Rodeo Realty agent Laura Piller helped comedy improv star Wayne Brady sell his home in Sherman Oaks earlier this year and now she’s introduced him to the new home of his dreams. As Lauren Beale of the LA Times put it Brady, “who hosts ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ has made one himself with the purchase of a condominium in Pacific Palisades for $1.75 million.” The contemporary three-bedroom unit makes the most of the sea air and ocean views with French doors opening to the terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Brian Stevens’ Malibu listing made L.A. Times Hot Properties this week. Here’s some of what reporter Lauren Beale had to say:
Reality TV star and singer Heidi Montag has been hiding out by the beach this summer at a Malibu place she rented for $25,000 a month, according to the Multiple Listing Service. But she moved on in late August, and the gated contemporary is back on the market at $5.5 million.
Yes, that’s Heidi of “The Hills,” as in Heidi and Spencer, as in soon-to-be divorced Heidi. Lost? Backing up, Montag began dating fellow cast member Spencer Pratt while working on “The Hills” (2006-10). The pair eloped to Mexico in 2008 and, just for good measure, got married again stateside last year. In July she filed for divorce.
The acre-plus property where she made her summer home has a saltwater lap pool, tropical landscaping and mature trees. The kitchen has a blue glass sink, an eat-in center island and a skylight; the master suite has a two-sided fireplace, a wet bar, dual closets, a sunken tub and shower for two. There are 6,636 square feet of living space in which to lose oneself. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house, built in 1972, is also available for lease at $19,500 a month, furnished, with a year lease.
Lauren Beale of the L.A. Times included one of Ian L. Brooks’ listings in Hot Properties last week. Here’s what she had to say:
Actor Greg Germann, who starred on “Ally McBeal,” has leased a home in Santa Monica that had been listed for sale at $1.7 million. The lease price was not available.
The Cape Cod-inspired house includes high ceilings, skylights, balconies, terraces and a master bedroom with coved ceilings, a fireplace and dual closets. There are four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Germann, 52, played Richard Fish in “Ally McBeal” from 1997 to 2002 and starred on “In Case of Emergency” (2007). Since then he has appeared on “Medium” (2010), “Ghost Whisperer” (2009), “CSI: NY” (2009) and other shows, as well as in the Broadway play ” Boeing-Boeing.”
Ian L. Brooks of Rodeo Realty was the listing agent and handled the lease transaction.
This gated and private East Coast traditional view estate is located in the star-studded Crest Streets of Beverly Hills. Not surprisingly, the home has a long list of former celebrity owners including: Christine McVie of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, Joan Collins, and Elton John.
The estate is on more than ¾ acres of lush, park-like grounds. A large motor court entry leads to a majestic home that features flagstone exterior and slate roof.
Interiors are elegant and comfortable, with wood floors and wonderful spaces for entertaining. The living room features a marble fireplace and French doors that lead to a covered patio overlooking the landscaped grounds and breathtaking city, mountain and ocean views.
The formal dining room also features French doors that open to a fragrant rose garden. The centerpiece of the home is a gourmet kitchen with center island, breakfast area, pine cabinets, exposed beam ceiling and top of the line commercial stainless steel appliances. An adjacent family/media room with oversized fireplace and built-in bookcase plus separate den/office with fireplace are also featured.
The master suite offers tranquil city and ocean views, an oversized fireplace and a gorgeous master bath with dual sinks, spa tub and steam shower with ocean view. Three additional bedroom suites complete the interiors. The lush and verdant grounds include several flat grassy areas, a swimmers pool, sun deck and pond with shady gazebo.
Joe Babajian of Rodeo Realty and Judy Cycon of Prudential California Realty are co-listing the property. The price is $7.45 million. For more information visit: http://www.lloydcrestestate.com/
Talk to Todd Jones of Rodeo Realty’s Studio City office if you’ve ever questioned whether or not to promote the fact that one of your real estate listings, or purchases, involves celebrities.
Jones is currently representing soap opera star Katherine Kelly Lang, and husband Alex D’Andrea, in the sale of their home in Sherman Oaks. The 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,410 square foot abode is listed at $1.449 million.
The house was featured last week in the Los Angeles Times, and Curbed LA blogged about the listing and posted a direct link to Jones’ web site. The property was also featured on news sites throughout the United States.
Note: All of this press was garnered without revealing the property address. The celebrity couple still lives in the home and requested the address remain confidential. News outlets are generally cooperative with privacy matters like this.
Jones used Google Analytics to track the amount of visitors to his web site. All of the press led to 550 more hits than usual. He said the Curbed LA mention probably contributed the most since it provided a direct link to his site. Jones’ name also appeared on the Web and in the Saturday print edition of the L.A. Times.
He said the publicity keeps the seller happy, because he’s able to show another one of Rodeo Realty’s strengths and capabilities. Follow-up from the exposure –meaning whether or not it leads to showings and an eventual sale- will also be a good indicator of whether the home is priced right.
Public relations is just one element of Jones’ overall marketing strategy for this home. The fact that he had a web site for the property gave readers a place to “land” and a way for him to track the numbers. Jones’ name appearing in the news is also a plus for landing clients in the future.
Of course, as real estate agents you need to respect the privacy and wishes of celebrity clients. And if confidentiality agreements are in place, you cannot break those agreements. But if celebrity clients are open to using their names to help sell the home, it can give your marketing efforts a significant boost.
Eric Billingsley, Publicist, Rodeo Realty
Soap star Katherine Kelly Lang, who has played Brooke Logan Forrester on CBS’s the “Bold and the Beautiful” since 1987, and husband, entertainment industry executive Alex D’Andrea, have listed their Sherman Oaks home.
The South of the Blvd. abode blends warmth, charm and impeccable designer interiors. It has 3,410 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. Soaring ceilings, wood floors, fireplace, and a 7’ built-in wine rack are just a few of the home’s perks.
The generous master suite includes a spa tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. The backyard boasts a basketball goal, lush landscaping, viewing area, and even a putting green.
Lang and D’Andrea’s home is situated in the Dixie Canyon Elementary boundaries and close to many prestigious private schools. The house is priced at $1.449 million and Todd Jones of Rodeo Realty is the listing agent.
For more information visit: www.toddjoneshomes.com/dixiecanyon.aspx
Lauren Case and Stefani Porter of Rodeo’s Woodland Hills office are co-listing the former home of country music icon Kenny Rogers. The 3,147 square foot Spanish Hacienda hideaway is on more than an acre of land in the Mulholland Scenic Corridor. Apparently Kenny Rogers was the home’s first owner back in the late 1970s.
Designed for indoor/outdoor living, the home has numerous French doors opening to pergola covered patios featuring a built-in BBQ grill, a large swimmer’s pool and spa, a putting green, flat lawns and mature landscaping.
Close to hiking, bike trails and urban areas, the multi-level 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence has sweeping mountain views from bedroom verandas, custom plaster walls, carved wood & iron entry door, tall ceilings, wood beams, skylights, and imported French stone & tile accents.
The chef’s kitchen has a large custom built eat-in granite table large enough to seat six with wood cabinetry and wine rack beneath, granite counters, Sub Zero fridge, and Viking range with grill. For more information contact Lauren at (818) 974-8722 or Stefani at (818) 999-2030. You can also visit the listings section of http://www.laurencase.com/.
Rodeo Realty’s Joe Babajian is listing the former Beverly Hills abode of fashion designer Bob Mackie. It is located in the desirable “Crest” streets in prime BHPO. Recently renovated designer interiors include: a dramatic living room with fireplace and 12’ ceiling; showroom-quality kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances that opens into a family room; formal dining room; and separate office. The master suite features a sitting room, dual closets and master bath with spa tub. There are four other bedrooms including a staff room with separate entry. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the house provide plenty of natural light and prime views of the city. Other features include wood floors, integrated audio visual system and security system. And the grounds? The property is on a street-to-street lot that offers a tranquil and private setting. It also has a large patio and fire pit for entertaining. List price: $2,695,000. See more at: http://www.9314lloydcrestdr.com/
Oh the celebrity history of homes in Bel Air and the Hollywood Hills…It never gets old. Just got word that Joe Babajian of Rodeo Realty is listing a Bel Air home that Robby Krieger from the iconic band The Doors had built in 1971.
The architecture of the 6,600 square foot, four bedroom, five-and-a-half bath abode is a blend of Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner. The entire home wraps around an interior courtyard pool and spa surrounded by tropical greenery. Everything, from lighting to stereo, is state-of-the art. It also sits on a 1.5 acre knoll with amazing panoramic views. Asking price? $6,195,000.
And the home’s history even gets more interesting. Babajian sold the pad to Fred Durst -who is primarily known as the front man for rock band Limp Bizkit- in 2001. Babajian sold it again in 2002 to the current owner.
To see more of this property, visit http://www.bellagioarchitectural.com/.
In October 2001, actor/pop singer, Jennifer Lopez (a.k.a. J.Lo), and dancer boyfriend, Cris Judd, exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony on a private estate located in Calabasas, Calif.
One report described the outdoor wedding as having a “heady aroma of 10,000 roses.” The New York Post reported the couple’s after-vow smooch supposedly wowed the crowd. “Everybody who saw them was enchanted,” said one guest.
The Lopez and Judd union didn’t last, but the sprawling estate where the celebrity wedding took place is alive, well and as beautiful as ever. And, it just hit the market for $8.85 million.
Located on Thousand Peaks Rd. in Calabasas, the French Chateau is situated on 10-acres of land, has a circular motor court, six bedrooms, library, family room , den, three ponds, flower gardens, orchards, and infinity pool overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains, to name a few of its attributes.
Lou Woolf of Rodeo Realty is listing agent on the property. For more information about the Thousand Peaks Rd. estate, visit www.thousandpeaksrd.com.