Singer Rachel Sweet has placed her 6,205-square-foot mansion in Los Angeles' Los Feliz area on the market for $9,995,000. In addition to being designed by architect Wallace Neff, the mansion has a tremendous recent celebrity provenance, having previously been owned by Madonna, Jenna Elfman and Katey Sagal, making it one of the most celebrity-intensive mansions (at least, recently speaking) around.
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In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on Sweet's listing of the house, which is known as Los Pavoreales. The house hit the MLS on July 6.
Built in 1926, the five-bedroom house has five and a half baths, a master bedroom with a period bathroom, two junior bedroom suites and a family room, according to public records and listing information. Outdoor features on the 1.81-acre property include rolling lawns, a playhouse, an ascending garden with spectacular city views, a large motor court, a long private drive, and a detached guest house with two bedrooms, two baths and a kitchen, according to public records and listing information.
Obviously, Sweet is not as well known as the mansion's prior owners. Records show that Sweet and her writer-producer husband, Tom Palmer, purchased the house in 2005 from Sagal for $5,510,000, and not for the hand-waving/let's-punt-with-an-average-multiple-weighted-guess "close to its $5.9-million asking price" that the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon had reported in 2005. Sagal had purchased the house in 2004 from Elfman for $4,700,000, and Elfman had purchased it from Madonna (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/04/25/REGGJ6A6I81.DTL) in 2000 for about $4 million, according to public records and news accounts. Madonna appears to have purchased the house in 1995.
What other houses can match this one for past and current celebrity ownership? We can only think of two:
1) the house at 4875 Louise Avenue in Los Angeles' Encino area, which we have written about many times and which Sagal herself had owned prior to purchasing Los Pavoreales in Los Feliz. Other owners/residents of the house at 4875 Louise Avenue have included Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley, Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler and Don Ameche;
and 2) the house in Los Angeles' Los Feliz area that Natalie Portman recently purchased and that Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener had purchased from Chick Corea. Now-deceased musician Leroi Moore had owned the house later on as well.
We have no idea where Sweet and Palmer are off to. We will keep you posted on if the Sweet mansion in Los Feliz sells and if so, for how much. Stay tuned.