Camera shy . . . for now

Times Staff Writer

British rocker Ozzy Osbourne has been uncharacteristically quiet about the late-summer sale of his Beverly Hills house to pop star Christina Aguilera for close to $11.9 million.

The rock star has been equally low key about the Hidden Hills home he purchased shortly thereafter for nearly $12.5 million. He moved in two days after escrow closed.

In the past, Ozzy didn’t seem to mind publicity about where he was living, and life in his former Beverly Hills home was anything but private. It’s where MTV filmed the antics of the 58-year-old and his family. Fans were known to show up by the tour-busload, eager to snap pictures of the Osbourne children.

Ozzy and his manager-wife, Sharon, 54, now empty nesters, sold the two-story Mediterranean for the peace and quiet of Hidden Hills, a West Valley gated enclave known for its seclusion and pastoral setting.


Their new home is a Hamptons-style house in about 10,500 square feet, built in 2001 on 2-plus acres. The house has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms plus a pool.

The equestrian community may be short on sidewalks and traffic lights, but it does have its own school and police department. At last count, there were about 2,000 residents in 648 houses.

The Osbournes, who went on tour this summer with their music festival Ozzfest, are just part of a parade of celebrities who bought homes during the past few months in the area.

She finds a home she can bond with


Actress Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife, backed out of buying one Hidden Hills home but then purchased another, which had been on the market for about $4.6 million.

The house, built in 1991, has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 5,600 square feet. The air-conditioned home is on close to 1.2 acres with a pool.

Richards, 36, made her breakthrough in the film “Starship Troopers” (1997). She followed with “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (1999), then was tapped to be the next Bond girl in “The World Is Not Enough” (1999).

Practicing her sharps in ‘the flats’


Melissa Etheridge already lived in Hidden Hills, but she wanted a larger home in what is known as “the flats” area of the 2-square-mile community.

The singer, 45, bought a house that had not been on the market. She paid $5.1 million.

The house, built in 1995, has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 6,500 square feet. It sits on 1.4 acres and has views of the western foothills of the San Fernando Valley.

$8-million sale is music to his ears


Of course, not everyone stays inside Hidden Hills’ gates forever. Graeme Revell, the award-winning film-music composer, just sold his home there for about $8 million.

William Woodward, managing director and founder of Anthem Venture Partners in Santa Monica, bought the home.

The 12,000-square-foot European manor is on slightly more than 4 acres, adjacent to riding trails. The home has five bedroom suites, a library, a music room, an indoor racquetball court, a 1,500-bottle wine cellar and a guesthouse/recording studio.

Revell has written scores for such films as “The Crow,” “Sin City” and “The Negotiator.” The 51-year-old has a beach house where he plans to live.


Terrie Greenup of Pritchett-Rapf & Associates in Malibu represented the buyer. Lisa Gutman of Re/Max in Calabasas and Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp, both of Sotheby’s International Realty in Beverly Hills, shared the listing.


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