Newlyweds Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom -- he, the basketball star; she, the gal famous only for her last name -- reportedly have purchased a large house in the gated Mulholland Park Estates neighborhood in Los Angeles' Tarzana area that had been on the market for $3,995,000.
TMZ.com broke the story the day before yesterday about the couple's reported purchase, which we haven't seen yet in public records. (We don't normally write about "reported" purchases, since sometimes we later found out that that's exactly what they are -- "reported," but not actual, in public records. However, TMZ.com usually nails things, and at this point, we have no reason to doubt the purchase.) Radar Online also provided a nice report on the apparent purchase.
The house's square footage is up for debate. Public records say it's 7,977 square feet, but TMZ.com and listing information call it 8,347 square feet; either way, the seven-bedroom house, which was built in 2003, should have sufficient room for the couple and any hangers-on.
Features in the house, which has a $42,600-a-year tax bill, include nine baths (five per assessor, but nine per listing information), faux venetian walls, custom draperies, "beautiful wood cabinetry," a gourmet kitchen, stone floors, a theater, a gym, an office, and an outdoor kitchen with two refrigerators and a barbecue grill, according to listing information. Before the couple purchased the house, its asking price had been reduced by a whopping $1 million, which seems about right to us -- particularly since the fellow who sold it to them had purchased it in 2006 for $3,450,000, according to public records.
Outdoor features on the 0.75-acre (32,717-square-foot) lot include covered lounging areas; a hotel-like pool with a spa, waterfall and cabanas; fully landscaped areas; and parking for 15 cars, according to public records and listing information.
We don't write much about Mulholland Park Estates (please, let's not confuse this with Mulholland Estates area above Beverly Hills -- technically in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles -- where so many true celebrities have lived over the years), but the couple won't be alone, celebrity-wise, in their new precinct. For example, actor Chris Tucker long has owned a two-lot spread nearby that features a 6,399-square-foot house on a 0.72-acre (31,529-square-foot) lot that he purchased in the mid-1990s for $1,113,500 and an adjacent, 6,549-square-foot house on a 0.76-acre (33,053-square-foot) lot that he purchased in 2001 for $2,400,000, according to public records. Tucker was reported by the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon to have had the first house on the market in 2002 for just under $2.2 million, but he clearly later changed his mind, because it's still in his portfolio.
The Los Angeles Times' Lauren Beale recently reported that Odom has listed his longtime bachelor pad in Manhattan Beach, Calif. for $2,399,000. And although Beale -- as usual -- didn't mention any history on the house, it's pretty clear that Odom will end up taking a sizable loss on the 4,181-square-foot Mediterranean-style house, which he purchased in late 2006 for $2,700,000, according to public records. Check out the Times' former "Hot Property" columnist Ruth Ryon's 2006 report on when Odom bought the bachelor pad.