Having packed up his seven Grammys and moved to a substantially bigger and more opulent neo-Palladian mansion a couple miles away, serial hitmaker Philip Lawrence and his wife Urbana Chappa Lawrence, a self-described Renaissance Woman and owner of the Maison de Mini kids clothing brand, have spun their starter mansion in L.A.’s Encino community on that market at one dollar under $4 million.
Lawrence’s success is rooted in churning out chart toppers with Bruno Mars and the no longer together songwriting team The Smeezingtons — he also sings in The Hooligans band that tours with Mars — and he has an array of songwriting and producing credits for myriad other artists who include Adele, Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa and CeeLo Green.
Tucked into an unsung neighborhood of tidy and mostly unassuming homes on the border with Sherman Oaks, the essentially Tuscan in style abode is sequestered behind high hedging and secured gates on just under one-third of an acre.
Acquired by the Lawrences almost seven years ago for $2.825 million, the roughly 6,800-square-foot home sits atop an eight-car subterranean garage. Fear not, however, for the housekeeper weighed down with groceries because a roomy wood-paneled elevator effortlessly glides between the home’s three floors. And, if the seven fancifully decorated bedrooms and eight bathrooms in the main house aren’t quite enough to house all that need to be accommodated, the detached two-story guesthouse has another bedroom and bath, plus plenty room for a couple more of each.