Comedian and Dane Cook has paid $7,078,000 for a 4,405-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills.
We know that this is an item that first became public two months ago, but the news of Dane's purchase came out around the time of our site going on a hacker-induced, involuntary hiatus. In addition, we held off on writing about it until we could confirm his exact purchase price once it cleared public records, which it finally did a few weeks ago. We still wanted to weigh in on the transaction, which we found fascinating.
First off, let's give credit where credit is due. TMZ.com broke the story of Cook's purchase on September 5. Then, our friends over at the Real Estalker wrote a customarily terrific post on the transaction back on September 6.
The purchase occurred shortly after Cook, who had been renting an apartment in the La Fontaine building at 1285 N. Crescent Heights Boulevard in West Hollywood (a building where John Belushi and Steve Martin both once lived!), lost an eviction case initiated by his landlord for allowing his dog to defecate in his apartment complex's common area.
So, Cook opened up his piggy bank and purchased the four-bedroom house, which was built in 1938 and which had been listed for $7,995,000, according to public records and listing information. Features in the house include three and a half baths, Travertine Navona floors, Rift oak cabinetry, African Bianca Namibia marble countertops and baths, and "resort-style" entertainment areas, according to listing information. Outside on the 0.36-acre (15,677-square-foot) property are city views, ocean views, and a large, flat grassy lawn, according to public records and listing information.
Cook's trust purchased the house on August 6, with the deal being recorded on August 29.
We have a sneaking suspicion that Cook won't own this home for very long. Why not? We're not entirely sure, but for some reason, this doesn't strike us as a house for a lifetime (nor does Cook conjure up images of residential stability). In addition, the property is gated, but it's not in an actual gated neighborhood. We would expect a higher-security area to appeal more to Cook, were he to become more successful in the coming years. Mark our words -- this house will end up back on the market in the next three years.
Also, take a look at one of our favorite movie scenes -- and our favorite involving Cook -- from last year's movie "Dan in Real Life," when Cook and Steve Carell together sing their version of Pete Townsend's classic "Let My Love Open the Door." That clip -- which trust us, is well worth a viewing -- can be seen here.