BUYER: Bruno Mars
LOCATION: Studio City, Calif.
SIZE: 9,033 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Thanks to an entirely unexpected but certainly most welcomed Christmas Day communique from tireless real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, Your Mama learned that wildly popular singer-songwriter-choreographer and budding voice actor Bruno Mars recently made an under-the-radar, $6.5 million acquisition — via an opaque corporate entity — of a private, multi-acre estate in a discreet gated enclave in the heavily celebrified Fryman Canyon area of Studio City, Calif.
The famously fancy-footed, two-time Grammy winner purchased the property, as per public records, from Elvira Kudryashova, a young gal otherwise known as the daughter of immensely rich and allegedly shady Kazakh oligarch Viktor Khrapunov. Miz Kudryashova, who apparently goes by at least a couple other names, purchased the property, along with a man who we’ll just assume without any direct knowledge is or was her husband, in July 2013 for $5.7 million and flipped it back on the market just eight months later with an optimistic asking price of $7.787 million.
A long, hedge-lined and tree-shaded driveway leads up from the gated cul-de-sac to a roomy motor court and a front-facing, three-bay garage that will shelter six cars, per digital marketing materials. A double-height rotunda entry links to generous formal living and dining rooms done up for the seller by and unnamed “European interior designer” with a brazen and unrestrained thing for jewel-toned furnishings and intricately patterned wallpaper set off against intricately patterned rugs and intricately patterned window treatments. It’s really quite something, ain’t it, kids?
Anyhoodles, poodles, the sprawling manse also includes a wood-paneled office, a spacious family room with muscular coffered ceiling treatment and built-in bar; a temperature controlled wine room; and a center-island kitchen and an adjoining breakfast room lined with a curving wall of glass doors that open to the poolside entertainment areas.
A discrete guest wing has four en suite bedrooms, according to the listing description, and a separate a children’s wing offers two more en suite bedrooms plus a children’s family room and kitchenette. The sizable master suite is complete with a fireplace regrettably set a sad, cock-eyed angle just a little too close to the bed for this property gossip’s personal taste, as well as a private office/sitting room, a kitchenette/coffee bar, dual walk-in closets and a pair of bathrooms decked out with both steam and dry saunas.
The backyard has over the shrubbery and roof top views over the San Fernando Valley and resort-style amenities that include an infinity-edged swimming pool and spa, a built-in grill station and outdoor kitchen, and children’s playground, and an open-air cabana with stone fireplace and built-in heaters.
Fryman Canyon, at the northern mouth of Laurel Canyon, has long been a draw to a slew of Tinseltowners such as George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Alex Trebek and “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen; other residents of Mister Mars’ itty-bitty gated enclave include sitcom veteran and famous ex-Scientologist Leah Remini and film and television soundtrack guru Kathy Nelson.
Our research shows Mister Mars continues to own a 4,000-square-foot-plus, modern-minded quasi-Hollywood Regency-style residence above Laurel Canyon that he scooped up over the summer of 2012 for $3.254 million. Mister Mars also continues to own a 4,300-square-foot-plus home in the affluent eastern suburbs of Honolulu that he bought from the heir to a firearms fortune in early 2012 for $3.1 million and, coincidentally enough, had listed on the open market late in 2013 and for a good part of this year, first at $3.5 million and later at $3.35 million.