Sometimes a strange kismet occurs for Your Mama when it comes to this celebrity real estate stuff. For example, twice last week, out of the blue, in mid-November (2010), from two separate and entirely unconnected sources, Your Mama received information regarding the sale of a very ordinary–if not exactly inexpensive–condominium in a not particularly good looking building in Beverly Hills, CA that occurred way back in April of 2010. Listing information and prop records show the 1,693 square foot condo was sold for its full asking price of $835,000.
According to both of our sources–one of whom was the bizzy boys at Celebrity Address Aerial–the top floor 2 bedroom and 2 pooper condo was bought by talk show maven Ellen Degeneres. More accurately, property records show the condo was purchased through a real estate trust known to be controlled by Missus Degeneres. It's the same trust, in fact, whose name appears on the deeds and records for her primary residence in Beverly Hills that she bought from Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick back in late 2007 for around $30,000,000.
The condo's front door swing open to a long front hall leads back to the beige carpeted living/dining room with walls partially covered in floor to ceiling mirrored panels, a fireplace, sliders that open to a long but narrow terrace with sunset views and plantation shutters over all the windows. The galley style eat-in kitchen has a new and decoratively dull earth-tone tile back splash, mocha colored cabinetry and black appliances, hardwood floors. One of the bedrooms has a massive built-in work station and storage and both have large walk-in closets.
The condo complex offers full-service amenities that include 24 hour doormen, concierge services, valet parking, private security, swimming pool, spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and a club room, whatever the real estate devil that is.
Given that Missus Degeneres and her actress ladee-wife Portia de Rossi already own a sprawling 4 or 5 parcel compound that overlooks Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills (Post Office), there are only so many reasons Your Mama can figure they might want an extra tw0-bedroom condo in Bev Hills.
1. Perhaps Missus Degeneres–Portia–wanted a crash pad where she could take a break during marathon shopping sprees on the nearby and snazzy boo-teek lined Robertston Boulevard?
2. Maybe Missus Degeneres–we mean Ellen this time–is downsizing her elderly mother into less luxe living circumstances?
3. Of course, Your Mama don't know a contact lens from a donut but iffin we were the betting type–and we're not–we'd put twenty on red number 27 that this condo, located about 3.5 miles from their compound up off of Coldwater Canyon, was purchased so that Missus and Missus Degeneres can put up some of their domestic staff.
Whatever it's for, it's just another, albeit very modest, property for Missus and Missus Degeneres to pop into their already bulging real estate portfolio.