Monday, May 7, 2012
Goldie Hawn Re-Lists Malibu White Elephant
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
SIZE: 4,195 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Poor Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Despite a lot of Buddhist-looking gewgaws and doo-dads they just don't seem to have very good real estate karma when it comes to the Zen-ed out, late-1970s contemporary on Malibu's Broad Beach they've been trying to rent and/or sell for about as long as Your Mama has been slinging dirt about celebs and their real estate activities.
In May 2007 and again in May 2008 the Tinseltown icons put their 4 bedroom and 4.5 bathroom beach house out for lease at $95,000 per month. By the summer of 2010 they'd dropped the asking price to $80,000 and put the (approximately) 4,195 square foot residence up for sale with an asking price of $14,749,000.
This May, the real estate merry-go-round has brought the Russell-Hawn beach house back for lease at $80,000 per month—no pets, please—and they've tossed their real estate albatross back on the market with a significantly lower asking price of $11,200,000.
A lush courtyard connects the detached triple car-garage to a double-height foyer that steps down to an ocean-side living room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, wet bar area (with unfortunate and upsetting tented ceiling treatment), and more candles than a Catholic church. The adjoining, ocean side dining room opens to a well-equipped center island kitchen outfitted with all the high-end finishes and commercial-style stainless steel appliance to be expected in an 11-plus million dollar beach house.
Upstairs, the voluminous, ocean-facing master bedroom has a vaulted wood ceiling, river rock fireplace, private ocean-side terrace, large closet and bathroom finished with Chinese onyx. The main residence encompasses, as best as we can surmise form listing information, two more guest suites (one up, one down), a Creston powered media room (just off the entry) and what listing information describes as a "fab office" with built-in, U-shaped work space. The detached guest house above the garage has a second kitchen, an exercise room and a meditation space that looks like it's marinated in incense and can, as per listing information, do double-duty as a guest bedroom.
The back wall of the house, a towering wall of smoked glass, looks out and opens to a large ocean side entertainment and dining terrace protected from the prying eyes of paps and beach goers by rolling sand dunes. One side of the terrace is anchored by a built-in grilling station and the other by a carved wood pergola probably antique and probably imported from a shrine of some sort in Bombay or Jakarta. Thickets of tropical foliage frame the postcard perfect view past the picket fence and over the sand dunes towards the melodramatic magnificence of the Pacific Ocean.
A few of the other high-profile peeps who own ocean front homes along Broad Beach—punished in some sections by a serious erosion issue—include Steven Spielberg, Jami Gertz, Ray Romano, Pierce Brosnan, Mike Ovitz, Danny Devito and Rhea Pearlman, Dustin Hoffman, Marvel Studios magnate Avi Arad, tool and die tycoon Eric Smidt and money manager Mark Attanasio.
Mister Russell and Miz Hawn's main residence in Los Angeles sits just 22 (or so) miles to the east behind an electronic gate and high hedges in the heart of the low-key but very ritzy Riviera area of Pacific Palisades. The bought the nearly 6,000 square foot spread for $4,124,591 in August 2004, a few months before they sold the much larger mansion across the street to comedian Adam Sandler for $12,000,000. Daughter Kate Hudson and English man-friend/baby daddy Matt Bellamy—the sprite-like lead singer of Muse—live a few blocks away in a star-style compound comprised of two side-by-side mansions.
Mister Russell and Miz Hawn also maintain a penthouse in Midtown Manhattan (bought June 1998 for $3,850,000), a lake-front compound in Rosseau, Ontario, Canada, and a 70-or-so-acre compound just outside Snowmass, CO with two large residences, several barns, at least three ponds and one tennis court and swimming pool.
listing photos: Coldwell Banker / Malibu Colony