That’s a wrap: Producer Roger Birnbaum sells Beverly Hills mansion after price chop

Roger Birnbaum, whose movies include the “Rush Hour” franchise unloaded the Trousdale Estates pad

Jul.July 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Roger Birnbaum and the home
Roger Birnbaum and the home

For Roger Birnbaum, the long wait is over. But for the Hollywood film producer of movies like the “The Rush Hour” franchise, it’s not the release of his next potential blockbuster. It’s the sale of his home.

Birnbaum, who founded Spyglass Entertainment, sold the Beverly Hills home at a sharp discount from its original asking price.

The 8,000-square-foot home in the Trousdale Estates traded for $21.4 million after Birnbaum originally asked $33.8 million last year, which amounts to a 37-percent drop. Still, it was more than a million dollars over what he paid for it.

Price cutting has been the rule not the exception in Los Angeles’ luxury real estate market in recent months. The Spelling Manor in Beverly Hills, which sold for $120 million — the most expensive residential sale in the county ever — was still 40 percent less than its original asking price.

Birnbaum paid $20 million for his home in 2014, records show. The modern-style home on Hillcrest Road was designed in 1956 by architect Harold Levitt. It includes four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It also features a 500-square-foot music room and a pool.

The property appeared in the “Four Days in L.A.” ad campaign for Versace, and its past owners include Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi — who have become expert luxury home flippers — developer Brad Korzen and decorator Kelly Wearstler, media executive Rosalie Swedlin, and CIA analyst-turned-producer Robert Cort.

Stephen Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency had the listing; Ari Afshar of Compass represented the buyer, who was not identified.

Birnbaum, who is co-chairman of Spyglass, also produced films like “No Strings Attached,” “Get Him to the Greek” and “Dinner for Schmucks.”

Related Articles

Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos with the property at 1441 Angelo Drive (Credit: Getty Images and Redfin)

A $90 million patch of dirt: A look at Jeff Bezos’ other record LA deal this week

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the home (Credit: Pintrest and Getty Images)

Jeff Bezos buys David Geffen’s Beverly Hills estate for record $165M

Nile Niami and 1175 N Hillcrest Road (Credit: Redfin)

Niami gets $50M+ for Beverly Hills spec mansion

John Mirisch

Meet Sacramento’s worst nightmare: Beverly Hills mayor John Mirisch

Jeff Bezos with  Casa Encantada and Palazzo di Amore estate (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Jeff Bezos is shopping for an Amazon-sized mansion in LA

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are reportedly trying to sell their Bel Air estate

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli asking $29M for Bel Air estate

Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley purchase $22.5M Pacific Palisades home (Credit: Compass and Getty Images)

Michelle Pfeiffer, David E. Kelley buy Pacific Palisades pad for $23M

A judge will let Hearst estate be used as cash collateral (Credit: iStock)

Start your timer: Leonard Ross has 4 months to sell Hearst mansion