BUYERS: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 7,351 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: First came word down the New York City celebrity property gossip grapevine that Emmy-nominated and three time Razzie winning actress and producer Demi Moore quietly wants a spine-stiffening $75 million for her triplex penthouse at the celebrity-approved San Remo building on the Upper West Side.
Next, coincidentally, came the dish this morning via the lady property gossip at the L.A. Times who revealed that Miz Moore’s much younger third ex-husband—that would be sitcom star, producer and Twittering tech investor Ashton Kutcher—has quietly floated his very contemporary, post-Demi bachelor pad above the Hollywood Reservoir as a whisper listing with a hush-hush asking price of around $12 million. Mister Kutcher—reportedly the highest paid actor on television who reportedly rakes in $275,000 per episode for his starring role on the silly but wildly successful sitcom Two and a Half Men—picked up the 9,385 square foot three story residence (above) just two years ago (March, 2012) for $8.455 million.
The decision to sell his super-modern mansion in the Hollywood Hills may or may not but probably does have something to do with the fact that Mister Kutcher and his current fiancée and former That ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis have a bun in the oven. The decision to sell so soon after buying the reservoir view residence also may or may not but probably does have something to with the procreating couple’s recent and surreptitious acquisition of a new house in which to bring up baby.
Your Mama first heard of the couples stealthy purchase of a new home about a week ago from Platinum Triangle real estate insider Peter Propertyseller and then—coincidentally—we heard it again just last night from the ever-plucky real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak. According to both informants, the preggers pair quietly shelled out $10.215 million in an of-market deal for the Beverly Hills (Post Office) home of divorcing Showbiz movers and shakers Tom and Kathy Freston.*
Your Mama didn’t turn up any readily available digital marketing materials for the fairly traditional two-story residence so we’ll have to defer to the Los Angeles County Tax Man who shows the existing house, in a private enclave long favored by famous folk, sits on just over half and acre of gated and landscaped grounds and was constructed in 1999 with three bedrooms and four bathrooms in 7,351 square feet.
Very few details of the property are publicly available but Your Mama’s investigative research shows there’s a gated motor court and three car garage at the front and a series of verandas and terraces off the rear of the residence that step down to a flat and amorphous patch of grass and a dark-bottomed swimming pool and spa.
Other celebrity residents of the exclusive ‘hood include Cameron Diaz—she bought Candice Bergen’s compound in 2010 for just shy of $9.5 million; Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem—who paid $3.3 million for the former home of Sara Gilbert; music world big wig Guy Oseary; actor turned professional gambler Gabe Kaplan; Reggae royal Ziggy Marley; and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. Sidney Holland, a woman best known to gossip glossy readers, perhaps, as Sumner Redstone’s much younger gal pal, recently paid Jessica Simpson $6.4 million for a house that was formerly owned by Paul Hogan, Ellen DeGeneres, Rick York and—funnily enough—Tom and Kathy Freston.
Smoky voiced Miz Kunis’s property portfolio includes a 4,112 square foot house off Mulholland Drive in the Laurel Canyon area that she scooped up in September 2008 for $2,885,000 as well as a 2,250 square foot condo in a secured but perfectly ordinary West Hollywood complex that she acquired in the early days of 2002 for $540,000.
We don’t know what real estate plans either of the Frestons have in store for themselves but we do know that in New York City, they still own a red brick townhouse in the Lenox Hill area of the Upper East Side that they picked up in 2000 for $6.5 million. The six-plus story townhouse was famously owned from 1974-1987 by pop art mandarin Andy Warhol. The Frestons gave the 6-plus floor townhouse a swanky and no doubt exceedingly expensive overhaul and heaved it on the market in the spring of 2008 with an in-hindsight rose-tinted asking price of $38.5 million. (The price was eventually lowered to $35 million but, alas, there were no takers.)
*The Frestons, who purchased the property in September 2001 for $4,350,000, officially split in 2012, first amicably and then, so the scuttlebutt goss, not so amicably. Though soon-to-be-ex Missus Freston—a former model, vegan and author—denies it there have been a number tabloid-y reports that scream and shout that she had a lesbian affair with an otherwise unidentified woman named Pam after she and Mister Freston parted ways. And so what if she did? Would that really be such a scandalous thing?
aerial image (top): Bing
aerial image (bottom): Pacific Coast News