This week in celeb real estate: Howard Hughes’ former Beverly Hills home hits auction block, Brie Larson takes a loss…and more

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Aug.August 09, 2019 05:00 PM
Kanye West (left), Bri Larson and her home (top), and Home on Haynes Avenue and Howard Hughes (bottom) (Credit; Getty Images, Britannica and iStock)
Clockwise from left: Kanye West, Brie Larson and her home (top), and Howard Hughes (Credit; Getty Images, Britannica and iStock)

Los Angeles homes linked to two Oscar-winning actresses and an Oscar-winning director made the news this week. Brie Larson — Laurel Canyon — and Reese Witherspoon — Zuma Beach — both sold their houses. In Encino, the former home of director Ron Howard hit the market. The Beverly Hills home that once belonged to tycoon and Hollywood producer and director Howard Hughes was set to be auctioned off. And a Kanye West creation, the “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing domes rising in Calabasas, ran into trouble when city officials found the rapper had not secured permits for his project.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson took a slight loss after selling her place in Laurel Canyon. Variety reported that the actress sold the recently upgraded 2,900-square-foot residence for $2.17 million, after she purchased it in 2016 for $2.25 million. The Mid-Century style bungalow was completed in the 1950s. It includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Larson was represented by Tori Horowitz with Compass, and the unnamed buyer was represented by Marissa Faith with Deasy Penner Podley.

Another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon, paid $6.25 million for a farmhouse-style property in Zuma Beach. The two-acre property includes a guesthouse over about two acres.

In Encino, a home that was designed by Robert Byrn and previously owned by Oscar-winner Ron Howard hit the market for $3.7 million. Howard purchased the home during the “Happy Days” era in 1979, and sold it seven years later for $808,000. The property includes the two-story home with 5,900 square feet of space and a guest house. In total, there are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Joshua and Matthew Altman of Douglas Elliman are the brokers for the listing.

In Beverly Hills, a home tied to the late — and eccentric — tycoon Howard Hughes is set to be auctioned off after some price cuts. It was most recently listed at $10.9 million, but after lingering for two years on the market, the 4,600-square-foot home on Haynes Avenue is headed for auction. It’s the latest example of the slowdown in Los Angeles’ luxury market. The home was designed by architect Samuel Wacht. The four-bedroom, five bathroom property includes a swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym and sunken living room area.

A home in Los Feliz where the Charles Manson “family” murdered the owners of a grocery chain, Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary, sold for almost $2 million. The buyer was Zak Bagansa, the host of “Ghost Adventures.”

John Stamos — aka “Uncle Jesse,” paid $5.75 million for a new equestrian estate in the Hidden Hills. The former “Full House” star’s new home spans 5,750 square feet over a 1.5-acre property. The estate also includes a basketball court, playground, garden, and barn.


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