Lest anyone over the age of 40 still somehow thinks YouTube isn’t a viable avenue for global fame and vast fortune, let’s have a look-see at the recent multimillion-dollar real estate doings of rich, famous and married 30-something-year-old veteran YouTube stars Rosanna “Ro” Pansino and Mike “HuskyStarcraft” Lamond who have sold their home in the Tarzana area of L.A.’s sprawling San Fernando Valley in an off-market deal and upgraded to the more fashionable, expensive and prototypically suburban Sherman Oaks community.
In case her name does not ring a bell, Pansino hosts the cutesy, family-friendly cooking program “Nerdy Nummies.” The diminutive 4’10” digital dynamo boasts 12.7 million subscribers across her various channels that together have tallied up 3.2 billion views. And, if all that is not impressive enough, her extreme popularity makes her one of the highest paid women on YouTube with an annual haul estimated to be in excess of $6 million. Lamond, a former esports commentator, now works with his Pansino on building her empire that includes several cookbooks and a line of whimsical cooking utensils.
Over the summer of 2016, Ro and Husky, as they are sometimes known, had gathered up the funds to plunk down $3.825 million for an East Coast traditional of more than 5,800 square feet in the largely unsung Tarzana area. The spacious home, with its gigantic kitchen arranged around two huge marble-topped islands and resort-style backyard, was widely featured in Pansino’s videos. (In this video, watched more than six million times, Pansino gives a tour of the home after it was decorated with help by Amazon Home.)
Less then two years after they bought the five-bedroom and seven-bath spread, the couple tried to sell it with a price tag of $4.25 million. With no takers, they quickly took the house off the market and settled in for a couple more years. Now, with their sights (and bulging bank accounts) set on another much more expensive home, online records now reveal they’ve sold the Tarzana property in an off-market deal for $3.512 million, more than $300,000 less than they paid.
Pansino and Lamonds’ willingness to take a substantial (though, for them, affordable) loss on their former home in Tarzana presumably had to do with the $6 million they’ve plunked down for a brand-new manse in a premium pocket of Sherman Oaks. Described in marketing materials as a “Modern Farmhouse” that sits behind gates on not quite half an acre with five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in around 6,000 square feet, the two-story home features wide-plank oak floorboards, four book-matched stone fireplaces and soaring ceilings enhanced by nine-foot-tall doorways.
Pansino has already started posting videos from the kitchen of her new digs that show it fitted with gleaming white laminate cabinetry, thick slabs of boldly veined grey and white marble counters and, of course, every piece of high-quality culinary equipment a multimillionaire YouTube cooking show host would ever need. Other notable highlights include a wine and booze storage cabinet behind a sheet of glass in the dining room, a family room that spills out to the backyard through a disappearing wall of glass, and a state-of-the-art theater with suede wall panels for sound buffering.
Outside, drought-busting fake grass ensures an evergreen lawn while mature trees and foliage screen out neighboring homes to create a private oasis. A dining terrace outside the kitchen sits in convenient proximity to an outdoor kitchen, the pale-blue swimming pool and spa are flanked by terraces, one with an impressively long linear fire pit, and a poolside cabana offers extra living space, a bathroom and a small covered patio.
The Tarzana property was listed with Dennis Chernov and Gregory Shenon of The Chernov Team at Keller Williams Realty, while the buyer was represented by Steven Ejiofor, also of Keller Williams Realty. The Pansino-Lamonds were represented in the purchase of the Sherman Oaks property by Gregory Shenon of The Chernov Team at Keller Williams Realty, and the seller by Danielle Peretz at The Agency.