Friday, February 12, 2010

Looks Like Kate Walsh Is Selling At A Loss

SELLER: Kate Walsh
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $3,995,000
SIZE: 5,810 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Kate Walsh, the ginger haired Grey's Anatomy alum who now has her own spin off program on the boob-toob called Private Practice, was recently divorced from studio executive turned producer Alex Young. Dee-vorce is never pretty but, oh children, was it ever ugly between these two star-crossed lovers.

According to heaps and hordes of reports in the tabs and gossip glossies, Miz Walsh was ordered to fork over a one-time payment of $627,000 to Mister Young who, so the story goes, asked for spousal support even though he himself makes a fat salary. He didn't get the alimony but he was granted half of Miz Walsh's earnings during the short period of time they were engaged. Considering that Miz Walsh makes a lot of damn money, it looks like Mister Young is a newly minted millionaire thanks to his brief betrothal to his former sugar momma Miz Walsh. Didn't these two draw up a damn pre-nup? The dee-vorce dee-cree left Miz Walsh with ownership of a piano and the couple's home in Los Angeles. The remainder of the couples material assets were to be divided by–are you ready for this kiddies–alternating picks after flipping a coin to see who chooses first. They were both, Your Mama types with flabbergast and awe, issued restraining orders meant to keep them from harassing each other. Jeezis.

Soon after Miz Walsh had signed the papers that officially and legally made her a single ladee again, she quietly listed the couple's once happy home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles with an asking price of $3,995,000. Miz Walsh must have really wanted to sell her house because according to prop records and previous reports, she and ex-Mister Walsh paid considerably more for the grande Spanish casa back in July of 2007, a heart stopping and bank account busting $755,000 more to be exact.

Property records and listing information shows the walled and gated residence with its arched windows, balconies and rotunda entry was built in 1928 and measures 5,810 square feet. According to a recent puff piece on celebrity homes in InStyle magazine, Miz Walsh was so smitten with the bedroom of her television character on Private Practice that after she and ex-Mister Walsh bought the house she hired set decorator Melissa Levander to help her do up their new digs in a manner meant to, "mix 20th century design with French and Spanish antiques–and not have it look like a garage sale!"

Altogether there are, according to listing information, 5 bedrooms and 6 poopers on the property including 4 bedroom suites on second level of the main house that each have their own private pooper. The master suite features dual walk-in closets, a fireplace and a day-core evocative of glammy 1940s hotel suite done in a monochromatic palette with tons of textures and tactile moments.

Located to the left of the entry, the large living room features a fireplace and arched French doors on three sides and that matte black grand piano that Miz Walsh was granted in the dee-vorce. We're not sure why there is a vintage gee-tar leaning up against the sensually curving milk chocolate couch but given that one room of the Walsh residence is–or at least was–filled with musical instruments including a drum set and more gee-tars, Your Mama assumes that either Miz Walsh or ex-Mister Walsh fancies their self a bit of an amateur musician.

The dining room is furnished with a square, glass topped dining table that seats two people on each side and the kitchen is kitted out with dark wood cabinetry, Spanish tile floors, a slew of high-grade stainless steel appliances. The children will note a huge pot rack hangs right over the damn sink. Lo-ward have mercy, Your Mama would be a nervous wreck standing at that sink knowing that with even the slightest tremor, that thing could come crashing down and entangle us is clanking sea of Calphalon.

The kitchen is open to the family room and other rooms in the Walsh residence include a den/media room, a breakfast room that could be put to use as an office, a wine room, a home gym set up stocked with all sorts of those torturous and trendy Pilates machines, and an upstairs laundry–a set up that would cause our imperious but somewhat lazy house gurl Svetlana to weep with joy knowing that she'd no longer have to schlep Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter's sheets and underpants down and up stairs.

The back yard contains a swimming pool and spa, an adjacent pool house that includes a pooper so that no one need track chlorinated water into the main house, an outdoor fireplace and cooking center, and an al fresco dining area. Tucked up into the corner created by the living room and family room–or whatever that room is with the Eames lounger and all the arched French doors is–a gorgeous bougainvillea bush climbs up the side of the house and the brilliant red of the flower marvelously complements the bright orange fabric covering the cushions on the patio furniture. Listen chickadees, Your Mama loves us some stripes and we adore a decorative pillow just as much as anyone else, but too much is too much and we'd bet dollars to do-nuts that just as soon as Miz Walsh and her friends sit down for a late afternoon cocktail and bitch-fest, every single one of those orange jelly-roll pillows just ends up on the ground collecting filth.

Recent reports indicate Miz Walsh has already moved on to a new man–that would be hunky underwater stunt expert Neil Andrea–and given that we hear through the Los Feliz real estate grapevine that her former house of wedded bliss in Los Feliz is already in escrow Your Mama imagines she'll soon have a new house too. That means, of course, that set decorator Melissa Levander is likely to get hired for another side job doing up Miz Walsh's new bachelorette pad.

source: Rose + Chang

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

was this a pocket listing? how do u know it's in escrow?

Eric said...

No picture of the "not a garage sale" bedroom?

Anonymous said...

I do adore hearing of celebrity types losing money on real estate. Do keep these stories coming, Mama. The bigger the loss the better. They buoy me up.

Joey Brill said...

When in doubt, throw down a large coffee table or ottoman.

Better yet, I'd love to think she had all of those over-sized tables and forced the stylist to work around her 'collection'.

Maimou said...

Mama, as one of your devoted children, I come to you when I need to know something. What on earth is that floor treatment in the living room? Are those the same pavers that have grass growing between them in the front of the house, only the grass has died in the living room?

Anonymous said...

The backyard furniture looks like it came straight from a pottery barn catalogue.

Jumpin' Jehosephat in LA said...

With the exception of the souless kitchen with dead, black eyes and the "dog-just-barfed-up-their-carrot-treat" color of the patio furniture textiles, I'm kinda diggin' this place. Hmph... who'd a thought?

Anonymous said...

Did I read somewhere that the ex-hubby is a fairly well known homosexual, or am I just starting an evil rumor?

Emily said...

This house looks absolutely stunning and the swimming pool area looks divine! Maybe I could recreate this bedroom in my house?!

Anonymous said...

8:27 gay rumors can be found all over the Net. Saw a picture of him. Looks like a very overripe Tab Hunter.

The Preppy Pauper said...

I can never get my head around the dichotomy of a beautiful celebrity L.A. house, the perfect lifestyle it presents, and the horrible reality it masks...

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 12:11: Yes, this is a pocket listing. Agents started showing "quietly" a few weeks ago.

Cantella Queen Nothing said...

regarding the gay rumours, it's been suggested that Ms. Walsh is a member of the Sapphic Sisters, so perhaps the hubbys and boyfriends are of the "bearded" variety. But who cares? What I want to know is how many of the children know that Screen Actors Guild was originally supposed to be Film Actors Guild but a few members had trouble with the acronym?

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for Kate Walsh..obviously she needs to get out of this house because nothing good has happened since she's lived there. I think the final straw was that the zoning wouldn't let her extend the sidewalk or fence a couple of feet (the wall in front is small..like 3 or 4 feet and she never expected the paparazzi to just stand there and take pictures all day long like they do.
Anyway..her neighbors fought her on it and I think that was the final straw that let her know she would just have to sell. Katie Heigl lives a few blocks away.

Anonymous said...

To clear the rumor: This house is not for sale. It is not in Escrow. Mamma should get her facts verified before posting rumors-doesn't look good for Mamma. Insider commenting

Anonymous said...

thanks anon 9:14 for pocket confirm

midTN said...

.....LOL!....the "dog-just-barfed-up-their-carrot-treat color"...and..."Looks like an overripe Tab Hunter"....

God, I luv this Blog

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this house is in escrow or if today it's for sale, but like mama I also saw the listing for this house on rose and chang's site a week or so ago...it was most definitely for sale...or at least it was being marketed as a house for sale with an ask of $3.995M.

Anonymous said...

A listing for this house weeks ago? Didn't she have to wait till the house was officialy hers (the marital agreement wa on feb,5th)?

And what about this:"To clear the rumor: This house is not for sale. It is not in Escrow. Mamma should get her facts verified before posting rumors-doesn't look good for Mamma. Insider commenting"?

So, what's the truth?

Anonymous said...

The truth is the house was listed on rose and chang's site. I saw it.

Madam Pince said...

This house is what grabbed Miz Walsh a front cover on Oprah's late O at Home magazine. I loved that she painted all the trim black -- something I should have done to cope with the four-footed posse.

Marco said...

It sounds so so intersting to me... Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Mama can you clear things up? Is she moving or not?

Anonymous said...

This is not the same house that landed Kate Walsh the cover of O at Home. She was featured on O's now-defunct home mag for the Spring 2007 issue. (And if you review the pics from that article, you can see it is clearly not the same home.) She didn't buy this Los Feliz house until July 2007. Given this home's appearance in InStyle last fall, you can guarantee the next time her home is featured in a magazine, it will be for sale within the next couple of months as seems to be her habit. BTW, half of the pics in the listing above were published in InStyle. The other half must be new shots to fill out the real estate listing as the kitchen did not make an appearance in the magazine article.

Will U. Pettit said...

@Cantella Queen Nothing - That is absolutely hysterical about the Film Actors Guild acronym!! Never heard that one before.

Anonymous said...

Wish her luck! It will be a real hard sell.

She would still make a profit at 2 million. Even a push would be good in this market. Why is she being so greedy? Prices are not going up!

Many of these high priced houses in the area have been on the market for many months. She better unload it fast before the banks start selling off more dirt cheap foreclosures and destabilize the market even more.

Maybe in 2008 somebody would have jumped at it, but not in this tail spinning market.

The house next door just sold for a million less and some others are getting huge markdowns.

Anonymous said...

Property has been listed as sold for $4,995,000

http://www.roseandchang.com/property-details.php?property_ID=51

The Shitty Astrologer said...

Lovely home...gorgeous dining room set in there...

Anonymous said...

Always get a pre-nup no matter how much in love/lust/beard what ever you are, just get a pre-nup.

Anonymous said...

"Property has been listed as sold for $4,995,000"
At 2:29 AM: That was from 3 years ago!

Anonymous said...

So any further news on if this is actually for sale or not? Also any news on Kate Walsh's rental property in the area - maybe she'll move back there?

Anonymous said...

I wrote before..that sale on the Rose site is from when she BOUGHT it 4 years ago....that would be an appropriate number for the boom time then...it may be a pocket listing sale now...but that 'sold' and number is from before

Anonymous said...

This looks like Ryan Brown and Jeff Lewis' "Nottingham."

Anonymous said...

Moving trucks emptied the house yesterday and today.

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