Movie producer Judd Apatow reportedly is the person who paid $18,250,000 to purchase a 10,341-square-foot mansion in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood.
The Wall Street Journal's Sara Lin broke the story on Friday of Apatow's purchase of the mansion from TV and film producer Marty Adelstein, although Lin reported that the deal closed for $18,800,000, including furniture. Indeed, public records show that something named the Brentwood Residential Trust did indeed buy Adelstein's mansion for $18,250,000 on June 24, with the deed being recorded on July 16, and we have no reason to assume that Lin's information is not correct that Apatow (shown here on the left along with Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill) is the buyer. (We would also assume that the remaining $550,000 differential between the two figures is the value of the furniture.)
Assuming that Apatow *is* the buyer, the question then becomes: how on earth did the Wall Street Journal break this story? Since the agent representing both Apatow and Adelstein is one and the same, our guess is that the agent or someone else close to him leaked the exclusive to the Journal (which demands exclusives for its "Private Properties" column).
Built in 2005, the five-bedroom mansion is in the Brentwood Park area of Brentwood and has seven baths (according to public records) or eight baths (according to the Journal) and a 17-seat screening room, according to public records and listing information. Outdoor features on the 0.76-acre (33,018-square-foot) lot include a pool and about 3,500 square feet for outdoor entertaining, according to public records and the Journal.
The property had not been officially on the market, but quietly had been shopped for about $20 million, the Journal reported.
The Journal wrote that Adelstein and his wife plan to build a smaller home in the neighborhood. However, the paper neglected to mention that the Adelsteins on July 9 (deed recorded on July 29) paid an undisclosed amount for a 3,970-square-foot house on a corner lot in Brentwood. We'd assume that they'll raze the existing house on the lot, which was built in 1939, and replace it with their newly built house.