Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kim and Kanye Bite the Real Estate Bullet in Bel Air. Or Did They?

We know lots of y'all don't care to hear about Kim Kardashian and/or Kanye West and will kvetch about our decision to discuss this matter until the damn cows come home. Howevuh, hunties, we do have to feed all the children their favorite and sundry celebrity real estate meals and, as a property gossip in good standing, Your Mama just can't resist the latest from celebrity scuttlebutt juggernaut TMZ who reported this morning that the perpetually pap-trailed and newly preggers Kim K. and Kanye W. have snatched up an $11,000,000 mansion in a swank gated community in Bel Air.

The TMZ report claims the couple scooped up an approximately 10,000 square foot mansion several weeks ago and have already "gutted it" to make way for a much larger 14,000 square foot Italian-style villa. The rehabbed house, so the story goes, will be fitted and kitted with a gym, movie theater, bowling alley, basketball court as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Naturally a full-serivce hair and makeup salon is planned because these two don't even go to the freaking terlit let alone outside without full hair and make-up.

Anyhoo, the TMZ report went on to note that "Kim & Kanye's new neighbors will include Jennifer Aniston, Chris Paul, and Joe Francis." Subsequent reports by Peoplethe Daily News and the New York Post go on to report that Aniston, Paul and Francis all live in the same gated community as Kimye's (alleged) new crib. Well, children, we do not know who Chris Paul is but we do know that neither Jennifer Aniston nor Joe Francis live in this or any other gated community. In fact Miz Anistons new house in Bel Air is nearly six miles away on surface streets from the house pictured in the TMZ report and Mister Francis' Bel Air spread is even farther away.

Furthermore, the under construction residence pictured in the TMZ report was actually completed in 2010 according to the Los Angeles County Tax Man. There it is (above) from the air in all its bloviated semi-circularless. According to various property record data bases Your Mama consulted, that house—the one pictured in the TMZ report—already measures in at more than 20,000 square feet and records indicate it is currently owned by a high-powered attorney and his wife who also, as it turns out, own the nearly 9,000 square foot mock-Med mac-mansion immediately next door that's listed on the open market with a $10,750,000 price tag. Could that be the house they bought? Hmm.

Something's fishy. We're not saying Kim and Kanye didn't buy a big ol' house in Bel Air in which to bring up baby in unwedded bliss. We're just saying we're not sure the house shown in the TMZ report is the house they bought. Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Bueller?

UPDATE (Later same day): TMZ has amended their post to show that the Bel Air manse KK and KW actually (and allegedly) bought is the house next door to the one they'd previously indicated. The newly pinpointed pad (above) is currently still listed on the open market at $10,750,000 and listing information shows the so-called "Tuscan Mediterranean Estate" encompasses .75 of an acre and includes a 9,000 square foot residence with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms. There's also a double-height entry, Old School black walnut parquet wood floors throughout, a wet bar with leaded glass windows in the great room, an elevator. Out back there's an 800 square foot pavilion with built-in barbecue center, a broad flat lawn and a bullet-shaped dark-bottom swimming pool with elevated circular spa. The house has long views over the canyons towards the mansion dotted ridge lines of Bel Air and there are $933 per month homeowner's association dues.

We have no reason to doubt that Kim K. would like a house like this. Indeed, her Beverly Hills house is a smaller version of this and—we hear through the gossip grapevine—very quietly in escrow. But It's next to impossible to imagine that a guy like Kanye who has a real thing for architecturally very spare residences. Have you seen photos of his art-filled, Desiderata Design-designed Los Angeles residence? New York City pied-a-terre? How whipped does a contemporary art collecting minimalist like Kanye have to be to agree to live up in this big ol' mock-Med mac-mansion? We don't mean any disrespect, but seriously...have you seen his seriously austere, Claudio Silvestrin-designed New York City pied-a-terre? And he's gonna live up in in that?

aerial image: Google
front facade: Photos for Homes for Nelson Shelton & Associates

24 comments:

Jeffrey Rodriguez said...

This is exactly why I love this blog. Dead on, great research and great find. I love how you prove all other media outlets wrong.

Duchesse de Guermantes said...

But it's so close to the San Diego Freeway. When I first saw it, I thought it was something out of Hidden Hills or Newport Beach or Coto de Caza, but definitely not Bel Air. But, turns out, there are many similar atrocious little mansions close to this one.

Jillian van Enckevort said...

I saw the post and thought to myself how do you go from completed mansion to fully gutted remodel in just a few weeks? Have they not heard about the building department:) Thanks for the facts and feeding my fascination with "Hollywood" mansions!!!

chris said...

Who are "Kim and Kayne"? Do I need to know? I prefer not to bother with people I don't need to bother with, you know.

James McNamara said...

Looks like the parquet floors don't make it out of the formal rooms. This place will get the Kardashian special and end up looking like a small, mediterranean ecclestone manor.

Rick Wrinklebottom said...

And the perfect example of why these two are the epitome of trash. All the tasteful old mansions, mid-century moderns, new (but architecturally distinctive) contemporaries, etc. to choose from in the many, many exclusive 'hoods in West LA, and they choose this trashy, generic POS? Ugh, I can't wait until this horrible brood's 15 minutes are over...

Shay said...

Thank you so much..I tried to tell TMZ this ugly yellow house that is still on the market since being built can't be there house. They goes to tell me that they tore the yellow house down. I know they didn't because it is active. Now the so called home they purchased is on the right of the yellow in the baby type cul de sac or what?

Shay said...

Oh yeah Chris Paul lives in Avril Lavigne and ex hubby old house. I thought you stated this on your blog when the house sold. But nevertheless, his plays for the LA Clippers.

Aunt Gina said...

I'm really happy for you, Mama and Imma let you finish, but this is the best blog of all time.

FonHom said...

Reread Mama's items on Kanye's LA & NYC homes and had trouble reconciling that forward-thinking designista with the guy who accompanies Kim K to..everything. I don't know the man and hate to discuss him as if I do but WTF - what's RealEstalker all about?

Here's hoping Kanye will push the limits with any new home. And if he helps Kim K reinvent herself as a patron of the arts then it's all good. Really.

l-il-gay-boy said...

Who'd have thought there was such an ass ugly neighborhood in Bel Air?

FalseProfit said...

In an era where everyone is obsessed with being first, it is incredibly refreshing to see Mama taking the slow approach and focusing on accuracy first. Better for the reader, better for the blog.

Well done, as always, Mama!

mlc1us said...

There's another Bel-Air property with much the same criteria recently sold to Shayahoma Inc, a company recently created by an attorney named Fred F Mashian. This house's claim to fame is that it was rented by Elvis Presley on more than one occasion. The only thing that seems a little unusual for Kimye is it's proximity to the Bel-Air Country Club.

Mr DHH said...

My sources are telling me there is a lot of pissed off people in Bel Air Crest.Unlike the Summit and Estates
these people do not like any non sense whatsoever-few celebs live and lived there (Lisa Marie Presley way back in the day)very freeway close (too much for me-thank you unless carmagedden again)

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Anonymous said...

Joe Francis does live there. Chris Paul does live there. Jennifer Aniston's fiance does live there. Kim and Kanye own the bigger one up top. Done and Done.

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