Monday, November 7, 2011
Your Mama discussed a water-damaged modern mansion in the mountains above Beverly Hills owned by multi-Grammy Award-winning Barbadian–or, as some prefer, Bajan–superstar singer Rihanna.
Shortly after our discussion of the ugly celebrity real estate matter an official listing popped up on the interweb that confirms Riri's $6,900,000 purchase price and current $4,500,000 asking price. The new listing has scads of photographs of the essentially empty house looking fairly well trashed and thrashed with debris in the driveway, white sheets tacked up over some of the vast windows, dried up and unkempt landscaping, and a smattering of bright orange traffic posts set around the deck and waterless swimming pool and spa.
Listing photos also reveal airy and somewhat bedraggled interior spaces with lustrous wood floors and towering walls of windows, multiple fireplaces, and a u-shaped kitchen with colossal center island (and high-grade commercial-style appliances still in place). A glass-railed bridge over the cavernous living/dining space leads to the master suite that includes a bank of sliding glass doors that open to a glass-railed balcony with city view, extensive custom fitted walk-in closets, and a glammy bathroom with twin sinks, shimmering stainless steel tile and a glassed in steam shower with horizontal stripe pattern of black and stainless steel tile.
The listing explains that the 8,520 square foot residence as a "MAJOR fixer" with "EXTENSIVE water intrusion from (but not limited to) roof, windows, doors and balconies." There are also, as per listing information, "encroachment issues and other problems." The property is "subject to a short-sale" according to the now active listing and–somewhat shockingly–"WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR BANK FINANCING."
We're not quite sure where Miss Rihanna stays when she's in Los Angeles–perhaps she's leased another house or camps out in a deluxe suite at a swank hotel–but clearly she's not living in this near hovel of a house on a hilltop above Beverly Hills.
listing photos: Rodeo Realty via Redfin