John Krasinski and Emily Blunt make a Kardashian connection in Hollywood Hills
At first glance, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have little in common with model and reality television personality Kendall Jenner. But as history has shown in star-studded L.A., real estate has a way of bringing different celebrity circles together.
Illustrating this point, the 20-year-old Jenner was the buyer of Krasinski and Blunt’s Hollywood Hills West home that changed hands this month for $6.5 million.
Set at the end of a gated drive, the renovated and expanded midcentury home has walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, brick accents and a reimagined kitchen with Italian cabinetry and a wide center island.
More than 4,700 square feet of open-plan space contains a great room, a media room, an office and a wet bar. A freestanding fireplace sits between the living and dining rooms.
Six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms include a master suite complete with a custom walk-in closet — a must-have for members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. A soaking tub and marble countertops create a spa-like ambiance in the master bath.
A sliding glass door off the third floor opens to a rooftop patio with a dining area, lounge and fireplace. A swimming pool, privacy hedges and formal landscaping complete the setting.
The couple bought the property in 2009 for $1.86 million, property records show. They had asked as much as $8 million for the home on more than a third of an acre.
Kurt Rappaport and James Nasser of Westside Estate Agency were the listing agents. Farrah Aldjufrie of the Agency represented Jenner.
Blunt, 33, has film credits that include “Sicario” (2015), “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2011). This year she appeared in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” She will star in the upcoming “The Girl on the Train.”
Krasinski, 36, is known for his role as Jim Halpert on the comedy series “The Office” from 2005 to 2013. Among his film credits are “Aloha” (2015) and this year’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
Jenner is a fashion model and reality television personality who frequently appears alongside her parents and siblings on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Weekend update in the Palisades
“Saturday Night Live” veteran Kevin Nealon has listed his home in the El Medio Bluffs area of Pacific Palisades for sale at about $5.3 million.
The actor and comedian bought the house six years ago for $3.45 million, records show.
The Georgian traditional-style home, built in 2009, has plenty of curb appeal. White siding and sets of French casement windows lend a traditional look to the house of more than 5,200 square feet. Steps lead up to a black-hued front door topped with a half-round transom.
Subdued-toned interiors feature white oak floors, double and triple crown molding and decorative coffered and tray ceilings throughout. Skylights top a staircase leading up to the second floor.
A living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, a kitchen with a 12-foot island, an office/den, seven bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms make up the floor plan. An oversized butler’s pantry sits off the kitchen.
Lawns, landscaping and tall privacy hedges fill the grounds.
Elizabeth and James Stein of Sotheby’s International Realty hold the listing. The exact list price is $5,299,999.
Nealon, 62, appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s and ’90s and had a five-year stint on the show hosting the “Weekend Update” sketch. Among his television and film credits is the sitcom-drama “Weeds,” “All I Want for Christmas” (1991) and “Happy Gilmore” (1996).
Reagan home quietly sells
The longtime Bel-Air home of former president Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy has sold for $15 million in an off-market deal. The buyer is Jerry Perenchio, a billionaire businessman and former chairman of Univision.
Sitting on 1.29 acres of grounds, the estate was purchased by a group of friends for the Reagans in late 1986, about two years before the end of his second term, for $2.5 million. The arrangement allowed for the couple to lease the home with an option to buy, and records show the property was eventually sold to a trust in the couple’s name in 1989 for $3 million.
The couple would use the Bel-Air property as their primary residence until their passing. Ronald Reagan died in 2004 at 93; Nancy Reagan died in March at 94.
Though property details are scant, tax records show the approximately 7,200-square-foot house has 17 rooms across two floors. There are three bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Lawns, mature landscaping and a swimming pool make up the hedged and gated grounds.
The area has long had star appeal. Nearby properties were once home to comedian Joan Rivers, actress Elizabeth Taylor and record producer Burt Bacharach. Down the road is Liongate, the estate once owned by singer Kenny Rogers that was purchased last year by philanthropists James and Eleanor Randall for $46.25 million.
Perenchio owns multiple properties adjacent to the Reagan estate, including the Kirkeby mansion, known to television viewers as the home in “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Early in his career, Perenchio, 85, was a talent agent at Music Corp. of America and represented Reagan and Marlon Brando, among others. He eventually went into filmmaking, partnering with Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin at Tandem Productions.
In the early 1990s, Perenchio and two partners bought the Spanish-language-media network Univision from Hallmark for $550 million, eventually selling the conglomerate in 2007 for more than $12 billion.
He has sat on the board of trustees for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation since 2000.
New script for Outpost classic
The longtime home of actress and writer Barbara Turner, who wrote the screenplay for the Jackson Pollock biopic “Pollock,” among others, is on the market in Hollywood Hills West for slightly under $3 million.
The 1920s Spanish Revival, sitting up from the street in the Outpost Estates, retains its vintage curb appeal. A brick-lined path leads up to the front door that is decorated in delicate trim and flanked by a pair of ornamental hedges. Sets of picture windows with matching black shutters offer a visual contrast to the white stucco siding.
Within the 4,439 square feet of interior space is a two-story foyer dressed in wood paneling. The rich woodwork continues in the library, which has a large bay window, built-ins and one of four fireplaces.
A formal living room, a great room, an updated country-style kitchen, a breakfast area and a service porch are also within the home. The dining room, painted a grayish blue, has a view of the rear garden.
Upstairs, an oversized master suite has a fireplace, a library and a dressing room. There are five bedrooms and six bedrooms in all.
Outdoors, brick pathways wind through one-third-acre grounds filled with mature trees, lawns and a vine-wrapped pavilion. Steps lead up to a swimming pool and spa at the rear of the property.
Bret Parsons, architectural division director for Coldwell Banker Southern California, holds the listing.
Turner, who died in April at age 79, was the mother of actresses Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mina Badi. She frequently collaborated with her first husband, actor Vic Morrow, and was also married to prolific director Reza Badiyi, who developed opening montages for such TV shows as “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
She was nominated for Primetime Emmys for the TV movies “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (2012) and “The War Between the Tates” (1977).
Magician unveils his new act
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
Illusionist and magician David Copperfield has bought a home in the Sin City suburbs for $17.55 million, the most ever paid for a house in the Las Vegas area.
Found in the affluent Summerlin community, the modern steel-and-concrete compound includes a four-story main house and two separate guesthouses for a combined 31,000 square feet. Also included in that square footage is a 6,177-square-foot subterranean garage with a detailing room.
Designed by Swaback Partners, a firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the home is entered through 18-foot front doors weighing 2,000 pounds. Vibrant wood panels, stonework and walls of floor-to-ceiling glass give the interiors a contemporary yet exotic feel.
Among amenities of note is a glass-enclosed gym, a wine cellar, a nightclub and a golf-simulation room. For in-house pampering, spa facilities include two separate massage rooms.
There’s also a movie theater, decorated in ornate woodwork, and three antique exhibit rooms. Two commercial elevators run between each level of the home.
Pocketing walls of glass slide to reveal an infinity swimming pool surrounded by tropical landscaping.
Copperfield, among the biggest draws in Las Vegas, performs at the MGM Grand’s David Copperfield Theater. The 59-year-old holds multiple Guinness World Records and has won dozens of Emmys for his television specials.
The Shapiro & Sher Team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties represented both Copperfield and the seller in the transaction.