In our item earlier this week about actor Jason Priestley selling his house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills, two loyal readers left us comments that one of the five recently sold mansions that we suggested were possibilities to be Priestley's new home--a massive Mediterranean-style mansion in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades neighborhood--actually is Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank's new mansion.
The property, at 439 Paseo Miramar in Pacific Palisades, was purchased in March for $5.8 million by a trust known as the Trulli Trust, according to public records. So the question, then becomes: is the Trulli Trust Hilary's?
Our readers--who likely are right--certainly seem to think so. And it's also true that the two men named on the deed--Jeffrey Bernstein and Barry Greenfield--have as a business address 11766 Wilshire Blvd #1610 in Los Angeles. State incorporation records show that one of Swank's management addresses over the years has been 11766 Wilshire Blvd #1610 in Los Angeles. On top of all of that, Swank has owned property in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood in the past (the 1,040-square-foot house at 641 Swarthmore Avenue, which she sold in 2000).
Unfortunately, we still lack substantive proof that the mansion is Hilary's. Neither the Los Angeles' Ruth Ryon (whom we admit we've been rather hard on lately) nor any other real-estate writer has come forward and reported that 439 Paseo Miramar is Swank's. And interestingly, the Paseo Miramar deed lacks the name Steve Blatt, who is another manager who historically has had his name on multiple corporations that Swank has owned. Blatt also has had his name on Swank's real estate in the past as well--both in New York City (on her four-story town house at 33 Charles Street) and in Los Angeles, under a trust known as the Varna Trust. And, Blatt has his name on a different trust, the Black & Brown Trust, which purchased a house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills last year for more than $2 million. So we're not yet convinced that the Paseo Miramar pad is really Hilary's.
So, we are putting this information out there and inviting others--Ryon, the Real Estalker, and anyone else--to reveal what their sources tell them. It should be an interesting treasure hunt.
Features in the gated and restored six-bedroom mansion in Pacific Palisades, which was built in 1928 and listed for $7,495,000, include ocean views, and four bedroom suites, according to public records and listing information. Other features in the mansion, which public records state measures 6,722 square feet, include six full baths, two half baths, a master bedroom with a fireplace in the bedroom and bathroom, a formal living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, a gourmet kitchen, a family dining area and a family room with a fireplace, according to listing information. Other features include a separate maid's room and bath off the detached garage, a guest room on the lower level, a screening room, a wine room, a game room and a kitchen. Outside on the 0.37-acre site are multiple terraces and courtyards, an outdoor fireplace and a fountain, according to public records and listing information.
One thing's for certain: whoever purchased this property got one heck of a bargain, persuading the seller to knock $1,700,000 off the asking price. And, whoever bought this place got themselves one great property as well.