By Laura Vecsey
Still Married, Kobe & Vanessa List Another Home For Sale
Keeping up with the Bryants is a chore almost as taxing (and vexing) as keeping up with Los Angeles’ other high-profile family of inter-personal hijinks. Like the Kardashians, Kobe and Vanessa have undergone their share of media scrutiny – only with a little more confusion about their marital status.
To help settle the score on where the first couple of Los Angeles Lakers basketball stands, let’s go to a replay of their real estate holdings.
After almost divorcing in 2012, Kobe transferred three homes into Vanessa’s name. But after selling their Newport Coast home in January for $3.22 million, the couple has listed a second one of their homes for sale, this one at 1 Pinnacle Pt, Newport Coast for $8.599 million.
Bryant bought the 8,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style estate for $1.7 million in 1997 – one year after the Lakers selected him in the 1996 NBA draft. The home is more like a resort, complete with custom pool, spa, fire pit and outdoor kitchen, and has undergone a complete remodel that includes an all-new 850-square-foot gym, hair salon, home theater and a large paneled office with a shark tank.
The Bryants still own their monster mansion: A 14,000-square-foot, oceanfront home in Orange County that they purchased in 2007 for $9.54 million.
Leo Gives Malibu Buyers a Serious Sign
Leonardo DiCaprio has knocked $4.1 million off the price of his Malibu, Calif., property, a sign that “The Great Gatsby” star is willing to take a little less coin in order to part with his West Coast compound.
DiCaprio bought the home at 23736 Malibu Colony Rd for $6 million back in 2002, and listed it for rent in May 2012 for $75,000 a month. By November of 2012, the actor listed the place for sale at a whopping $23 million.
In February, with no sale pending, DiCaprio listed it for rent at the same $75,000 per month price before re-listing the beachfront place in August for $18.9 million. Listing notes mention that there will be no showings until after Labor Day, as the tenants want to enjoy their last days of Pacific Ocean gazing.
Dennis Quaid Resells Home after Love, Marriage, Divorce, Reconciliation
It’s not quite “The Parent Trap,’’ but Dennis Quaid and Kimberly Buffington-Quaid do have a set of twins and are still wrangling over divorce settlement arrangements, or whether to divorce, or how to stop divorce papers from being signed by a California judge.
It's tough to keep up with this swirling love boat.
Now, months after buying his wife a Pacific Palisades home in February for $3.1 million that was supposed to serve as home for Buffington-Quaid and the twins for years to come, it turns out that won’t be the landing pad. The home at 1239 Las Pulgas Road has just been listed for $3.15 million.
Built in 1959 and renovated to give a new, modern feel, the 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home measures 3,421 square feet and sits on a quarter-acre lot. Amenities of the home include a large, gourmet kitchen with plentiful seating, high-end AV electronics, hardwood floors and stunning ocean views.
Chris Brown Feeling No Love At Home
Bad boy singer Chris Brown’s post-Rihanna-assault life has not been a barrel of laughs. In addition to a health issue that forced his cancellation of concerts this month, and also to his threat that he is going to quit being a singer, he’s got those West Hollywood real estate blues.
After neighbors got all up in his grill over parking snafus, Brown first listed his condo at 8265 Fountain Ave in Hollywood for $1.895 million. But with no action, he took it off the market for a spell, and has just come up with a more buyer-friendly price tag of $1.695 million.
The 3,100-square-foot condo has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and occupies the entire top floor of the building. With an open floor plan, quartz counters and bamboo floors, the condo has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards.
Brown is living in a modern, single-family home in Hollywood Hills, but that’s brought some more woes his way. After the 24-year-old spray-painted graffiti art on his exterior walls, Brown’s neighbors took their complaints to the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, which described the mural as “like devils on the wall.” The graffiti wars led to city officials fining Brown on a daily basis until the “art” was decommissioned.