Monday, February 10, 2014

David and Yolanda Foster Officially List Malibu Spread

SELLERS: David and Yolanda Foster
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
PRICE $27,500,000
SIZE: 11,622 square feet, 11 bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms (or maybe it's 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms)

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Remember last September, children, when Your Mama passed along some scuttlebutt about how Proteanly prolific producer/composer/songwriter/arranger David Foster and his Dutch-born fourth wife, formal model turned reality show denizen, Yolanda Hadid Foster, quietly made their meticulously maintained 3.25 acre bluff-top estate in Malibu available to those in the know as off-market listing with "an astronomical asking price of $27 million."*

Well, children, thanks to a covert communique from Eli Eagleyes, we've learned the Mister and fourth Missus Foster's custom-built ocean-view spread in The Bu—parts of which have been prominently featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills—has popped up on the open market with an official asking price of $27,500,000.**

Listing details describe the three-level mock-Med mansion as "Reminiscent of a romantic European villa" with 11,622 square feet that include—depending on where one looks—either eleven bedrooms and 12.5 bathrooms or six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Inside there are extra wide plank recycled Bavarian walnut floors, head-roomy 12-foot ceilings, and generous rows of of glass doors that fold open to expose many rooms throughout the house to the sea misted sunshine and all but unobstructed ocean and sky views.

Situated on a high bluff directly above the world renown and not infrequently traffic choked Pacific Coast Highway, the blended Foster family's double-turreted stone and stucco manse is approached via a long, gated driveway that climbs its way up the hillside to a two-car parking pad as well as a much larger motor court with lattice-pattern brick inlay and an attached, three-bay garage.

A fully paneled and liberally pilastered library (with fireplace) just off the spacious center hall foyer has floor-to-ceiling book shelves mostly and artfully filled with framed photographs and antique-looking hardcover books, the sort of books that look to Your Mama like really more for collecting and showing off than actually reading. Anyways, what do we know? There's a second fireplace in the commodious combination formal living/dining room where wide bank of glass doors fold open to convert the comfortably luxurious room into an open air porch. As was seen during several snarky (and catered) dinner parties on R.H.O.B.H., there's a Grammy-laden grand piano in the center of the long room where talented Mister Foster often tickles the ivories when the eating is done.

Less formal family areas include an airy, ocean-view white and stainless steel kitchen with thick slab marble counter tops, a full suite of top-quality commercial-style appliances, and a custom-designed—and by now world-famous—glass-fronted and marble-lined walk-in refrigerator. An informal eating area connects the kitchen through to the spacious family room. Built-in book cases filled with more framed photographs and antique-looking hardcover books plus a few bits of animal statuary flank a third fireplace over which hangs a large flat-screen television. A room-wide bank of glass doors fold open to a heavily wood-beamed, pool- and ocean-view loggia with outdoor fireplace.

However many guest, family, and/or staff bedrooms the manse may contain—maybe it's six or maybe it's eleven—there is an impressively extensive upper floor master suite with, as per listing details, a wall-to-wall carpeted bedroom that's large enough to accommodate a suite of brown leather club chairs and sofa and has an entire wall of windows that fold open to a private ocean-view terrace. Over the fireplace there appears to be a photograph or painting of the lady of the house squatting on a water-side rock in her birthday suit. Even though the image stops way short of anything lurid or pornographic Your Mama still finds it an interesting choice not to swap out the photo/painting with something less exposed but who are we to judge, right?

The Foster's private retreat also includes a circular, ocean-view study lined with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves filled with even more framed photos and decorative hard bound books). There are dual bathrooms and his 'n' her dressing rooms, his paneled like a high-end haberdashery and hers a light and bright boutique style affair with glass fronted wardrobes and miles of shelves that display Missus Foster's extensive collection of designer handbags and shoes, a single pair of which probably cost more the average domestic worker in Malibu pays in rent every month for his or her home in a probably distant and much less impressive zip code. But we digress...

A basement level finished as luxuriously as the upper floors includes a billiards room with a fully outfitted seven-plus stool wet bar, a state-of-the-art screening room with plush tiered seating, a professional recording studio—natch, and an extensive fitness/spa area that includes an exercise room and lounge, a multi-seat sauna, and a massage room with what very well may be a made-to-order capiz shell chandelier by bespoke lighting designer Gwen Carlton.

Outdoor entertainment and recreation areas include a couple of covered verandas—at least one of which has a fireplace and an expansive lawn that surrounds a built-in fire pit terrace with panoramic ocean and coastline views. Off the family room wing there's elegantly simple infinity edged swimming pool surrounded by a parking lot sized lattice-patterned (and high maintenance) concrete and grass terrace that ties in with lattice pattern brickwork in the driveway. An expensively terraced hillside orchard has citrus and avocado trees and a ass-busting stone stairway ascends and ascends and ascends from the poolside terrace to a hilltop lounge terrace with undeniably dynamite views that (almost) make the muscle building hike up the hill worth the effort.

NOTE: For scads of photos of the Foster home, go here, here or here.

*Full disclosure: Your Mama first heard the Fosters wanted $18 million. Then we heard it was $29 million. Finally the consensus came to $27 (or so) million.
**As of this morning the listing does not appear on the MLS but does appear prominently on the high profile listing agent's website.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sensing that Tammy Wynette divorce song. Real Houswives of anything is the kiss of death for a relationship, and perhaps some of them are already gone prior to signing up. I like Yolanda very much, and do not want this to be true.

Anonymous said...

sorry but that price is crazy, then again i guess they priced it like that to get some 12-16m in end :) and comeon. on RHOBH you can see in the flyover photos that its just above PCH i believe, and thats a very rush highway. if i had that kind of money i would rather take the angelo drive spot near pritzker estate.

wait was 2300 kimridge road sold already, or is it again off the market. went from what 12m to 8.8m listing in those few last years?

Jessicas Book Review said...

I LOVE that house from what I have seen on the show. I wish I could buy it!!!

Anonymous said...

"real housewives serie" ehm "where rich men send their wives to, so they get a rebate on spousal support"

but no, i dont think they are getting divorce. just the kids are leaving so maybe they want to downsize, like lisa did. i mean that gardening with vines and fruits is surely too much now, with her health issues

Anonymous said...

Pretty house, but it's worth ten million tops.

Anonymous said...

Hot Dayum! YoYo gots lots of lemons up in her lemon grove in the Bu! Is that how she got the Lime Disease? Dayum ya'll some lemons will nix those lime creatures! YoYo fancies herself the queen of RHOBH but hells bells we alls a know that Ms. Vanderpump sits magestic upon that throne in the real 90210 not the Bu! YoYo is all up and delusional on the price of her pile of stucco as she is she is fabulous on RHOBH because she is a cheap wanna be oh yes children YoYo ain't got no class but she marries well! Dayum! She goes from Mohammed to engaged to Julio Englasis to married 100 million man David Foster... hot dayum if I made marrying and not working a job I would be living large and in charge too! I pray to the gods that Ms. YoYo will get some class and not be so money hungry... the house isn't bad.. she might want to thank the lime disease as it is far more classy then she is.. maybe the lime bites gave her some fabu... but alas we digress. Kisses

Anonymous said...

no longer on the listing agent's site.

West Bourne said...

"there's a Grammy-laden grand piano in the center of the long room where talented Mister Foster often tinkles the ivories when the eating is done."

Mama - does he really pee on the piano after dinner or do you mean he "tickles" the ivories? I always thought these reality shows exposed too much but this would be a new high (or low).

Anonymous said...

A valuation website put this one's true worth at the $13m mark.

They're dreaming if they think they'll get this much - there's a motorway directly below it!

I wonder if the glassed door, walk-in, fridge comes with it ...

There's definitely trouble in paradise with these two - first the BC apartment, now this. And if you watch the show, you'll know how much under her thumb he is ... she's nutty and he's a dork, so they're probably well suited.

KathyRo said...

If you go to the real estate agent's website (chriscortazzo.com) you'll see an even better listing: La Villa Contenta, the palace of Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen on True Blood!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, typos there - that should read "... how much under his thumb SHE is". Case in point: the recent episode where she had 'the girls' around for a painting party and he walked up the top of the steps, asked what they were all doing there, followed by what time dinner was.

I would've pushed him down the steps and told him to cook his own dinner!

Boo Boo's mom said...

Yolanda is a CLASS act. Period. Her style is impeccable. As are her manners. Brandi sadly didn't deserve/appreciate her. Look forward to following Yolanda in her new adventures rumored to be style show?

LA Ad Guy said...

So Mauricio didn't get the listing, scandal!!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of La Contenta, why is that property three listings?

As someone said, this is $10 million tops.

Let's see how it goes.

Father Dowling said...

A not at all great house sold on Carbon Mesa for 6 million in October and there is another one listed for 29.9. They aren't likely to get 27 but maybe they are actually hoping for 14-16.

Wonder why they're selling after they spent so long building it. She seems keen to make the marriage work so even as cynical as I am I doubt they're divorcing.

Anonymous said...

That contenta mess is three parcels, three structures. I'm not sure they each function as a single family though. One of em is a 'pavilion' or something really useful like that.

Anonymous said...

That contenta mess is three parcels, three structures. I'm not sure they each function as a single family though. One of em is a 'pavilion' or something really useful like that.

Which is precisely why I've asked! :) Why on earth would anyone be buying that compound as three different entities? Weird.

It has been for sale for ever.

Sandpiper said...

I'll take the library, thank you very much.

A little aside...
Whenever I see an especially pronounced attached garage, I think about one of my favorite architects, Alden Ball Dow (1904-1983), who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright. Amazing guy with an impressive body of work.

1932 - First residence in the country designed with an attached garage facing the street.


KathyRo said...

"Why on earth would anyone be buying that compound as three different entities?"

I think La Contenta is parceled out to attract different buyers. It's really 2 parcels : the main house and the pool pavilion. The third listing is the two combined ( i.e. the whole property ).

I agree it's a little weird because who wants just a pool pavilion? Also I don't know how close the two are located but if I were that rich I don't know if I'd want somebody else owning my pool pavilion, ya know? (although there is another pool I think ).

lil' gay boy said...

Sad.

It does not look like a single book in the library has ever been cracked open.

Sandpiper said...

The draped massage table in that little white room looks more like a bier. Creeps me out.

Anonymous said...

The closest beach access is about 40 houses north up PCH,and that's after you walk down the hill to PCH

Anonymous said...

Kathy,

here is the map

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=34.027017,-118.758962&spn=0.001779,0.001733&t=k&z=19

It's too close.

What you say is exactly what I was wondering about.

Anonymous said...

1:22-Don't think that's the estate. It is eerily similar at a fast glance because of the similar motor court. I could be wrong :)

Mr DHH said...

Sorry guys-maybe new wife new designs but David Foster's other house with Linda Thompson (Bruce Jenner's ex) was all that and a bag of chips for Malibu.20 mostly flat acres (I recall that damn lush green grass/field) sold to Larry Ellison in the early 2000's for 20 million when their marriage hit the crapper.It was in that two episode show the princes of Malibu (boys with Jenner).I recall Linda saying making that show (or allowing the kids to show off the house) was a mistake.Now saying that( and it takes two to tango)surprised the current Mrs>Foster would venture into "reality" television because Mr. Foster really dose not like it or his privacy invaded

Anonymous said...

Linda Thompson was also with Elvis for a few years. Burnin' love.

lil' gay boy said...

FYI:

The house is actually here.

Mr DHH said...

THIS IS BREAKING NEWS (according to
Daily Mail U.K.)The reason why they are selling this is she has Lyme disease and has to concentrate on getting better and does not have the energy for the upkeep.Personally I would hire people.

Anonymous said...

Have anyone seen the floor plan of the house? Very interested in how Yolanda designed it!

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