What do a talk show host, actor, soccer superstar and former Spice Girl all have in common? The power couples of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and David and Victoria Beckham collected more than $30 million each for their Beverly Hills mansions this week.
DeGeneres and de Rossi registered the most expensive sale with their $35 million trade in Beverly Hills. That’s more than twice what the pair paid for it three years ago. Sue Gross, formerly married to billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Gross, was the buyer. She also owns the home next door, which she bought seven months ago for $20 million. Gross acquired the 5,280-square-foot home in an off-market deal.
The Beckhams pocketed $33 million this week when they sold their Italian villa-style home in the same neighborhood. An LLC purchased the 13,000-square-foot mansion, which was designed by Tim Morrison in 2007. The couple lived in the one-story property for about a decade, but have recently been making moves in another coastal city. Soccer icon David Beckham is currently looking for a site for a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami.
Film producer Gary Gilbert, who also has a minority stake in the Cleveland Cavaliers, purchased a home in the flats of…you guessed it, Beverly Hills, for $26.5 million. Jared Pobre, an entrepreneur, sold the 12,500-square-foot estate. It includes five bedrooms and a swimming pool. Gilbert is the president of Gilbert Films, which produced hits like “La La Land” and “The Kids Are All Right.”
Farther east, a video game developer is putting down roots in the Hollywood Hills. Jeff Strain, best known for creating “World of Warcraft” and “StarCraft,” paid $12 million for a 7,700-square-foot property. The home, nicknamed “Castle,” was recently renovated by husband-and-wife home flippers Robert and Cortney Novogratz, stars of two reality TV shows. It includes four bedrooms, a home theater, basketball court and game room.