Tag Archives: Homes of the stars

Ben Stiller’s Hollywood Hills mansion


The hills high above seedy Hollywood Boulevard are home to many of the rich and famous we know from the celluloid screen. Often these houses read like a  history timeline of Hollywood by virtue of their famous owners. It is not uncommon for a home to go from one movie star hand to another. If this is the case with Ben Stiller’s compound is not sure. But boy is it impressive!

Ben Stiller's home. Image courtesy of the Real Estalker

It was on the market for $12.500.000 last year but withdrawn. Now it’s back after a $1000.000 price drop for $11.495.000. The listing describes it as follows:

Step through the gates of this walled compound and into the crown jewel of Outpost Estates. Two separate homes flank close to an acre of lushly landscaped grounds that rival the Bel Air Hotel. To the south sits a 1929 authentic Spanish meticulously restored and sensitively updated by design team Roman & Williams based in New York, to the north a stunning Mediterranean redefined with a Contemporary point of view. A 1 br guest house, a magnificent pool, outdoor dining/living areas and a beautiful grassy yard complete this extraordinary estate.

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There’s no place like Judy’s


Hollywood history was written by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogard and Judy Garland. These people once partied in the same streets now frequented by the new Hollywood Royalty. Their former homes now often owned by anonymous owners. Every now and then one of them is up for sale as was the case with Ms Monroe’s home not too long ago. And now Judy Garland’s former residence is up for grabs. Grabs worth $5,5 million that is….

 

Judy Garland's home in Bel Air California

Image courtesy of Redfin real Estate

Garland in the back yard of the Bel Air home

LA curbed has more pictures of this home including the interior

 

Marilyn Monroe’s old House For Sale


I picked up this story on Hooked on Houses.

Marilyn Monroe would be in her 80’s today. The uber star died at the tender age of 36 nearly 5 decades ago. She was found dead in the bedroom of her modest Brentwood Los Angeles bungalow. The house is still considered a shrine for fans because it was the last house she lived in. The current owners have put it on the market which is big news in Hollywood.

Marilyn in the window in the den of her Brentwood home. Now for sale

The house was previously often sold through the grapevine only so it’s been a while since we were allowed a glimpse inside.

Marilyn Monroe's old home

Marilyn Monroe's old home

The Spanish Revival home was built in 1929.  It’s not too big, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and about 2,600 square feet, and has a very modest feel to it. This was exactly what appealed to Mrs Monroe when she bought it shortly before she died for $90,000. It looks like from a picture book and oozes charm and comfort.I love it as it reminds me of a lovely little Bed & Breakfast in Palm Springs we once stayed in

Living room

The house is currently on the market for $3,595,000. That is quite steep but the area is very exclusive and neighbours are Hollywood stars like Roseanne, Jim Carrey, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Gardner and Cindy Crawford.

Another sitting room. Looks like this could be the window the black and white portrait above was taken in.

Loving the movie-lie kitchen

The realtors website is very hush-hush about it, but surely gets quite a few extra clicks.

Check the article on Hooked on Houses here

Financial crisis hitting celebrity home owners too


No need to feel sorry for them just yet, but the current market is hitting our celebrity friends too. Here a few famous peeps selling with a loss.

23 year old pop singer Avril Lavigne had to bring down the  asking price on her five-bedroom, six-bath house in Beverly Hills from $6.9 million to $5.8 million. It looks she might have actually sold it now.

Lavigne's pad sold after a $1,1 million price reduction

Lavigne's pad sold after a $1,1 million price reduction

That 70’s Show star Wilmer Valderrama had to accept $200,000 less for his five-bedroom home when he got an offer for $1,75 million. He originally intended to sell his house in the relatively unfashionable and anything but des resValley neighborhood of Tarzana for $1,95 million.
Everybody Loves Raymond big guy Brad Garret reduced the price of his massive 10.000 sq ft mansion from $9,75 million to a measly $8,8 million…. He put it on the market in 2006 but has yet to sell the place.
$8,8 million and it's yours!

$8,8 million and it's yours!

Long haired rock guitarist Slash of former pop/rock band Guns N’ Roses feels he was screwed paying $6,2 million in January 2006 for his Spanish-style Hollywood Hills home.  He sold it last December for $5.7 million claiming it was neither as big nor as private as his estate agent claimed. He is suing the guy and the case is ongoing.
Denise Richards lost $200.000 on the sale of her white home in Hidden Hills, just north of La La Land. She sold it for $3,8 million, originally accepting offers nearer to the $4,5 million range. She bought it in June 2006 for $4 million.
Hidden Hills, how romantic a name....

Hidden Hills, how romantic a name....

Like I said; no need to feel sorry as the money going back and forth still over shadows any sum I will likely ever make, but still, it’s must be hard to loose half a million on a house, even if you’re Slash.