With the threat of foreclosure aimed straight at her, singer Deborah Gibson has dodged a bullet by unloading her 1,733-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills for $900,000.
In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on the sad ending to a tale that could have ended far more sadly, had Gibson been unable to find a buyer the house, which is at 1522 Forest Knoll Drive in the Hollywood Hills. Records show that Gibson on June 30 sold the two-bedroom house, which she had had on the market for $995,000. The deal was recorded on July 29. The buyer is something called the Spirit Trust, and we honestly don't know if a celebrity is behind that trust or not (readers?); there's no money manager listed on the deed as the trustee for the Spirit Trust.
As we had noted in our post on February 26 about Gibson's listing for the house, the onetime teen star (who in the 1980s was known as "Debbie Gibson") clearly overpaid for the house when she purchased it in 2005 for $1,275,000. She also clearly hadn't counted on the celebrity real estate blogosphere uncovering her listing, as we note in our February 26, given her agent's decision to temporarily cancel all showings after the news of Gibson's listing became public.
Built in 1940, the house has two baths (one of which weirdly sports a urinal that Gibson didn’t bother to remove), a formal dining room, a den, slate/tile baths, and a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, according to public records and listing information. The house sits on a 0.16-acre (7,175-square-foot or 7,010-square-foot, depending on the source) lot, according to public records and listing information.
Gibson first listed the house as part of a short sale on February 11. For the uninitiated, that means that her lender will have to accept a price below the amount that Gibson owns on her loan, because of financial hardship on her part (and a willingness by her lender to take what it can get). After our friends at the Real Estalker and Perez Hilton got involved in writing about this sad story, Gibson's PR rep outright lied in telling Us magazine that there had been no foreclosure action, and that Gibson was merely moving in with her boyfriend, Rutledge Taylor. The trouble with that ridiculous explanation was that there were no fewer than two notices of default filed against the property at 1522 Forest Knoll just within the preceding seven months.
We haven't a clue where Gibson is off to, but we'd guess that it's going to be tough for Gibson to get another mortgage anytime soon. For all we know, maybe she already has moved in with Taylor. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything to the contrary.