Los Angeles Times
Celebrities set sights high
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have a prized property on their hands, and they want a near-record sum for it. The couple just listed their colossal compound in the Hollywood Hills for $35 million, and if they get their price, it’ll be one of the biggest deals in the neighborhood’s history.
Unlike tony communities to the west such as Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Brentwood, the Hollywood Hills rarely sees sales north of $30 million. But this estate offers significantly more space than anything else on the market in the typically crowded community.
The Spanish-style stunner covers 13,530 square feet and sits on more than 10 acres, making it the largest home on the largest lot currently up for grabs in an area where land comes at a premium.
Timberlake has owned the home for nearly 20 years, having bought it from actress Helen Hunt for $8.3 million in 2002 two years after it was built. Before that, the property was once part of actor Errol Flynn’s estate, according to the listing.
During their stay, Timberlake and Biel remodeled the salmon-colored villa and added an 85-foot-long infinity pool, which pours into a plunge pool below. Other highlights across the landscaped grounds include a tennis court, meadow, forest and vegetable gardens.
Tucked at the end of a cul-de-sac and secured by gates and a guard house, the clay-tile-topped retreat opens to scenic spaces filled with rustic beams over hardwood floors. In total, there are nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms as well as a gourmet kitchen, gym and movie theater.
Only two Hollywood Hills homes have sold for more than $35 million in recent years, according to the Multiple Listing Service: a modern mansion featured on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset” that traded hands for $35.5 million in 2019 and a spec house in the Bird Streets area that went for $42.5 million last year.
A 10-time Grammy winner, Timberlake found fame as a member of the boy band ’N Sync before a solo career that has seen him release five studio albums, including 2018’s “Man of the Woods.” As an actor, he appeared in the films “The Social Network,” “In Time” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Biel has acted for nearly three decades and rose to prominence as Mary Camden in the WB series “7th Heaven.” Her other credits include “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Rules of Attraction,” “New Year’s Eve” and “Hitchcock.”
Justin Paul Huchel and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland hold the listing.
Comedian buys above Sunset Strip
David Spade just picked up a brand-new showplace,
shelling out $13.85 million for an amenity-loaded mansion above the Sunset Strip. It’s the eighth-priciest sale in Hollywood Hills so far this year, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
The actor and stand-up comedian won’t have to go far to get some stage time. His new digs sit a short walk from the Comedy Store and about a mile from the Laugh Factory.
Spade — the “Saturday Night Live” alum who went on to star in “Tommy Boy,” “Joe Dirt” and “The Benchwarmers” — also owns homes in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. His new place is the largest of the three, covering 11,300 square feet across three stories.
Built by architect George Kurczyn last year, the modern mansion first listed for $13.9 million in November before a surging real estate market brought the tag up to $15.45 million over the summer. The sleek, box-like abode includes six bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, a three-story elevator, wine cellar, gym and movie theater.
Vast, atrium-like spaces make up the main level, where a floating staircase encased in glass rises from the foyer to the second story. Walls of glass open to a scenic backyard complete with an outdoor living room, swimming pool, spa and lawn. The property covers just under half an acre.
An actor and comedian since the 1990s, Spade starred in the sitcoms “Just Shoot Me!” and “Rules of Engagement” in addition to films such as “Black Sheep” and “Grown Ups.” More recently, he hosted the late-night talk show “Lights Out With David Spade.”
Farrah Brittany and Mauricio Umansky of the Agency held the listing. Stuart Vetterick of Hilton & Hyland represented Spade.
Blockbuster deal in Beverly Hills
Powerhouse producer Joe Roth is leaving Holmby Hills for Beverly Hills. A few months after listing his
13,600-square-foot mansion for $48 million, records show he quietly paid $23 million for a 1960s Midcentury in an off-market deal.
It’s quite a downsize for Roth, the longtime entertainment executive who founded Revolution Studios and produced blockbusters such as “F9,” “Dolittle,” “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland.” The stylish home is smaller than many of its neighbors in Beverly Hills Flats, covering just 5,514 square feet on roughly half an acre.
Because of the relatively low square footage and high sale price, the price per square foot shakes out to about $4,171 — one of the highest ever recorded in Beverly Hills.
Roth’s old place was designed by architecture legend Paul R. Williams, but his new spot boasts some pedigree as well. It was built 60 years ago by Daniel Dworsky, the linebackerturned-architect who designed L.A.’s Federal Reserve Bank and UCLA’s Drake Stadium.
Tucked behind gates, the house was recently given a face-lift by interior designer Waldo Fernandez, who created minimalist spaces marked by white walls and wood accents.
A covered courtyard entry keeps the residence in touch with its Midcentury roots, and the interiors are brightened by pocketing walls of glass and clerestory windows.
Five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms finish off the single-story floor plan. Out back, a covered patio overlooks an entertainer’s yard complete with a swimming pool, spa, fire pit and dining area.
Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland held the listing. Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Realty represented Roth.
Roth has founded multiple production companies over the years, including Morgan Creek Productions, Revolution Studios and Roth Films. The New York native has also served as chairman of 20th Century
Fox and Walt Disney Studios.
Flipping ex-NBA star’s home court
On the waters of Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach, one development group is looking to cash in on Chris Bosh’s modern mansion. After buying the former NBA star’s home for $14.43 million this year, homebuilding company AquaBlue Group is looking to flip it for $42 million.
Bosh, a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, paid $12.33 million for the waterfront property in 2010 and sold it to AquaBlue in January for a modest profit of $2.1 million. The developers quickly got to work, keeping the original structure in place but remodeling the interiors with inspiration from Italy.
Italian millwork runs throughout the home, and the 11,709-square-foot estate comes with custom Italian furniture.
Shaped like a box, the glass-covered residence include seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two kitchens scattered across dramatic open spaces.
A commercial-grade elevator navigates the twostory floor plan, rising to a lavish primary suite with custom closets and a private balcony. It overlooks a palm-topped backyard with a swimming pool, spa, cabana and private dock. A turf courtyard completes the half-acre grounds.
An 11-time All-Star, Bosh spent seven years with the Toronto Raptors before teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, where the trio won back-to-back NBA titles with the Heat in 2012 and 2013. In May, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He also owns a Mediterranean mansion in Pacific Palisades, which he once leased to actor Donald Glover.
Mirce Curkoski and Albert Justo of One Sotheby’s International Realty hold the listing.