After her two-parcel, multi-residence Hollywood Hills compound failed to sell off-market with a combined asking price rumored to be around $15 million, international pop-music superstar Katy Perry officially listed the larger of the two properties at $9,450,000. The 32-year-old pop star, who the bean counters at Forbes estimated earned around $33 million between June 2016 and June 2017 — a vast amount of money by any standard but a fraction of the estimated $135 million she reportedly hauled in over the same period in 2014 and 2015, purchased the 2.33-acre spread near the top of the popular, dog-friendly and hiker-thronged Runyon Canyon in April 2013 for $8.2 million. The seller was oil heiress and philanthropist Aileen Getty who’d bought the property in early 2004 for $3.535 million from Wal-Mart heiress Sybil Robson Orr. The gated property encompasses a security guard-house, a main house described in marketing materials as “inspired by Paul Williams architecture with undertones of Mediterranean influence,” a semi-detached two-story guesthouse with limousine length garage and a cavernous, light-filled fitness building.
Tax records show the main residence has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,884-square-feet and listing photographs show it done up in a colorful, casually glam and eclectically boho-chic hodge-podge fashion that freely and courageously mixes Moroccan inlaid carved wood tables with Chanel logo emblazoned throw pillows, a crocheted afghan, and an eight-seat dining room table crafted from a bulbous burled wood tree stump base and a slim white marble top on top of which sits a whimsical trio of red and white stuffed mushrooms. The main living spaces, which have polished Parquet de Versailles hardwood floors, include in a cozily sunny, window-lined sun porch and a comfortably spacious, bi-level combination living/dining room with high ceilings, a monumental stone fireplace and numerous French doors that open to the gardens. It’s a few steps down from the living/dining room to the expensively and comprehensively outfitted kitchen that features muscular wood beams on the ceiling and an eye-popping geometric floor tile.
The sprawling, celeb-style master suite takes up the entire second floor and includes a sitting room dominated by a massive carved stone fireplace — it’s practically tall enough to stand in, and a circular bedroom with delicate pale blue walls set off against vermillion velvet curtains. The Roman-style bathroom features a vaulted and sky light lined ceiling with exposed wood beams, a fireplace set between full-length linen and toiletry storage cabinets and a soaking tub for two set smack in the center of the room on a graphic, flower-like pattern floor tile similar to that in the kitchen.
The house opens to a tree-shielded and palm shaded, plaza-sized terrace of Italian quarried stone that incorporates a loggia with fireplace and cushioned built-in banquette seating, an outdoor pizza oven, and a swimming pool and a cabana with half bathroom. The grounds also include tiled fountains, meandering pathways planted with citrus trees and an amphitheatre for private concerts and performances.
Perry additionally owns the house next door, a not-quite 3,000-square-foot modern-organic contemporary with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool on a separately gated .88-acre parcel with canyon-framed city views. Perry purchased the property for $3 million at the exact same time she bought the larger house next door. The seller of the smaller property was also Aileen Getty who bought it in early 2011 for $2.95 million from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg who’d acquired it two years earlier for $2.888 million from now divorced screenwriter Naomi Foner and director Stephen Gyllenhaal, parents of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The 13-time Grammy nominated “Swish Swish” singer, who just this month embarked on a year-long, world-wide concert tour to support her fifth studio album “Witness,” decamped her semi-public hillside perch atop Nichols Canyon — the property shares a long, fenced-lined border with the Runyon Canon hiking trail — to a much more secluded estate tucked down a quarter-mile-long gated driveway and surrounded by protected open space in a remarkably star-studded enclave in the upper Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills that she bought in May of this year for $17.995 million from Cody Liebel, lavish living heir to a Canadian construction fortune. A proverbial cat can not be swung in the high wattage neighborhood without hitting a showbiz superstar and some of the other homeowner’s in the ‘hood include Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
Earlier this year, after a contentious two-year legal battle, Perry was cleared to proceed with the $14.5 million purchase of the former Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent, an eight-acre, multi-structure compound in L.A.s Los Feliz with a total of 25 bedrooms and 29 bathrooms. The purchase is reportedly awaiting Vatican approval.
Listing photos: Teles/Douglas Elliman Real Estate