This week in celeb real estate: Ellen DeGeneres sells in Beverly Hills and Whatsapp founder buys $100M Malibu mansion…and more

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Aug.August 30, 2019 05:00 PM
From top: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Jan Koum and Ron Meyer, and Pierce Brosnan with his new home in Santa Monica (Credit: Getty Images)
From top: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Jan Koum and Ron Meyer, and Pierce Brosnan with his new home in Santa Monica (Credit: Getty Images)

It was a big and busy week in Los Angeles for celebrity home buyers and sellers. To start it off, a Whatsapp founder shelled out a nine-figure sum for NBC Universal vice chairman Ronald Meyer’s Malibu mansion. Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres, who has serious real estate chops, sold a Beverly Hills home for a modest profit and former 007 star Pierce Brosnan put down roots in Santa Monica.

Meyer sold his Malibu mansion to Jan Koum, co-founder of the messaging service Whatsapp for $100 million. The home hit the market in January for $125 million. It has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a large pool, a tennis court, a spa and access to a secluded beach. The property also features two guest houses. It was designed by Charles Gwathmey. Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency represented both sides of the deal. [TRD]

DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi flipped a Beverly Hills mansion for $15.5 million, after buying it for $15 million less than a year ago. The sale price was also 13 percent lower than its asking price. The Hollywood Regency-style home used to belong to actress Marjorie Lord. It spans 5,100 feet, with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms. Rappaport also had the listing. Stephen Resnick and Jonathan Nash of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer. [TRD]

Brosnan — who played 007 in four James Bond movies — and his wife Keely Shaye Brosnan bought a Santa Monica home for $3 million. The home in the College Streets neighborhood hit the market last month. The new home includes 2,319 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Alejandra Martinez-Sorensen of the Agency had the listing. [TRD]

In anticipation of another NFL season next weekend, two L.A. Rams players made separate real estate plays this week. Four-time Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth paid $6.1 million for a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Westlake Village. His new home includes eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a swimming pool and basketball court. It hit the market in May for $6.9 million. Earlier in the week, his teammate, Rob Havenstein, paid $1.75 million for a custom-built home in Thousand Oaks. It’s a single-story residence that spans over 3,900 square feet, four bedrooms and a swimming pool. [LAT]


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