Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Nightlife Impressario Sam Nazarian Wants to Unload in The Birds

SELLER: Sam Nazarian
LOCATION: Oriole Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $18,950,000
SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Pride of place, cutting-edge design and stunning views make this a trophy property in one of Los Angeles' most fashionable celebrity enclaves. Secluded and discreet, all room look through walls of glass to unobstructed vistas of the entire Los Angeles Basin to the Pacific Ocean. Three bedrooms, five and one half baths. The media room and bar lounge open to an exterior resort with infinity pool and spa, outdoor dining, kitchen and an intimate viewing space with fire pit.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: For weeks now our dee-voonly well informed pal Luwanda Courvoisier and her sassy assistant Shantal Polo have been whispering in Your Mama's big ear that thirty-four year old L.A.-based entrepreneur Sam Nazarian was preparing to put his super slick house high above the Sunset Strip on the market. Sure enough, Mister Nazarian's decidedly modern and recently built residence on Oriole Way has indeed been hoisted onto the market with an eye popping $18,950,000 asking price.

The son of a telecommunications tycoon, young Mister Nazarian grew up wildly rich on the mean streets of Beverly Hills. He parlayed his childhood connections and–we hear but can not confirm–a million bucks given to him by his father for his high school graduation into a constantly expanding company called SBE Entertainment through which he owns a handful of celeb friendly hot spots in Los Angeles including Hyde, one of amateur porn star Paris Hilton's favorite watering holes. He's also got several restaurants including a chain of successful and trendy sushi joints called Katsuya where if y'all can manage to look beyond the over-done Phillippe Starck frippery you can eat some mighty fine fish. Young Mister Nazarian also has his fingers and wallet in several hotel partnerships including SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, the legendary Saraha Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and the Ritz Plaza in Miami's still swinging South Beach.

The entrepreneurial Mister Nazarian's mini-empire does not stop there. Through Element Films, he's involved in producing movies Your Mama has never heard of like Pride and Mr. Brooks, and through an entity called Bolthouse.Vox Productions his peeps plan swank parties for companies such as Prada, Target and Maxim magazine.

Anyhoo, let's get on with the real estate. Mister Nazarian, a man used to living high on the hog, has spent the last few years building a concrete and smoky glass party pad which property records show measures 5,976 square feet spread across three floors of quintessentially cliché Los Angeles real estate fabulolosity. However, we're not sure if that figure reflects the current house or the one that stood on the property before Mister Nazarian got his hands on it.

Listing information indicates there are 3 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Entered on the top level, the voluminous entry features clerestory windows and a glass floor. Although he may prefer they don't, Your Mama recommends ladees with an ounce of modesty make sure they're wearing granny panties under their mini-skirts lest all the folks at one of Mister Nazarian's frequent festivities will be looking right up at their woo. The entry spills into the dining room which features a wall of floor to ceiling glass that tilts out at a funky, architecturally unnecessary and vertigo inducing angle. Your Mama, who is a bit squeamish about heights, would sooner run push pins under our nails that stand up next to that wall of windows. The lower floor, according to listing information, includes a media room and bar/lounge that opens to the rear terraces making for a seamless flow of indoor/outdoor entertaining.

The substantial rear terrace includes multi-level decking, an outdoor kitchen, a covered living room area with a giant flat screen tee-vee, a sunken viewing platform with a fire pit for warmig the tootsies and an infinity edged pool and spa all of which are cantilevered over a super steep hillside and have staggering jet-liner views all the way to the Pacific Ocean. We may not care for this particular brand of residential hyperbole, but even Your Mama can understand the appeal of paddling around in Mister Nazarian's swimming pool late at night with the glittering carpet of lights of Los Angeles spread out below like a giant Light-Brite screen.

Your Mama confesses that we have never seen a single episode of the enormously successful boob toob program Entourage, but we hear from Miss Courvoisier as well as Babbling Babette that Mister Nazarian's house appeared in several episodes, a fact that might be fun for a future owner to brag to the ladees about but not one that adds any particular value to the property.

This is not the first high priced and high profile domicile young Mister Nazarian has owned. Back in 2004 he paid bootylicious Jennifer Lopez $12,500,000 for a huge house in The Summit–the same celebrity packed and guard gated community where that twisted sister Britney Spears has been living the last few years. Property records reveal Mister Nazarian sold the 6 bedroom and 9 bathroom single story sprawler in August of 2006 for $13,250,000 to rock stars Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.

Mister Nazarian's high profile neighbors include but are not limited to pap shy Leo DiCaprio who owns the two properties across the street and Keanu Reeves who shacks up around the corner on Thrasher Avenue. It's also just down the street from the long time home of recently deceased Ricardo Montalban currently on the market with a blistering asking price of $20,000,000 as well as the home of t-shirt tycoon James Perse who wants almost five million clams for his 1 bedroom bachelor pad.

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