Comedian Jamie Kennedy has sold his house on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip for $1,300,000 and has paid an undisclosed amount for a 2,342-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Los Feliz area that had been listed for $2,275,000.
First and foremost, we have to give mad, mad props to our friends over at the Real Estalker for breaking the story in June of Kennedy's listing of his longtime 2,505-square-foot home at 1537 N. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills, just above the Sunset Strip. As always, Your Mama over at the Real Estalker did a wondrous job of identifying Kennedy's listing and spilling the beans on what was in his house. And then, on July 9, the Real Estalker also provided details about Kennedy's new home, which is at 2508 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz and which had been listed for $2,275,000. The day before, the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon's 'Hot Property' column had contained three things: 1) it reported that Kennedy had sold the house in the Hollywood Hills; 2) it provided a description of Kennedy's Hollywood Hills house; and 3) it reported only that Kennedy was moving to "a larger home that he is buying in Los Feliz," without providing any additional information on it. Thankfully, however, the Real Estalker's July 9 post was able to give hungry readers online more info about Kennedy's new house in Los Feliz.
Now, recently filed public records provide still more color on the terrific facts that the Real Estalker and Ryon had very accurately reported.
Let's start with Kennedy's former home in the Hollywood Hills. Records show that as the Real Estalker had reported, Kennedy's house in the Hollywood Hills closed for well above its asking price of $1,099,000--fully $201,000 north of his asking price, in fact. Built in 1921, the three-bedroom house on Fairfax Avenue has two baths, hardwood floors, a detached guesthouse, and a sliding glass door to a Zen-inspired backyard, according to the Times and listing information. Of the house, Kennedy told the Chicago Tribune's Nina Metz in June that "in Hollywood, you get a house in the hills or something and it's more prestigious, but you just don't get any land. So at the bottom of the hills, you can get a house in the flats and get more land -- more bang for your buck. That's what I liked about it, plus it was still really private." The Tribune also identified the house's style as being a California Craftsman (and erroneously identified the house as having been built in 1929). Kennedy, meanwhile, described his own personal style as minimalist. "I'm all into Ian Schrager and that type of feel, like the W Hotel in New York. I like the look because it's clean." Kennedy, 37, also said that his garage is his guest house, and that he parked his gunmetal gray Cadillac CTS-V under a sap-dropping tree. Kennedy had purchased the Hollywood Hills house for $529,000 in 1998, according to public records, as the Real Estalker had reported.
Interestingly, Kennedy described the Hollywood Hills house as having "more land," even though public records show that the house sits on just a 0.17-acre parcel.
Check out a still-active listing sheet for Kennedy's Hollywood Hills home--complete with photos--here.
The buyer of Kennedy's Hollywood Hills house is not a celebrity.
Kennedy's new house, in Los Feliz, actually has a smaller amount of reported square feet than the home he sold. Built in 1958, Kennedy's house had been redesigned by its previous owner, Philippe Naouri, who himself had purchased it in early 2006 for $1,960,000, according to public records. Features in Kennedy's new house include three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a pool, all on a gated 0.18-acre parcel, according to public records and listing information. Other features include a sliding glass partition that separates the living area from the family or media room, a hot tub, fire pits, a koi tank, and private gardens, according to listing information. Kennedy purchased the house through the name of a money manager, Ira Brodsky, and through his Most Wanted Trust, according to public records.
We should also note that we got a kick out of Kennedy telling the Tribune that he likes the feel of "the W Hotel in New York," and then him buying a house whose seller had given the home an interior architecture that the Real Estalker wrote "takes after the W Hotel School of Design." Kennedy appears to us to be nothing if not predictable in his design choices.
Check out a still-active listing sheet for Kennedy's new Los Feliz home--complete with photos--here.
When the exact amount that Kennedy paid for his new residence in Los Feliz clears public records, we'll report it here.