Back in 2009, Hollywood power couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski shelled out almost $1.9 million for a late-1950s house tucked down a long driveway and nestled up against a steep slope in the hilly and perennially fashionable neighborhood behind L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont Hotel. The simple residence was radically transformed into a boxy three-story glass, concrete and white brick contemporary villa before it was set out for sale in early 2016 at $8 million.
It wasn’t long before the price dropped to $6.95 million and then-just-20-year-old media personality and exceedingly well-compensated fashion model Kendall Jenner, daughter of Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner, swooped in and scooped the place up for $6.5 million. Alas, Jenner’s residency was brief. After a stalking incident, and a burglary in which $200,000 worth of jewelry and other items was pilfered, Jenner sold the house over the summer of 2017 for $6.85 million.
The buyers, per tax records, were Hollywood make-up artist turned cosmetics entrepreneur and infomercial pioneer Victoria Jackson and trailblazing direct marketing mogul Bill Guthy. Long before complex algorithms served custom curated slates of ads to personal social media accounts, Guthy co-founded Guthy-Renker, a billion-dollar infomercial/e-commerce powerhouse that initially hawked self-help products such as Napoleon Hill’s self-improvement book “Think and Grow Rich,” and nowadays focuses primarily on promoting celebrity-endorsed beauty products.
The philanthropic couple presides over a much more grand (and also celeb-pedigreed) Beverly Hills estate — more on that in a minute — and the Sunset Strip residence is actually occupied by Jackson’s 25-year-old son Jackson Guthy, a not-especially-well-known singer/songwriter who is perhaps better known among tabloid readers as the paramour of social media influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli, whose parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, recently served some time in federal prison for their roles in the college admissions scandal.
Now, after numerous landscaping upgrades and cosmetic updates, including most of the exterior getting painted a trendy shade of charcoal, the celeb-pedigreed pad above the Sunset Strip is back up for sale at a nicely profitable $8.5 million with Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency.