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Celeb R.E.: Steve Carell Very Quietly Unloads One of His Toluca Lake Homes At A Loss

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According to online real estate sites such as Redfin and Zillow, it appears that Steve Carell of the hit TV show, The Office (filming locations can be seen here), as well as movie classics like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy to name a few, quietly sold his Toluca Lake home for $5.1 million on March 21, 2013 (shown above). 

This deal was so quiet that no other celebrity gossip site has reported it to the best of my knowledge and there are no online listings with photos which would suggest that the deal was completed as a pocket listing which avoids listing on the MLS and essentially through the hands of those in the know. Its entirely possible that I discovered this in error and Steve Carell never really sold this home or even occupied it since the ownership records are hidden behind a trust with no links back to Steve Carell so just some usual celebrity gossip but there are some clues that suggest otherwise.

The recently sold property measures 5 Beds/6 Baths on 6,637 sqft on a total lot size of 0.29 acres built in 1999 which was acquired by Steve Carell on June 8, 2006 at the peak of the bubble market for $5,650,000 which would indicate that Steve Carell took a hit of at least $550,000 on this sale not factoring in commissions, taxes, carrying costs, and any renovation expenses. 

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The reason why I believe Steve Carell sold this home is that he had acquired another Toluca Lake home around the corner from legendary and pioneering actor/writer Jonathan Winters (shown above) whose career spanned more than 6 decades and his list of accomplishments is too long for this post so I recommend viewing his wikipedia page. Winters passed away on April 11, 2013 at the age of 87 in Montecito. 

This home was purchased on 6 Beds/5 Baths on 5,126 sqft on a total lot size of 1.27 acres built in 1937 for $6 million on April 13, 2010 which is linked to the same trust as the home Carell recently sold. This purchased was covered by Your Mama at The Realestalker on August 3, 2010. This property was later razed and custom built (as was revealed by commenters at The Realestalker) according to Carell's choosing with numerous mechanical and building permits filed throughout 2011 and 2012 (shown below). It appears that this property was completed sometime earlier this year coinciding with the sale of his first Toluca Lake home which allowed Carell to move into his new home. 

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The celeb gossip website Celebuzz! (which was posted back on March 5, 2013) reviewed the permits filed with the county and mentioned the following amenities for the home which might help explain why it took almost 2 years to complete:
According to public records filed with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, the 50-year-old actor and his wife Nancy Carell have built their dream two-storey home -- a Cape Cod-style mansion in Toluca Lake, Calif -- complete with a giant swimming pool, spa, cabana, guest-house and private tennis court.
But Carrell's home "office" is a sight to behold.
In the massive 5028 sq ft basement, the silver screen comedian has installed his own home theater with powder room, its own bathroom and a recreation room — all served by an elevator.
His double garage is equally as impressive, too. The noted car enthusiast has built his own "automobile elevator", records reveal.
Both the elevator and a staircase can take guests to the second floor of the home, which has three bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms plus a ‘Rumpus Room’ for his two kids, Elizabeth, 12, and eight-year-old John, to play in.
What else is inside?
On the 7058 sq ft first floor, there is a guest room with adjacent bathroom plus a study, living room, dining room and a den which leads to an outdoor porch.
At the back of the house, there is a large kitchen with an adjacent breakfast room and Butler’s pantry.
Carrell, who also likes mountain bike riding, built a "mud room" -- a entryway intended as an area to remove and store footwear -- next to his laundry.
The grounds of the estate are beautifully landscaped with automatic lights throughout.
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So based on the $6 million purchase price and the cost to build a custom home of about $4 million, Celebuzz! arrived at a total cost of $10 million which is a lot of money to spend in that area. But no other home in this area will most likely have all the amenities Steve Carell has, so this property is probably now looked upon in envy which is home to many celebrities discussed below.

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Prior to this home, Steve Carell owned a Studio City home (shown above) located north of Ventura Blvd but south of the 101 measuring 4 Beds/4 Baths on 3,996 sqft on a total lot size of 6,896 sqft built in 2003. Steve Carell purchased this property on December 19, 2003 for $1.1 million and later sold on July 11, 2007 for $1.5 million representing a $400k gain not factoring taxes, commissions, carrying costs, and any renovation expenses which probably helped with the loss from the featured home discussed in this post. This home also links back to the trust used for the homes mentioned above and coincides with the purchase of the first Toluca Lake home. 
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In addition to maintaining a residence in Toluca Lake, Steve Carell may also own a West Hollywood condo measuring 1 Bed/1 Bath on 855 sqft that was purchased on June 15, 2007 for $715,000 that links back to the same trust but that is pure speculation so dont quote me. Lastly, Steve Carell also maintains a home  in  Marshfield, MA (shown above) nearby which is about 55 miles SE from where he was born and raised. This home measures 4 Beds/2.5 Baths on 3,326 sqft on a total lot size of 1.20 acres built in 1998 that was purchased on July 1, 2005 for $790,000. 

Toluca Lake is home to many celebrities partially due to its close proximity to the studios and Hollywood. The following list are celebrity homes in the Toluca Lake area discussed on this blog:
  1. The Estate of the Late Roy Disney Sells for $3.1 million in January 2013. 
  2. Scott Baio sold the family home for $3,150,000 on December 26, 2012. 
  3. The Estate of the late Bob Hope which will be listed soon. 
  4. Former Bing Crosby estate which sold on December 20, 2011 for $4.020 million.
  5. Former Hillary Duff mansion which sold on July 18, 2012 for $4,651,500.
  6. Jason Priestly who tried to sell his home for $2.1 million and has been off the market at this time.
  7. Erin Daniels (L Word) who recently purchased in June 2012 for $1.5 million.
  8. Jennifer Love Hewitt who recently listed a property for sale and one for lease in August 2012.  
  9. Former Alan Thicke home who sold for $3,525,000 on November 20, 2012.
  10. Haylie Duff (sister of Hilary Duff) which recently listed on October 9, 2012 for $1,799,000.  
  11. Miley Cyrus clan lives in this area. 
  12. Other residents include Ashley Tisdale, Kiefer Sutherland, Andy Garcia, Dweezil Zappa, valley native George Lopez, Brooke Burns, Lindsay Price, Jonathan Antin, Jennie Garth, David Leisure, Nile Niami, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kirk Fogg, Markie Post, and the Jonas Brothers to name a few.
You can check out more SFV Celebrity Real Estate here.  

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