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Julia Roberts Sells Malibu House to the Billionaire Next Door



Though the property was by no means out there on the open market, Julia Roberts and longtime husband Danny Moder have offered certainly one of their “spare” Malibu properties in a quiet $eight million deal, representing a modest enhance over the $7.45 million they paid for the 1.2-acre property 4 years in the past, again in January 2016. The landlocked home, positioned in Malibu’s celeb-favored Level Dume, lies instantly throughout the road from the couple’s a lot bigger, longtime important residence.

Information point out the off-market purchaser is Silicon Valley-based hedge fund tycoon Thomas Laffont, who additionally occurs to personal the home instantly subsequent door. Laffont picked that charming place up last year, paying $13 million for the low-slung ranch, which was as soon as owned by Equinox gyms founder Danny Errico. His Level Dume holdings now embody a hefty 2.four acres of lush land, all sited on one of many neighborhood’s most prestigious streets.

Whereas it appears unlikely that Roberts and Moder ever really spent an evening within the just-sold Malibu home, the modest cottage contains 4 cozy bedrooms and three loos. As befitting an off-the-cuff seashore bungalow, there’s no conventional entrance door; fairly, friends should enter by means of a sliding door that opens instantly into an off-the-cuff eating space. A sunny kitchen accommodates medium-grade stainless home equipment, and a big lounge has whitewashed partitions and a vaulted ceiling.

However the property’s actual worth lies in its land. The sprawling, pancake-flat lot is totally landscaped, with wideset lawns and tall hedges for privateness. Attractive sprays of bougainvillea abound, and there are secluded lounging areas for personal, outdoorsy pastimes like studying, considering life or having fun with romance with a summertime lover.

Laffont, the tech-focused investor who based Coattue Administration together with his extra well-known brother Philippe Laffont, made a reputation for himself with huge, profitable early bets on tech corporations like Uber, Lyft and Snapchat. He and spouse Elizabeth proceed to reside primarily within the swanky Silicon Valley city of Atherton, Calif., the place they personal a $13.eight million mansion.

As for Roberts, the longtime actual property whale continues to keep up her main residence, a blufftop Level Dume property that she’s owned since 2003. She additionally holds the deeds to a multi-acre trip getaway on the dreamlike coast of Hanalei, Hawaii.

A few of Roberts’ different luxe residences embody three flats in a sublime, prewar constructing in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park space and an enormous ranch within the semi-remote city of Taos, New Mexico. And earlier this yr, she paid $8.3 million for a historic dwelling in San Francisco’s searingly costly Presidio Heights neighborhood.


Natasha Gregson Wagner Snags Landmarked Midcentury Modern



Hollywood scion Natasha Gregson Wagner has been within the public eye her complete life. In fact, that’s a pure byproduct of being the elder daughter of beloved, iconic Tinseltown star Natalie Wooden, who mysteriously perished off the coast of Catalina Island in 1981 — in a case that’s nonetheless unresolved.

Now in her late 40s, Wagner has acted part-time, showing on the small display (“ER,” “Home M.D.”) and in ’90s movies (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Excessive College Excessive”). However she’s maybe most profitable on the true property entrance, having exponentially grown her multimillion-dollar fortune via a sequence of shrewd property investments.

In 1996, Wagner purchased an oceanfront Malibu cottage that was bought in 2013 for $5.2 million, greater than quadruple what she initially paid. And final 12 months, she unloaded an inland Venice architectural house — designed by the acclaimed Marmol Radziner agency — for an eye-popping neighborhood record of $6.8 million, to a still-unidentified Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur.

Now Wagner has chosen her snazziest funding but, the beautiful A. Quincy Jones-designed Richard and Helen Arens home in Brentwood. The timeless midcentury construction, a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark, was commissioned and inbuilt 1950 for the Crestwood Hills Mutual Housing Association, maybe the one profitable large-scale cooperative housing improvement in all of California.

Tucked into the hills excessive above Sundown Boulevard, not removed from the Getty, the low-slung villa packs in 4 bedrooms and two baths into 2,200 sq. ft of dwelling house, comparatively modest proportions by trendy requirements. Although the home isn’t utterly authentic — and a few renovations are apparent, notably the redone Poliform kitchen — each replace has been fairly tasteful and in line with the unique intent of the property.

Partitions of glass and clerestory home windows flood each room with mild. Cement-block partitions and the picket tongue-and-groove ceilings lend the place an industrial, loft-like vibe that’s additional enhanced by the property’s hillside perch — its sweeping vistas soak up an enormous, cinematic swath of the L.A. basin. On a transparent day, the views stretch to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina on the horizon.

Better of all, the property has its personal swimming pool — one thing of a rarity in these tightly-packed hills — and it’s a doozy: a sultry, easy oval that completely compliments the elegant, pared-down nature of the home. Patios and drought-tolerant plantings full the considerate bundle.

Moreover her new Brentwood gem, Wagner additionally maintains a vacation getaway within the spectacularly scenic city of Ojai, Calif., about 1.5 hours northwest of L.A. by car. And in 2017, she purchased a multi-acre lakefront retreat in Northport, Michigan, with 400 ft of water frontage and a personal dock. That secluded property will not be removed from Traverse Metropolis, the place her husband — “seventh Heaven” actor Barry Watson — spent his early childhood.

William Baker of The Company and Brian Linder collectively held the itemizing; Mark Kitching of Douglas Elliman repped Wagner.

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How Coronavirus Is Affecting Airbnbs, Resort Motels Alike



“I used to be booked stable till the top of July. Out of the blue, everybody cancelled.”

Jennifer, a frequent Airbnb host in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY tells a now-familiar story. As a professor at New York College, she deliberate to make use of her extra earnings to fund a summer season journey to Sweden. For a lot of different hosts, the results of the COVID-19 shutdown have been extra dire.

The tourism trade — together with lodges, airways and short-term leases — has been blindsided with the swiftness of the coronavirus-induced financial collapse. In line with AirDNA, Airbnb misplaced 43,000 properties from their web site from January to March. Although the lack of earnings has been painful, many hosts haven’t chosen to pivot to standard long-term leases. “It’s not potential should you have been simply renting a room and don’t have kitchen,” says Mark, an Airbnb Tremendous Host, who owns a brownstone in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and noticed 1000’s of {dollars} disappear in a single day. “Additionally, individuals are shedding their jobs. It’s not like there’s an incredible tenant pool on the market. Frankly, with the unfold of the virus, I don’t need strangers coming into my residence.” Airbnb’s personal knowledge in Nashville, New Orleans, Honolulu and Savannah backs up Mark’s statements, with solely 2.eight p.c of short-term leases taken off their web site and reappearing on the long-term rental market in these cities as of March 27th.

One other issue is the unpredictability of the disaster. If it ends rapidly, Airbnb landlords would favor to get again to internet hosting, the place they’ll earn 3-5 occasions as a lot cash as with a standard lease, with out being beholden to a long-term tenant. Austin Mao, an Airbnb host with  2,000 friends a month in his community of Las Vegas mansions, instructed the New York Times that he has steadily been pressured to chop costs as guests dwindle. At their peak, every of his houses had been bringing in $10,000 a month, with overheads operating at $3,500. The worthwhile enterprise allowed Moa to increase rapidly, beginning a building agency to renovate future leases. Like related firms, that agency is now shut down. “I consider this can be a harbinger of the following nice recession, so I feel it’s dangerous to increase,” he stated.

One space that’s seeing a growth in Airbnb leases are smaller rural cities inside drivable distances from city hubs, notably New York Metropolis. Alix Umen and Adriana Farmiga personal the Starlite Motel, a lately restored classic motel in Kerhonkson, N.Y., that had been attracting a gradual stream of tourists from New York Metropolis, about two hours away. They have been lately pressured to briefly shut the motel on account of COVID-19. Nonetheless, they’ve seen a spike in site visitors in New Yorkers ready out the virus in close by Airbnbs. “It’s simple to identify the New Yorkers in a spot like this,” says Farmiga. “They’ve good vehicles, they’re out jogging and strolling. However it may possibly actually overwhelm a small city.”

For example, Umen expounds. “There’s an area butcher who serves grass fed meat. Inside a day or two, individuals had are available and completely purchased him out as a result of they’re hoarding the meals, which in fact means locals received’t be capable of purchase from him. We perceive that it’s good enterprise for people who find themselves renting their houses and residences however I’m unsure it might be probably the most conscientious factor for us to do,” she says.

It’s a sentiment shared by many lodge house owners across the nation who’ve shuttered their doorways whereas surrounding Airbnb’s have seemed to revenue from fleeing city dwellers. “I feel it’s reprehensible,” says Jeff Bridges in Guerneville, Sonoma County, Calif., who spent 1,000,000 {dollars} renovating his R3 lodge after flooding final winter. Now he’s seeing Airbnb hosts advertising and marketing their rooms with “pandemic reductions” and as “quarantine-ready lodging,” catering to the exodus of residents from San Francisco, about 1.5-hours to the south. “That’s irresponsible if you’re coming from an epicenter. That makes plenty of residents uncomfortable,” he instructed ABC News.

Happily for Bridges, the authorities in Sonoma County agree with him and are imposing a shut-down of all Airbnb’s within the space, although it stays to be seen if that can occur elsewhere.

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Jeff Bhasker Buys Groovy Los Feliz Midcentury Modern



Over time, unmolested and unique midcentury fashionable houses have turn out to be more and more scarce, even within the midcentury mecca that’s Los Angeles. So when a 1958 gem in prime Los Feliz grew to become obtainable final yr, for the very first time ever, potential patrons flocked to the residential time capsule. The unassuming home rapidly bought for $3.1 million — a whopping $905,000 extra than the asking worth, or 41% over what the sellers have been looking for.

The successful bidder is Los Feliz actual property aficionado Jeff Bhasker, the “Uptown Funk” producer who’s purchased and bought a small handful of space houses over the previous few years. The powerhouse songwriter and hitmaker — a five-time Grammy winner who’s additionally labored with Kanye West, Beyoncé, Harry Types and Lana Del Rey, simply to call just a few — paid money for the property, information reveal.

Sited within the prestigious gated enclave of Laughlin Park, the brand new Bhasker digs lie on the finish of a quiet cul-de-sac and span a comparatively modest 2,100 sq. toes of dwelling house, with three bedrooms and two baths. Inside, a sunken front room has bone-colored carpeting, outsized home windows and an “architectural” hearth cast from Italian stone, per the itemizing.

The elegantly easy kitchen affords a retro oven and a pass-through to the eating room, the place there are scrumptious views of the encompassing treetops and the Downtown L.A. skyline. The proprietor’s suite has spacious closets, a sitting space and glass sliders that open to a non-public patio.

Stairs inside the home lead all the way down to {a partially} subterranean basement degree, the place there’s a surprisingly large household room with moist bar, built-in bookshelves and a lounge space that is also used as a non-public visitor room, full with handy — if woefully outdated — kitchenette.

Although the property doesn’t supply a swimming pool, the .3-acre lot has loads of pure and artifical facilities. Tall palms and pine bushes dot the mini-estate, there’s a grassy garden for Fido, and outside decks supply house for alfresco eating or entertaining. Round entrance, a carport has house for 2 autos, and gnarled olive bushes lend the property a definite attraction.

The gated Laughlin Park neighborhood is especially famous for its many celeb residents; present householders embrace Angelina Jolie, Ellen Pompeo, Natalie Portman,, Kristen Stewart, Casey Affleck and David Fincher, simply to call just a few.

And as aforementioned, this isn’t Bhasker’s first time on the Los Feliz actual property rodeo. Final yr, he sold a traditional-style house within the neighborhood for about $3.four million to a non-famous purchaser, and he continues to personal a $2.5 million property elsewhere within the space.

Levi Freeman of Nourmand & Associates and Chris Cortazzo of Compass collectively held the itemizing; Tina Marie Phan of Nourmand & Associates repped Bhasker.

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