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Ariana Grande Sells Los Angeles Mansion for $14 Million

Ariana Grande is saying “Thank U, Next” to her Los Angeles mansion, which sold Wednesday for $14 million. Located in Hollywood Hills’s Bird Streets—a celebrity favorite—the more than 10,000-square-foot home sits high above the city’s iconic Sunset Strip, according to the listing with Aaron Kirman of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, who represented Ms. Grande in the sale. The 28-year-old pop chanteuse hadn’t spent long in the abode. She bought the four-bedroom, six-bathroom residence in June 2020 for $13.7 million, according to listing records. The home was built in 2018 as a spec home and was tied to the Woodbridge Group, according to records with PropertyShark. Woodbridge was founded by Robert Shapiro, who is serving 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors of ​​$1.3 million, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2019. Features of the mansion include views of Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean and beyond, retractable glass walls, a wet bar, a wine cellar with space for more than 300 bottles and a gourmet kitchen with a black silk granite island and brass-accented Italian cabinetry, according to the listing. The full-floor primary suite offers a sitting area, two vanities, a soaking tub and a walk-in closet fit for a pop star. There’s also a media lounge, a gym and sauna, as well as an infinity-edge pool surrounded by a deck. Matt and Josh Altman of Douglas Elliman represented the buyer, who remains a mystery, as public records are not yet available. The agents declined to comment. The Bird Streets, so known because of its avian-named streets, is a favorite among Hollywood elite. Residents include Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jodie Foster, Keanu Reeves and chef Bobby Flay. Ms. Grande, known for hits such as “7 Rings” and “Bang Bang” and for being a coach on The Voice, also bought a 300-year-old estate in Montecito, California, last year. The timber-frame home, purchased through a trust for $6.75 million, was sold by daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi, Mansion Global reported. Mr. Kirman declined to comment for this article.

Historic Barrymore Estate in Los Angeles Sells for $14.7 Million After Six Years on the Market

The Los Angeles home of late actor John Barrymore sold Thursday for $14.7 million. The Barrymore Estate is tucked into the hills of Los Angeles’s Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood and has views of downtown and beyond. Sitting on about an acre of land, the property offers a total of seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms over several dwellings, according to the listing with Kirby Gillon, Bryce Lowe and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. “This home is steeped in history and you feel that when you’re on the grounds,” Ms. Gillon said in an email. “The different dwellings that make up the compound each have a story to tell.” The buyer was Joseph McGinty Nichol, otherwise known as McG, a 53-year-old director and producer, according to a statement from the agents. He was represented by Billy Rose at The Agency. “Energetically, I think we knew he was the buyer within seconds of him coming through the house,” Mr. Lowe explained, also in an email. “I think it was this connection that got us through the whole deal.” Also known as the Bella Vista, the Spanish Colonial home was built by notable architect John Byers in 1926 for Golden Age director King Vidor, whose films include “Northwest Passage” (1940) and “Duel in the Sun” (1946). Barrymore—a stage and film star with credits like “Grand Hotel” (1932) and “Midnight” (1939), as well as the grandfather of actor Drew Barrymore—purchased the home in the late 1920s and lived there until his death in 1942.

Meet L.A. Real Estate’s Rising Stars

Six emerging heavy hitters on the Hollywood real estate scene — Aaron Kirman Group’s Dalton Gomez, RE/MAX’s Shavonda Hill, Compass’ Lily Harfouche, The Agency’s Cooper Mount and Douglas Elliman duo Learka Bosnak and Heather T. Roy — all emphasize one marker of success in the business: discretion. Hill, who represented Kenya Barris in two transactions this year, has established herself as a go-to for high-profile buyers through word-of-mouth. “A lot of them want privacy and anonymity for where they’re buying,” Hill says of her celebrity clients. “If this is where their kids are going to be laying their heads, they don’t want everybody to know that.” Harfouche — who recently sold to Pink, along with star couple Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson — agrees: “I prefer to be as much of a secret agent as possible. Whether you’re a celebrity or not, buying a home is such an intimate experience.” A Malibu native, Mount is still riding the wave of the quarantine beach-town boom, as he anticipates a record $100 million in sales for 2021. “The lease market exploded when no one was able to get out of town,” Mount says of the pandemic’s effects. “That boosted everything.” For Roy and Bosnak — business partners since 2006 — their clients have come to seek what they refer to as “co-primary homes,” or vacation spots turned permanent residencies. “A beach house all of a sudden was a primary [home], along with a place in the city,” Roy says. The pair has recently found new homes, per public records, for Nahnatchka Khan, Julie Plec, Stephany Folsom and Zuri Hall. Gomez, husband of Ariana Grande, started out working under the tutelage of big-time agent Aaron Kirman and has since struck his own deals with stars like Ella Mai and Justin Bieber. But like his peers, Gomez relies on his reputation. “I’m not really one to market myself,” he says. “I try to go above and beyond for all my clients, and that translates into referral business.”

Home of the Week: Inside a $25 Million LA Mansion Designed by a Former Israeli Secret Service Agent

Viewed from the street, you might not give this somber, square-edged, 1950s-style two-story a second glance, thanks to its battleship-gray paint, black-framed windows and flat-topped roof littered with ugly A/C units. Even the driveway seems designed to avert attention, with its prison-like black metal security gates leading to a sea of concrete with not a flower bed in sight. As far as curb-appeal goes, the place is decidedly lacking. Yet if this modernist home in Los Angeles’ tony Hancock Park neighborhood sells for anywhere close to its $24.99 million asking, it would hit the record books as the area’s priciest pad. Why so expensive? Open that solid wood front door in the bunker-like entryway, step inside and your jaw will descend at the instant transformation from somber to stunning. “This is nothing less than a triumph of architecture and design. It really is unlike anything Hancock Park has ever seen before; the beauty and caliber of the work is second to none,” says listing agent Aaron Kirman, of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, who shares the listing with Compass colleague Verna Helbling and Adam Rosenfeld with The Agency. He’s not wrong. The first thing you see entering the foyer of this sprawling, 13,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom compound is a seemingly gravity-defying glass-and-white-marble floating staircase. Alongside it hangs a complex Italian Malerba pendant chandelier made up of a multitude of polished nickel tubes. On the floor, quirky, chevron-style marble inlays point your eye past the sexy, Miami South Beach-esque bar and the Italian kitchen with its acres of posh granite, all the way to the home’s backyard paradise. It’s all the work of Meir Siboni and Jonathan Menlo, of celebrity property developers Elite IMG. They bought the near-dilapidated 1950s-built home on Hancock Park’s South Hudson Avenue back in 2016 for $5.3 million. While strict Hancock Park preservation regulations prevented the home from being leveled, Siboni and Menlo kept the basic footprint along with the outer walls, then took the structure down to the studs and rebuilt everything. “It took two years to learn what we could and couldn’t do, then another two-and-a-half-years to re-imagine the home with a single-minded focus on quality and design,” Siboni tells Robb Report. At an early stage, he and Menlo brought in Irene Acosta-Hershman of LA-based IA-Design Studio, together with Michael Palumbo of Palumbo Design, to move walls, add spaces, pick finishes and create a new flow to the six-bedroom main house. And, in night-and-day contrast to the somber look of the front of the house, the rear is all inviting, soft-gray brick surfaces, with massive glass pocket doors that open the interior to the outside. It’s the same on the second floor, with a full-width terrace, huge windows and a glass balustrade. Exquisite interior features include the oversize kitchen made-up of super-high-quality Italian Scavolini cabinets, glossy lacquered-wood walls and twin islands. And for those times the catering staff are called in, there’s a full, professional-grade kitchen tucked away.

$65 Million Beverly Hills Spec House Features a 150-Year-Old Olive Tree in an Interior Courtyard

Location: Beverly Hills, California Price: $65 million This new build in the tony Trousdale Estates neighborhood of greater Los Angeles offers a boatload of high-end finishes and amenities, including a pool with a junior Olympic-sized lap lane, a home theater, a wellness center and a gym, and a Zen-like interior courtyard with a 20-foot cascading wall of water and a 150-year-old olive tree imported from Italy. “The house took six years to build,” said designer-developer and listing agent Michael Chen. “It’s incredibly private for Trousdale.” The property was developed by Luxford Investment Group, which is headed by Mr. Chen, in collaboration with SAOTA Architects. The design firm Vesta did the staging. The two-story home, which Mr. Chen has named “Elementi,” on Wallace Ridge is being sold furnished. “Eighty percent of the furniture is imported from Italy,” he said. All of the stone is also Italian. “I lived in Italy for two years and was very inspired by Italian design—their millwork and all of the design details,” Mr. Chen said. The front entrance features a floating marble bridge with decorative vertical louvers, and the formal dining room is suspended over the lower-level courtyard. The open-plan great room has marble details and motorized glass doors that pocket all of the way into the walls to reveal panoramic views from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. The main kitchen features Gaggenau appliances, Dada cabinetry and a 14-foot-long leathered marble island that looks like a floating piece of stone. The butler’s kitchen, which has its own entrance, also has Gaggenau appliances and Dada cabinets as well as back-to-back Viking stoves with 16 burners and two hoods. The collosal 3,000-square-foot primary bedroom suite has dual bathrooms and a 400-square-foot private terrace with a spa. The suite’s seating area could also work as an office, Mr. Chen said. A floating custom spiral staircase coated in Venetian plaster leads to the lower level. The centerpiece of this floor is a “large entertaining location,” Mr. Chen said. “It’s pretty much a bar downstairs, but it’s a very classy bar.”

A Redwood-Clad Mid-Century Gem in Los Angeles Comes Fully Restored

Location: Beverly Hills, California Price: $10 million The Rowan Residence is a Mid-Century Modern masterpiece by architect Robert Skinner, nestled within the enviable Beverly Hills gated enclave of Hidden Valley Estates. Built in 1961, the iconic home was photographed in 1964 by Julius Shulman and featured in Taschen’s tome “Modernism Rediscovered,” according to listing agent Tori Barnao. The seller is noted talent agent Greg Cavic, whose clients include actors like Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt, according to Mr. Barnao. He and his wife, Jessica Cavic, bought the home in 2012 from the architect Bruce Beckett—who had owned it since the late ’60s—and hired the well-regarded Los Angeles architect John Bertram to undertake a restoration, in collaboration with interior designer Sarah Shetter and Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes. “Bertram dove deep into the project, extensively researching the home’s original plans and referring to the Julius Shulman photographs in order to perform as authentic a restoration as possible,” Mr. Barnao said. “Any element of the restoration that doesn’t directly reflect the original plans at least maintains a ’60s vibe, honoring the time period.” The restoration incorporated redwood tongue-and-groove interior and exterior siding, Douglas fir furniture-grade custom cabinetry, terrazzo flooring and specialty lighting, while balancing personal spaces with a sprawling central open-plan warren of common spaces. Walls of glass throughout—combined with an impressive outdoor space complete with pool, lounge area and verdant gardens—facilitate an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

An L.A. Real Estate First: Houses Accept Buyers’ Bitcoin and Display NFT Art

The soaring contemporary architecture and breathtaking views of the Palazzo di Vista in Bel Air may seem well worth the $87.77 million it’s listed for. But the lucky buyer will also acquire a $7 million art collection, including an NFT (non-fungible token) art gallery, curated by MDP Art Curators, with works by Ghost Girl and BigHead Music Producer. “The art world is changing so fast in this digital world, so we thought, ‘Why not incorporate it into the house world?’ ” says Compass’ Aaron Kirman. He holds the listing with The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky, who says, “It adds another level of fun where you just might attract the right buyer. And it’s a great marketing campaign.” One early booster of NFTs has been developer Phillip Braunstein, president of Colossal Properties, and it’s already changed the way he views his homes. “Where I would maybe in the past have looked for a really nice wall to put a piece of art, now I’m going to be focusing on how to integrate the digital art experience,” he says. As a collector of NFT art, Braunstein sees enormous benefits in integrating NFTs into real estate portfolios. Not only is their provenance authenticated on blockchain, they also cut out some of the hassle of maintaining traditional artworks.

Talent agent Greg Cavic floats a pristine Midcentury in the 90210

Talent agent Greg Cavic is used to inking deals for celebrity clients, but now he’s eyeing a contract for his Beverly Hills Post Office home. The Midcentury home he has owned for nine years is on the market for $9.35 million. Cavic — who left Creative Artists Agency for United Talent Agency in 2015 as part of a mass exodus that CAA called a “lawless, midnight raid” — shelled out $3.49 million for the property in 2012, records show. Over the last few years, he oversaw a major restoration that brought the Midcentury gem back to its former glory. Perched in the gated enclave of Hidden Valley Estates, the handsome home was built in 1961 by Robert Skinner and later starred in Julius Schulman’s book “Modernism Rediscovered.” Architect John Bertram worked with designer Sarah Shetter on the renovation, bringing in Douglas fir furniture, terrazzo floors, new fixtures and vibrant redwood accents both inside and out.

A Beverly Hills Estate Is Asking $65 Million, or The Bitcoin Equivalent, To Take It Off The Market

Multimillion-dollar homes in Beverly Hills aren’t rare, but this $65 million Beverly Hills estate at 1108 Wallace Ridge (called Elementi) in the exclusive Trousdale Estates neighborhood, is officially accepting the Bitcoin equivalent to take it off the market. “Crypto is something the sellers are very interested in, and it’s a growing movement that I believe will be incorporated into the residential sphere,” says listing agent Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, who is co-listing the property with developer Michael Chen and Adam Rosenfeld at Compass. Purchasing real estate with cryptocurrency is on the rise, and America’s largest-known cryptocurrency deal happened in Miami in June with the sale of the city’s most expensive penthouse, valued at $22.5 million. While purchasing real estate with cryptocurrency dates as far back as 2014, it hasn’t quite infiltrated the mainstream. “We are seeing a trend, certainly with sellers, that are now much more open to taking cryptocurrency and open to that type of transaction, which we have not seen at any level before,” Kirman says. While Kirman reiterates they are not here to change the system, he does find it interesting that more and more sellers are willing to take alternate forms of currency. “I believe that escrow should not take six months, escrow should take three days,” says Chen, the home’s developer and a cryptocurrency investor himself. “Historically, it’s still on such an old system. Now, you can transfer $10 million in two seconds versus going through a central bank.” The home was built by Chen, founder of Luxford Development Group, in the exclusive Trousdale Estates neighborhood, a private gated enclave home to celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Elvis Presley, Ellen DeGeneres and Jane Fonda, as well as tech founders and executives. Chen, who has designed sets for Warner Brothers, as well as furniture in Milan and other luxury developments in Southern California, started building the home six years ago.


La valoración del bitcoin hoy en día superó los 62 mil dólares, un aumento de tres mil dólares son respecto a algunas semanas. Teniendo en cuenta esto, si estás en busca de una nueva casa y te interesa Beverly Hills solo vas a necesitar mil bitcoins para ser el nuevo dueño de Wallace Ridge, es eso o puedes pagar con 65 millones de monedas normales. La propiedad ultramoderna forma parte de una tendencia reciente en las que los propietarios de bienes raíces están dispuestos a aceptar dólares o criptomoneda para la compra de una casa. Esta mansión en particular ubicada al sur de California es exagerada, pero de muy buen gusto, con una arquitectura envidiable y una elegante carpintería italiana. Solo la entrada cuenta con una losa flotante de mármol, una pared de agua de 20 pies y si no te convence al interior la suite principal en voladizo que se siente como flotar sobre la piscina lo hará. El tema de mármol y piedra se ubica en las siete habitaciones de Wallace Ridge, una enorme isla personalizada decora el bar y la iluminación LED ilumina y pone el ambiente. En el baño de la suite principal una bañera Pibamarmi hecha con mármol Nero Marquina y la ducha revestida en el mismo material te espera, eso sin olvida la chimenea en la gran sala y la cava con espacio para dos mil botellas. La terraza del dormitorio principal ofrece las mejores vistas de Los Ángeles, especialmente desde la bañera de hidromasaje; el vestidor es sumamente amplio y su tragaluz llena la habitación de luz natural, eso sin mencionar que muebles italianos decoran la mayor parte de la propiedad. Como si necesitarás más motivos para querer ser el nuevo propietario, la residencia tiene un patio acristalado de estilo zen donde un olivo de 150 años traído de la Toscana crece como una escultura y un spa como espacio para masajes, sauna y una sala de vapor. Por otro lado, su sala de proyección tiene capacidad para 24 personas y la sala de entretenimiento tiene 4 pantallas en donde podrás ver tus partidos al mismo tiempo o todos juntos en una sola imagen. La cotización está en manos de la agencia de bienes raíces Aaron Kirman en Compass de Michael Chen y Aaron Kirman.

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