SELLER: Bruno Mars
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 4,064 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It was good ol’ real estate yenta Yolanda Yakkettyyak who first spilled the beans and property records now confirm that baby-faced and smooth-voiced pop star Bruno Mars surreptitiously sold his sleekly outfitted Los Angeles starter house in an off-market deal for $3,347,500 to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” executive producer Jill Leiderman and Emmy-winning comedy-genre producer Rob Cohen (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Lady Dynamite”). Mister Mars, who recently inked a deal to co-develop a pilot for a scripted family music comedy with spike-haired super-producer Brian Grazer, purchased the walled, gated and low-slung single-story contemporary at the top of Laurel Canyon in July 2012 for $3.254 million and listing details from the time of the two-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter/producer/choreographer’s purchase show the then freshly remodeled 1960s residence, a loose interpretation of the iconic Hollywood Regency style, measured in at 4,064-square-feet with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
A lofty portico composed of eight 12-foot tall marble-clad columns makes a rhythmically theatrical sweep across the front façade and the residence’s sky-lit combination living and dining room as well as an adjoining den with fireplace spill out through a series of expansive banks of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders to a long and somewhat slender yard that provides a flat patch of pooch-friendly grass, a deck-ringed swimming pool, and panoramic city lights and mountain view over the San Fernando Valley. Other features of note noted on listing details from the time of Mister Mars’ purchase include: a gated motor court and off-street parking for 10 or more cars; a fully integrated indoor/outdoor sound system; a comprehensive, eight-camera security system; and a sprawling master suite replete with radiant heated floors, more floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open the backyard, a bedroom-sized dressing room, and a lavishly large bathroom that includes a massage and gym area, steam shower, and multi-person dry sauna.
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It’s not such a surprise that the Uptown Funk singer, who has sold more than 100 million singles and albums worldwide, would let the property go since last year, in September 2014, he paid the young heiress to a tremendous Kazakh fortune $6.5 million for a lavishly turned out 9,033-square-foot mansion on two secluded and double-gated acres tucked deep into Studio City’s celeb-favored Fryman Canyon where some of the other deluxe spreads are owned by George Clooney, Leah Remini, Teri Hatcher, and “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen. The Honolulu-raised Mister Mars previously owned a luxuriously appointed residence in the affluent eastern suburbs of his hometown that he bought from the heir to a firearms fortune in April 2009 for $2.9 million, first attempted to sell in early 2011 at $3.995 million, and finally sold in May of this year (2015) for $2.7 million, a bank account draining $200,000 loss not counting carrying costs, improvement expenses, and real estate fees.