A Wee Bit O’ End of Week Mish Mash

Normally we love us a little avant garde architectural craziness served up by Pritzker Prize winning lady-architect Zaha Hadid. We really do. But, hunny boo boos, the just about completed residence outside Moscow she custom-did for the occasionally volatile supermodel Naomi Campbell and her downright hunky and soon-to-be-divorced Russian billionaire paramour, Vladisov Doronin, looks like an unholy union of an aerodynamic bicycle helmet and an equally aerodynamic air traffic control tower. Sorry gurl, but it does.

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Don Cornelius was a legend. He created and hosted Soul Train, fer chrissakes. His rustic flaired ranch house above Coldwater Canyon on the San Fernando Valley side of Mulholland Drive that’s now on the market for $1,895,000? Not so much a legend maybe.

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We’re not sure if husky voiced and titanic tittied reality t.v. cult figure Big Ang’s rental macmansion on Staten Island (NY) sustained any damage from that beehawtch Hurricane Sandy but we sure hope it left the wax replica of her dog Louie’s birthday cake intact. That’s right. Y’all read that correctly.

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Sitcom actor and comedian Tim Allen’s new house in Los Angeles thinks it’s in Aspen or Wyoming.

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It’s kinda old news now but did y’all hear that multi-billionaire hedge fund honcho John Paulson paid Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan $41,000,000 for Hala Ranch, a 90-acre spread near Aspen (CO) originally listed way back in 2006 with an elephantine and in hind sight wildly optimistic $135,000,000 price tag. Mister Paulson—he’s the dude who raked in $3.7 billion short selling sub prime mortgages in 2007 and hoovered up another $5 billion in personal income in 2010—paid Prince Bandar another $8,000,000 for an adjacent 38 acre spread known at Bear Cabin that had not previously been up for sale.

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Everybody keeps asking Your Mama who coughed up $19,500,000 for the garishly dressed faux-chateau of bitterly divorcing duo Adrienne Maloof of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and plastic surgeon Paul Nassif. Well, children, as far as we can tell from a somewhat circuitous read of the property records, the 8 bedroom and 11 bathroom behemoth in the guard-gated Beverly Park community was purchased by a corporate entity attached to a Pakistani-American textile tycoon who happens to own another, smaller but no less—ahem—opulent mansion in Beverly Hills on the market for just under $13,000,000.

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Speaking of Beverly Park and Saudi princes….Your Mama can’t confirm the scuttlebutt but a little birdie from deep inside the high end Platinum Triangle real estate game recently snitched that Oscar-winning producer Lili Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, Cocoon), the new widow of Oscar-winning super-producer Richard Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy, Dark Shadows, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cocoon, Jaws, The Sugarland Express) has quietly sold their spacious estate in Beverly Park for about $21,500,000 to a Saudi prince.*

Various resources accessible online show the red brick Georgian style pile—located in the less gaudy, southern section of the bifurcated community—measures more than 17,000 square feet on more than four acres with two full guest houses, a home theater, a fully equipped fitness facility, tennis court, swimming pool and hundreds of specimen trees. Its perch on a gated and private promontory provide the estate with million dollar views that sweep down the mansion dotted canyons and extend across a vast swathe of the L.A. megalopolis from downtown to the Pacific Ocean.

*Property record data bases Your Mama accessed do not, as of today, reveal a transfer of ownership. Additionally, there are more prodigiously rich Saudi princes that Your Mama cares to count so we really have no idea which Saudi prince (allegedly) bought the Zanuck estate.

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