Talk-show host Leeza Gibbons, who spent many years on “Entertainment Tonight” and who later hosted her own eponymous daytime TV talk-show, and her estranged actor/architect husband are selling their 11,134-square-foot Mediterranean-style house just north of Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip for $7,995,000.
The couple paid nearly $2 million in 1991 for the house at 1760 Courtney Avenue, according to the Wall Street Journal and listing information. Built in 1924, the eight-bedroom house has been completely renovated and remodeled, and at the risk of engaging in real-estate hyperbole, is nothing short of a palace. It has six and a half baths, two kitchens, a large master suite that was converted from another bedroom, and elegantly applied carved moldings, stone, hardwood, iron, and fixtures, according to listing information. The estate also contains a one-bedroom guest house with an office and artist studio that was built in 2000, according to listing information and the Journal. The house sits behind gates on a street that extends just north from Hollywood Boulevard, and is up a long driveway on about an acre, according to public records and listing information.
“I don’t think there was a three week period where we didn’t have a contractor’s truck in the driveway for that entire 15 years,” Gibbons’ husband, Stephen Meadows, told the Journal.
The property once was owned by Joan Crawford, and the estate has been featured before in Architectural Digest.
There’s no word yet on where either half of the couple intends to move. In the 1990s, they owned property in the upscale San Francisco suburb of Tiburon, Calif. More recently, they bought a house in Santa Monica, Calif. for $3,950,000 in 2003 and sold it in 2004 for $4,675,000.
Gibbons’ house is about a block from the single-family house that actress Jennifer Jason Leigh has owned since 1995.
The house, at 1825 N. Curson, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr., who was the son of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Gibbons’ house also is about a block from a house at 1907 N. Curson Ave. that formerly was owned by actor Jason Schwartzman until he sold it in March 2005 for $1.15 million.
In other high-end real estate news, the Wall Street Journal also is reporting that Tobias Meyer, who oversees the contemporary-art department for the auction house Sotheby’s, has paid $1.3 million for a 54-acre property in New Milford, Conn., near the New York border. Meyer bought the land with his partner, art advisor Mark Fletcher, the paper reported. That purchase could not be confirmed through public records, however.