Bruno Mars Buys Big Studio City Estate

BUYER: Bruno Mars
LOCATION: Studio City, Calif.
PRICE: $6,500,000
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.

Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland (via Zillow)

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  1. Jamiekins says:

    OH my ! well I think the marketing materials are askew, I think this house was decorated by the people
    at Disneyland for Mickey and Minnie before Mickey came out of the closet and moved to Beverly Hills with the younger rat he’s been seen around town with. So colorful, bright & busy…
    Sometimes when decorators lash out with color like this, it’s indicative of major neglect by the Mother.

  2. Rabbi Hedda LaCasa says:

    Hal Prince employed a similar explosion of color and pattern in his former 834 Fifth Avenue duplex penthouse, which the listing agent once described as “highly personalized décor.” Perhaps he engaged the same unknown European interior designer?

    • Catadromy says:

      Are you freaking kidding me with that wallpaper and that ugly-ass furniture? My eyes! My eyes!

      Whoever did that design/decor job should be drummed out of the IADA. I have never, and I mean NEVER, seen anything so retina-searingly ugly.

  3. Michel Michaeljohn says:

    Who in the world needs 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms?

  4. Janine says:

    Wow Gorgeous! :) xoxo

  5. lil' gay boy says:


    It’s not just the photography that’s shitty.

  6. Rick says:

    I love this home, I’ve always wondered who bought this one.

  7. Jimmy says:

    What about that sale in BP for $40 mil mama any news on who bought that? We need another Beverly Park article mama

  8. Petra says:

    My goodness, that is some ugly ass decorating.

    • Pam Malany says:

      I definitely agree with the assessment of horrible decorating. Bruno is a man of style and I anticipate he will make the home far more chic!

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