SELLER: Jennifer Lawrence
LOCATION: Santa Monica, CA
SIZE: 1,413 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It was the ever-vigilant Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial from whom we first learned that frequent Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, most recently nominated for the 2015 film “Joy,” sold her starter condominium in Santa Monica, CA, for $1.15 million, slightly below its $1.169 million asking price. The 24-year-old leading lady paid $879,000 for the two-story townhouse-type condo in an unassuming complex about 20 blocks from the beach in August 2006, five years before her first Oscar nomination in 2011 for “Winter’s Bone.”
The two bedroom and 2.5 bathroom condo comes in at a small house sized 1,413-square-feet, per listing details, with wide-plank hardwood floors, a slew of recessed lighting fixtures, direct-entry two-car garage, in-unit washer/dryer hook-ups, and a gas fireplace set at a catty-corner angle in the living room. Two sets of glass sliders in the dining area open to a private fenced patio that is, unfortunately, in full view of occupants in the apartments in the neighboring building. Dining area is open to a fairly narrow, U-shaped kitchen with ordinary and not particularly upscale looking white raised panel cabinetry, slab granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The lone guest/family bedroom sports a raised ceiling and convenient en suite bathroom while slightly larger the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, small private balcony, and roomy if stylistically dated bathroom with mirrored closet doors and perfectly pedestrian white ceramic tile floors and counter tops.
We really haven’t a clue when the “Hunger Games” and “X-Men: Apocolypse” star last occupied the Santa Monica condo but it’s probably safe to say it was sometime before October 2014 — after she took home and Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013 and was nominated the following year for “American Hustle” — when she shelled out $8.225 million for a showbiz-pedigreed five-bedroom and 5.5-bathroom residence in a privately guarded Beverly Hills enclave notable for the remarkable number of high-profile entertainment industry movers and shakers who maintain homes there. Miss Lawrence bought her BevHills home from Sumner Redstone’s preposterously younger former live-in lady-friend Sydney Holland, who is reported to be angling for a spot on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and was previously owned by Jessica Simpson, Ellen DeGeneres, Rick Yorn, Paul Hogan, and Tom Freston. Some of the surrounding homes and estates are owned by Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and British pop-chanteuse Adele.
Last summer there were scads of reports in all the New York City property gossip columns that Miss Lawrence was on the hunt for a luxury rental in downtown Manhattan’s trendy and expensive Tribeca neighborhood and this year there’s been several reports she’s been out peeping apartments and penthouses in the same neighborhood listed for sale with A-lister asking prices in the $12-18 million range.
Miss Lawrence will star in the sci-fi epic “Passengers” later this year with Chris Pratt. She’s also slated to star in an as yet untitled project written and directed by “Black Swan” Oscar winner Darren Aronofsky as well as “Bad Blood,” to be written and directed by Oscar-winning “The Big Short” screenwriter and director Adam McKay.
UPDATE (08-19-16): The last official asking price for the condo was $1.169 million, per online marketing materials, and not the $1.89 million originally reported.
Listing photos: Coldwell Banker