YOUR MAMA’S: NOTES: Property gossips recently went hog wild with the news that nine-time Grammy winning folk-rocker Sheryl Crow had finally, after a two year long slog and an several million dollars in price cuts, sold her Los Angeles compound for $11.085 million.
The new owners of the 10-plus acre multi-residence compound in the Hollywood foothills, we first heard word from real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, are Emmy- and Oscar-winning film and television writer/director/producer Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under,” “American Beauty,” “True Blood”) and his Beirut-born mate, actor/producer Peter Macdissi.
The gated compound, nestled into an up-sloping valley at the base of Runyon Canyon, has three residences that together encompass more than 10,0000-square feet. The Spanish Revival style main house has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a double-height entry, library, wine cellar, music room and an eat-in kitchen. A footbridge over the driveway links the main house to the two other residences, an early 20th-century Craftsman-style home with four bedrooms and three bathrooms and a late 19th-century cottage with three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Pathways meander throughout the property that includes a children’s playground, a campsite, a teepee, several palapas, and a resort-style infinity edged swimming pool.
Since 2003, as per property records, Misters Ball and Macdissi have owned a 1.15-acre spread on a celebrity-lined street in the Hollywood Hills where some of their nearest neighbors include Justine Batemen, Jake Gyllenhaal — whose house is currently in escrow with an unknown buyer for an unknown amount — and next door neighbor Quentin Tarantino. The children may recall that a few year ago Mister Tarantino was at his wit’s end and made a big stink over the ear splitting screeches that he claimed emanated from Mister’s Ball and Macdissis’ aviary of exotic birds for seven or eight hours each day. Misters Ball and Macdissi reportedly built a sound proofed aviary that, apparently, wasn’t sound proofed enough because Mister Tarantino initiated a lawsuit in the spring of 2011 that was settled out of court just a few months later. No doubt, part of the appeal of Miz Crow’s compound for Misters Ball and Macdissi is the all but total lack of neighbors who might be disturbed by the hair raising shrieks of what the kids at Curbed once described as their “menagerie of macaws.”
Listing photos: Nourmand & Associates