BUYER: Bruno Mars
LOCATION: Studio City, Calif.
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?
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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.