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Celeb R.E.: The Way Brothers of My Chemical Romance Each List Tarzana Homes Including One Linked To Lisa Kudrow

[Update May 11, 2014]: The Mike Way home sold for $1.35 million on April 4, 2014. 

[Update January 22, 2014]: The Gerard Way home sold for $1,748,000 on November 21, 2013. 

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Images courtesy Sotheby's International Realty
Image courtesy Google Maps
Back on November 1, 2013, the always informative Lauren Beale at LAT Hot Property revealed that Gerard Way, lead singer-songwriter for My Chemical Romance and his wife, Lindsey Ann Way aka "Lyn-Z," bass player for Mindless Self Indulgence, have listed their Tarzana home on the market for $1.899 million back on October 30, 2013. The Ways purchased the home in June 15, 2012 for $1.355 million. So after barely living in the home for a year, the Ways have decided to move on. The home is currently in a pending status that if sells at the current asking price, the Ways stand to gain $544,000 before expenses which is damn good for a little over 12 months of living in the home. 

The home measures 5 Beds/6 Baths on 4,803 sqft on a total lot size of 0.67 acres built in 1980. The listing description states: 
This exquisite celebrity estate is located on a serene cul-de-sac off Vanalden Ave, S. of the Blvd. The 5 bed/7 ba character residence, tucked into a verdant setting, offers an open floor plan with rich hardwood floors, leaded glass windows & classic detailing. Guests can gather in the spacious great room with charming fireplace and towering ceilings or in the sunny family room, which leads to a lush garden/patio. The huge professional chef's kitchen with breakfast area is perfect for family & friends with its granite counters, center island & high-end stainless appliances. A formal dining room, large office and maid's quarters complete the lower level. Upstairs boasts 4 beds/baths including a stunning master suite with huge closets & en suite bath with sauna & steam areas. An enormous 2nd floor great room with wet bar, Murphy bed & FP provides another entertainment/sleep area. Entertain al fresco on the patio with outdoor BBQ area or relax by the sparkling pool & spa. Truly stunning!

Images courtesy Sotheby's International Realty
Gerard's brother, Mike, who is also a member of My Chemical Romance as a bassist, is coincidentally or not selling his Tarzana home (shown above) using the same realtor. The home measures 4 Beds/3.5 Baths on 3,915 sqft on a total lot size of 0.49 acres built in 1956. The listing description states: 
LA Times 'Hot Property'! This character home is located on a tranquil cul-de-sac S of the Blvd. Upon entry, the private celebrity estate with lush setting offers spectacular views. The charming living room welcomes guests with a fireplace, towering windows & rich hardwood floors. An open floor plan includes a spacious family room with high ceilings, wet bar & cozy fireplace. A formal dining room and a chef's kitchen with granite counters, center island & breakfast room combine to create a warm family-gathering space. On the lower level there are 3 bedrooms, one w/ remodeled bath, and a huge bonus room ideal as a media center. The upstairs Master retreat exudes warmth with its high ceilings, romantic FP, gracious windows & private balcony. Also featured: a huge walk-in closet & an en suite bath w/ sumptuous spa tub. Entertain al fresco on the covered patio with adjoining lawn, orchard, BBQ area & fire pit, or relax by the sparkling pool with its decks & marvelous views. Wilbur School.
Mike Way purchased this property on January 27, 2012 for $1,249,000 which is currently listed at $1,489,000. If sold at this price, Mike stands to gain $240,000 before any expenses which is just as impressive as his brother Gerard's potential gain for living in the home barely over 12 months.  

While researching Mike Way's home in the property records found some interesting history. Mike purchased this home from Robin Prybil who is a visual effects executive with an associate producer credit for the film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Prybil purchased this home from an IT company called Poptech, LP based in West Palm Beach, Florida for $1,370,000 on August 30, 2006. 

Poptech, LP purchased this home for $820,000 on August 8, 2002 from Lee (who is a world renowned headache doctor) and Nedra Kudrow who are the parents of Lisa Kudrow from the hit NBC sitcom, Friends. I was able to verify that the Kudrows have owned the home since at least 1993 but its possible they owned it much longer. If so, this may have been the childhood home of Lisa Kudrow considering that she had attended Gaspor de Portola Middle School located just down the street from this home and also Taft High School in nearby Woodland Hills. 

This is all speculation at this point and its hard to verify this information because property records get sketchy and limited going back to the 70's which is when Lisa would have attended those schools, so dont quote me here. I can only hope this info is correct as this would be an amazing find and historical connection to one of the funniest actresses from a hit acclaimed and award winning TV show with a worldwide audience that had a cultural impact during its hey days in the 90's and into the mid 2000's. 

Not sure why the Ways are in a coordinated move to unload their Tarzana homes but hopefully they continue to call the SFV home. 

You can view more SFV Celebrity Real Estate here

Other celebrities in Tarzana and architecturally significant properties include:
  1. Kardashian/Odom Quietly selling Tarzana Mansion Admist Divorce Rumors in November 2013. 
  2. Actor Wilmer Valderrama lists party pad for $3,495,000 in August 2013. 
  3. Singer-Songwriter, Colbie Caillat, lists mansion for $1,399,000 in April 2013. 
  4. Rush Hour Actor, Chris Tucker, Unloads Two of His Tarzana Homes in November 2009 and March 2013.
  5. NFL star DeSean Jackson who recently purchased a $1,650,000 home.
  6. Grammy winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge who sold for $2,550,000 in March 2013
  7. 2x Emmy Winning Producer, Mark Wilding, who recently sold for $1,085,000 in September 2012. 
  8. Selena Gomez purchased Jonah Hill's former home in August 2012. 
  9. Gregory Ain designed Kaye Residence which was available and currently delisted.
  10. Bruce Boxleitner and Melissa Gilbert who have sold for $839,999 in March 2013 after two years of trying. 
  11. Scary Spice of the Spice Girls recently sold a home for $3 million to Charlie Sheen ex Brooke Mueller who later sold for $3.150 million. 
  12. Anton Yelchin's parents and former home. 
  13. A. Quincy Jones Mid Century Modern home.
  14. Soap star Kristoff St. John owned a 5 Bed/5.5 Bath mansion from 2005 to 2007 who sold it to DJ Paul of the Three 6 Mafia who sold at a loss in 2010. 
  15. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian who purchased in 2009 for close to $4 million.
  16. NFL star Keyshawn Johnson.
  17. Dr. A.E. Abdun-Nur Residence by Paul Williams.

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