Ellen sells trophy home to tech billionaire

07/25/2014 4:10 PM

07/26/2014 4:38 PM

Ellen DeGeneres has sold the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House on Los Angeles’ Westside to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for $55 million in an off-market deal.

Built in 1950 for real estate developer Sidney Brody and his wife, modernist art collector Frances Brody, the property was sold four years ago for close to $15 million to an investor-owner who spent three years restoring the Midcentury Modern home. Daytime talk show host DeGeneres bought the trophy home last winter for nearly $40 million.

Set on 2.3 acres, the house features the floor-to-ceiling glass walls typical of the Midcentury style and a central atrium/living room. There were nine bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms in 11,511 square feet of living space when the residence last appeared in the Multiple Listing Service.

A swimming pool, a pool house/guesthouse and a tennis court also are on the grounds.

Parker, 34, is a former Facebook president. The tech billionaire also is the co-founder of Plaxo, an online address book and social service.


Model and television producer Heidi Klum has listed her gated estate in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood for sale at $25 million, and it’s a beauty.

The Italianesque mansion, built in 1999, is on 8.5 acres with rose gardens, lawns, a koi pond, hiking trails and an infinity-edge swimming pool and spa. Views take in the ocean, nearby canyons and cityscape.

The 12,300 square feet of living space, renovated by Klum, feature a domed library with a fireplace, a temperature-controlled wine room and a master suite with a sitting room, dual closets and a terrace. A massive bookcase in the library came from Napoleon’s country retreat in France.

There are living, family and dining rooms, a butler’s pantry, a den, an office, a projection room, seven additional bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. French doors open to patios and terraces.

Klum, 41, won an Emmy for hosting Project Runway, which she also executive produces. She has been a judge on America’s Got Talent and Germany’s Next Top Model.

The occasional actress and serial home remodeler bought the property in 2010 with then-husband Seal, the R&B singer, for $14.2 million, public records show. The villa was used as a family home.


Michael Balzary, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist known as Flea, has a home for sale in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park area at $6.8 million.

The Mediterranean-style compound, built in 1925, sits behind walls and gates on close to three-quarters of an acre with a guesthouse in what was once a carriage house. The living space contains formal living and dining rooms, a library, a bar, an eat-in kitchen, a rooftop deck, six bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The grounds feature redwoods, mature pines, olive trees, stone pathways, an outdoor fireplace and a saltwater swimming pool.

There are views of the city, woodlands and the Griffith Observatory.

Flea, 51, is a founding member of the Grammy-winning funk-rock band, which two years ago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They appeared this year with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl game and are working on their 11th studio album.

The musician-actor has done voice work on The Wild Thornberrys and appeared in Back to the Future Part II. He was in this year’s film Low Down.

Flea bought the property, known as the Van Griffith estate, in 2011 for $4.55 million.


Investor and pro soccer team owner Gabriel Brener has sold the former Walt Disney property on L.A.’s Westside for $74 million.

The 35,000-square-foot mansion that sits on the 3.6-acre site was built in 2001, several years after Brener bought the estate from the Lillian B. Disney Trust for $8.45 million.

In the early 1950s, Disney tinkered in a barn on the property, building a one-eighth-scale train he named the Carolwood Pacific Railroad and giving the neighbors rides, according to Los Angeles Times reports. The barn was later dismantled and sits in Griffith Park.

The three-level mansion that just sold has an oval two-story foyer, a wine cellar, a movie room, three bars, a library, a gym, eight bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and two safe rooms.

There is a swimming pool with a pool house, a tennis court and a putting green.

Brener, who owns the Houston Dynamos, heads Azteca Acquisition Corp.


David H. Murdock, the Dole Food Co. chairman and chief executive, has parted with a mansion in Bel-Air for $24 million.

Designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann and built in 1927, the American Colonial Revival home features a grand entry gallery with 14-foot arched ceilings, parquet floors, two offices, a sun room, a wet bar and a free-standing spiral staircase.

The 1.5-acre property has terraced gardens, a swimming pool, a pool house, a guesthouse, a detached garage and a greenhouse.

There are six fireplaces, six bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 12,435 square feet of living space.

Kaufmann’s notable works include the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and the Moderne-style Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles.

The 91-year-old Murdock bought the house in 2001 for $10 million, public records show. He owns another property nearby.

The property the billionaire sold came on the market in December at $30 million.


Friends producer Kevin Bright and his wife, Claudia, have put their Malibu showplace up for sale at $14 million — or for summer lease at $75,000 a month.

Set on 80 feet of beachfront, the house is designed for indoor/outdoor living with walls of glass, a stone patio, a fire pit, barbecue areas and an infinity pool and spa.

The more than half an acre site has three structures that include an ocean-view master suite with an elevator, a media room, a recreation room and four additional bedroom suites. The white and light interiors give the place a beach-getaway vibe.

Bright’s producing and directing credits include the series Friends (1994-2004) and Joey (2004-06), among other shows. He is the founding director of Emerson College Los Angeles.

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