As rumors skitter across the internet about the eagerly anticipated upcoming sequel to the 2019 blockbuster “Joker” — so the unconfirmed digital scuttlebutt goes, a script has been already turned in and filming will commence next year, though no one seems to know if that’s true or if Joaquin Phoenix has even agreed to star in it, the film’s four-time Oscar nominated writer, director and producer, Todd Phillips, has been busy making some notable real estate moves.
Last fall, after just two months on the market at $34.5 million, the “Hangover” franchise creator, who’s said he stopped making comedies due to woke culture making comedy a dicey venture prone to Twitter backlash, sold his ultra-luxurious multi-structure estate in a plum pocket of Beverly Hills for $30.7 million to “Spring Breakers” producer David Zander.
And now, tax records indicate that Phillips, who has his hands in several high-profile projects, including a couple of Bradley Cooper-starring films and a still untitled Hulk Hogan biopic starring Chris Hemsworth, has picked up a comparatively puny 1,237-square-foot, one-bedroom, and one-and-a-half bath condo at West Hollywood’s famously celeb-stacked Sierra Towers. Given the relative small size, and that Phillips is married with a young kid, it seems unlikely the unit will be used for much more than short term bivouacs.
With sweeping views of the leafy hillside that rises above West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the north-facing condo sports peachy-beige floor tiles in the combo living/dining area, a powder room gussied up with shimmering silver wallpaper, and a galley kitchen updated with unassuming buff-colored laminate cabinetry that’s been zhuzhed up with a bold turquoise tile back splash. Like the living/dining room, the condo’s lone bedroom, which offers a walk-in closet and en-suite bath, spills out floor-to-ceiling glass sliders to a long, slender terrace.
The unit, which has its own in-unit laundry room and carries HOA dues of $2,240 per month, per online promo materials, was listed with Alexa Kort of Rodeo Realty, while Phillips was represented in the deal by Josh Greer at Hilton & Hyland.
Just off the Sunset Strip, on the border with Beverly Hills, the much-ballyhooed 31-story 1960s tower’s many deluxe amenities include 24-hour valet parking, an attended lobby, concierge services, a rooftop swimming pool, and a Pilates studio and gym where, on any given day, one just might spot a movie star doing squats.
Due to its convenient location, tony services and spectacular city-to-ocean views, the building has been home to more showbiz heavy hitters than most people have fingers and toes, including Sidney Poitier, George Hamilton, Elton John, and Joan Collins. A rare duplex unit was once owned by David Geffen and later by Vincent Gallo who sold it to Cher in 2003. (It’s now owned by Hong Kong heiress Karen Lo, who’s had the place on and off the market for years. It’s currently available at $2.375 million for each of the two floors.)
Other current owners in the building include Courtney Cox, Adam Sandler, and Burt Sugarman and Mary Hart, who own several high-floor units, while American’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock owns two units in the building, though one of them is currently pending sale with an asking price of almost $4.5 million.