With the $7.475 million sale of one of her two homes in the same famously celeb-packed neighborhood in the Beverly Hills Post Office area, engaged (and maybe married) new mom Katy Perry has lightened her considerable real estate load. Alas, when carrying costs, improvement expenses and sales fees are factored in, the top-selling pop music cynosure and copiously compensated “American Idol” judge most certainly took a financial hit on the slightly more than 4,400-square-foot home that she picked up for $7.45 million in late 2018, just a few months before she and Orlando Bloom became affianced.
Squirreled away in a leafy glade near the top of ritzy Coldwater Canyon, the pin-drop-quiet neighborhood, which is patrolled by private security, has long been a magnet for showbiz A-listers who include Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who recently took their East Coast traditional home off the market after it popped up for sale last year at $14 million.
It’s quite a procession from the street to the updated two-story circa-1960s residence that marketing materials indicate has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. One must pass through imposing driveway gates, traverse the motor court, go through a set of double doors and make a long walk along along the exterior, past the kitchen, dining room and living room, along with the swimming pool, before arriving at the front door.
Inside, tawny hardwood floors are laid at a 45-degree angle throughout the main floor that contains neighboring living and dining rooms, both with French door access to the gardens, and the former with an antique mantelpiece. A separate family room showcases a full wall of built-ins for books and media equipment, while a second fireplace warms the casual dining space in the kitchen, a rigorously neutral generically high-end affair outfitted with buff colored countertops, creamy white cabinetry and the usual array of high-end appliances typically found in multimillion-dollar homes.
There are two en-suite guest bedrooms on the main floor, while the primary bedroom occupies a second-floor wing of its own with two walk-in closets, a small veranda with pretty mountain views and a deluxe bathroom. Set up as a simple recording studio, the fourth bedroom is housed in a separate second-floor wing above the garage, along with a bathroom and a small fitness/yoga space.
Entirely private and surrounded by high hedges and even taller trees, the landscaped grounds offer secluded patios and a grassy yard with a oval-shaped swimming pool.
Perry has owned her other, far more expensive and gloriously secluded estate in the neighborhood since the spring of 2017 when she bought it for almost $18 million from Cody Leibel, the heir to a Canadian construction fortune who went on to shell out more than $25 million on a Beverly Park estate once owned by country music queen Reba McEntire. And, last fall, just months after the birth of her and Bloom’s first child, the “Firework” singer sealed the deal on the $14.2 million purchase of an grand estate in Montecito, next door to her hometown of Santa Barbara. The six-bedroom Mediterranean villa sits on nearly nine acres of manicured grounds with panoramic ocean views.
As for Bloom, the “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” star still owns his Beverly Hills bachelor pad, a snazzy ultra-modern home in the trendy, spendy and celeb-friendly Trousdale Estates neighborhood that he picked up for exactly $7 million the fall of 2017, a period of time when he and Perry were on a break from their relationship. The 4,000-square-foot home has been on and off the market for more than two years, initially at almost $9 million but now discounted to a smidgen under $8 million.