Klum makes short work of selling Brentwood mansion
LOS ANGELES — Heidi Klum is statuesque, but she isn't one to stand still for long. The supermodel and television producer sold her gated estate in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles for $24 million in an all-cash deal that closed in 29 days.
The Italian-style mansion was built in 1999, more than a decade before the serial home remodeler bought it in 2010 with her then-husband, R&B singer Seal, for $14.2 million.
The 12,300 square feet of living space, renovated by Klum to model-home perfection, was fitted with one-of-a-kind features such as a domed library with a huge bookcase from Napoleon's country retreat in France.
There are living, family and dining rooms, a butler's pantry, a den, an office, a projection room, a temperature-controlled wine room, eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. French doors throughout the house open to patios and terraces.
Rose gardens, lawns, a koi pond, hiking trails and an infinity-edge swimming pool and spa make up the 8.5 acres of grounds. Views include the ocean, nearby canyons and cityscape.
Klum, 41, won an Emmy for hosting “Project Runway,” of which she is also executive producer. The “America's Got Talent” judge has also been on “Germany's Next Topmodel.”
The pristine villa was her family home.
When the property went up for sale, listing agent Lynn Teschner of the Agency was deluged with inquiries from around the world, particularly from Germany, where Klum has a large fan base. The mansion was in escrow in four days.
New drumming pad
Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has snared a new pad in Venice for $2.755 million.
The boxy contemporary, a project of Wylan/James Development, makes the most of the long, narrow lot with 25-foot ceilings in the dining room and 11-foot ceilings throughout the rest of the house. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls open to take in the ocean breeze as well as natural light.
Reclaimed wood wraps around a fireplace that serves as a partition between the living and dining rooms. Some 2,800 square feet of living space includes a den/office, three upstairs bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The yard has a fire pit.
Smith, 52, is considered one of rock's top drummers. Besides the Chili Peppers, he plays with Chickenfoot and his Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. He has recorded with Kid Rock, Johnny Cash and John Fogerty, among others.
Comic actor Will Ferrell and Smith look somewhat alike. The two appeared dressed identically this year on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in a drum-off competition.
Smith also owns a home in Malibu.
Leiber home up for sale
The oceanfront home of the late rock 'n' roll lyricist Jerry Leiber is on the market in Venice at $10.85 million.
If his name doesn't ring a bell, the song titles “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Yakety Yak” likely will.
Leiber, who died in 2011 at 78, partnered with composer Mike Stoller as songwriters and record producers. They worked with Elvis Presley, the Coasters and the Drifters, among others, and won Grammys for “Is That All There Is?” and the “Smokey Joe's Cafe” album.
The Craftsman-style house Leiber owned was built in 1935 and sits on a corner lot along the sand. A great room, a living room with a fireplace, three bedrooms and eight bathrooms are within the 4,034 square feet of living space.
The third floor contains a large lounge/creative office space with skylights.