Tuesday, September 1, 2009

UPDATE: Ben Stiller

Let's all get in our time travel machines and zip on back to the 20th day in May in the year of 2009 when Your Mama fearlessly floated the rumor that comedy king Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum, Zoolander, Meet the Parents and etc.) and his lovely wifey Christine Taylor were gearing up to put their dee-voon compound in Los Angeles on the market for around $12,500,000?

Well, guess what children? Your Mama was right. Well, actually, our wonderfully gabby informant Nelly Knowsitall was right. We just shushed her always on target gossip down the grapevine.

Anyhoo, the Stiller's Castilian Drive compound in the Outpost Estates neighborhood has just today officially landed on the market with an asking price of–you guessed it–$12,500,000. Told you so. In addition to the lush and lavish landscaping that listing information says "rival the Bel Air Hotel," there are two separate houses on the property as well as a detached 1 bedroom guest house. Altogether, according to listing information, the property contains 10 bedrooms and 11 poopers which ought to be plenty of room for some rich polygamists or a wildly wealthy and unhappily married couple who prefer not to live together but want to stay together for the children resulting in the complete obliteration of the psychic well being of the children.

But we digress. We haven't an iota if Mister and Missus Stiller will stay in Los Angeles or if their plans are to set up house in New York City where records and reports from the fall of 2008 indicate they forked over a panty-twisting $10,000,000 (or so) for dee-luxe digs in the same Riverside Drive building where Mister Stiller's parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara live.

Now listen chickens, don't none of you people get the stoopid idea to hop in your hoopdies and head on up to the Outpost Estates and cruise buy hoping to catch a glimpse of Mister Stiller. Save your gas and dignity because this property is walled, gated and well secured and there ain't nuthin' to see but a big ol' hedge. Plus, we can assure you the very last way to ingratiate yourself with Mister Stiller is to roll by his house in your Honda, shouting his name and flashing your naughty bits.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I knew it was going to be nice but jesus ... It's stunning!

The grounds are wonderful, definitely Hotel Bel Air / Chateau Marmont feel.

http://www.hollywoodspanishestate.com

Anonymous said...

I am perpetually amazed at how much money people who aren't really very funny or much of anything that I am able to detect, manage to rake in so much moola for putting their faces before the public. If there ever was a disconnect between worth and reward I would say Hollywood is it.

Anonymous said...

anon 2:17= wet sock

Madam Pince said...

If I recall correctly, Mr. Stiller said he wanted his babehs educated in NYC, so a move east would be a smart decision.

Lovely grounds they're leaving behind.

Anonymous said...

That virtual tour was jaw-dropping. I especially love the outdoor living spaces shown under Residence 1. Very well done. I could live there in a New York minute.

dolly said...

I must agree with the wet sock. Ben Stiller is an utterly untalented asshat in my opinion. It is sheer torture for me to sit thru even one second of any of his cinematic shitfests, especially those truly absymal Focker movies which obliterated the reputations of several Hollywood legends who for dubious reasons known only to themselves deigned to costar with Stiller. I remember when There's... Mary came out and it was an inexplicable hit. I have nothing against vulgar humor but I prefer it to actually be funny. Nice gaff though. I guess his wife must have chosen it.

Anonymous said...

What the photos do not show is how the properties, as much time and money as Stiller threw at it, do not truly integrate well. The smart move, space-wise, would be to re-split them, but that's a fool's game money-wise. Best case, $4MM each = $8MM. Not $15MM. It's a 1+1=3 play as is. The old "you can't comp or duplicate this scale in Outpost, regardless of cost." That said, makes as much "living" sense as combining Ms. Theron's estate with the old Gore Vidal property next to her.

Anonymous said...

anon 3:05=star struck adulation of the rich and famous.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful house.
Very resort like.

Dolly, if you want to talk about untalented asshats, then you must talk about the king of them all Judd Apatow and his minions Seth Rogaine and Jonah Hill. They are single handedly ruining Hollywood.

WinstonC said...

I think this is a very impressive Hollywood residence. I like the fact that the emphasis is on the grounds and the flora rather than on enormous bedrooms or ridiculously luxurious bathrooms. It's more like a holiday retreat than a day-to-day home, which is wonderful. It also seems, partly because of the trees and plants in the grounds, to be very private which is surely worth a good few million on its own - lots of the properties that appear on here are rather 'exposed.' Rihanna's new 'yard' for example, is nowhere near as appealing or intimate.

Marisa said...

Am I missing something or are there no pictures of the interiors? Is that standard celebrity real estate code? (I'd think not, as on this very site I've oooo-ed and spew-ed equally over the interior photos of celeb abodes).

That being said, I love what I do see on the virtual tour and in particular, the outdoor living room/dining room combo on Residence 1 looks heavenly.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I could live on the porch!

Anonymous said...

This house was in Architectual Digest, can't remember what year. The interiors are very elaborate and "done." As I recall they were a little too heavy for my taste. The exterior spaces are beautiful however.

Anonymous said...

Yes dolly, too true. Zoolander was supposed to be funny and might have been at least amusing if Stiller had not hammed it up so badly that it became simply grotesque. And very UNfunny.

David A Toluca Lake said...

Those of you above who blame Hollywood for the enrichment of those perceived as hacks have misplaced their blame.
The growing ignorance, stupidity and lack of taste by the viewing PUBLIC is the issue.

If Masterpiece theatre had huge ratings, that’s the type of programming you would see being duplicated.
But the reality is the public WANTS to see The Hills, American Idol and stupidity as such. The public wasn’t to read about those shown on the Hills, even though they can’t act, sing, write music, paint, etc. Even porn stars are actually good at something. When all the audience demands is that someone has the ability to walk and talk and look halfway decent ( and not much more), what do you expect from Hollywood.

Blame those around you who, not the studios. As long as the public supports someone with their dollars, you can’t blame the studios for giving people what they want.
The studio system is simply the whore of the market place.

When the public at large acquires better taste, better performances will be sought by the studios to garner the public’s demand them.

Oh, and Stillers' home has a great sense of natural beauty.

nowhereinaz said...

I'm trying to figure out how I can duplicate, in Arizona or Indiana, this property based on the guh-huh-ORGEOUS photos...maybe I need to consider Florida or Costa Rica instead. Man, is this place beautiful. How often do you see a residence (or photos of a residence) that make you want to crawl inside and live there forever? Not freaking often. I'd pay $100 just to have a look around--and I make less than $12k a year.(I KNOW!)

Anonymous said...

These homes are truly stunning! It would've been nice to see interior shots.

MH Critic said...

Ben Stiller is a talented actor and comedian and I know I am guaranteed lots of laughs when I see his movies. He has a gift and deserves every penny of his success. This Spanish estate is fantastic. Not sure how someone could leave a nirvana like this.