Back in 2018, controversial and currently demonetized YouTuber Shane Dawson paid about $3 million for his current residence, a gated estate in the outskirts of Calabasas. The Long Beach, Calif. native — who was one of the very first people to strike it rich as a bonafide YouTube celebrity and, until his epic fall from grace last summer, reigned as one of the platform’s biggest stars — subsequently turned his attention to offloading his L.A. starter house, a vaguely Mediterranean-style villa nestled into the steep hills above Studio City. The property sold in May ’19 for exactly $2 million to fashion exec Maria Tomei Borromeo, records reveal.
Following less than two years of ownership and a home renovation, Borromeo has flipped the former Dawson estate for $2.6 million. And this time, the buyer is another famous name — Leona Lewis, the English singer-songwriter and occasional actress best known for the 2007 smash hit “Bleeding Love,” and its accompanying album “Spirt,” which ranks as one of the biggest musical success stories of the 2000s. Since then, the “X Factor” alum has appeared on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” musical, scored a recurring role on short-lived TV series “The Oath,” and bagged three Grammy nominations, among various other accolades.
Lewis has owned several Los Angeles homes over the years, including an equestrian ranch in Glendale that was dispatched in 2019 for $2.3 million, and a Hidden Hills property that she sold last year for $3.9 million to her former mentor and longtime friend, fellow expat and ever-sassy reality TV show judge Simon Cowell.