BUYER: Natalie Portman
SELLER: Estate of LeRoi Moore
LOCATION: Linwood Drive, Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 4,866 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Grand Laughlin Park 1930s estate of exquisite craftsmanship & detail. This unique estate has 4 br 2 ba plus 2 sep gst homes, a prvt courtyard entry to main foyer, voluminous rooms or rich wood floors, walls & ceilings leaded sanctuary style windows, Bo trussed ceilings of gallery proportions & leaded glass French doors leading to spectacular stone loggia. Over 18,000sf lushly landscaped grounds w/ a beautiful pool. Systems have been upgraded including state-of-the-art security control system.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Back in early August of 2008, Your Mama discussed (and kinda dissed) Oscar nominated actress Natalie Portman’s posh 2-bedroom digs in a Richard Meier designed green glass tower in New York City which she had listed for sale at $6,550,000 and which records show she sold in late November of 2008 for it’s full asking price to an unknown entity called Monkway Properties Inc.
Then, a couple of weeks ago Your Mama discussed property in the gated Laughlin Park community in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles which has a long history of celebrity ownership. In 1997, formerly married actors Dermot Mulroney and the dee–veeon Catherine Keener bought the Linwood Drive dwelling from Grammy winning musician Chick Corea. In 2005 Mister Mulroney and Miz Keener went splitsville and sold the quirky but homey house to a business entity we are 99.9% certain belonged to recently deceased saxophonist LeRoi Moore who was a long time member of The Dave Matthews Band.
At the time we discussed the property, which was listed at $3,199,000, it was under contract and we recklessly bet the children our long bodied bitches Linda and Beverly that the star magnet mini-manse was being bought by yet another celebrity. And, at the risk of sounding like we were gloating, Your Mama was right.
Thanks to the Los Feliz Flapjaw (and confirmed with a peep into the property records), Your Mama has learned the Linwood Drive domicile was purchased by none other that fresh-faced Natalie Portman who paid $3,250,000 for the 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom residence which, the children will note, is a bit higher than the asking price leading Your Mama to believe there was considerable interest in the 1930 mini-estate.