We're continuing our occasional series of features on potential celebrity houses that have sold recently and that have been owned by the obscure kinds of trusts that celebrities tend to favor. This 3,948-square-foot house at 9400 Readcrest Drive in Beverly Hills has three bedrooms and a pool, according to public records. It was purchased in 1996 by something called The Canyon Revocable Trust #5 for $675,000, according to public records, and in 2005, the house was quit-claimed from one money manager to another, with the second one being Corey Barash of Grant, Tani, Barash & Altman Inc., a well-known money manager at 9100 Wilshire in Los Angeles that handles the affairs of many celebrities. We suspect that the house's owner didn't actually change; instead, we believe that the management company changed and a quit-claim deed was necessary to transfer the name of the trustee on the house.
Earlier this year, 9400 Readcrest was on the market for $3,499,000. On March 29, this Canyon Revocable Trust #5 sold the house on Readcrest Drive to Nicholas Lopez of Pahrump, Nevada for an undisclosed amount, according to public records.
So whose house was this before it was just sold? It's unclear. Actress Salome Jens ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") is credited by some websites with having lived in the house in the 1990s. However, based on state incorporation records, it's far from certain that her management company is the GTBA firm we mentioned above. Money manager/accountant Corey Barash has his name on companies that have been formed by luminaries like actor Patrick Dempsey, his wife Jillian Dempsey, Cher (well, actually her Inshallah Trust), "Titanic" producer Jon Landau, TV producer Darren Star, actor Drake Bell (whose recent house purchase in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood we just wrote about here, basketball legend Magic Johnson, actor/director Paul Feig, musician Larry Campbell, and actor Brendan Fraser. Could this house have belonged to any of those individuals? Probably not Patrick Dempsey (whom we're going to write about shortly), and also probably not Drake Bell, but quite possibly one of the others.
Check out online listing information--including photos--here for the gated, private and fully secured house and property. The house was built in 1959, according to listing information, or in 1966, according to public records. Features in the house include soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, white walls, glass tile and stainless steel details, blonde hardwood floors, clerestory windows, museum-quality finishes finishes and features, state-of-the-art electronics, a security camera, a full house generator system, a sitting room, a gym/office/fourth bedroom, a home theater/media room, a three-car garage and city/canyon views, according to listing information.
We'd like to invite anyone with any thoughts on who owned 9400 Readcrest Drive for more than a decade to leave us a post in the comments section, or to send us an e-mail. If we get more information on who owned this house, we'll provide it here.