Wednesday, November 21, 2012

k.d. lang keeps it real with a coupla condos

BUYER: k.d. lang
LOCATION: Portland, OR
PRICE: $639,000
SIZE: 2,017 square feet 1-2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: unbeknownst to this celebrity real estate gossip until yesterday, when we received a covert communique from a gal we'll call anita snitch, by the time crooner k.d. lang sold her long-time residence in los angeles' laurel canyon in may 2012 for $1,900,000 to maroon 5 keyboardist jesse carmichael she'd very quietly already scooped up her next home in the unexpected and—generally speaking—uncelebrified city of portland, or.

miz lang, who busted up with her long time gal pal last year and has been on tour for most of 2012, opted not for a house in portland but rather a couple of loft-style condominiums in a converted warehouse in the hip and trendy downtown neighborhood known locally as the pearl.

even though property records show the units were purchased from the same seller in two, simultaneous transactions in late february 2012, it appears to your mama the two condos are fully combined into a single living space. The larger unit, as per the multnomah county tax man, measures 1,188 square feet and the smaller just 829 square feet for a total of 2,017 square feet. listing information we managed to squirrel out of the internets shows the open-concept loft has one bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms plus an interior den/bedroom with a built-in murphy bed for overnighting guests.

property records show miz lang picked up both units for $639,000, a real ding-dang bargain compared to the cost of a comparable, centrally located 2,000+ square foot loft in a major metropolitan area like los angeles, san fran or the big apple.

yellow birch floors run throughout the spacious, 31-foot long living/dining area that has high, exposed concrete ceilings, a trio of gigantic casement windows and a half-height t.v./art wall that separates the living room from the bedroom area and is cleverly designed on a swivel so the boob toob can be seen from either the living room or the bedroom.

the kitchen, open to but separated from the living room by a long and wide peninsula snack bar, has slab granite counter tops that waterfall over the end of the peninsula, a complete suite of high-grade stainless steel appliances and flat-fronted birch—or maybe maple—cabinetry, some which have metal-framed frosted glass doors.

as far as your mama can tell there's no door that separates the custom-fitted closet/dressing area from the master bathroom that's tucked behind a horizontal grid of frosts glass panels that doesn't quite extend to the ceiling. Although its barely private, the bathroom with well equipped with limestone flooring, slab granite counter tops, a super-sized soaking but and a separate over-sized stall shower tucked behind frosted glass panels.

listing information shows the elevator accessible combo condo crib has private laundry facilities that appear to be located in the half bathroom deeded parking for two cars, city and mountain views, and access to the fully decked and landscaped roof terrace. monthly hoas—those are home owner's association fees—run $661 and cover, heating expenses, insurance, building management, common area maintenance, water and cable t.v. costs.

as far as we know, miz lang does not currently own any other real estate but, then again, what do we really know anyways?





listing photos: John L. Scott Real Estate via Estately

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK Mama you can use the Shift key to use capital letters. Really. e.e.cummings did OK with lower case only, but he was a poet.

Eric said...

Mama, your autocorrect must be having a conniption fit right about now.

Anonymous said...

OK but not to die for. It is cheap, however. A place where you can drop your clothes on the floor and wait for the maid to come to pick them up.

Eddie from PDX said...

I think that Mama was making a reference to the fact that Miz Lang, doesn't use any capital letters in her name.

l'il gay boy said...

very e.e. cummngs, indeed; evocative of his "eco the sub- suburban skyline" in more ways than one.

i guess if you're gonna live in portland you might as well loft it, if only to gather up every shred of light you can.

kinda underwhelming, but it's nice to see a celebrity living under their means for a change.

uh oh, my ipad just froze...

Anonymous said...

mama a half bathroom deeded for parking two cars? portland has a far more liberal occupancy law than trenton. rabbi hedda latess

Anonymous said...

you smell
this place smells
what a depressing place to live

eeeek


average joe

Anonymous said...

oh and, this place will be worth half at best what it is now after the banks release all the real estate inventory they have been buying up to the open markets at massive losses. we are really in for it to come.

average joe

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mama. Portland is a wonderful city with fantastic food, public transit and amazing green spaces in addition to a strong historic preservation ethic and building recycling practices. If it wasn't for the rain we couldn't afford to live here!

Anonymous said...

on my screen there's a red dodge charger parked in the living room but no cars parked in the bathroom.

Anonymous said...

Portlandia! You go, k.d.

Rugby E. Root said...

For the record, e e cummings in addition to eschewing capital letters also avoided using periods after his initials.

average joe :{ said...

Amazing :)

Anonymous said...

so refreshing to see something other than LA and NYC.

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Anonymous said...

The Pacific Northwest is where she has her roots.
Although she's from Calgary, she's spent a great deal of time in and around Vancouver. The flights around the Pac NW are frequent and short...so her old "hood" is accessible, and presumably her long time "real" friends are within a couple of hours of her new digs. Staying in the U.S. for tax reasons, but now closer to home.

Yak said...

She's not from Calgary, she's from Consort, AB, born in Edmonton. Like many artists, she's always been eclectic, so moving to Portland from LA does not surprise me.

Anonymous said...

This place is sad.

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Anonymous said...

Dave lindahl is a worthless cocksucker.

Anonymous said...

What happened to KD? She put out the best album and then nothing?? Such a unique voice. Poor Mama having to delete all this crap just so us children dont have to type in words to post. Thank you Mama!

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Anonymous said...

@ Anon 6:49

Bro, no cocksucker is worthless.

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Anonymous said...

Rumour has it...and it is rumour...she's been hard at work making a lot of changes to this space. It probably looks very little like it looks in these pictures. And, for the record, Portland is a beautiful city to live...just gorgeous. I've got no complaints. And, rain? Sure but not like you'd think. It doesn't even make it in the top 101 rainiest cities in US.

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