The San Gabriel Valley city in Pasadena is enjoying a moment in the spotlight thanks to a spree of high-profile home sales. Actresses Summer Bishil and Mandy Moore were among the first to buy in the area this year, and now other stars have followed suit.
Actress Kristen Wiig, who previously made her home in Los Feliz, recently paid $2.96 million (Dh10 million) for a midcentury-modern house with a design pedigree.
Designed and built in 1947 as part of the Case Study programme — the postwar showcase of innovative and inexpensive home-building techniques — the split-level residence is surrounded by lush landscaping on a sloping lot.
Inside, the 3,425 square feet of living space centres on a floor-to-ceiling fireplace that divides the common rooms. Interior details include hardwood floors and pitched ceilings. Walls of windows on two sides of the house bring in leafy views.
A swimming pool and spa, lawns and patios make up the grounds.
Wiig, 44, was a performer on Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012. She has starred in such film comedies as Bridesmaids (2011), Masterminds (2014) and Ghostbusters (2016).
From his top hat to his leather pants, Slash commands attention both on and off the stage. But when it came to the sale of his Sherman Oaks mansion, the rock star kept things surprisingly low-key.
The guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver last month sold his home in a guard-gated community for $8.7 million in a deal completed off-market. The buyer, according to sources not authorised to comment on the deal, was rapper Big Sean.
The Mediterranean-style home, built in 2005, has seven bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and about 11,000 square feet of living space.
Interior spaces, which featured pirate ship-shaped chandeliers and faux alligator wallpaper during Slash’s ownership, include a formal dining room, a dual-island chef’s kitchen and a family room with a wet bar. A lower-level lounge holds a DJ booth, recording studio, screening room and a metal pole for dancing.
A beach volleyball court and a swimming pool and spa highlight the grounds.
Slash, 52, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Guns N’ Roses. He reunited with original bandmates Axl Rose and Duff McKagan last year for a reunion tour.
He bought the house eight years ago for $7.3 million, records show.
Big Sean, whose real name is Sean Michael Anderson, has released four studio albums, including I Decided this year. The 29-year-old was a featured artist on Justin Bieber’s 2015 album, Purpose.
Danny McBride of Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals fame has sold his home in Hollywood Hills West outside the Multiple Listing Service for $3.5 million.
Now available for lease at $14,995 a month, the gated compound sits on about a third of an acre with a swimming pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen and a detached guesthouse. Lush landscaping and mature trees surround the property for a canyon-cool feel.
The 4,000 square feet of interior space is fully furnished and features 5.4-metre ceilings, exposed beams and a step-down library/den with a wall of built-ins. The centre-island kitchen sits adjacent to a dining area, which flows into the living room.
There are three bedrooms and four bathrooms including a master suite with a private deck and an aboveground spa.
Decking surrounds the swimming pool in the backyard. Elsewhere on the property is a two-car garage.
McBride, 38, was a creator, writer and lead actor on the HBO comedies Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. His film credits include the comedies Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness (2011) and This Is the End (2013).
This year McBride appeared in the films Alien: Covenant and The Disaster Artist.
Singer-songwriter-actress Ester Dean has put her condominium and recording studio in the Oxford Triangle section of Venice on the market for $1.349 million.
The two-bedroom, one bathroom unit is in a warehouse-style building that caters to a live-work lifestyle. Much of the 2,203-square-foot interior is dedicated to lofted and open-plan space. High ceilings with exposed ductwork, skylights and modern fixtures give the place a contemporary yet industrial vibe.
A galley-style kitchen with a breakfast bar, living room and large common area are among the living spaces. The recording studio/production studio was added by Dean in collaboration with Beverly Hills-based LA Design Build.
Dean bought the property two years ago, records show. She’s selling the unit because her work keeps her mostly in L.A.’s Eastside and Hollywood.
Dean has collaborated with such artists as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. She produced Rihanna’s album Loud, which was nominated for four Grammy Awards, including album of the year.
As an actress, the 35-year-old has appeared as Cynthia-Rose Adams in the Picture Perfect films.