Longtime “The Biggest Loser” trainer-turned-host Bob Harper is this week’s biggest winner in the real estate game, nearly tripling his money on a midcentury gem in Los Angeles. Purchased by the liberally-tattooed Tennessee native in 2009 for “just” $2.9 million, the house has now been resold for a hefty $7.4 million after less than a month on the market.
Records reveal the new owners are actually Harper’s next-door neighbors — Australian shopping center billionaire Peter Lowy and his partner Sandra Barros, the CEO of a Virginia-based concrete construction company. Back in 2017, Lowy and Barros paid a whopping $25 million for two side-by-side houses immediately next door to Harper’s home; they’ve since demolished both structures and are midway through building one huge mansion that will cover both lots. Presumably the couple have acquired the Harper property as a “crash pad,” in order to supervise construction on their new estate from close quarters.
Built in the mid-1960s and designed by noted midcentury modern architect Robert Earl, the low-slung Bird Streets home is petite by today’s rich people standards, with just three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2,600 square feet. But the place has great bones, an open floorplan and exceptional views that sweep across the entirety of L.A.’s skyline, from Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. Out back, a kidney-shaped pool serves as the proverbial cherry on top of the real estate treat.
Guests rolling up to the home will be greeted by an entirely windowless façade. Inside, the place has received obvious updates over the years — there are wide-plank hardwood floors, contemporary light fixtures and a very modern kitchen with black granite countertops, black cabinets and a trove of high-end stainless appliances. Throughout the structure, floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the rooms in natural light. The primary suite has a walk-in closet and what the listing terms a “sumptuous” bathroom.
Outdoors, the nearly 10,000-square-foot lot is landscaped simply. Tall hedge walls on either side provide privacy from the neighbors, and mature palm trees add to the resort vibe.
Harper, 56, recently returned to a plant-based diet after suffering a 2017 heart attack. No word yet on the CrossFit aficionado’s next real estate stop, but he seems in the mood to divest — in addition to his just-sold Bird Streets nest, he’s also selling an industrial-chic apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. The petite one-bedroom loft is asking $2.1 million, recently reduced from nearly $2.3 million.