Goop Gal Gwyneth Paltrow Buys in Da Bu

Friday, March 14, 2014 0 comments
BUYERS: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
PRICE: $14,000,000
SIZE: (approx.) 3,650 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Earlier this month word slipped down the celebrity real estate gossip grapevine that Oscar-winning American actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her British rock star hubby, Coldplay's Chris Martin, plan to sell their massive, 33-room mansion in the celeb-soaked Belsize Park area of London.* So the scuttlebutt goes, the couple and their two oddly-named off-spring had all but permanently relocated to Los Angeles (CA) where, in the summer of 2012, they paid $9,950,000 for an approximately 8,000 square foot Windsor Smith designed and decorated mansion with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in the rustically swank Mandeville Canyon area.

Like a lot of titanically rich Angelenos, Mister Martin and Miz Paltrow weren't content with just their their deluxe "city" digs so they went shopping for a beach house in Malibu. According to well-connected celebrity real estate whisperers Crystal D. Canter and Yolanda Yakketyyak, the couple shelled out $14,000,000 for a one-plus acre bluff-top spread in the celebrity-packed Point Dume area where some of their nearest neighbors include fellow A-list actress Julia Roberts, smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G(orelick), octogenarian insult comedian Don Rickles, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Listing details and other available online resources show the Paltrow-Martin's newly acquired ocean-view beach shack was designed by world renown maverick architect John Lautner and built in the early 1970s. However, puppies, no T no shade, this isn't one of Mister Lautner's more lauded commissions as it lacks the verve and dynamic tension of some of his more celebrated creations like, say, the Sheats Goldstein residence in the Beverly Crest area of Beverly Hills or the Segal house on Malibu's Carbon Beach that Courtney Cox sold in July 2007 for $27,250,000 to real estate ballers Frank and Jamie McCourt.**

Your Mama isn't sure of the full ownership history of the so-called Garwood Residence but we do know the seller, real estate developer Donald Sher, purchased the property in 1996 for about $1.4 million. Presumably it was Mister Sher and his wife who are responsible for the semi-tropical, quasi-Bali-esque jungle-style landscaping and the no-doubt outrageously expensive but brutally bland interior renovations. (For what it's worth, Crystal D. Canter snitched to Your Mama that the Paltrow-Martins hired Windsor Smith to do over the interiors and if the self-proclaimed lifestyle architect's impressive portfolio is any indication, we'd guess she added a touch of decadent whimsy and glitzy glamour to the glassy post-and-beam built residence.

Listing details don't indicate the size of the low-slung home but the Los Angeles County Tax Man puts it at just 2,883 square feet while a 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, when the property was first listed at $15.9 million, puts it at about 3,650 square feet. Listing details show there are four bedrooms and three bathrooms and a meandering, open-concept main living space area that includes: a large, ocean-view living room with paneled walls and angled stone fireplace; a window-wrapped ocean-view dining area; and an angular kitchen with granite counter tops and what appears to be a teardrop-shaped center work island. Other interior features of the gated estate include include heated sandstone floors and long walls of floor to ceiling glass balanced with smooth paneled walls and rugged stone accents.

Outdoor amenities include a 50-foot pebble stone swimming pool, a lighted tennis court shielded by thick shrubbery, a fitness room and yoga studio, an outdoor kitchen and dining area tucked under the house and, by way of a sinuous stairway that snakes it's way down a verdant canyon, highly coveted deeded access to all but private Little Dume Beach.

In addition to their triple-wide London mansion and growing residential real estate holdings in California, Gwynnie and Chris also maintain several homes on the East Coast of the U.S. including a huge house on 3.5 acres in Amagansett, NY, that they picked up in August 2006 for $5,400,000. (Her mother, Blythe Danner, owns an adjoining property). In Manhattan the luxe-living couple own a spacious three bedroom penthouse with two terraces in a swank TriBeCa complex that they scooped up in early 2007 for $5,146,538 as per property records as well as a second apartment on a lower floor in the same complex that the picked up in March of 2009 for $1.925 million.

Finally, because who doesn't love a little six degrees of high end real estate separation, back in 2009 the Paltrow-Martins leased a Monterey Colonial-style mansion on 5.3 acres with guest house and equestrian facilities in L.A.'s Mandeville Canyon.*** The property, located just half a mile up the road from the Paltrow-Martin's current Mandeville Canyon mansion, had been previously listed for sale with an in-hindsight wildly rose-tinted $28.5 million price tag. Last August, after five long years on and off the market, the estate finally sold for $12,900,000 to to hedge fund founder Sean Fahey and his wife Robin Luce who, according to the always in the know real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, plan to raze the existing residence and replace it with something more to their liking. As it turns out, children, back in 2010 Mister Fahey and Miz Luce paid $6.2 million for a spectacular (if kooky-crazy) Bart Prince-designed residence that's right next door to the Lautner-designed residence that Mister Martin and Miz Paltrow just acquired. Ta-duh!****

*The Paltrow-Martins picked up the main portion of their super-sized London mansion about 10 years ago from fellow Oscar winner Kate Winslet. They subsequently bought up two adjoining homes and, much to the annoyance of some of their neighbors, spent years and millions on an extensive and disruptive renovation to combine the three houses into one befitting an A-list celebrity couple. (And make no mistake, children, no matter what you think of Mister Martin's catching rock 'n' roll ditties and/or Miz Paltrow's constant nattering about how to live a deluxe life on her self-aggrandizing Goop blog, these two are A-list celebrities with the bulging real estate portfolio to prove it. 

**Frank and Jamie McCourt moved to Los Angeles from Boston after they bought the Dodgers. They have since divorced—bitterly and expensively—and sold the Dodgers. As far as we know, ex-Missus McCourt retained ownership of the Segal house as well as the small cottage next door that she and her ex-husband bought in early 2008 for $19,000,000.

***There were later reports the house was riddled with vermin but we have no first hand knowledge of such a scandalous thing.

****Some of the children who follow high end real estate doings in The Bu surely recall that Mister Fahey and Miz Luce, incurred the wrath of neighbors and architectural preservationists when it became known they wanted to demolish the house and replace it a much more traditional California Mission-stylel mansion. After a brouhaha ensued and a petition was circulated—and signed by some of the neighborhood's celebrity home owners—the couple opted to quell the fears of their neighbors and remodel the house to better suit the needs of their family.

listing photos: Coldwell Banker

Your Mama Hears...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 0 comments
...from an informant we'll call Brent Wood that the previously unidentified peeps who, in late January 2014, shelled out $8.45 million for movie actor, producer and Emmy-winning chat show host Ricki Lake's plantation style single-story sprawler in L.A.'s quietly posh Brentwood 'hood was none other than actor/producer (Spider-Man, The Spoils of Babylon, Good People, Pawn Sacrifice) Tobey Maguire and his Tinseltown-bred jewelry designer wife, Jennifer Meyer Maguire.

As the more avid of celebrity real estate watchers amongst us already know the 5-6 bedroom and 5.5 bathroom house has a bit of celebrity pedigree: Miz Lake bought the 5,226 square foot house in 2002 for $5.6 million from sitcom superstar Courtney Cox (Friends, Cougar Town).

The purchase isn't, perhaps, so surprising since Mister and Missus Maguire have hankered to set down roots in the 'hood for quite some time. Back in early 2008 Mister and Missus Maguire paid exactly $10 million for a vacant, .93-acre residential lot on the just a few doors down and across the street from the house they (allegedly) just picked up from Miz Lake. As far as this property gossip knows, the Maguie's parcel remains vacant and undeveloped.

Once upon a time, Mister Maguire owned a low-slung contemporary crib on Thrasher Avenue in the so-called Bird Streets neighborhood high above the Sunset Strip that he sold nearly seven years ago for $10,800,000 to—according to wildly well-connected real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak—Wal-Mart heiress Paige Laurie Dubbert and her husband Bo. The young couple moved temporarily into a nearby house owned by his Hollywood b.f.f. Leo DiCaprio but for the last bit of time the Maguire were shacked up in a $9 million contemporary rental residence in the Riviera section of Pacific Palisades.

Miz Lake, her children and—one presumes—her new-ish second husband, jewelry designer Christian Evans, decamped, again according to Yolanda, to a hippy-dippy multi-million dollar house in the mountains above Malibu.

listing photos: Partners Trust

The Old W.R. Hearst Penthouse in NYC Officially Lists for $38 Million

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 0 comments
SELLERS: Benedict Silverman
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $38,000,000
SIZE: 7,000-ish square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Listen, children, Your Mama has the in-laws in town so we're a bit ocupado for most of the day but before we trot off to watch a whole bunch of professional tennis players whack a yellow ball around a green court we thought we'd offer the children a few snaps and the floor plan for a quardruplex penthouse in New York City that was once part of a much larger quintuplex penthouse created in the late 19-teens by lavish living newspaperman William Randolph Hearst.

In the early part of the 20th century Mister Hearst leased the top three floors of 137 Riverside Drive to use as a private residence overlooking the might Hudson River. He later requested the building's owner for more space but he was rebuffed. So, like any self-respecting captain of industry with more money than he knows what to do with, he went ahead and purchased the entire building for $950,000 and—so the story goes—proceeded to add a copper mansard to the building's top that was 100 feet long and 30 feet tall where displayed his vast collection of medieval tapestries and suits and armor and such. Mister Hearst, who b lost the building (and his five floor penthouse) in 1930 to foreclosure—by then the magnate had relocated to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA—and the super-sized urban aerie was eventually broken up into smaller apartments.

In the 1990s about 7000 square feet of various units that once comprised Mister Hearst's megamansion in the sky—along with about 7,000 square feet of private terraces—were bought up by real estate financier and art collector Benedict Silverman who, in case you like a little depth to your real estate story, a couple years ago made headlines in the art world when he began to exhibit and sell off his extensive collection of 20th-century German and Austrian artworks including paintings by Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Gustav Klimt. Impressive stuff. Anyways...

Mister Benedict and his wife embarked on a renovation of the former Hearst penthouse that, really, has very little to do with the original layout and finishing. Gone are the heavily ornamented Greek, English, and Julius Caesar rooms. and in there place are a still insanely luxurious although much less rococo interiors that include, as per listing details, a total of seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms. The floor plan shows the existing penthouse has a double-height foyer; an 800 square foot combination living/dining room; a cozy, river-view library; a combination kitchen and family room with fireplace and direct access to a large, south-facing terrace; front and rear staircases; and a top floor solarium with curved walls and a nearly 100-foot long terrace that hovers over Riverside Drive and the Hudson River.

Bedrooms are spread through the penthouse including the master on the main level has a dressing room, several closets and direct access to the largest of the penthouse's five terraces. A self-contained two bedroom and two bathroom apartment on the 12th floor—accessible via staircase in the penthouse's laundry room—provides additional space for live-in domestic workers or snoring house guests.

listing photos and floor plan: Brown Harris Stevens

Update: Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Monday, March 10, 2014 0 comments
Last week the heirs of Edgar Bronfman, Sr. officially listed the Canadian-born booze baron turned international businessman and philanthropist's long time Manhattan penthouse atop 960 Fifth Avenue with a sky high but probably not ridiculous $65,000,000 asking price.

At the time of Your Mama's previous discussion, digital listings we had access to only presented the rather magnificent J-shaped floor plan. Now, thanks to several missives from the children, it's come to Your Mama's attention that the official listings now include a handful of photographs and a pair of photos that show the winter time view across Central Park and south towards

The decor is all quite elegant and correct in a high-nosed Fifth Avenue sort of way even if the color scheme is a tad quirky and pastel-hued for Your Mama's particular taste. The walls in the massive living room are bathed in a lemon chiffon hue, the library has eye-popping kelly green walls, and the dining room is of particular note with pale mint walls off-set by a divoonly decadent silver-leafed ceiling and emerald green velvet upholstered dining chairs.

An eagle eyed informant snitched too Your Mama (and provided evidence) that the dining room table and chairs seen in listing photos of Mister Bronfman Sr.'s penthouse at 960 Fifth Avenue are the very same set as were installed by legendary decorator Albert Hadley in a penthouse pad owned by Mister Bronfman, Sr. from, according to 740 Park chronicler Michael Gross, the early 1960s until the late 1970s. The clear crystal chandelier over the high gloss round table probably has a pedigree that would curl and average millionaire's hair—not to mention blow their bank account—and looks to Your Mama's untrained (and admittedly boozy) eyes like it was purchased at great expense out of an 18th century Austro-Hungarian castle or some place like that. Anyways, enjoy...

listing photos: Brown Harris Stevens

A Little Monday Mish Mash

The long-legged blond at Trulia Luxe Listings spilled the celebrity real estate beans about how professional baseballer Barry Bonds sold his 17,000-ish square foot mock-Med mansion inside the guarded gates of the (in)famous Beverly Park development in Beverly Hills* for $22 million, a bit more than 10% less than the $25 million he originally wanted.

*Beverly Park is, more specifically, in the Beverly Hills Post Office and not in Beverly Hills proper, fact we're sure some of the children will be sure to remind us in short order and with no uncertain terms.


Long divorced Tinseltowners Larry and Laurie David sold their once happy marital compound in Pacific Palisades, according to celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ, for $12 million. Mister David, in case an of y'all are curious, long ago moved to another house in Pac Pal and ex-Missus David moved to a house she custom built nearby.


The kids at Curbed reported that Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan slapped a $2.795 million price tag on a cacophonously decorated house in L.A.'s Beachwood Canyon.


Recently engaged Reality t.v. star Lauren Conrad recently listed a six bedroom house she owns in Laguna Beach, CA for $2.795 and picked up a new, cliff-top spread for $8.5 million. (Yes, children, we too were cowed with surprise that this gal in her late 20s can afford an $8.5 million house. However, hunties, turns out she's not just young but very rich and currently also owns a Beverly Hills penthouse  and a multi-million dollar house in Brentwood, too. Who knew? Anyways...)


The hardworking property gossips at Luxury Listings NYC were the first to reveal that Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his downright gorgeous wife, Patti Hansen, picked up a $10.5 million duplex penthouse co-op on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City. To be honest, children, this property gossip would seriously consider giving up a limb or a lung to own this place.


The veteran property gossip at the L.A. Times reported, among other tidbits, that actor Jared Padalecki of the t.v. series Supernatural, sold his 1920s Spanish style house in Studio City (CA) for $2.4 million.


Even though pop music darling du jour Pharrell Williams recently re-listed his Miami Beach penthouse for $10.999 million—up from $10.9 million according to the folks at Zillow—it's still painfully below the $12.525 million he paid for the glassy, 9,000 square foot aerie back in 2007. It's also more than six million clams less than the in hindsight wildly optimistic $16.8 million price tag he slapped on the place back in November 2012.

Joely Fisher Lists Sherman Oaks Macmansion

SELLER: Joely Fisher and Christ Duddy
LOCATION: Sherman Oaks, CA
PRICE: $4,195,000
SIZE: 9,830 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Although it has yet to pop up in the MLS, according to digital evidence that found its way into Your Mama's inbox, Tinseltown scion and actress Joely Fisher and her lantern-jawed cinematographer husband, Christopher Duddy, put their Sherman Oaks mansion on the market with an asking price of $4,195,000.

Although Miz Fisher is an honest-to-goodness Hollywood royal—her parents are the late singer Eddie Fisher and the still kicking Showbiz sexpot turned skin care tycoon Connie Stevens—was named Miss Golden Globe* in 1992 and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1998 for her role on Ellen DeGeneres's eponymous sitcom Ellen, she's never quite made it to the top of the Tinseltown heap.* None the less she's appeared in a number of movies (The Mask, Inspector Gadget), bevy of television programs (Grosse Pointe, Danny, Desperate Housewives, 'Til Death), and her resume on the Internet Movie Data Base shows she's the star of not yet released thriller (Fatal Acquittal) and will have a small part in an upcoming comedy (Killing Winston Jones) with Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson and Danny Glover.

Property records show the Fisher-Duddys acquired their ochre-hued Sherman Oaks residence in July 2007 for $3.5 million and Your Mama found evidence online that a couple years ago the couple ran afoul of their mortgage lender who initiated foreclosure actions in 2011. Indeed, the property was scheduled to be auctioned in September 2011 but we're happy to report that financial nastiness all seems to have been cleared up. Anyhoo...

Current listing details show the spacious if architecturally suspicious mock-Med macmansion was built in 2006 on a half acre parcel conveniently located just a couple short blocks from the myriad of shops and restaurants that line busy Ventura Boulevard. There are 7 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, as per listing details, in 9,830 square feet.**

The bulky, two-story house includes a de rigueur for the 'hood double-height foyer with tile floors and hand-forged wrought iron stair railings. There's an super-sized formal dining room for holidays and dinner parties plus less-formal family quarters that include a cook-friendly kitchen, an adjoining breakfast room, and a Great Room that opens to living room-sized loggia—listing details describe it as a "magical covered lounge"—that overlooks the swimming pool and backyard. Somewhere, as per listing details, there's a media room.

Beyond the loggia and swimming pool there's a trellis-shaded terrace and a flat patch of grass that extends back towards a matching, detached structure with two-car garage and a self-contained three-room guest house with full kitchen.

We haven't a clue as to the Fisher-Duddy's future real estate plans but surely the children recall that Missus Fisher-Duddy's mother listed her mulit-acre compound in the hoity-toity Holmby Hills are of Los Angeles on the open market in late 2012 with an asking price of almost $18 million. Alas, despite the swanky nabe's high-profile residents and traditionally high-priced desirability—nearby estates are owned by Kelsey Grammer, nonagenarian socialite Besty Bloomingdale, and contemporary art peddler Larry Gagosian—there were no serious takers and the multi-residence estate, which includes a Paul Williams-designed white brick Colonial style main house, was taken off the open market in late summer the following year (2013).

*Miss Golden Globe is an "honor" bestowed each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to the progeny of a celebrity. Recent "honorees," who hand out the statuettes and direct winners off-stage during the televised ceremonies include Sosie Bacon (daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick), Sam Michael Fox (son of Michael J. Fox and Tracey Pollan), and Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher).  

**The Los Angeles County Tax Man shows the Fisher-Duddy's house measures 7,807 square feet. Your Mama assumes without any direct knowledge that the additional 2,000 or so square feet is accounted for in the guest house.

listing photos: The Agency

Leeza Gibbons Tries to Sell, Leases, Buys, Buys Again, Tries to Sell Again, Sells, and Buys Again...

Friday, March 7, 2014 0 comments
BUYER: Leeza Gibbons
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
PRICE: $7,690,000
SIZE: 7 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Over the years, starting with the late 2006 discussion of the West Hollywood compound she and her third husband, architect and inventor Stephen Meadows, then had on the open market with an asking price of $7,995,000,* Your Mama has often discussed the real estate doings of entrepreneurial and philanthropic t.v. personality and radio hostess Leeza Gibbons.

Miz Gibbons rose to Showbiz prominence in the mid-980s as the approachable host of the entertainment news program Entertainment Tonight. Since then she's popped up on a few game shows (Pyramid, Hollywood Squares) and television programs (Murphy Brown, Sunset Beach, The Simpsons) and hosted the televised 75th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. In the mid-Aughts she landed her own, eponymous (if short-lived) daytime chat show and in 2007 she secured a much-coveted (but also short-lived) spot on Dancing With the Stars.

She took home an Emmy last year for her hosting duties on the PBS series My Generation, currently hosts the long-running and well syndicated radio show Hollywood Confidential and co-hosts the also syndicated, news-related t.v. program America Now with reality television star/author/motivational speaker Bill Rancic. In the early 2000s she developed a mineral make-up line and founded a nonprofit, Leeza's Place, aimed at providing support to caregivers of people with memory disorders.

We last heard word of the real estate doings of Miz Gibbons back in July 2011 when she put a Beverly Hills faux-Tuscan mini-manse on the market with an asking price of $6.895 million. She bought the house only since June 2010 when she paid paid $6.6 million for the big but bland six bedroom and 5.5 bathroom residence on Tower Road.**

The following July (2011), shortly after she married her fourth (and much younger) husband, Steven Fenton,*** she hoisted the oppressively banal house back on the market for $6,895,000. Although it did not sell, it was taken off the market just a few months later because Miz Gibbons leased the property, according to tireless real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, to entertainment advertising bigwig Steph Sebbag. It was less than half a year later, in early December, 2011, that Miz Gibbons and her new mister surreptitiously shelled out $5.2 million for what's commonly known by real estate people in Los Angeles as the Al Jolson Estate, a celebrity pedigreed two-plus acre estate in Encino (CA).

According to the fine fellas at Movieland Directory, Mister Jolson sold the house in the early 1940s for $28,000 to Oscar winner Don Ameche. Later residents include Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen (long divorced), Kirstie Alley and Parker Stevenson( long divorced), and Katey Sagal and Jake White (also long divorced). Anyways, the Gibbons-Fentons quickly caught a classic case of The Real Estate Fickle because Your Mama found digital evidence they flipped the celeb-pedigreed property back on the market less than a year later, in late September, 2012, with a significantly higher $6.5 million price tag. The price eventually fell to $5.995 million before it was taken off the open market in April 2013, although it still appears as an "active" listing on the digital portal of at least one of Beverly Hills' more lee-gendary lady real estate agents.

At the same time Miz Gibbons and Mister Fenton de-listed their fabled estate in Encino they re-listed the aforementioned faux-Tuscan on Tower Road for $6,995,000 and this time, butter beans and bean counters, they had Lady Luck on their side. Property records show the house in late August (2013) for $6.9 million to a corporate entity Yolanda swears is connected to a non-famous Israeli businessman.

Given alls real estate hurly-burly over the last few years Your Mama might have imagined that Miz Gibbons and Mister Fenton could have easily decided to stay put in Encino but no siree Bob. Thanks to good ol' Yolanda it's come to Your Mama's celebrity real estate attention that in late January (2014) Miz and fourth Mister Gibbons quietly coughed up $7,690,000 for a classy, clapboard-sided fixer upper on a much-coveted, tree-lined street in the flats of Beverly Hills.****

Official listing details don't show the square footage of the center hall traditional—the L.A. County Tax Man puts it at 4,294—but do indicate the well preserved (if wan) residence was built in 1927 and sits on a mid-block lot that's all but half an acre. As far as we can tell from a careful perusal of various digital marketing materials, there are a total of seven bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms divided between the main house and a detached guest house at the back of the property.

The tightly curved floating staircase, original moldings, and honey-toned wood floors in the bullet-shaped center hall foyer hint loudly at the architectural and decorative elegance easily pulled out and polished by an accomplished and highly compensated nice-gay or lady decorator.

Side-lit French doors in the foyer open into a spacious formal living room with street-facing bay window and fireplace and identical side-lit French doors on the opposite wall open into the step up formal dining room where angled, glass-fronted china cabinets flank a bank of multi-paned windows that stretch almost to the floor. A third set of side-lit French doors link the dining room to a clubby, wood paneled library with fireplace, leaded glass windows, and garden access through—you got it—French doors.

It's not going to win any style or design awards but the kitchen has, as per listing details, been updated. Your Mama notes perfectly ordinary white raised panel cabinetry, flecked dark grey granite counter tops, tile back splashes, and a full suite of high-grade appliances including a six (or maybe eight) burner commercial-style range.

In addition to the ones in the living room and library there are at least two more fireplaces in the main house, one an awkwardly off-center wart in one of the upstairs bedrooms and the other in an adjoining sitting room/sun porch with symmetrical built-in book shelves and at least three sizes of multi-pane windows.

The grounds look in listing photos to be gardener maintained if a bit, uhm, tired and encompass a trellis-shaded veranda, multi-level red brick terraces, a simple rectangular swimming pool—we did not spy a spa, and a rose garden planted with a few fig trees. A long driveway runs from the street to the extreme rear of the parcel where there's a car park area next to the aforementioned guest house that has yet another fireplace.

*Miz Gibbons and Mister Meadows, by then long divorced, finally sold the property in June 2010 for $4,795,000.

**In late 2011, about six months after she bought the Tower Road residence, Miz Gibbons shelled out $1.199 million for an unassuming micro-compound just off hotsy-totsy Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. Listing details from the time of the purchase show the compact 5,000 square foot lot includes a two-story main house with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a detached guest house with living room, laundry, kitchen, another bedroom and bathroom. It's Your Mama's understanding Miz Gibbons uses—or at least used—the house as a base for her various business and philanthropic ventures.

**Miz Gibbons is currently married to her fourth husband, the 13 years younger Steven Fenton. We're not sure exactly what Mister Fenton does for work right now but at the time they were married he was most frequently identified as the former president of the Beverly Hills Board of Education. Incidentally, his father, a financial services executive, was also previously the president of the Beverly Hills Board of Education and was also, very briefly in 2008, the mayor of Beverly Hills. Anyways...

****It is Yolanda's opinion that the Gibbons-Fenton's new acquired residence is located on one of the best blocks on one of the best streets in all of the Beverly Hills flats. Some of the couple's nearest neighbors in Bev Hills now include lauded lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, film and television producer Tony Krantz, model/socialite Christina Estrada Juffali—she once dated Prince Andrew and is the ex-wife of a Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali, philanthropic theater heiress Victoria Mann Simms, nail polish tycoon George Schaeffer, and Gabonese political power players Pascaline Bongo Ondimba and Paul Toungui.

listing photos (Beverly Hills Flats): Rodeo Realty