Monday, October 1, 2012

Sheryl Crow Lists California Compound

SELLER: Sheryl Crow
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $15,950,000
SIZE: 11 acres, 3 houses

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It looks like the Grammy winning singer-songwriter is leaving Los Angeles, or at least she wants to sell her gated 11-acre compound in the Hollywood Hills that was just listed as a "private celebrity compound" with an asking price of $15,950,000.*

Listing information shows the multi-parcel property is comprised of three houses (above) that include a remodeled and restored 1925 Spanish Revival main house with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms plus a double-height foyer, step-down living room with fireplace and high beamed ceiling, formal dining room with vintage floor tiles. There's also an intimately scaled library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and a half-vintage 1950s/half modernized eat-in kitchen with adjoining family room area.

A Brazilian Ironwood bridge (above, top) spans the driveway and connects the main house to a perfectly charming and meticulously restored and updated 1885 cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (above, middle). Set into the hillside just above the cottage, with long views down the canyon and over the city, is a negative-edge swimming pool and spa (above, bottom) encircled by a broad sunbathing, lounging and dining decks.
 
The highest of the three residences that comprise the compound, a 1909 Craftsman with 3,335 square feet (as per property records) sits above the swimming pool complex and includes three bedrooms, large living and dining rooms—there's a wood burning fireplace in the living room—a small kitchen with restored vintage appliances and fittings, three vintage bathrooms, a small television viewing room, and another small room with an Old-Timey upright piano.

In addition to the resort-style swimming pool and spa terrace that sits high on the hill between the two guest cottages, the sprawling property includes acres of rugged and naturalistic but painstakingly maintained landscaping; scads of meandering pathways, stairways, bridges and hiking trails; a private campsite and children's play area; an authentic tee-pee; and several palapas that dot the steep hillside, at least one of which has a rope hammock and sweeping views over Tinseltown.

Miz Crow acquired the three residences in what appear in property records to be two separate transactions. The first came in February 1998 when she paid $1,800,000 for the smallest of the three parcels—just .25 acres—that includes the 5,437 square foot main house. In December of the same year she shelled out another $3,300,000 to acquire two adjacent and contiguous parcels. One parcel measures 1.2 acres with a 1,334 square foot 19th-century cottage and the other 8.87 acres with a 3,335 square foot Craftsman residence.

Miz Crow also owns a gulf-front residence on the Florida Panhandle between Pensacola and Panama City in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and a 50-plus acre spread in (suburban) Nashville, TN purchased last year for $5,225,000.

Although she's been trying to unload it for year Miz Crow is still saddled with Cross Creek Farm, a 150 (or so) acre equestrian-oriented estate in pastoral College Grove, TN. She put the farm on the market for the first time—that we know of—in May 2010 with a $7,500,000 asking price and by August 2011, after a failed auction of the property, the asking price dipped to as low as $4,500,000 but it's currently still on the open market with a $6,399,000 price tag.

*Thanks to all the children who turned Your Mama on to this listing just moments after it went live.

listing photo: Dream Home Photo for Nourmand and Associates

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whats the land value? Has tear down written all over it.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful compound if you're into that style. To the commentator who called this a 'teardown', go have another cocktail.

Lew Ashby said...

Awesome pad!

Anonymous said...

Bulldoze this bitch!!!

Anonymous said...

Wasn't this in Architectural Digest?

Anonymous said...

What's up with all these celebrities leaving LA?

Carla In California said...

Wow. Someone wanted privacy and bad. No paps gonna catch her sunbathing naked in the backyard.

I can appreciate the vintage feel when everyone is tearing down to build those stinky mock-mediterrean homes. I feel sorry for the maid(s) who had to clean this every day/week but they did a good job.

The pool area is fabulous. I can see myself enjoying a stress-free swim every night. Or just stare at the stars with a drink or two.

I wonder why she is selling? Low on cash? Didn't invest properly or bought too much real estate during the 'boom'? Either way, I don't believe she'll get what she's asking. Greedy little b*tch.

Wonderful post Mama. Thanks. :)

bentley said...

This is one of my favorite properties I've seen on here. While Spanish/Spanish Revival is not usually my go to style, this is a great example - light filled, nicely scaled, love the complexity of the stair hall. Throw in the other two properties, that pool complex, and the grounds? I'm sold. Where do I sign?

Anonymous said...

I think this price is slightly optimistic... The location way up Vista at busy busy gay shirtless mecca Runyon Canyon Blvd must be frustrating to Ms. Crow looking out seeing the plucked muscular wonders winding past her compound for their hikes and meet greet! The whiff of poppers from the gay frolics in the bushes must make her head spin in desire?! Didn't Ms. Debbie Gibson have a hard time selling her mini compound in Courtney a few years back for like half the price? Having the pool technically in your front yard across the drive is a little iffy no? However, compounds like this are rare and the right person seeking privacy to whisk away some shirtless wonders from Runyon this is the perfect house. Tinsletown wonder Roland Emmerich lives on the other side of lower Runyon entrance at end of La Brea.. perhaps he needs an upgrade from Moraccian mess to this tasteful delight?

Desert Donna said...

Wow 7:18 you make me want to book a flight and check this Runyon place out!! Maybe this will be rezoned to a gay resort by the buyer? As far as the property...above a certain price character etc.. goes out the window, and it becomes land value. Though I always say there's an ass for every saddle, so who knows?

Anonymous said...

So it's worth triple what she paid for it in 1998? Riiiiiiiiight

Corgi Mel said...

She is the nitwit that made a comment few years back that people should use one sheet of toilet paper per sitting. Hmm, I believe we have another Hollywood hypocrite on our hands. There are so many that wants us to do as they say. Of course she later said it was a joke. yeah right.

Ingrid Casares said...

This house resembles a lot Madonna's old Castillo del Lago in the Hollywood Hills, I wonder if they are from the same architect since they're very much alike...?
Anyway, I would buy it but I've heard celebrities are leaving L.A. because their fortune tellers are telling them the BIG ONE is coming this December, 21th 2012 !!
Hope it's true, this time 'cause don't wanna lose my storage room with all that water bottles and canned food just like 1999/2000...

Anonymous said...

Your correct about her hypocracy. I am sure her guests in her "compound" arent using leaves and going in the bushes to conserve water, and that pool doesnt fill itself.

Randall L said...

Which one has the big wooden chair...I think someone could channel Sheryl any where from the chairbig wooden chair..A nice photo in
the NYpost.

Don Juan's Wreckless Daughter said...

Cozy, but way too expensive and not private enough for the price. I wouldn't want all the riff raff and Tinseltown wannabes ogling my 15mil digs from Runyon. I wouldn't be surprised if at lest 1 person per year tries to access the property via the park. No thanks. Next!

Petra's said...

I like it, just wish it were in a better location like Beverly Hills P.O.

Anonymous said...

Thank you anon 7:18 for the enlightening commentary on the goings on in the Runyon Canyon bush. Isn't that the area where Mama "walks the long bodied bitches"? Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

We children have no idea where Mama is walking these days after her move.. Bueller? Bueller?

Anonymous said...

That house looks old and haggard, like it's been around the block a few times and could use a facelift. I wonder why she's selling it, they seem to be a perfect match.

Gay decoratah in SD said...

I must agree with Ingrid Casares, I've spent a fair amount of time in and around 'Castillo del Lago ', while it was owned by Pitka, and the homes do have a bit of a similar feel. Castillo de Lago being much more grand, of course.

Anonymous said...

Too many neutrals + nothing of visual interest = NEXXXT!

sofia marielle said...

Just wondering why is she selling this property? Does she have so many and can't handle too much?

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Lena said...

WOW! That's a really beautiful house. Love almost everything.

Anonymous said...

She hasn't lived in LA on a full time basis for years. She has lived in TN most of the time since the adoption of her oldest son because it is much closer to her family in MO. She probably would have sold it a few years ago but didn't because of the economy.

Cliff Stevenson said...

Agree with one of the earlier comments - one of my favorites on this site. Bulldoze this? Not a chance. Picturing myself in that hammock right now.

Carla Ridge said...

The architect of Castillo De Lago was John DeLario; I don't know who the architect of the spanish style house is.

I was told by the former owner, who was a producer with David Lynch, that the craftsman house was a Greene & Greene, though I can't find any documentation of that (and yes, to the guest who asked if it was in Architectural Digest). He was, however, a rather imeccable connoisseur of such things and so i had no reason to doubt him.

Anonymous said...

Just loving these comments; like they used to be in the good old days! Thank you one and all for having some great wit - bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Sofia, go F yourself! Thanks sweetie!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

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