Ostensibly in anticipation of taking over the 'Tonight Show' in 2009, late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien reportedly is buying a New England traditional-style six-bedroom mansion in Los Angeles' Brentwood area that until recently had been on the market for $10,495,000.

 

The Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon tomorrow will break the story of O'Brien buying the newly built house, which is at 555 N. Tigertail Road in Brentwood. The public-records databases that we have access to don't show that the property yet has sold, but we have no reason to doubt Ryon's report, particularly given that the house had been on the market until last month.

 

O'Brien's reported new property has nine baths, 10-foot ceilings, six fireplaces, six en-suite bedrooms, and a sybaritic master suite with a sitting room, a balcony, dual baths and huge fitted closets, according to listing information. Other features include a screening room, a 1,500-bottle wine room, a paneled library with a bar, a 60-foot veranda, a pool, a spa, an outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace, according to listing information. The property has what listing information calls 'magical canyon views.'

O'Brien's timing is puzzling. There clearly was no rush to buy the compound, particularly given that the New York City-based funnyman hadn't been expected to move to Los Angeles until he takes over 'The Tonight Show' in 2009. One might think that he first hopes to do significant renovations to his future L.A. home. However, the Tigertail Road house is brand new, leaving us to wonder: just what renovations, if any, would O'Brien order done to the house or the 0.87-acre property?

Check out an online listing sheet for O'Brien's reported new house here.

As for Conan's digs in the Big Apple, since late 2002, the wan, will-o'-the-wisp has owned a combined unit on the 17th floor (#17B and #17C) of the Art Deco-style Majestic building, which is at 115 Central Park West. Most recently, O'Brien, through a variation of his legal name (C. Christopher O'Brien), in early 2007 purchased the penthouse unit (#18C) above his 17th-floor unit in the Majestic after it had been on the market for $9.95 million. We wrote about that purchase back on December 6, 2006.