Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rihanna's ex-Rental Residence

SELLER: It Does Not Really Matter Because He Ain't Famous
LOCATION: Tryon Road, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,949,000
SIZE: 4, 545 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Celebrity estate, gated & high above the city, this SBY designed architectural is the perfect fusion of mid-century modern aesthetic & laid back LA lifestyle. Open floor plan where expanses of glass dissolve boundaries between the house & the city below. Views stretch from Downtown to ocean, and are enjoyed from almost any room in the home. Gourmet kitch w/ top appliances. Sexy master w/ own den + walk-in steam shower. Wrap around viewing decks & lush yard w/ pool & fire pit.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama is old, but we are not so old that we don't know that the young people like this Rihanna gurl that sings about umbrellas and who was recently all kinds of mixed up with a man who (allegedly) gave her a big ol' beat down on some street in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Lawhd have mercy children, what kind of man hits on a woman? Seriously, a man has gotta be making up for some seriously small naughty bits if he needs to be smackin' up on a ladee to feel like a man, you know what we're saying?

Anyhoo, at the time of the (alleged) physical altercation, Miss Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, was leasing a house up in Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. That house, owned by a man who was once called a writer and a designer in an article in the L.A. Times, recently hit the market with an asking price of $2,949,000. The owner has been trying to unload this house since sometime in mid-2007 when it was on the market with the wonky asking price of $3,249,500.

Property records show the Tryon Road residence was purchased by its current owner in November of 2005 for $1,699,000 and listing information indicates the three story hillside house measures 4,545 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms which makes six terlits that Miss Rihanna's house gurl had to scrub up.

The main floor the of the very colorful contemporary crib comprises the small entry and stair hall, a large open plan living and dining area divided by a double sided fireplace and a long wall of sliding windows that open to a large balcony/terrace with long and wide views from downtown Los Angeles all the way to the Pacific Ocean and include shades that can be operated by remote control.

A small family room is open to the large kitchen which sports some crazy Rosewood cabinetry and grass green glass counter tops that Your Mama hopes look better in person because in the photos, they are painful to look at. The main floor is completed by a triangular shaped powder pooper and a guest bedroom and bathroom.

The second floor includes two family bedrooms, each with a private pooper. Strangely and unfortunately, the laundry room is located in the large walk-in closet of one of the bedrooms, a situation that surely had better remedy than this. The master suite includes a large sitting area that opens to a narrow balcony that overlooks the glittery lights of Los Angeles, and the bedroom area has a wood burning fireplace for all those people who think doing it on a bear skin rug in front of a fire is romantic. The large but awkwardly shaped master bath features a large soaking tub for two, double sinks, a private cubby for the terlit and a party-sized steam shower.

A narrow space which we believe to be located under the main floor and not accessible without going outside has been kitted out as a media room with a large plasma tee-vee, surround sound and a half bathroom that facilitates quickie trips to the terlit during commercial breaks without having to climb up and down a bunch of bothersome stairs. While the 2-car garage is located on Tryon Road, the entrance to the house is also and best accessible from a private drive off of N. Gramercy Place.

In addition to the wide west facing balconies–which thankfully have wide awnings to shield the interior spaces from the particularly blistering afternoon sunshine, the outdoor spaces include a narrow, serene and decked courtyard area tucked up between the house and the hillside that has an outdoor fireplace sort of thing. The small swimming pool, spa and outdoor shower are all well sited for privacy and nood sunbathing and according to the article in the L.A. Times, the swimming pool can be shaded by a retractable awning.

No children, Your Mama should not have to remind y'all not to get up in your hoopdies and drive up to Los Feliz to see if you can see Riri sunning on the deck because not only does Miss Rihanna have some scary security, she'd done moved on and does not live here anymore.

Although we do know Miss RiRi is currently hanging about in New York (and reported to be hunting for digs there), we're unsure about where the singing super star is hanging up her snakeskin heels in Los Angeles. The always spot on Junebug recently told us Miss Rihanna used to hole up in an apartment in the Wilshire Corridor, but honestly we are not sure if that is that case now and neither is Junebug.

What's been rumored and reported, however, is that Miss Rihanna paid a steep 12 million clams for a house in Bel Air. This may be true, but it also might be a bunch of hooey because remember hunnies, it was only in August of 2008 that salacious stories were circulating that Miss Rihanna had only $20,000 left to her name. Pleeze. Somehow we doubt Miss Riri is poverty stricken but we happen to know, from Junebug and others, that she is humping around the Hollywood Hills with several different agents all of whom are hungry to sell her a modern manse in the $5-6,000,000 range.

For what it is worth, property records show the seller of the Tryon Road residence also owns a house on Holly Oak Drive that he snatched up for $880,000 from actor Blair Underwood.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

such a cozy living room

Troy N. said...

Robin Fenty!LOL! Ouch...another slow newsday in the merry ole land of OZ

Anonymous said...

sweet jesus those colors! I give Mama props for looking at those colors with a hangover.........

Anonymous said...

She seems to just live in hotels constantly. She's shacked up at The Gramercy Park hotel at the moment

Anonymous said...

That's atrocious. Show us something pretty, Mama.

Anonymous said...

show us your pics from palm springs!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

dude got ripped

but you never know the RE market may be turning back around and potential buyers may be tired of waiting and are willing to overpay, thus keeping the market up ?

in hawaii some of the 10MM + properties are now in escrow, that has to be a good sign right ?

Anonymous said...

My eyes!

bentley said...

Oof, thank god we re-thought the breakfast room in tangerine. Egads.

angeleyes said...

Welcome back Mama :)

This home's facade leaves alot to be desired imo.. about as welcoming as a prison. The number of awkward interior juxtapositions is difficult to understand, and the decor makes me wince. 3 strikes and it's out.

Anonymous said...

Perfect day-core for anyone who aspires to live in an EasyInternet Cafe.

The worst thing I've seen on here for, oooooh, days.

stpaulsnowman said...

"sometimes we.........." Mama, please let us know you didn't get stabbed and or raped while writing the end of your notes.......it ended frighteningly abruptly. I'm just concerned.

Princess Shotsavodka said...

or passed the hell out.........

angeleyes said...

Just for comparison purposes, there's another home listed for the exact same price in the same area. It's a colorful little gem with great views and alot of architectural appeal - a bit of eye candy to cheer up the retinas.

MLS ListingVirtual Tour

Your Mama said...

Oh Dear...it's our bleary eyed editing issues rearing their ugly heads. thanks for letting us know we petered off into oblivion. fixed.

Anonymous said...

This house was listed over a year ago with a different address--2056 N Gramercy Place--and at a lower asking price of $2,799,000. It was of pretty cheap construction too. I can't imagine why they think they can sell it for more after a yearlong lease (undoubtedly taking its toll on aforementioned cheap construction) and in this crappier market.

The Preppy Pauper said...

What was their inspiration for the color scheme? A day-care center? A suburban mall food court?

Mama, the beautiful houses are an inspiration, the ugly ones remind us that money can't buy taste.

Anonymous said...

"What was their inspiration for the color scheme? A day-care center? A suburban mall food court?"

Orange, lemon, lime. Very citrusy. I kind of like it, though...

Anita Valium said...

these wretched lurid vomit inducing migraine causing colors! oh lord i need to take a nerve pill and a nap in that all white sting and trudy beach house bedroom you showed us a while back. something therapuetic. like a swiss sanitarium.

jason said...

worst.
countertops.
ever.

Anonymous said...

even the red chaises are horrible -- take me back to Palm Springs PLEASE

Anonymous said...

Or Tarzana.

PebbleBeach said...

The kitchen cabinets are awful and the paint scheme looks like the inside of Jamba Juice. And surely the dual street entry option will confuse the pizza delivery man and your poor senile grandparents...

Starck Mad said...

This looks JUST wrong! Are we sure this isn't someone's idea of a 'Deeeluxe' place in Branson MO?

Anita Bryant's orange juice hide-away?
(oops, I just dated myself)

Anonymous said...

Could double up as Will and Jada's playhouse.

Anonymous said...

Jamba Juice decor - you got that right Pebble Beach.

Orange and green didn't look good together in the 60's when they were "burnt and avocado" - and don't look any better now as kiwi and tangerine.

In general I like this place and most of the color issues are easily fixed, but I can't see a way around that kitchen! Both the counters and cabinets look very expensive, and I can imagine each on its own looking awesome in a different house. But together? this combination would look awful on any planet.

TitansFan said...

If I had that house I'd prolly get a Steam Shower in every bathroom and get a music video filmed.

Real Estate Experts said...

wooaahh, is that for real??!! Orange.. it looks like a playhouse

Reshee said...

Did she decorate before or after she was smacked all about the face and head?