×

Vincent Gallo Sells Three L.A. Lofts, Buys One Tucson Architectural (EXCLUSIVE)

Location:
Tucson, Ariz.
Price:
$3.25 million
Size:
6,480 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

Vincent Gallo, who hasn’t appeared in a film for several years and for better and worse is still best known for his sexually explicit 2003 film “Brown Bunny,” has sold a trio of loft-style condos in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., and scooped up a striking architectural in the affluent foothills north of Tucson, Arizona.

Several months ago Gallo turned a nice profit on the sale of a not quite 2,000-square-foot, fourth-floor unit at the Toy Factory Lofts building in the trendy and gentrifying but still dicey Arts District that he bought in 2011 for $450,000 and sold to a mysterious trust for $1.599 million. A few months later he made an even more lucrative, off-market sale of two adjoining units on the seventh floor, one much larger than the other, that together span more than 2,700-square feet. He acquired the units in two separate transactions, the first in 2011 the second in 2013, that totaled $820,000 and sold them for $2.8 million to Harper Simon, musician son of Paul Simon.

Never one to shy away from a polemical idea, controversial bon mot or bold architectural statement, Gallo splashed out $3.25 million for a hulking steel, concrete and glass residence designed by acclaimed architect Rick Joy that is tucked high up in the golf-course sprinkled foothills of the otherwise craggy, cacti-strewn Catalina Mountains in the exclusive Ventana Canyon golf and resort community. There are five en suite bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 6,480-square-feet.

An austere, canyon-like breezeway and broad flight of open-tread steps connects the garage and motor court — a sheltered space under a daringly cantilevered overhang — to the upper level where the combination living and dining room features polished concrete floors, black walnut built-ins and a room-wide ribbon of windows that cinematically frame a long southern vista over Tucson. The upper level additionally contains a huge den/family room with fireplace and a sleekly outfitted, double-island kitchen that opens to a pair slim terraces through massive banks of floor-to-ceiling glass panels that disappear completely into the walls when pushed open. A generously proportioned guest suite is privately positioned behind the den on the upper level while family quarters — three en suite family bedrooms plus a master suite — open off a long, spare corridor on the lower level. A solid wall of frameless glass on the north side of the living room looks over the canyon-like entrance breezeway to a wind-protected terrace where a minimalist concrete plank hovers just above the dark bottom swimming pool and provides a link to a dining terrace with outdoor kitchen and grilling station. The house is outfitted with a commercial grade elevator, a camera-equipped security system and a hot water circulation system.

Avid celebrity property watchers may recall that Gallo, a Trump supporting radical political conservative who sells sexual encounters and sperm for in vitro fertilization on his website, isn’t the only architecture and design minded Tinseltowner who thinks Tucson is an attractive real estate bet; Earlier this year Diane Keaton paid $1.5 million for an 120-year-old adobe compound in the historic Barrio Viejo neighborhood just south of downtown that she plans to renovate, restore and, as is the avid serial house flipper’s wont, sell at a nice profit.

Gallo, who bought a characteristically quirky ten-acre compound in the mountains between Malibu and Thousand Oaks, Calif., in 2014 for $1.333 million, has long had a savvy and well-known penchant for interesting and high-minded architectural statements. In addition to a couple of condos at the famously celebrity-stacked Sierra Towers complex in West Hollywood, Calif., one of which he sold in 2006 for $3 million to Cher, he previously owned the gutsy and spectacularly peculiar John Lautner-designed Wolff House cleaved to a vertiginous hillside just above the L.A.’s Sunset Strip.

Listing photos: Long Realty Company

More Dirt

  • Michael Gross WeWork House

    WeWork's Michael Gross Nabs $28 Million Brentwood Estate

    As the We Company — better known as WeWork — mulls a widely rumored IPO, pundits continue to debate the $47 billion mega-unicorn’s longterm financial viability. The currently unprofitable, Manhattan-based co-working space behemoth is looking to raise $4 billion in debt financing this year and has already raked in $8.4 billion from confident investors, though [...]

  • Kenya Barris House

    Kenya Barris Falls for Modern Encino Showstopper

    Prices in the once-unfashionable-yet-now-seriously-swank San Fernando Valley community of Encino continue to skyrocket, just as the local buyer crop continues to trend younger and more diverse. As such, developers of new Encino spec-homes have shifted their efforts to woo moneyed home shoppers into full throttle, flooding their party-ready mansion developments with every expensive tech gizmo [...]

  • KT Tunstall House

    Singer/Songwriter KT Tunstall Cuts Price on Venice Bungalow

    Scottish musician and singer/songwriter KT Tunstall, who rose to radio fame and a 2007 Grammy nomination for her vocal performance of the single “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” from with her debut album “Eye to the Telescope,” has re-listed a charming bungalow in the trendy heart of Venice, Calif., at $2.775 million. Tunstall, whose [...]

  • Rihanna House

    Rihanna Seeks Renter for Hollywood Hills Villa

    Not having had any luck selling, Rihanna now seeks a well-heeled renter for a Hollywood Hills residence that is now available to rent at $35,000 per month, after it popped up for sale for late last year at almost $7.5 million. The mono-monikered Barbadian pop superstar and international style icon, also a savvy beauty, fashion [...]

  • Owen Van Natta House

    Ex-Facebook COO Owen Van Natta Dumps $10 Million on Santa Monica's Gold Coast

    Only a few dozen homes line Palisades Beach, the oceanfront strip of sand sometimes labeled the “American Riviera” or “Gold Coast” in reference to its bygone famous residents, many of them among the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In the 1920s, when most Palisades Beach homes were built, Old Hollywood had just launched its [...]

  • Owlwood Holmby Hills

    Los Angeles' Legendary Owlwood Estate Seeks $115 Million

    For the third time in as many years, the massive — and massively idiosyncratic — Los Angeles estate known as Owlwood has popped up for sale. The current owner, much-beleaguered investment consortium Woodbridge Group, has been attempting to offload the celebrity-pedigreed property since 2017, when it was originally saddled with a rather ridiculous $180 million [...]

  • Will Gluck House

    Will Gluck Trims Price on Outpost Estates Contemporary

    Film and television hyphenate Will Gluck has re-listed his longtime home in the star-drenched Outpost Estates neighborhood in the historic foothills above Hollywood, Calif., with a new and reduced price just shy of $2.5 million. The writer, director and producer of the 2018 CGI-live action comedy-drama “Peter Rabbit,” which did more than $350 million in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content