BUYER: Yolanda Foster
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 3,950 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms plus staff suite
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Soon to be divorced “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Yolanda Foster has, as was first revealed by the eagle-eyed kids at Curbed, shelled out $4,590,000 for a luxury bachelorette pad at The Carlyle Residences, a super-swank, celeb-approved high-rise condo complex along L.A.’s Wilshire Corridor between Century City and downtown Westwood. The 3,950-square-foot, higher-floor condo, sumptuously remodeled and decoratively done over in about 49,000-shades of tan, taupe and beige by the previous owners, boasts a private elevator landing, generous 11-foot ceilings, and automated window shades. Online marketing materials show the condo, which transfers with three deeded parking spaces, has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a separate guest or staff suite located on the building’s second floor. Long enough to accommodate multiple seating areas, the rectilinear living room is anchored by a television-surmounted carved stone fireplace flanked by glass display shelves and flooded with natural light through a grid of floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a teeny-tiny cantilevered balcony with spine tingling open city views. The living room adjoins a corner dining room with glitzy crystal chandelier and links through to an eat-in kitchen sleekly appointed with quartz counter tops on high-gloss laminate cabinetry and a full range of top-grade appliances that includes two refrigerators.
Each of the two guest/family bedrooms has a small en suite bathroom slathered in either rare onyx or marble while the master suite provides another towering wall of windows that opens to another acrophobic’s nightmare of a balcony with broad, unobstructed city views. The master suite also encompasses a small private den with kitchenette along with a lavishly appointed bathroom, and a bedroom-sized dressing room lined with fancy glass-fronted wardrobes. Listing details show the house-sized condo carries hefty homeowners association fees of $3,070 per month that go towards paying for the building’s five-star creature comforts that include valet parking, fully-staffed lobby, top-notch security, private lounge and dining room, state-of-the-art fitness facility, heated outdoor swimming pool, and a climate controlled wine cellar with private lockers.
After almost two years on and mostly off the market with an official asking price of $27.5 million, the Fosters finally sold their 11,622-square-foot custom-built Malibu mansion — the one with the world-famous glass-fronted and marble-lined walk-in refrigerator — in early October (2015) for $19.45 million and real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak says she’ll swear on the hood ornament of her vintage Cadillac Seville that the previously unidentified buyers of the Foster’s six-bedroom and 9-bathroom hill topping ocean-view estate are newly wedded billionaire financier Robert Smith and model Hope Dworaczyk. The jet-setting couple, who have one child and another on the way, were married over the summer in an extravagant ceremony in Ravello, Italy, where Grammy-winner John Legend sang as the bride walked down the aisle. Mister Smith, a private equity titan not to be confused with the lead singer of the 80’s new wave band The Cure, presides over an approximately $2.5 billion fortune that, according to Forbes, makes him the second wealthiest African-American behind Oprah Winfrey while Missus Dworaczyk Smith was a regular on the high fashion runways of Paris and Milan before she became the 2010 Playboy Playmate of the Year. The brunette bombshell appeared on real estate mogul turned reality television star turned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011 — she raised more than $200,000 for the Best Buddies charity — and she currently owns and operates an online diary/fashion and beauty blog called Bombette.
Listing photos: The Agency