Yolanda didn’t intend to embark on an Elon Musk storytime rampage today, but sometimes these things just happen. (P.S. — we’re also working to improve the gallery images/slideshow issue.)
Mere hours ago, we discussed Mr. Musk — the founder/co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company — and his latest ride on the residential real estate rodeo. Homeboy clearly loves his Bel Air neighborhood, as his compound out there keeps growing — up to six homes now. Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows.
In addition to all the fancy Bel Air real estate, Mr. Musk also owns at least one other LA home — this one a renovated mid-century in the Brentwood hills high above bucolic Mandeville Canyon. Records show he paid $3,695,000 cash in August 2014 to acquire the property.
Although the Brentwood house is not publicly MLS-listed, one of Yolanda’s helpful commenters pointed your gurl to online marketing materials featuring the property — which is clearly available as a not-so-quiet pocket listing. Yolanda would bet the house will soon pop onto the open market — there’s already a slick promo video for it floatin’ around the YouTube.
So the rumors go, the house was reportedly purchased for his second (and third) ex-wife, British actress Talulah Riley. The couple — who were married from 2010-2012 and again from 2013-2016 — separated in 2014 and Ms. Riley settled here, out on the Westside. But within a year, the lady had reconciled with ol’ Musky and moved back to Bel Air.
Although the couple split for good in 2016, Ms. Riley never returned to Brentwood — she got a $20 million “divorce house” in Bel Air, courtesy of Mr. Musk.
We’re not sure who’s been living on the Brentwood premises since 2015 — another commenter snitched that the property has been vacant for years, ever since Ms. Riley moved out.
Hmmm. If that’s the case, why did it take Mr. Musk so long to put the house up for sale? We dunno, but Yolanda likes to imagine he simply forgot about he owned this place. Hey, the guy’s worth $20+ billion! It could’ve happened.
But anyway, a peek at the kitchen makes Yolanda suspect someone is actually shackin’ up here — there’s a six-pack of Corona in the glassy wine fridge. And oh my, do we spy a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck? Classy!
There are 4 beds and 3.5 baths in approximately 3,000-square-feet of glassy living space. Originally built in 1959, the fully-renovated home has a sleek kitchen with high-end SubZero and Wolf appliances. Wide-plank European ash hardwood graces the floors.
The hilltop home also sports views that — on a clear, non-hazy day — stretch from the Downtown LA skyline to the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island.
An attached garage has room for two Teslas, and the bi-winged, stealth jet-shaped house is centered around a backyard with a large pool, spa and BBQ. Though the .28-acre corner lot isn’t particularly big, it is desirably private and ringed by a tall hedge and mature palm trees.
As y’all might expect for an Elon Musk-owned property, this is also a snazzy “Smart Home” — the window shades, lights, sound and surveillance cameras can all be operated remotely, from the convenience of an iPad. Yes, even if you’re halfway around the globe.
For all these amenities (and more), Mr. Musk requests a $4,499,000 check.
So if you’ve got a few million to spare and are shopping for a mid-century or contemporary crib on LA’s Westside — or maybe you’re a realtor and are helping a client sniff around — we highly recommend giving this place a look. And we’re certain Mr. Musk (and his agents) would love to hear from you.