"High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens has paid $2,750,000 for a six-bedroom, "Old World Tuscan-style" house in Los Angeles' Studio City neighborhood. The transaction begs the question: who wound being the ostensible celebrity buyer of the first house that everyone (including us) had believed she had purchased, back in January 2008?
First off, kudos to our friends over at the Real Estalker for getting to the bottom of Hudgens' housing situation back in late September by writing about the Studio City purchase. The Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff followed suit a few weeks later, writing an item on the purchase as well.
However, while we have no reason to doubt Hudgens' Studio City purchase -- it was, after all, a purchase made through a trust with the two trustees' names on the deed being those of Hudgens' parents -- what we're still left wondering (and what we'd love for our readers to offer up ideas on) is: who was the buyer in January 2008 of the 2,261-square-foot house in the Hollywood Hills that some had believed (including many commenters of ours) was Hudgens'?
Let's start Hudgens' housing tale from the beginning. On February 26, we asked our readers who had purchased a 2,261-square-foot, modernist-style house in the Hollywood Hills on January 24 (with the deal being recorded on February 15). We have believed the Hollywood Hills house's buyer to be a celebrity, given that the trustee whose name had appeared on the deed, Steven Blatt, has represented many celebs over the years, including Hilary Swank, Jennie Garth and Steven Cojocaru. Although readers' comments on our past posts largely have been lost, we recall vividly that that post received a bevy of responses that Hudgens, 19, was the buyer, and that she had been seen in front of it.
Then, on August 1, a trust whose two trustees are Hudgens' parents, Greg and Gina, paid $2,750,000 for the Studio City house, with that deal being recorded on September 3. The trust -- which surely is Hudgens' -- put a huge amount of money down on the Studio City house, leaving it with just a $1,100,000 mortgage. Built in 2005, the Studio City house (which we have pictured here) measures either 4,800 square feet (according to public records), 5,200 square feet (according to written accounts) or 5,500 square feet (according to listing information). Features in the house include six and a half baths, a home theater, Loewen windows, copper sinks and basins, Arte de Mexico wrought iron and glass doors, a wine cellar, a separate maid's room, and a chef's gourmet kitchen with wood mode furniture quality cabinets, double bullnose granite, Thermador and Viking appliances, according to listing information. Other features include several balconies engineered with caissons into bedrock, hardwood and stone floors, a wrought iron and wood staircase, according to listing information. Outdoor features on the 0.38-acre (16,640-square-foot) property include city lights views and a saltwater pool/spa, according to public records and listing information.
The Studio City house most recently had been listed for $2,895,000, and previously had been on the market for $3,295,000.
So dear readers, we ask you as we always do: does anyone know who bought the smaller, modernist-style house in the Hollywood Hills that Hudgens apparently did *not* purchase?