Presumably he didn’t have to eat a horse rectum, seal himself up in a coffin crawling with spiders or bungee jump from a helicopter to get the deal done. When Joe Rogan packed up and moved to Texas last year seeking, he said, for more space and “freedom,” he left behind two multimillion-dollar estates in the affluent and guard-gated Bell Canyon enclave that winds through the rolling hills at the fairly far-flung northwestern edge of L.A.’s vast San Fernando Valley.
The first of the two properties, which cost Rogan a bit more than $2.3 million when he scooped it up in 2003, during the early years of his 150-plus episode stint as the host of “Fear Factor,” has now been sold for $3.45 million, not only a nice return on his investment but a whopping quarter of a million bucks more than the $3.2 million asking price.
Though the veteran comedian, popular UFC commentator and superstar podcaster, whose long-running “Joe Rogan Experience” is consistently rated one of Apple’s top podcasts, and who signed an exclusive deal last year with Spotify reported to be valued at more than $100 million, and his Texas-born wife Jessica Ditzel upgraded several years ago to a much larger and more contemporary mansion, also in Bell Canyon, they didn’t decide to sell their glitzily glammed up 1978 Shabby-Chic-Mediterranean-meets-French-Country-ish starter spread until last fall, after they’d decamped California for a sophisticated lakefront mansion in Austin, Texas.
At nearly 7,600 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the Rogans’ now former starter home was listed with Erica Fields at Compass. The buyer was represented in the transaction by Berel Bakaleynik of The Bienstock Group.