Monday, November 12, 2007

The House of Beck

BUYER: Beck Hansen and Marissa Ribisi
LOCATION: S. Hudson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $6,750,000
SIZE: 5,718 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: On a beautifully manicured corner lot setting / soaring Sycamores and Elms, this handsome estate offers large scale public rms incl. LR + Lanai, Library, Formal Din rm plus huge Kit/Fam rm measuring 53' x 26' which serves as lifestyle center of the home. Grand Master Suite contains 6 rooms and Juliet balconies. 15 pairs of French drs overlook dramatic outdoor destinations inc. open- air Liv rm/Cabana w/ wine chiller, WDFP, wet bar & 60' swim lane Pool. Luxury of space, privacy & refinement.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Yesterday the LA Times' celebrity real estate doyenne Ruth Ryon wrote about the Hancock Park house Grammy winning musician Beck and his acturuss wifey Marissa Ribisi purchased earlier this year for $6,750,000. Mister Big Time followed up with his typically in depth elaboration.

Turns out Your Mama previously discussed the recently renovated S. Hudson Avenue property back in early March. But children, we confess, we made a HUGE mistake on that discussion. We must have been on some kinda drugs back in March because Your Mama erroneously reported that the house was owned by one of "The Spitter's" music managers Peter Leak.

Yes, the house did at one time belong to Peter Leak and his gallerist wifey Karyn Lovegrove, but it's clear as crystal from the property records that the arty farty couple sold the place in March of 2005 for $3,300,000 to a private investor who flipped the damn property. Our eyes must have been deceiving us back then puppies and we apologize for putting out incorrect information.

Anyhoo...Moving on.

For what it's worth, the Leak/Lovegroves didn't move far when they sold their house off to the house flipper. In fact, they just moved a couple doors down. The couple and family still live on S. Hudson in an 8,819 square foot 7 bedroom and 7 bathroom house they purchased in April of 2005. Your Mama wonders if they just loaded up a few stolen shopping carts and walked all their belongings down the street like most people who are not rich and famous would have done.

As Mister Big Time noted, former Friend David Schwimmer also lives nearby on S. Hudson Avenue in a monstrous 11,336 square foot house with 10 bedrooms and 9 damn bathrooms that he purchased in May of 2001. Now children, what does a single man who's having a rough go of it post-Friends need with 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms? It just chills Your Mama's insides to think of Mister Schwimmer rattling and roaming about that giant house in his boxer shorts and tube socks waiting for his agent to call.

Also in the 'hood is celebrity interior designer Ruthie Sommers who along with her huzband plunked down $2,015,000 for a comparatively petite 2,614 square foot house adjacent to Beck's new pad. And across the street is the banker Bruce Raben's 14,071 square foot English Tudor behemoth.

According to Miz Ryon, Beck and Marissa, die hard Scientologists, have been renovating the renovated house and have yet to move their shit into their new digs. Your Mama has learned that the funky and delightful singer also purchased an outpost in Malee-boo earlier this year paying $2,050,000 for a very modest 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom house on Larkspur Lane in the Point Dume area. So perhaps this is where Mister and Missus are shacking up while doing over their new place in Hancock Park. But children, don't any of you nimrods get the not very wise idea to drive out to Point Dume to catch a glimpse of the Hansen clan because, bless their little hearts, those Point Dume people would rather slash your tires than have your sorry ass trawling their streets.

Now then, all of you bitchy Bev Hills brats can scream and yell in the comments section about how dangerous Hancock Park is, how much faster the po-po's response time is in Beverly Hills, and how Beck better hire himself some private security to protect his family from all the marauding hooligans in Hancock Park. But babies, just keep in mind, there have been scads of bold and unsolved burglaries all across the posh zip codes Bel Air and Bev Hills in the last few years.


Anonymous said...

Hancock Park Residents, lock your doors! Word on the street is Michael Jackson and his kids are going from house to house with the giant Hermes bag they stole from Kanye's house robbing houses to pay the mortgage on Neverland.

Anonymous said...

I love real estalker, but there is a common misconception that Schwimmer is out of work? Pre-friends David set up a theatre company in Chicago and since friends has gone back to doing more theatre. He's also carried on Directing - which he started on friends - Like Run, Fat boy Run (a hit british film)and has two films in pre-production, not to mention a guest starring role in 30 Rock this week.

Anonymous said...

I'm not loving the pool- it looks like a huge concrete slab with a water-filled hole in the middle.

Maybe it's just me--I'm feeling all bitchy this morning about real estate values in my heartland neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Back in 2002 we almost bought a house in Hancock Park, but changed our minds.
It might have had something to do with the homeless woman who took a crap on the lawn, with newspaper in hand, the morning we went for a second viewing!
We live in BH.

Anonymous said...

This is the only house on this stretch of Hudson that doesn't have a nice, deep lot.

Anonymous said...


Your photo is just of Beckie-poo's lanai... here's the full MLS show:

Your Mama said...

yes doll, but if you had followed the link we put to our previous discussion, you would have seen that we included a lot of photos of the house.

Anonymous said...

"It might have had something to do with the homeless woman who took a crap on the lawn, with newspaper in hand, the morning we went for a second viewing!"

hey, don't blame the hood, you asked for viewing #2.

sorry, just trying to fit in with all the skidmark humor & all.

Anonymous said...

Did you mention that John Wells just paid a record 11 million dollars.....about 4 houses north of this home.

Anonymous said...

The street on the side of the house is known as a "lovers lane", with various suspicious cars and
creeps parking out there day and night.

The counsel general of Japan lives across the street and has a guard in a patrol car sitting in front of his house 24/7.

Anonymous said...

Beck is a flipper. He has bought and sold houses that he apparently never occupied (or did for just a few months). His name doesn't show up as he buyer, though; they are "bought" via trusts set up by his business manager, Kevin J. Burke (also a Scientologist).

Anonymous said...

"woman who took a crap on the lawn"

You mean Divine was still alive in 2002??? I thought she/he died in 1988.

Anonymous said...

As an aside... the Lovegrove-Leak's kid goes to pre-school with the Hansen-Ribisi's kid - in Hancock Park, natch.