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Ellen DeGeneres sells L.A. trophy home to Sean Parker for $55 million

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Ellen DeGeneres has sold the Brody House on L.A.'s Westside to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for $55 million. File photo shows the home as it appeared in 2010.
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Ellen DeGeneres has sold the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House on Los Angeles’ Westside to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for $55 million in an off-market deal, The Times has confirmed.

The daytime talk show host bought the trophy home last winter for $39.888 million.

Built in 1950 for real estate developer Sidney Brody and his wife, modernist art collector Frances Brody, the property sold in 2010 for $14.888 million. The then investor-owner spent three years restoring the Midcentury Modern home.

Set on 2.3 acres, the house features the floor-to-ceiling glass walls typical of the Midcentury style and a central atrium/living room. There were nine bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and 11,511 square feet of living space when the residence was last listed in the Multiple Listing Service.


A swimming pool, a pool/guesthouse and a tennis court also are on the grounds.

DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, have combined two units in the Beverly West condo building for their in-town residence, reported TMZ, which broke the news of the Brody House sale.

Parker, 34, is a former Facebook president. The tech billionaire also co-founded Plaxo, an online address book and social service.

The Times’ Mapping L.A. database considers the neighborhood to be Westwood; the MLS defines the area as Holmby Hills. Among neighboring houses is the Playboy Mansion.


Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency handled the sale, according to area real estate agents not authorized to comment on the deal.

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