Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Celeb R.E.: Live Like a Rock Star in Nikki Sixx's of Motley Crue Calabasas Home




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Back on July 25, 2014, the always informative Lauren Beale at LA Times Hot Property revealed that Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue listed his Calabasas mansion for $2.399 million on July 24, 2014 which at the time of this writing is still active. 

Borrn Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr., Nikki Sixx legally changed his name to distance himself from his father and start fresh in 1978 at the age of 20. He later met drummer Tommy Lee in 1980 and founded Motley Crue together with guitarist Mick Mars joining through an ad in the local newspaper and finally singer Vince Neil who attended high school with Tommy. Despite spending a lot of time in Hollywood in particular Sunset Blvd, Sixx has a history in the SFV which will be discussed later on. 

The home measures 4 Beds/5 Baths on 4,500 sqft on a total lot size of 0.35 acres built in 2005 located in the exlcusive gated community, The Oaks of Calabasas. The listing description states:
You will be intrigued by this rare find with stone details. It is located on a desirable corner lot in a most prestigious gated community, The Oaks of Calabasas. Perfect for entertaining, the home, is highlighted by stunning pool, spa, waterfall, glass fireside gathering, side courtyard and a Bar-B-Q center with a fireplace and pizza oven, for ultimate fun. The rich woods flooring throughout the home, including, the stairway, all bedrooms, office with built in cabinetry, living and dining room create a warm flow. A popular floor design features a grand first floor master bedroom suite. There are three addition bedrooms suites and a multi-use gathering loft provides lots of options. An additional room has been added as a music room for a most popular recording artist but is conveniently located can also be used as a home theater. A most desirable kitchen design awaits. Granite counters, stone back splash, Viking stainless appliances and rich woods make this dream kitchen any chef?s top choice. Surrounded by French doors, the center courtyard accented with a waterfall provides an indoor garden feel. Additional upgrades include, built-in cabinet entertainment center, added stone design, natural stone flooring, crown molding, If you wait, it may be gone!!
Sixx purchased this home for $1,890,000 on October 4, 2011 which if sold at the current asking prices translates into a gain of $509,000 which is pretty damn good for 3 years of residing in the home. The reason for the sale is that Sixx just married Courtney Bingham on March 15, 2014 who just announced are expecting their first child together which usually means that a bigger house is needed.

Not that the Calabasas house was small but, anyways, Sixx and Bingham just purchased a Westlake Village mansion that is double the size of the Calabasas home according to Lauren Beale at LA Times Hot Property which was disclosed on July 24, 2014, one day before the announcement of the Calabasas home for sale.


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The Westlake Village home (shown above) measures 6 Beds/8 Baths on 10,300 sqft on a total lot size of 1.2 acres built in 1996 which was purchased for $4,125,000 on July 11, 2014 located in the North Ranch Country Club Estates. The listing description states:
Incredible 10,300sf single story home in prestigious North Ranch Country Club Estates. Super private setting on approx. 1.2 acres of completely manicured grounds. Fantastic ceiling high and a grand scale to the main rooms. Light comes in everywhere plus there is a super indoor/outdoor feeling too. Plenty of rear loggias for entertaining, lots of grassy play area. Pool and two spas. One spa by the pool and one off the Master suite! Pool Cabana with bathrooms and large covered area plus outdoor shower area. Master has an incredible closet with floor to ceiling cabinets, a huge sitting room and large bathroom. The living and Family rooms would be incredible to entertain in. They both back to the covered loggia and yard. Family room is grand with a large walk in wet bar too. One room up some stairs is a 1200sf Bonus Room with a full bath and another bar. Perfect for a large movie theatre? This is a super home that just feels great the moment you enter!
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So moving onto Sixx's previous homes starting off with an Agoura Hills home (shown above) that is technically in the SFV but its actually in the Santa Monica Mountains area near Malibu. This secluded home home measures 4 Beds/3 Baths on 5,269 sqft on a total lot size of 39.2 acres consisting mostly of rugged terrain and trees. This home was purchased on April 6, 1999 for $985,000 which was also owned by Sixx's second ex-wife, Donna D'Errico, who was a Playboy Playmate and Baywatch star. They married in December 1996 and divorced in June 2007. Consequently, Sixx and D'Errico sold this home on November 30, 2007 for $1.9 million representing a $915,000 gain before expenses which I imagine was split for the divorce.
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In addition to the Agoura Hills home mentioned above, Sixx and D'Errico may have owned a Malibu home  (shown home) together or possibly just D'Errico. The Malibu home measures 5 Beds/4 Baths on 4,224 sqft on a total lot size of 6,750 sqft built in 1988. This home was purchased on October 16, 2006 for $1,520,000 and was later sold on April 20, 2012 for $830,000 representing a massive loss of $690,000 not factoring in expenses which I believe was burdened by D'Errico but dont quote me on that. This home is also available today for purchase at $1,995,000 which has been on the market for 49 days with no takers at the time of writing this post. 



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Sixx's home during the 80's was located in Sherman Oaks on Valley Vista Blvd. The home measures 3 Beds/2.75 Baths on 2,289 sqft on a total lot size of 0.34 acres built in 1940. The home was purchased by Sixx in April 1986 through the assistance of his then girlfriend Nicole while he was busy on the Theatre of Pain tour. The purchase price is unknown but Sixx later sold on March 22, 1988 for $500,000. This home was most recently sold on August 9, 2007 for $1,295,000.

When Sixx lived in this home, its been said that he would shoot up to $1,000 worth of drugs everyday which would also involve his other girlfriend, 80's singer-model, Vanity, aka Denise Matthews. If you had any doubts about this information, its actually true because Sixx would later publish a daily diary from his time at the house between Christmas 1986 to Christmas 1987 which was appropriately titled, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. This diary was found by Sixx later on and was published in September 2007. I happened to read this book when it first came out and the best way for me to describe it is that it feels like you are on heroin even though I have no idea what it feels like. Its very intense but a good read of what it feels like to be a rock star especially one of the top ones who was in the prime of his career.

On a related note, Bret Michaels of Poison lived down the street from Sixx but he purchased the property after Sixx left on January 9, 1990 for $685,000 and later sold at a loss for $530,000 on January 3, 1997.

For the time periods not mentioned in this post like the early 80's, 1988 to 1999, and 2007 to 2011,  Sixx possibly  rented homes in Calabasas, Malibu, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, or Woodland Hills.

And for a bonus, Sixx and Motley Crue have many connections to the SFV as reported by The Metal Sludge and McrueLoyalty websites:

  1. Denny's 11377 Burbank Blvd North Hollywood. Tommy Lee has first meeting with Nikki Sixx in 1981. 
  2. Royal Liqours 5600 Cahuenga Blvd North Hollywood. Tommy Lee worked here as a kid. 
  3. 4859 Coldwater Canyon Ave #6 Sherman Oaks. Lita Ford's former condo that was shared with Nikki Sixx back in 1984. 
  4. The Country Club 18415 Sherman Way Reseda. Motley Crue peformed her in the 80's. 
  5. Rumbo Recorders 20215 Saticoy Street Winnetka. Motley Crue Girls, Girls, Girls album here. Also discussed on this site here
  6. Magnolia Liquor Market 3801 W Magnolia Blvd Burbank. Nikki Sixx worked here and met Mick Mars in 1978. 
  7. Taft High School 5461 Winnetka Avenue Woodland Hills. Supposedly the video Smokin' in the Boys Room was filmed here. 
  8. Patrician Apartments 5474 Newcastle Avenue Encino. Supposedly Nikki Sixx lived here possibly in the 80's. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Celeb R.E.: WKRP in Cincinnati Star Loni Anderson Lists Sherman Oaks Home



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Back on July 22, 2014, the always informative Lauren Beale at LA Times Hot Property revealed that actress, Loni Anderson, has listed her Sherman Oaks home on July 21, 2014 for $2,435,000. 

Anderson first started acting in the mid-70's but got her big break in 1978 appearing on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati. "The sitcom's creator, Hugh Wilson, later admitted that Anderson got the part because "She had a body like Jayne Mansfield and the overall sex appeal of Marilyn Monroe" (Wikipedia). Anderson would go on to appear in a number of TV shows and films including the NBC sitcom Nurses in 1993. Anderson has been married four times with her most famous ex-husband belonging to Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights) from 1988 - 1993. On may 17, 2008, Anderson married Bob Flick, a founding member of the folk band, The Brothers Four. 

The home measures 5 Beds/5.5 Baths on 4,630 sqft on a total lot size of 10,136 sqft built in 2007. The listing description states: 
Stunning Santa Barbara style gated celebrity estate nestled into a private hillside in Sherman Oaks. Newer custom family home has 5 spacious bedrooms (1 downstairs), each w/ bathroom en suite. This amazing home has an elegant LR w/ fireplace & a spacious FDR leading to a Butler's Pantry w/ wet bar, wine cooler & generous storage. The Cook's Kitchen w/ large granite center isle & Viking stainless appliances including a 6-burner range, adjoins the large Family/Media Rm w/ fireplace & French Drs leading to the private Courtyard w/ outside Fireplace, Fountain & built-in BBQ for year round entertaining. The Master Suite has a balcony & fireplace w/ sitting area. The Bathroom offers dual sinks, vanity, steam shower, soaking tub & customized walk-in closet. Adding to the home's appeal is the secluded salt-water pool & spa located on the upper level along w/ stately Oak Trees. Other striking features include walnut hardwood floors, crown moldings, built-in sound system, dual a/c, huge customized storage room w/ abundant cabinetry & attached 2-car garage.
Anderson purchased this home shortly after it was built on November 14, 2007 for $1.9 million which means if Anderson sells at current list price, she stands to gain $535,000 before any expenses. Keep in mind that the home has been on the market for 27 days at the time of this writing with no takers yet. 

Image courtesy Bing Maps.
In addition to the Sherman Oaks home, my research indicates that Anderson has a connection to a trailer park in Chatsworth (shown above) but I am not sure as to what capacity. Its possible she has a relative, fan club, or investment property residing there but this is all speculation so dont quote me here. 

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Prior to the Sherman Oaks home, Anderson was living in the exclusive Mulholland Estates which is home to many celebrities and executives. This gated community happens to fall in the middle between Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills so depending on who you ask, you might get two different answers. But many of the homes have great views of the SFV. This home (shown above) measures 5 Beds/8 Baths on 6,911 sqft on a total lot size of 0.44 acres built in 1991. Anderson acquired this property on June 15, 1994 for $2,275,000 and later sold for more than a double on July 3, 2007 for $5.7 million translating into a $3,425,000 gain before expenses. Its been said that Burt Reynolds was living in this home prior to the divorce but I am not sure if that is true because they divorced in 1993 before Anderson purchased in 94.

Image courtesy Bing Maps.
Its hard to know where Anderson was living prior the Mulholland Estates home because online property records before the 90s are limited. However, the Movieland Directory lists a Mulholland Drive property (shown above) as a potential address but I cannot confirm.

Its not known where Anderson is moving onto but she has a long history of living in the Sherman Oaks area so possibly she is downsizing to a smaller home not too far away. 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Celeb R.E.: MADtv Comedian Bryan Callen Calls Calabasas Home


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The always hilarious Your Mama at the Real Estalker/Variety first broke the news on July 7, 2014 of comedian Bryan Callen's purchase of a Calabasas home on May 6, 2014 for $1,307,000. 

Bryan Callen may not be a household name but he got his big break in comedy joining MADtv in 1995 as one of the original 8 cast members. After MADtv, Callen has played various role on TV shows and films including Entourage, truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...., The Hangover Part I and II, and Bad Santa to name a few. 

The home measures 4 Beds/3 Baths on 2,754sqft on 0.26 acres built in 1987. The listing description states: 
"MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION". Calabasas Exclusive Gted Community off Parkway Calabasas. Walk to Bay Laurel Elementary! Panoramic view property with pool, spa, private, 5 bedrooms 3 baths. New kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances and breakfast area. Open floor plan with large family room with fireplace that opens to kitchen. Separate dining room with high ceilings in living room and fireplace. First floor has bedroom, second floor has 4 bedrooms and bonus-playroom. Master bedroom has views that are over the top. Don't miss this one. Priced to sell.
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Prior to the Calabasas acquisition, Callen was living in a Venice home measuring 3 Beds/3 Baths on 2,320 sqft on a total lot size of 4,680 sqft built in 1921. THe home was acquired October 16, 2009 for $1,400,000 and sold for a small loss on June 28, 2012 for $1,330,000. Not sure why Callen chose to leave the beach life for the "boring" suburban life but always welcome to have another awesome celebrity move into the SFV!

And as a bonus, prior to the Venice home Callen was living in Echo Park  near the 2 Freeway from 2007 - 2009. And prior to the Echo Park home,  Callen was living in another similar Venice home from 2000 - 2007. 

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