×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Matt Groening Drops $12 Million on Santa Monica House Next Door

Location:
Santa Monica, Calif.
Price:
$11.9 million
Size:
5,998 square feet, 4 beds, 5 baths

Way back in summer 2011, Tinseltown royal Matt Groening — creator of the much-lauded TV series “Futurama” and “The Simpsons” — and his then-new wife Agustina Picasso paid $11.65 million for an ultra-swank residential compound in Santa Monica. Christened the Gorham House, the walled and gated spread was originally built in 1910 by venerated architect Robert D. Farquhar, though it has since been extensively renovated and expanded by Gordon Gibson Construction.

The 12-time Emmy winner sports a family of nine, so the modified Farquhar estate — big as it is, and it’s big — is naturally feeling a wee bit cramped for the burgeoning clan. To remedy that situation, Groening has paid $11.895 million for the similarly-sized mansion next door, bringing their total compound spend to approximately $23.5 million. A lot of money, no doubt, but easily doable for a guy widely reported to be worth $500 million.

As they say, blessed is the man whose quiver is full.

Records reveal the seller of Groening’s new “spare” house was an elderly widow, and the property last transferred way back in 1990 for “just” $3.755 million. The 6,000 sq. ft. Mediterranean-influenced villa was built in 1987 and includes four beds and five baths. There’s a detached three-car garage, and the .54 acre lot also features a extra-long rectangular swimming pool that runs parallel to a full-size tennis court. Palm trees and lush gardens dot the resort-like property. Naturally, the entire estate is walled and gated for security. But since the deal went down off-market, few photos and further details are available.

Groening’s expanded compound now spans more than an acre of land on one of Santa Monica’s most exclusive and expensive streets. Just a few doors away is the $20 million compound of Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson, for whom the eponymous “Simpsons” character is named, of course. Other people within sugar-borrowing distance include former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver, Chrome Hearts heiress and singer Jesse Jo Stark, vitamin mogul Andrew Lessman, and screenwriter/producer Paul Attanasio.

And like many Hollywood royals, Groening also maintains a Malibu residential getaway. In his case, said escape is an oceanfront contemporary villa set on billionaire-swarmed Carbon Beach. Sandwiched between two giant mansions, both owned by tech mogul Larry Ellison, the comparatively modest property was picked up by Groening way back in October 2000 for $8.5 million.

More Dirt

  • Ellen DeGeneres Buys Adam Levine’s Beverly

    Adam Levine Cashes in on Sale of Max Mutchnick’s Former Mansion to Ellen DeGeneres

    Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have sold a baronial Beverly Hills mansion with an illustrious chain of ownership for a reported $45 million to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. The mainstream radio rock star, who, it was announced Friday, will not to return as a coach on “The Voice,” and the Namibian-born Victoria’s Secret [...]

  • Jessica Chastain Scores Manhattan Townhouse

    Jessica Chastain Scores Big Discount on Seven-Bedroom Manhattan Townhouse

    Jessica Chastain, who will next appear in “Dark Phoenix,” the 12th installment of the X-Men film franchise, has substantially up-sized and upgraded her residential circumstances with the $8.875 million purchase of a historic brownstone superbly located in New York City’s Upper West Side. Chastain and her husband, Italian fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, [...]

  • Lindsey Buckingham House

    Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham Lists Brentwood Estate

    Rock and roll royal Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and interior decorator Kristen Buckingham have hung a $29.5 million price tag on their timelessly sophisticated estate in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The real estate and design savvy couple acquired the 1.2-acre spread in 2004 for $6.6 million and subsequently custom built the approximately [...]

  • Gary Newman House

    Craig McCaw Sells Montecito Escape to Former Fox CEO Gary Newman

    Oceanfront properties near Montecito’s scenic Miramar Beach rarely trade hands, so it’s almost always a newsworthy event when they do —  and so it is with the transfer of a half-acre estate on coveted Fernald Point. Built way back in 1900, the senescent compound was dramatically overhauled in the mid-2000s, then redone again following its [...]

  • Louis Tomlinson House

    Louis Tomlinson Lists at a Loss in Los Angeles (EXCLUSIVE)

    Former One Direction-er Louis Tomlinson, now a judge on Britain’s “The X Factor,” the very same televised talent show from which he was launched into international teenaged superstardom in 2010, has put his home in a famously celeb-favored neighborhood in the foothills above Hollywood, Calif., up for sale at $6.995 million, a notable amount less [...]

  • Anna Camp Skylar Astin Sell Los

    Anna Camp and Skylar Astin Split and List in Los Feliz

    Having split up earlier this year, actors Anna Camp and Skylar Astin have listed their 1920s Spanish Colonial residence that borders a busy thoroughfare in L.A.’s celeb-favored Los Feliz area for a wee bit less than $2.5 million. The erstwhile couple, whose romance took flight on the set of the “Pitch Perfect” musical film franchise, [...]

  • Nick Zano Rents Calabasas Home

    Nick Zano Seeks Tenant for Mountain Retreat

    Just months after it sold for close to $1.6 million and then received a lickety-split quick cosmetic renovation, a semi-remote spread in the scenic foothills between Calabasas and Malibu, Calif., owned by “Legends of Tomorrow” star Nick Zano, has come up as a boho-chic rental at $12,000 per month. Hidden down a private lane alongside [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content