Comedian/talk show host/entertainment mogul Byron Allen has sold a 3,562-square-foot house in the Bird Streets area of Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills for $6,250,000, about two years after he first listed it for $6,995,000. Although the buyer is shown in public records as a San Francisco-based company called Nightingale Estates II LLC, the person behind that entity is Oracle mogul Larry Ellison's daughter, Megan Ellison, who also paid $12,600,000 in early 2008 to purchase the 3,065-square-foot house immediately to the east, according to public records and the Real Estalker.
We're continuing to chip away at our still-tall stack of items that others have written about in recent months but that we haven't had the chance to address ourselves until now. This is an item that our friends over at the Real Estalker had broken the story on back on April 9, although Your Mama had not yet gotten the exact sale price at that time since the deal wasn't done. Then, the Los Angeles Times' Lauren Beale wrote on April 21 on the sale, providing the exact sale price. The deal closed on April 13 and was recorded with Los Angeles County on April 16.
As we noted back in March 2007, Allen purchased the one-story house, at 9262 Nightingale Drive, in 2005 for $4,350,000 and intended it as a dwelling for his mother so she could live close to him. Allen's own 3,540-square-foot Hollywood Hills house, which he has owned since 2004, is about a block away from the one he just sold.
However, as Beale noted, Allen's mother wasn't interested in the house at 9262 Nightingale. "I originally purchased the home for my mother, but she elected to have a home in a gated community with more security," Allen told Beale in April.
As a result, the house had sat vacant for the last three years.
Built in 1965, the four-bedroom house that Allen (shown here with wife Jennifer Lucas) just sold has three and a half baths, maid's quarters, an open floor plan, walls of glass, head-on city views, and a large, 0.58-acre (25,453-square-foot) yard with a pool, according to public records and listing information.
As an aside, we'd note that Megan Ellison purchased that $12.6 million house next door from developer Steve Hermann's A Walk in the Park LLC company, which transformed that house and enriched Hermann along the way, given that he only paid $2,375,000 for it in 2004, according to public records. In addition, in 2005 Allen himself had purchased the house that he just sold to Ellison from Hermann, according to public records.