Actor Kelsey Grammer, who buys and sells houses the way some people purchase stereo equipment, has sold his 6,811-square-foot mansion in Los Angeles' Bel-Air area for an undisclosed amount, and reports are that the buyer is actress Salma Hayek.
Public records show that Grammer's Watergap Films LLC sold the house, at 935 Bel Air Road, on June 5 to a company called Metro BA4 LLC, and the sale was recorded on June 8. California state incorporation records are inconclusive as to whether Metro BA4 LLC belongs to Hayek; another company known as Metro BA III LLC was incorporated in California on Mar. 14.
Now, the New York Post is following up on previous online reports that Hayek and her fiancé, Francois-Henri Pinault, have purchased the house. “We absolutely loved the home,” Grammer told the Post. “We’re thrilled that Salma bought the house.” The Post reported that Hayek paid more than $20 million for the Bel-Air house. Other online reports say that the sale price was $13 million.
Grammer had not owned the seven-bedroom house for very long, having only purchased it in early 2006 for $10.5 million after it had been listed for $10.75 million. Built in 1940, the house has seven baths and sits on a 0.75-acre parcel, according to public records.
Hayek herself has been no stranger to the L.A. area, having paid $537,500 in 1996 to purchase the four-bedroom, 2,874-square-foot house at 2249 Chelan Place in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills, according to public records. Hayek continues to own that house, according to public records.
As for Grammer, where do we begin? Let’s walk through a list of just some of his real estate transactions over the last few years:
--In a 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal, Grammer said that his primary residence is a 6,645-square-foot house on 4.77 acres at 3250 Serra Road in the hills above Malibu, Calif., which he purchased in 1998 through his Fossil II Trust for $4,500,000.
--Through his Fossil II Trust, he paid $8,517,000 in early 2006 for a seven-bedroom, approximately 7,500-square-foot house on 1.7 acres at 7 Morgan Way (or 7 Morgan Hill Way) in Bridgehampton, N.Y. That house had been listed for $8.9 million. Check out a listing sheet for that house here.
--Through his Fossil II Trust, he paid $17,500,000 in early 2004 for a newly built, eight-bedroom, 17,831-square-foot (or 19,040-square-foot, according to listing information) mansion on 3.013 acres at 80 Beverly Park Lane above Beverly Hills, Calif., only to turn around and sell the neo-Tuscan house, which has an elevator with a floor of Italian travertine, in early 2006 for exactly $22 million (and not the “about $25 million” amount that the Los Angeles Times’ Ruth Ryon reported a year ago).
--Through his Fossil II Trust, he owns 188.15 acres across six separate parcels on Weaver Hollow in Andes, N.Y., in Delaware County. According to published reports, Grammer lives in a 19th-century farmhouse on that property; public records state that the house on that property was built in 1900 and measures 2,820 square feet.
--His Fossil II Trust sold a five-bedroom, 9,600-square-foot house on 2 acres on Namalua Place in Maui, Hawaii for $9,470,000 in November 2005. That two-story house, which Grammer had built in 1999 after paying about $1 million for the land and which has views of the Kapalua Coast, had been listed in 2005 for $11 million.
--Grammer’s Fossil II Trust paid $6 million in 2003 for one property in Hawaii, and then paid $1,750,000 in May 2006 for another property in Hawaii.
--His Fossil II Trust sold a 5,238-square-foot beachfront house at 30718 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu in November 2004 for $8,500,000. He had purchased that property in November 2001 for an undisclosed amount, but the house had been listed for $6.9 million, according to public records.
--He sold his longtime house at 3250 and 3266 Cornell Road in Agoura, Calif. in 2000 for $1,150,000, according to public records.
When we get the exact sale price of Grammer’s former property in Bel-Air, we’ll report it here.
Thanks to tipster and longtime friend ShalPal for the heads-up!