Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dasha Zhukova Flips Out in the Birds

SELLER: Daria 'Dasha' Zhukova
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $16,500,000
SIZE:9,691 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms

UPDATE: Since this discussion Your Mama received a missive from a representative of Miss Zhukova who informed us the property is, "most definitely not for sale." For the record, the real estate aggregating website Redfin shows the property was listed on the 15th of November and quickly de-listed on the 17th of November. You got that, butter beans? She says it's not for sale so it's not for sale.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In September of 2008, one of the largest estates in The Bird Street area of Los Angeles above the Sunset Strip came on the market with an über optimistic asking price of $29,000,000. By August of the following year the price tags and plummeted to $21,900,000.

Then along comes the a gal named Dasha Zhukova, the Russian born American bred daughter of a wealthy oil tycoon and arms dealer and the twenty-something year old ladee-friend of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. In December of 2009 Miss Zhukova pushed out Mister Abramovich's sixth shorty and just a month later, according property records and previous reports, she signed on the deed's dotted and paid $19,500,000 for the 9,691 square foot mansion.

Since Miss Zhukova lives primarily in London and Moscow–and on whichever of Mister Abramovich's many mega-yachts–the humongous house high in the hills above LaLa Land was purchased as a pied a terre where she could stay when visiting her mother or–since she owns and oversees a pioneering contemporary art gallery in Moscow and was until recently the Editor-In-Chief of the fashion/art/culture publication Pop magazine–look at art or whatever it is she does in Los Angeles.

Anyhoo, Miss Zhukova grew bored–or something–with her pied a terre in Tinseltown and flipped her huge house in The Bird Streets above the Sunset Strip back on the market with an asking price of $16,500,000.

No, puppies, Your Mama's flying fingers did make not a mistake. Miss Zhukova actually listed the Los Angeles mansion she bought only 11 months ago ago for $3,000,000 less than she paid for the place. That's a hair curling loss but when your father and man-friend combined are worth more than the GDP of any number of sub-Saharan countries, it probably stings a little less.

Now, how many times have we told the children how fickle rich and/or famous people are when it comes to their real estate? So capricious they'll take a multi-million dollar loss on a house they just don't want anymore. Harumph.

photo: Bing


Anonymous said...

She was editor in chief of the London based magazine 'Pop' which is Bi-annual & was founded by stylist extraordinaire Katie Grand ... nothing to do with LA, the offices are still in London.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather have this for 1/2 the price...


Anonymous said...

So rich and carefree that you actually can be "realistic" with your pricing. Love it.

Housey said...

That house is worth about $10 million in my opinion. Not sure how she ever thought she could sell it for $29 million.

Anonymous said...

What it's worth is what somebody will pay for it. According to above commenter somebody paid 19m in '06. So that's what is was worth then, to a particular person. This gal (or her daddy, or her baby daddy) paid what is was worth to HER after that. Now we will wait and see what it is worth to somebody else. Much of this game is obviously psychological; to price significantly below what you paid could be very compelling. So we will wait and see. Maybe it is only worth 10m at this point. Why should it be worth more than the Cage house in Bel Air? Why would it be worth more? I have no idea, but maybe someone else does.