Your Mama Hears…

…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

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  1. Mr DHH says:

    The old Cox/Lake property is almost
    1 acre too.Me thinks you got hosed
    on that land deal.8 million is absolute tops on flat acre land
    in the triangle (Brentwood is a little off that thank you very much)

  2. FmFu says:

    @CarlaCa, You might be correct about that cheating scandal if it’s the same Paige Laurie I’m thinking of.

    Isn’t she the same one that 20/20 news magazine’s mustachioed John Stossel did a feature on? If I recall it aired in November of 2004. It’s in my journal if I can find it.

  3. Carla In California says:

    Isn’t Paige Laurie the chick who was caught cheating at USC and had her bachelor’s degree revoked? Apparently Paige had hired a latina to type up all of her papers and paid $$ for it in more ways than one. The latina kept all of the correspondence between Paige and herself for proof. Ouch. But, really, did Paige need a degree to get a job for financial security? What a waste of time….. :<

    As for Tobey and Jennifer, what is taking so long in having the house built in Brentwood? Sell the land if you’re not going to build it and utilize the cash better in investments in stocks, bonds or commodities. What a waste! Healthcare stocks yield some of the highest dividends. ;)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like it LGB (forgive me). The Frontgate patio furniture I could do without though.. especially if hubby is a “designer”

  5. Sandpiper says:

    I’m not totally down with it either, but the landscaping’s nice.

    Maybe somebody’s been watching too many cable DIY programs — or does the festive entrance area double as a daycare? I’m so confused about that whole dining room thing, too, and the kitchen decisions.

    Or maybe I’m being too harsh because my cell just fell in a puddle.

    Or a little of both.

  6. Sandpiper says:

    Um … This!


  7. lil' gay boy says:

    Kinda pricey for a home that is at turns lackluster, quirky, and architecturally bipolar.

    What’s the real estate equivalent of lithium?

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