Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Katy Perry and Russell Brand Do It Again



BUYER: Katy Perry and Russell Brand
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $6,500,000
SIZE: 8,835 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are not the only titans in the music and entertainment industry making real estate headlines this week, so are increasingly powerful showbiz young guns Katy Perry and her bawdy British comedian hubby Russell Brand.

It was only in December 2009 when the pop star and the comedian–then not married–shelled out $3,250,000 for a fully renovated and updated four story house with 4,706 square feet and a city view in the historic Los Feliz area of Los Angeles nestled into the foothills just below the magnificent Griffith Park.

Just about 2.5 years later, in May 2011, the button-pushing pair put the 4 bedroom and 4.5 bathroom house on the market with an asking price of $3,395,000. The fact that young Missus Perry-Brand's security team had to call the po-po in March 2011 after some moe-ron fan sat suspiciously out front of the house for several hours may or may not have had something to do with their decision to sell the gated but not particularly private property.

Listing information shows the couple's Los Feliz house is now in escrow and recent reports reveal that Miss Perry and Mister Brand–now husband and wife–have just acquired a much pricier and more private a-list type of residence about 5.5 miles due west in the lower Laurel Canyon area.

Property records show the couple's new crib, a double-gated 2.98 acre estate perched on a private promontory, was purchased just this week for $6,500,000. Listing information and previous reports on the property–sold by former National Lampoon CEO Danial Laikin who was sent to the slammer last year on a fraud conviction–shows the three-story main mansion was built in 1925 and measures 8,835 square feet with 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and at least 5 fireplaces. The expansive estate also includes two detached guest residences that could also be used for staff, office space or a recording studio.

Although without much ornamentation on the exterior, the tile-roofed Mediterranean mansion drips with exquisite (and original) architectural detailing on the inside. The two-story circular entry has a sweeping staircase with intricate wood and wrought iron banister, inlaid marble floor and faux-stone walls, or at least we think that block pattern is a paint treatment but in truth we really aren't sure. A pair of arched doorways lead into the magnificently proportioned living room that includes wood floors, double-height hand-painted wood-beam ceiling, monolithic stone mantelpiece and minstrel's balcony. A soaring arched window that makes Your Mama tremble with envy has towering side lights that open to a small terrace with panoramic view of the urban carpet that is Los Angeles. The adjacent formal dining room also has gorgeous city views but who can look out the window when the ceiling is blessed with an antique hand-painted honey-comb pattern ceiling?

Other living areas, according to listing information, include a vast eat-in kitchen renovated with great expense but middle-brow style, a family room with antique carved stone corner fireplace, billiard room, a media room with wide-screen projector system and built-in snack counter. But of course, the new Mister and Missus of the house may opt to redecorate and re-purpose rooms so the day-core and utility of the rooms shown in the above listing photos is all but irrelevant.

At the front of the house a broad lawn at the front of the house encircled by a circular driveway makes a rather grand statement while the various tiled terraces, patios and balconies that surround the house provide more intimate lounging, dining and entertainment areas. A grotto-style swimming pool, tucked behind the detached garage and guest house off the front driveway, nestles into the steep hillside that drips with lush foliage and a small stream spanned by a Japanese style arched bridge tumbles down a rock waterfall into the pool.

Your Mama wonders if Miss Perry plans to install the vintage-looking pink fridge/freezer at the new house that she had put into the kitchen of her old house in Los Feliz.

listing photos: Sotheby's International Realty / Beverly Hills

14 comments:

Suzy said...

Wow, that's a deceptive house. Unassuming exterior, surprising interior. Pretty cool place.

Anonymous said...

privacy, right? cool. they can sit out on their terrace outside said arched window and wave to all of the traffic rolling uphill every day. WHO helps these two make real estate decisions??? LOL

Anonymous said...

thi house was used in season 4 or 5 of Entourage for the main house.

Sylvia Fowler said...

I was wondering when that house would finally sell! Seems as if it's been on the market forever!
PS - my verification word was BLING!!!!

Anonymous said...

I know this house. I was there for a party about 5 years ago. It is surprisingly secluded for how close to Sunset and Laurel Canyon Blvds it is.
I was walking back by the pool and a snake slithered across my path... I ran like a little kid to the house and the safety of the patio. Good memories...

Anonymous said...

This wonderful house has been for sale for a while. I love it and think it sold for a very reasonable price. Previoiusy listings showed the view at night...spectacular. There just are not many houses like this left. I wish it was mine.

Anonymous said...

5:18, you are completely incorrect in your statement. Do not make such bold statement without fact checking, you have just proven that you are an assumption-prone idiot.

Royal said...

Easy there 7:22--5:18 was wrong about Entourage but the house WAS used for one season of the Bachelor.

John McKee said...

For a second though, wait, what would they need a recording studio for? Then it clicked and made me sad.

Anonymous said...

Sorry mama - I'm not feeling this place at all.

BTW - "urban carpet" - what a great name for a band! (or a drag revue)

Anonymous said...

Don't liike it. Looks theatrical and fake. Like the owners.

Doug said...

This was the house I picked in my "lottery winning" daydreams after Wolfe's Lair (I think I butchered the spelling on that)sold. This is actually a neat house (maybe I have strange taste) and the grounds were the icing. Your description of the view is spot-on and I wish I could have come up with something a appropriate. My current dream house is the former Raymond Burr estate that you featured recently. I'm beginning to think I have some Sunset Boulevard running through my veins.

dr.evans said...

I like it...very Hollywood glamouresque.

Anonymous said...

I bet Kitty Purry will love her new digs! -iciclenet