Though the property was never on the market, records reveal David Geffen has sold one of his three multimillion-dollar 90210 homes to legendary rocker/composer Robbie Robertson (The Band, “The Departed,” “Casino”) and his longtime girlfriend, prominent restaurateur Janet Zuccarini. The $6 million sale price represents a nice little win for Geffen, considering he bought the place just two years ago for under $4.7 million. And while not certain, it seems likely no real estate agents were involved in the deal, as Robertson and Zuccarini are close friends of Geffen; the trio have even frequently traveled together on the billionaire media magnate’s “Rising Sun” superyacht.
It’s not the first time Geffen has sold one of his homes to a friend. Last year, he famously offloaded his fabled main residence in Beverly Hills onto Jeff Bezos, in a record-shattering $165 million deal reportedly consummated aboard his yacht, without the aid of realtors.
Hidden deep in the mountains above Beverly Hills, on a whisper-quiet cul-de-sac, the new Robertson-Zuccarini digs happen to lie right next door to another Geffen-owned property, this one an unassuming cottage that’s been in his portfolio for over 40 years. But unlike that house, this one has a notable architectural pedigree — originally designed in the mid-1940s by high-society architect Paul László, the low-slung house was later given a thoroughly mod renovation by noted Case Study architect Thornton M. Abell. In 2007, the structure was enlarged by L.A.-based architect Barton Phelps, who added a new poured-concrete wing.
In its current configuration, the house has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in about 3,200 square feet of living space. From the street, the blocky place cuts an austere, vaguely forbidding figure, with no front yard and no visible windows — just walls of smooth stucco looming directly over the road, softened only slightly by the skinny figures of a dozen young eucalyptus trees.