Real Estate

Cash in hand for Avril Lavigne’s Beverly Hills mansion

<!– expensive –>What: Avril Lavigne receives cash offer for Beverly Hills mansion
Beverly Hills

Price: $5.2 million
Justification: Because cash in hand is worth three in the bush…

Kiki Taylor’s Take

Eight times Grammy nominated, Avril Lavigne was offered $5.2 million in cash for her Mulholland Estate in Beverly Hills.  When most of us can only dream of such wealth at 24 years old, Ms. Lavigne is leading the life of luxury. For Ms. Lavigne, it’s not undeserving. Eight Grammy nominated and a six time platinum first album aside, she has cash now, time for shopping. So, what do you get for $5.2 million? There are 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,864 square feet –plenty of room to run around –cash in hand, tropical gardens with a swimming pool, spa, and tennis court. Let’s not forget the gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry and library.

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Ted Danson’s Malibu Mansion Reduced in Price

<!– expensive –>What: Reduced price ocean front house
Price: $18.5 million reduced to $16.75 million
Justification: Ocean views, not beer and beer nuts.

April V. Muccini’s Take

Cheers star Ted Danson and his Oscar-winning wife Mary Steenburgen felt the crunch of recent property market doom as their previously listed $18.5 million home was marked down to $16.75 million after a year of no takers. Ted and Mary moved on from their renovated Cape Cod-style house in the Malibu Colony, and I want to move in. Look at the 3,500 square feet of hickory floors, not to mention the  8-foot sliding French doors opening out on an oceanfront patio and deck, complete  with panoramic ocean views and a dining room that overlooks the Pacific. The house also boasts an oceanfront tearoom that features a ceiling-mounted projection screen- just one component of a mega entertainment system. The master bedroom has a fireplace (decadent, even for LA) and a large sun deck. Seems worthy of  $18.5 million if you ask me.

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Maternal Instincts

<!– expensive –>What: Maternal Instincts
Los Angeles
Price: $7,995,000 million
Justification: Because millionaire mothers need childproof locks too.

Kay Avalon’s Take

New mother, singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera, has listed her Hollywood Hills home on the market for $7,995,000. Maybe her new maternal instinct and desire for a more child-friendly abode is behind the decision to switch nests along with her son, Max, and husband, music marketer, Jordan Bratman. Her elevated, architectural mid-century house doesn’t appear to be at all child-friendly. The 6,500 square feet home has a gym, a pool (a virtual death-trap for toddlers) and a 12-person spa with a fireplace (look, but don’t touch the pretty flame, darling). There are also 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, making it hard to find junior when he crawls away. The master bedroom is 1,200 square feet, and there’s an 18 seat professional screening room. Christina’s newfound motherhood inspired her to change appearances, so living quarters seems only natural.


Gyllenhaal’s Family Home on Market for $3.795 million

<!– expensive –>What: Gyllenhaal’s Family Home on Market for $3.795 million
Los Angeles
Price: $4.2 million – $3, 795, 000
Justification: It’s Jake in his pajamas!

Kay Avalon’s Take

If you have around $4 million dollars to spend, why not make an appointment to view the Gyllenhaal’s home for sale in the Hollywood Hills? Or, if you’re like me, and you only have $4 dollars, why not make an appointment to view Jake Gyllenhaal in his parents’ home in the Hollywood Hills? The Oscar nominated star has been flouncing around in his pajamas, showing potential buyers his parent’s 3,000 square foot home, the asking price of which has dropped from $4.2 million to $3,795,000. Jake’s parents, poet and director, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and Academy Award nominated screenwriter, Naomi Foner, are trying to unload their five bedroom, three bathroom, modern light-filled home with a chef’s kitchen. The pad is situated on an acre with stunning landscaping by Hollywood designer, Jay Griffith, and magnificent views of the city. But who cares? We want Jake to show us the living room light fixtures, the intricate garden design, the vast kitchen counter space, and the sumptuous master bedroom in nothing but silk pajama bottoms. Jake, you could sell us the Yellow Pages. We love you! Oh, and your parent’s house, too.


Does Dan Aykroyd Have Too Much Time on His Hands? 4 Real Estate Transactions In The Past Year: Total Of $27.4 million

<!– expensive –>What: Buying and Selling
Los Angeles
Price: $3.8 – $14.5 million
Justification: There’s no stopping a blues brother

Views: 19250

Lillian Sweet’s Take

Comic actor Aykroyd and his wife, Donna Dixon, have bought and sold property four times in recent months, as if it was the easiest and most stress-free pastime on the planet. In February, they paid $14.5 million for a 5,244 square-foot house in Pacific Palisades. In December of 2007, they sold their 4,828 square-foot house on Woodrow Wilson Drive for $3.8 million to Beverly DeAngelo. Built in 1951, the two-story home which was once occupied by Ringo Starr and Mama Cass (not at the same time – as far as we know), has 5 1/2 bathrooms, five or six bedrooms (depending on who’s counting), a pool and six fireplaces. Aykroyd recently sold another property for $2.13 million in the Sunset Strip area that he owned with his brother, Peter. The 4,100 square-foot Colonial-style1922 house has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. If that wasn’t enough to keep Mr. Aykroyd and his wife busy, they recently listed their 3,400 square-foot condo on Manhattan‘s Upper East Side for $7 million. Maybe 55 year-old Dan needs to make another movie to keep him occupied. It’s about time for a remake of Ghost Busters, after all.


Cecil B DeMille’s Los Feliz Estate

<!– expensive –>What: Cecil B DeMille’s Estate
2000 Demille Drive, Los Feliz, CA
Price: $26.25 million
Justification: Norma Desmond wouldn’t ask why

Kiki Taylor’s Take

Los Feliz has historically been home to movie stars and the Hollywood elite. Arguably, the biggest mover and shaker of them all, Cecil B. DeMille, resided here for more than forty years. His estate has just hit the market – not for the first time – at a whopping $26.25 million. The Mediterranean architecture has been completely restored, resting on 2.1 elevated acres in gated Laughlin Park. The estate comprises an artist’s studio house, classic pool, pool house/gym, hot tub, spa and Jacuzzi, audiophile system, and expansive lawns.


DeMille bought the 1914 Beaux Arts style 9,700 square foot home in 1916 for the sum of $27,893. The elevation affords sweeping views sweeping views of the city and the famous Hollywood sign. The forty foot heated swimming pool sports a fountain, and additional fountains flow on the terrace and by the studio. The screening room, named “The Chaplin House” after it was leased to Charlie and his wife du jour, is self-contained with its own guest quarters. The master bedroom in the main house contains one of the estate’s four marble fireplaces, a sitting room with an entertainment center, a bathroom with period fixtures, and whirlpool tub. The dining room is paneled in wood and the basement has a laundry room, staff quarters, and a wine cellar. There are three additional en suite bedrooms and seven bathrooms With a down payment of $5.25 million, that’s a dream home in the making.


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