Hot Property: L.A.

Cowell looking to sell Beverly Hills home

 

Los Angeles Times

Simon Cowell is quietly looking for a buyer for his Beverly Hills trophy house, marketing it outside the Multiple Listing Service.

Cowell, who paid $15.5 million for the gated estate, is asking $20 million, according to local real estate agents.

He bought the Trousdale Estates-area house two years ago from Randy Phillips of concert-promotion powerhouse AEG Live in an off-market deal. Phillips has a passion for restoring midcentury homes and had planned to move into the 1966 Hal Levitt-designed showcase with work completed.

When approached about selling the home, Phillips decided to test the water. “I came up with a price that I didn’t think anyone would match or meet,” he told the Los Angeles Times last year. “So I didn’t think I was in trouble of losing my house.”

The two-story house, which sits on more than half an acre with a pool, has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 7,265 square feet of living space, public records show. Features include city views, an outdoor entertainment area, a screening room and a formal dining room with walls of glass.

Cowell, 53, is known to television audiences for his role as a music judge on shows including The X Factor, American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent.

STATELY TUDOR

Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie, known for his horror and sci-fi themes, has listed his stately home in Hancock Park at $3.95 million.

The tree-sheltered Tudor, built in 1924, features wood paneling in the living room and pub rooms as well as the entry. The kitchen has been remodeled and includes a butler’s pantry. There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms for a total of 6,249 square feet of interior space.

There’s hardly anything sinister about the house at all — except for a taxidermy bear towering over the living room in the listing photos.

The half-acre lot also contains a guest house, pool house, pool and spa.

Zombie, 48, was a founding member and lead singer for the heavy metal band White Zombie. He expanded to film soundtrack writing and performing. The home last sold in 1999 for $1.799 million, public records show. Zombie also owns a home in Woodbury, Conn.

SCENE CHANGE

James Van Der Beek has listed a house in the heart of Valley Village for $1.25 million.

The single-family home was an income property, said the listing agent.

The 3,017-square-foot house, built in 1936, features a great room with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. French doors off the master suite overlook a pool.

Van Der Beek, 36, will be in the upcoming movie Labor Day. He paid $1.26 million for the house in 2005 and had been leasing it out for nearly $5,000 a month, according to the MLS.

STUDIO CITY

Guitarist-songwriter Billy Howerdel has sold his Studio City house for $1.825 million.

The Mediterranean, completed in 2008, features 10-foot ceilings, formal dining and living rooms, three fireplaces, five en suite bedrooms and a powder room in its 4,000 square feet. Outdoor amenities include a kitchen with granite counters and barbecue, a patio misting system, a fireplace, a pool and a spa.

Howerdel, 41, is a founding member of the platinum-selling band A Perfect Circle and the solo project Ashes Divide. The rocker has worked as a guitar technician for bands including Tool, Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. A Perfect Circle.

Howerdel bought the property in 2008 for $1.685 million, public records show.

TEHACHAPI RANCH

Bob Biggs, the founder of Slash Records, has listed his ranch in Tehachapi for sale at $2.25 million.

The 80-acre spread centers on a three-level concrete home designed by Santa Monica architect Carl Day and built a decade ago. Features include three ground-level fireplaces, loft offices, a library/den, three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,900 square feet of living space. A deck runs almost the length of the house. Exterior metal doors can be rolled down for fire protection.

The property has a six-stall barn, a workshop and a studio for Biggs, who is a painter.

He also has listed a nearby airplane hangar with office space in it for $575,000.

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