake.

And it looks SO untidy!

Anonymous said...

poor man's windchime.

Anonymous said...

We don't dangle our pots and pans from the ceiling in my part of Aussie either. Looks just like something to gather dust and grease... and I don't have a Svetlana to clean anything in my joint.
Andra

Anonymous said...

I always think those 1930's Fairbanks era faux-English-country-house-in-Surrey piles look so out of place. The whole thing is badly done. The beams etc are way too fussy, the fireplaces look terrible, and the whole effect is charmless, awkward and annoying.

And I don't care what make that couch is - ugly shit is ugly shit whoever makes it.

Great location. Great pool. Demolish the rest and start again.

Anonymous said...

I always think those 1930's Fairbanks era faux-English-country-house-in-Surrey piles look so out of place. The whole thing is badly done. The beams etc are way too fussy, the fireplaces look terrible, and the whole effect is charmless, awkward and annoying.

And I don't care what make that couch is - ugly shit is ugly shit whoever makes it.

Great location. Great pool. Demolish the rest and start again.

angeleyes said...

Whew, barely made it to the party on this one. I took delivery on a new PC yesterday and must be out of my mind. I did the equivalent to buying a Ferrari to drive around town doing the speed limit, and I'm still trying to get it up and running. I had to hook the old one back up to get here :p I agree wth Polyanna among others.. amazing land and views for a decent price. Nice pool too. The house itself I'm just not feelin'. My day was crazy too Mama. Clearly you coped better than me, lol.

Anonymous said...

Next time Mr Richardson, let the Missus fix the house up. Only your momma in Kentucky, should have hanging pots.

Anonymous said...

Teardown teardown teardown. I never comment on these homes but I think the whole thing needed to be renovated. Outside looks like some kind of pieced-together mish-mash that you'd see in the backwoods somewhere. No curb appeal at all for me

Alessandra said...

I like the pool, the views and the hip tub in the master bath. I even "get" why having a fireplace in the bathroom could be desirable, though I hope it is gas log because no one wants smoke in the bath.

Otherwise, I agree that too many hands have touched it and that whatever charm it may have held is long gone.

"Fally" is not a word.

carrie prejean said...

please join me in supporting proposition 1351, which will prohibit pot racks in the state of california

Outsmoker said...

Allessandra; There are some of us who love to smoke in the bath. One of life's guilty pleasures.

lil' gay boy said...

Was there a fucking sale at Faux Beams R Us?

Bulldoze it, keep the pool & put in another house ––– which could prove quite difficult as the photos are deceptive; the site is much too narrow & hardly what I'd describe as "a desirable, flat lot."

Anonymous said...

High chaparal tat mixed with 70's pimp tat backed up with Mailbu early 80's tat. Then maybe it is all just to make the hip bath a center point.

Anonymous said...

Isn't prop 1351 the one about prohibiting fake breasts in the Miss California contest? Hypocrite.

BackstreetFanAlways said...

I like the place. Inside and out. The decorating just sucks. Sorry Kev.

Anonymous said...

Hellish beams - so distracting. And the faux finished kitchen cabinetry is tres horrible.

NewYorkQueer said...

Sad I know but this house actually looks as if someone lived there and had a good time...and that, as we well know, is NEVER pretty.

RealDyke said...

Ring... ring... It's the 70s.

They'd like their look back.

P.S.
LGB I <3 U... "Faux Beams R Us"...!

Anonymous said...

tear this fucking shit down motherfucker, that is one ugly house for that price man... I'd smoke the mofo trynna sell me this house for that price.. UGG-LEE

California Faux Beams said...

Disagree on the faux beams, imagine that home WITHOUT any ceiling beams.