Even as she’s criss-crossing the United States and Canada on her Vaccinated and Horny tour — she’s serving her barbs and commentary at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Fla., tonight, comedian, best-selling author, talk show host, and sociocultural activist/provocateur — not to mention master multitasker, Chelsea Handler managed to seal the deal on the purchase of a Hollywood-pedigreed home in L.A.’s rustic (and powerfully pricey) Mandeville Canyon area. The relaxed and luxurious, not-quite-half-acre spread was listed at $6.2 million with Jonathan Carr and Ari Afshar at Compass, while Handler’s reps, Justin Paul Huchel and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland, whittled the final sale price down to just above $5.85 million.
The up-to-date, circa 1937 Monterey Colonial-inspired home was sold by twice Emmy-nominated former “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines and environmental attorney and anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who purchased the property about 5.5 years ago for $5.2 million from prolific film producer Basil Iwanyk, whose oodles of credits include the 2018 blockbuster “A Star Is Born” and the Keanu Reeves-starring “John Wick” franchise.
Secured by gates and sequestered behind a high hedge, the just over 4,600-square-foot main house has four ample en suite bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, while an 850-square-foot semi-detached structure converted from a garage contains a laundry room and a staff or guest bedroom and bath, plus a 400-square-foot studio/media lounge that spills out to the backyard thanks to a wall of French doors.
In the main house, formal living and dining rooms, the former with a fireplace, are complemented by a window-lined study that has a second fireplace, along with a family room anchored by a third fireplace. The huge and high-end eat-in kitchen, arranged around a gigantic island, showcases a bevy of top-end culinary doodads as well as elegant grey-and-white checkerboard marble flooring.
Notched into a steep, wooded hillside, the terraced backyard includes a huge stone patio with fire pit and bar, a patch of sun-dappled faux-grass, a built-in grill, and an eye-shaped spa that spills over a stone and tile edge into a kidney-shaped swimming pool.
Ever since she sold her contempoary Bel Air home earlier this year for $10.4 million, to high-powered record exec Guy Moot, Handler, who took on the topic of her own white privilege in the 2019 documentary “Hello, Privilege. It’s Me Chelsea,” returned to standup comedy in 2020 after a six-year hiatus with the HBO Max special “Chelsea Handler: Evolution,” and recently began a sweet and sappy, widely publicized romance with her long-time friend and fellow comedian Joe Koy, has been holed up in a well-appointed rented residence that’s been frequently glimpsed by her 4.2 million followers on Instagram.