Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys Flip Out in SoHo

SELLERS: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $17,950,000
SIZE: 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 4 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It was only in February 2010 that R&B superstar Alicia Keys and her Grammy-winning record producer/rapper/DJ husband Swizz Beatz (née Kasseem Dean) dropped $12,750,000 to acquire high-heel sporting rock star cum design maven Lenny Kravitz's legendarily difficult to sell real estate white elephant in New York City's Soho 'hood.

The children who follow celebrity real estate will recall that Mister Kravitz—at one time a bone fide real estate baller—spent several years unsuccessfully trying to sell his decadent duplex digs at a frequently-changing variety of asking prices that went as high at $19,500,000 and dipped as low as $12,500,000.

Thanks to Soho Sally (and the kids at Curbed) we've recently come to understand that two short years after buying their Manhattan aerie from Mister Kravitz, a fairly quiet wagon hitching ceremony on the island of Corsica, a new baby boy they named Egypt, and two more Grammys to add to her dozen others, Miz Keys and Mister Beatz have flipped their glassy duplex penthouse in Soho back on the market with a substantially increased asking price of $17,950,000.

Listing information shows the duplex penthouse, which has a third level roof terrace, measures in at a mansion-sized 6,167 square feet and contains 4-5 bedrooms and 4 full and 4 half bathrooms. Monthly maintenance and common charges for the penthouse that sits atop a full-service boo-teek building—once home to Hole rocker and Twitter princess Courtney Love—run a hefty-hefty-hefty $11,564 per month. Listing information also indicates the penthouse property also comes with separate and private wine cellar and storage/dressing rooms, presumably located somewhere in the bowels of the red-brick and cast iron building.

Although it's day-core is now lighter and brighter, a quick perusal of the juicy floor plan included with current listing information and marketing materials indicates to Your Mama boozy, vacation eyes that little has been altered from Mister Kravitz's ownership. The lower level of the posh ans spacious penthouse includes a massive gallery entrance with floating glass staircase and a pair of powder rooms, a high-glam solarium style formal dining room, and a 600-plus square foot living room with fireplace and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that give way to a city-view terrace that extends the full width of the penthouse. Not surprisingly, there's a grand piano near the windows where Miz Keys no doubt tinkles the ivories and composes her next mega-hit songs.

Also on the lower lever are a library/media room with walk-in closet and attached private bathroom, and a considerable eat-in kitchen with colossal marble-topped work island, a small walk-in pantry, an adjoining laundry room, and a wall of windows that slide open to a narrow terrace that runs the full width of the building.

The floating glass staircase—still with mortifying taupe shag carpeting on the treads—ascends to the second floor where there's a large office area completely encased in glass that overlooks the dining room. A long hallway provides access the guest/family bedroom wing that consists of one bedroom with walk-in closet and private attached facility plus two smaller bedrooms, each with private powder rooms and a shared sky-lit shower room that opens directly into the hallway.

The star-worthy, second floor master suite has huge windows, massive sky lights, a small private balcony, and several standard closet/storage cabinets plus a fully-fitted dressing room. The compartmentalized bathroom consists of his-and-her terlit/bee-day cubbies that open into a shared shower space and a wide, curving wall with twin sinks/vanities that flank an over-sized soaking tub.

A glass enclosed exterior staircase climbs from the second floor to the massive roof-top terrace with built-in stainless steel barbecue center/outdoor kitchen and expansive city view.

We haven't a clue why Mister and Missus Keys might want to sell their fancy pants penthouse so soon after buying but it could be that in the end it's just not large enough to accommodate their growing family—Mister Beatz has four children by four woman including a toddler boy named Egypt born to Miz Keys.

Prior to buying Mister Kravitz's sloppy real estate seconds, Miz Keys owned a fairly traditional, 15-room mansion in the upscale suburban Long Island enclave of Syosset (NY) bought in December 2005 for $2,933,380, put up for sale in early summer 2010 with an asking price of $3,850,000 and sold, according to property records, in June 2011 to a local orthodontist and his wife for $2,995,000.

listing photos and floor plan: Sotheby's International Real Estate

Jack Nicholson Lightening Aspen Real Estate Load

SELLER: Jack Nicholson
PRICE: $15,000,000
SIZE: 5,780 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Three-time Oscar winning Tinseltown icon Jack Nicholson is well known both as a ladies man and for his bulging property portfolio that until recently included a near-legendary, non-contiguous 4-parcel compound above Mulholland Drive in the Beverly Hills Post Office, a small house tucked into the hills above L.A.'s Laurel Canyon he's owned since the 1970s, a 70-or-so-acre spread in the mountains above Malibu (CA), a few acres with a wee residence in the unlikely northern California town of Shasta, a 5 bedroom/3 bathroom bay front house in Kailua on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and three separate residence in Aspen, CO.

Last September Mister Nicholson sold his Malibu property for, according to listing information, $3,500,000 and thanks to Charlie Chatterbox we've come to learn he's looking to lighten his real estate load a little more and recently hoisted his historically designated Victorian manse in Aspen, CO on the market with Rocky Mountain high asking price of $15,000,000.

A few quick clicks and clacks of the nearly worn-out beads on Your Mama's bejeweled abacus show that it's current price is a staggering 27-time more than the $550,000 property records we peeped indicated Mister Nicholson paid for the place back in January 1980.

Listing information for the house itself is slim and shows little more than it was built in 1895, remodeled in 1988, measures 5,780 square feet, and includes 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half bathrooms.

We don't know barely a thing about Aspen except it's hideously expensive, insanely beautiful and popular amongst the world's richest and most famous who scoot around the picture perfect town in down coats, diamonds and Chewbacca–esque aprés-ski boots.

According to Charlie Chatterbox, Mister Nicholson's Victorian is located on the most highly desired street in the highly desired West End part of town known for it's tree-shaded streets, big ass Victorians and easy-peasy walk into the hustle-bustle of the downtown core.

Other residents in the West End area, according to Mister Chatterbox, include professional bicyclist Lance Armstrong and both of the low-profile and very rich Koch brothers. Just a few short blocks away from Mister Nicholson's nest is the (in)famous yellow Victorian where Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller had their Christmas Day domestic blowout in 2009.

Other home-owning Aspenites include songwriter Kevin Costner (who installed a baseball diamond on his gigantic ranch —a field of dreams, if you will), Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell (in Snowmass), and Spanish hottie Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith (near Woody Creek), and lavish living songwriter Denise Rich (on Red Mountain), the woman real estate watchers surely recall who recently listed her epically-scaled New York City triplex a couple months ago for a mouth-drying $65,000,000.

listing photos: Joshua & Co.

Listed Off Market: Jason Pomeranc

SELLER: Jason Pomeranc
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: pocket listed at $5,000,000
SIZE: 4,300 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Rakish boutique hotelier Jason Pomeranc may not be a household name in a Kim Kardashian or Denzel Washington sort of way but he none-the-less turns up on fairly regular basis in the gossip columns on both the east and west coasts. Mister Pomeranc, for those who don't belong to or follow the bi-coastal social glitterati, owns and/or operates a long list of trés trendy boo-teek hotels much-frequented by deep-pocketed and style-minded globe trotters both famous and just rich. His many hotels include (among others) 60 Thompson, Gild Hall and Smyth in New York, the star-studded Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, the Belgraves in London, Hotel Victor in South Beach (FL), and Sax in Chicago.

Various and many media reports reveal that since its doors opened, Mister P.'s 60 Thompson—described on its website as "bohemian chic" with "modern sophistication" has been like an irresistible flame to celebrity moths like Gwnnie Paltrow, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and stylist-to-the-stars turned reality tee-vee queen turned sartorial mini-mogul Rachel Zoe. No doubt the public figures adore A60, the hotel's (essentially) private roof top bar and lounge open only to hotel guests, those with a membership card, and others who know people with membership cards.

Besides his obvious and screaming success as a boo-teek hotelier—the New York Observer once called Mister P. the "innkeeper for the image conscious" —the most interesting thing on the internets about Mister Pomeranc, perhaps, are the scads of reports about his posse of high-profile pals and romantic relationships with misbehaving ladies.

In the mid-Aughts he got busy for a minute or two with sometimes volatile and (newly hitched) Heathers, Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed (h)actress Shannen Doherty. Not long after catting around with Miz Doherty, Mister Pomeranc hooked up with (and later lived with) blond and mannequin thin Ali Wise, at that time a fixture on the New York social scene and a PR maven for the sexy Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.

Anyone who reads about the glitz-and-glam set on the east and west coasts surely recalls the big brouhaha and scandal a few years ago when Miss Wise got her Louboutins in some boiling hot water after she got caught hacking into the home and mobile phones of several of her ex-boyfriends' girlfriends. (!!) In April 2010, according to various online reports, Miss Wise took a felony plea bargain to eaves dropping and computer trespassing, a deal designed to keep her from doing time in the big house.

Of course, the nefarious telecommunications doings of Miss Wise, fascinating as they may be, are entirely irrelevant to today's discussion about Mister Pomeranc's butterfly-roofed mid-century modern residence in Tinseltown quietly available for purchase, according to information we dug up, for $5,000,000. Records reveal Mister Pomeranc, a sartorially stylish, boyishly handsome, and usually scruffy-faced fella in his early forties, has maintained homes in both New York City and Los Angeles (CA) where he acquired his swinging crib the swank Sunset Plaza area above the Sunset Strip in August 2007 for $2,912,500. The pedigreed property was designed and built in 1955 for now-deceased teen idol Bobby Darin by Palm Springs-based modernist architect Bill Krisel.

As it turns out, for anyone who might give a crap, Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter (along with our long-bodied bitches Linda and Beverly) are headed to Palm Springs today where we'll spend the next 10 days or so lounging around a glassy house also designed by Bill Krisel.

Listing information from the time of Mister P.'s purchase indicates the single-story residence contains 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 4,250 square feet while current (off-market) online listing information states there are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in about 4,300 square feet. The Los Angeles Times reported at the time of the purchase that Mister P. hired much lauded and applauded (mid-century) modern-minded designer Brad Dunning to do over the airy, open-plan interiors. Mister Dunning, for those who do not know, has a very fah-fah-shee-shee clientele that includes global glam-squaders Tom Ford, Demi Moore, Steven Meisel, Courtney Cox Arquette, and Sofia Coppola.

Mister Pomeranc's L-shaped, Rat Pack-era residence sits well above street-level over a two car garage and its mostly terrazzo-floored main living/entertaining spaces encompass a big ol' built-in and fully-stocked wet bar just off the entry and a barely furnished sunken "formal" living room with wall-to-wall shag carpeting, a gently pitched and beamed ceiling with clerestory windows, a pair of built-in sofa banquettes covered in platinum grey fabric, and a monumental stone fireplace wall. Converging banks of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders in both the living room and (somewhat narrow) adjoining dining room seamlessly connect to the courtyard-like backyard.

A tall snack counter separates the living/dining/bar areas from the sleek and expensively-equipped galley-style kitchen that spills into the adjacent party-sized and partially wood-paneled family room decked out in a neo-retro style with built-in planter boxes, pitched and beamed ceiling, over-sized fire box with black marble surround, and a row of minimalist wood cabinets that (we presume) hide the television, cable boxes, board games and whatever other knick-knacks and paddywhacks Mister P. keeps around but doesn't want on open display.

At least one of the two family/guest bedrooms has built-in wardrobes that flank a television that can be hidden behind disappearing pocket doors. A third bedroom was fashioned by Mister Dunning as a sparely-one private home office and listing photos show a fourth was pressed into use as fitness room with rubber mat flooring, a bunch of free weights, a wall-mounted flat-scree television, and a few fitness devices that Your Mama wouldn't know how to use if our fat ass depended on it.

One of the family/guest bedrooms was fashioned by Mister Dunning as a cozy private home office, another was utilized as a small private fitness room, and at least one of the the others has built-in wardrobes that flank a television that can be hidden behind disappearing pocket doors. A free-standing stone fireplace separate the sitting area from the sleeping area in the sizable master suite well situated for privacy at the back of the house. The attached bathroom was designed with a mirror-lined niche for the double-sink vanity with marble counter top and an over-sized marble soaking tub with glassed in (and marble-lined) steam shower, and separate cubby for the terlit.

The house, nestled on to a steep hillside, wraps on two sides around the backyard that's almost entirely paved in concrete with pebbled insets and includes a swimming pool, spa, sunbathing terraces and a lounge area with built-in gas fire pit.

listing photos: Val Riolo for Coldwell Banker / Beverly Hills South

Gisele Bundchen for Esprit Spring 2012

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has joined hands with Esprit to promote the label's spring 2012 designs. The casual chic Brazilian goddess looks amazing donning the spring creations signed by Esprit, so check out the designs and pick your new season favorites!

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has scored yet another gig with Esprit, this time promoting the brand's spring 2012 collection. Since everything Gisele touches seems to turn into gold, the collection will probably become a huge success. With a very laid back style but one that catches the eyes, Esprit's spring 2012 collection can conquer from first glimpse especially the heart of those who put a high price on comfort and quality. Esprit aims to bring contemporary-vibe casual elements that fuse comfort and style perfectly and it seems that the brand has managed to reach this goal easily by creating ensembles that fall loosely around the body and that manage to avoid looking boring.

If you're all about practicality and you wouldn't trade feeling great in your outfit than the brand's spring 2012 collection is a perfect match for you as Gisele Bundchen demonstrates posing with the label's trendy ensembles. You don't have to suffer for fashion to look great as there are an array of stylish yet comfy items that you can mix and match to underline your fashion-forward personality without having to put on a fake smile as the outfits make you feel uncomfortable.

With an array of lovely tees, knitted pullovers, sweatshirts, shirts, coats and trousers to choose from creating a look that defines you will be easy. Soft lines that enhance the silhouette without clinging to your body making it hard to breath dominate the entire spring 2012 line and this is exactly what helps the outfits feel like they are weightless. Tailoring and the quality of the fabrics are the key to a successful, flattering and comfortable outfit, and Esprit has nailed all these elements a long time ago.

The color palette chosen for this season are universally flattering mixing nudes with warm tones and timeless non-colors, hues that collaborate perfectly together and which help add a certain chic, fresh and youthful vibe to one's look. Rock the new season in style with Esprit, so browse through the label's collection and pick your new season favorites.

News Source: becomegorgeous.com

Skincare DOs and DONTS for Spring/Summer 2012

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Practice the habit of cleansing every day in summer to avoid oil from accumulating and solidifying on your skin. Clogged pores can cause some nasty consequences. However, avoid using any deodorant soap on your face. These soaps may contain harsh ingredients that your skin may be sensitive to. L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Cleansing Foaming Cream is the perfect choice for sensitive skin. It gently cleanses and helps reinforce the skin's natural resilience that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and perfectly cleansed. $14.90 from Amazon.

Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin hence do it at places where your razor doesn't reach. However, exfoliation should not happen on a daily basis. Your skin needs recovery time in-between exfoliations. Pay attention to the cleansers you use because some cleansers also act as mild exfoliates.
Another important point in skin care during this hot season is to not over-shave. Shaving produces micro-cuts and shaving everyday will cause your skin to work overtime as it combats repairing itself and protecting itself against harmful UV rays. Summer is all about being outside and overstressing your skin can wreak havoc. Fusion ProGlide Clear Shave Gel by Gillette is the perfect product for a more precise shaving experience. The transparent and non-foaming shave gel gives you a clear view of the hair you are shaving and the gel contains lubricants for incredible shaving comfort. $8.98 from Amazon.
Excessive sun exposure is unhealthy to the skin. Overexposure can develop serious skin diseases. Remember to constantly use sunscreen for your skin and reapply them whenever you are sweating or in water. Ultra Defense Sunscreen from Banana Boat contains Vitamin E while offering advanced protection without drying out the skin.
Don't forget to care for your lips too! Winter is not the only season that can be tough on your lips. NIVEA for Men Replenishing Lip Balm is specially engineered to provide long lasting protection without leaving a visible residue. This SPF 4 lip balm is enriched with Vitamin E, fragrance-free and helps protect against the sun and wind. You can get this must have item from Amazon at $17.49.
Caring for your skin is just as important for men as they are for women. Be smart about your skin and you'll have the promise of good and healthy skin all year long.

Bi-Coastal Double Whammy: Norman Jean Roy (New York City)

SELLER: Norman Jean Roy and Joanna Isobel Kelly
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $2,275,000
SIZE: 1,604 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Earlier today we discussed a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom bungalow in Hollywood (CA) owned by hot-shot celebrity photographer Norman Jean Roy and on the market with a $1,395,000 price tag.

This afternoon we shift to New York City where a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom condo crib owned by Mister Roy and his professional photographer wife—or ex-wife, no disrespect, we're not sure—Joanna Isobel Kelly has been on the market since the early days of 2012 when it appeared with an asking price of $2,390,000. Since then the price has dropped 5% to its current figure of $2,275,000.

Property records indicate Miz Kelly and Mister Roy only picked up the Flatiron District condo in March 2011 for $2,050,000. We'll leave the children to speculate if this quick flip is for investment purposes, represents a common case of The Real Estate Fickle, or if it's an indication of something else entirely we neither allude to nor claim to know anything about.

Listing information shows the west-facing, loft-minded condo weighs in at 1,604 square feet and includes a total of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a surprisingly and marvelously large-for-New-York-City combination laundry/pantry room.

The sleek, loft like condo has nearly-white hardwood floors underfoot and crisp, gallery-white walls that Your Mama adores unapologetically. A couple of exposed Corinthian columns—one in the kitchen one in the hallway near the door to the master bedroom—speak to the architectural history and dignity of the pre-war building that once housed the world's largest shoe store according to information we dug up on the interweb.

There's a wrought iron-railed Juliet balcony off the dining area that's open wide to the state-of-the-art kitchen all done up with glistening, Poggenpohl-brand white lacquer cabinets; winter white Corian-brand counter tops; a four-stool snack counter; and top-grade, Euro-style appliances including an integrated Sub-Zero fridge-freezer. We'd have better appreciated if those high-gloss cabinets went all the way to the ceiling but at least Miz Kelly and/or Mister Roy had the good sense not to stick some fake ferns or wicker baskets up in that squat space.

The current residents—who may or may not be Mister Roy and/or Miz Kelly, we don't know—utilize the second bedroom as a living room and the original living/dining space as an extra-specially spacious dining room with two full walls of high-end shelving units that hold a rafts of actual books, a few black and white photographs, and a number of knick-knacks like that gold-plated Harry Allen pig bank that we live and die for.

The master bedroom isn't humongous or even big by any standard but its relative wee-ness is partly made up for by the custom-fitted closet/dressing room that's the size of a small bedroom. Presumably both bathrooms are a sybarite's naughty dream but all we can vouch for is the long, windowless master facility complete double sinks set on floating wood cabinets and an egg-shaped soaking tub set into a niche sheathed in gleaming white tile. One-inch (or so) square pixilated grey tiles climb two walls floor-to-ceiling opposite the sinks and bathtub but switch again to all white in the good-sized (but hardly party-sized) stall shower fitted with one of those can-be-annoying rain-type shower heads.

Taxes and common charges for the condo ring up to $3,554 per month, according to listing information, and cover costs for building maintenance and amenities that include 24-7 doorman, fitness center, 3,600 square foot landscaped roof deck and—bargain shoppers and penny pinchers will appreciate—a one-block walk to both Trader Joe's and T.J.Maxx.

listing photos and floor plan: Brown Harris Stevens

Bi-Coastal Double Whammy: Norman Jean Roy (Los Angeles)

SELLER: Norman Jean Roy
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,395,000
SIZE: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Before anybody starts to stamp their feet, roll their eyes and whine like a three year old about how they ain't never heard of a "celebrity" named Norman Jean Roy give us a  moment to say a little about who this person is and why his modestly scaled (if not exactly inexpensive) and done-done-done domicile in Hollywood (CA) qualifies to appear on our little online endeavor about the real estate doings of the rich and famous.

Many if not most of the children may not instantly recognize Norman Jean Roy's name but Your Mama would fall out with flabbergast iffin all of y'all aren't familiar with at least a few bits and pieces of the bi-coastal celebrity photographer's considerable body of work. A quick perusal of the website for Mister Roy's representative(s) reveals the slender, handsome, lantern jawed, and smooth-pated professional picture taker has captured the photogenic mugs of Tinseltowners for advertising campaigns that include (but are far from limited to): Drew Barrymore for Neiman Marcus; Demi Moore for Ann Taylor; George Clooney for Omega watches; and Halle Berry for Revlon.

Mister Roy's resumé also shows he's much in demand—mostly by Condé Nast, it seems—to shoot stars for the covers for high-gloss publications. He's photographed Lindsay Lohan, Sandra Bullock and Cher for Vanity Fair, Armie Hammer, Channing Tatum and Zac Efron for Details, Eminem for Rolling Stone, Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively and Eva Longoria for Allure, and Liv Tyler for Harper's Bazaar, just to name a few. He was selected—and no doubt paid boo-coo bucks—to shoot the triple-wide fold-out cover of the annual Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair in 2011 on which appeared (among others) Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, a barely dressed Olivia Wilde and a simply flaw-less Mila Kunis.

Mister Roy is—or maybe was, we're not sure to be honest—married to fellow photographer Joanna Isobel Kelly and property records (and their own bios) reveal they maintained residences in both Los Angeles and New York City. Property records show in August 2005 Mister Roy forked over $1,230,000 to acquire a 1920s bungalow in a leafy and upscale pocket of Hollywood. The property was purchased in only his name but her name pops up on some of the deeds and documents we peeped at in the public property records.

Anyhoo, the fully-renovated, meticulously-maintained and high-hedged house in the Hollywood, CA neighborhood sometimes referred to as Sunset Square has popped up on to the market with an asking price of $1,395,000.

The painstakingly landscaped front yard, completely hidden from the street by a tall hedge and driveway gate, has been almost completely graveled over to provide additional off-street parking besides what's available along the narrow, paver-tiled driveway that runs up alongside the house. This graveling might seem like a ludicrous notion to some people, but it's really rather practical and has all been handled by the landscape designer(s) in the most dignified manner that includes a birch tree-backed, trough-like fountain/water feature.

A small, vine-draped front porch provides shelter from rain and sun and opens into the L-shaped and hardwood floored, open plan living/dining/lounging area that includes a not especially formal "formal" living room with fireplace at one end and a cozy den with a bank of French doors that lead out to the backyard entertainments and delights on the other. In between, the windowless (and also not very formal) dining room borrows its natural light from the wide banks of paned windows and  French doors in both the living room and den. Artificial light in the dining room comes courtesy of a George Nelson bubble pendant fixture that hangs sparingly over a wonderfully gigantic, dinner party-friendly Parson's table surrounded by ten matching molded plastic Eames side chairs with wooden tower bases.

An home office area—a potential third bedroom, according to listing information—tucks into a tight corner between the dining room and the light, bright and almost entirely white galley kitchen outfitted with snow white, Shaker-style cabinets with glass-fronted uppers, some sort of sand-colored tumbled stone counter tops, and medium-grade stainless steel appliances. We do like the chopping block center island even though it seems a bit in the way but we are irrationally fearful of that pot rack dangling from ceiling in the center of the room and laden with pots and pans that look eager as beavers to bang somebody upside the head or get snarled up in some hair-hopping queen's extra-high beehive.

Current listing information does not indicate the size of the house—the Los Angeles County Tax Man pegs it at 1,805—but does reveal there are two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master suite at the rear of the residence offers "plenty of closets" and an attached "bespoke" bathroom with tumbled Carrara marble tiled steam shower. The second bedroom has a view of the front garden/graveled motor court.

The kitchen, den and master bedroom all open on to a trellis-shaded dining deck with handy-dandy, built-in outdoor kitchen/barbecue set up. The deck steps down to the paver-stone driveway that runs up along one side of the house to a detached 2-car garage at the back of the property as well as down to the backyard fun-in-the-sun space with tanning terrace and plunge-sized saltwater swimming pool set simply into a flat grass pad with just the slimmest of stone coping.

Listing information indicates the home and swimming pool are powered by a solar system and indeed several banks of solar panels can be seen in at least one listing photos mounted on the roof.

Mister Roy's soon-to-be ex-residence sits in the very same neck of the Hollywood woods as homes owned by a variety of Showbizzers who include Academy Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black (purchased fall 2010 for $1,455,000); Stylish actress Selma Blair (listed earlier this year for $1,780,000 and no longer on the open market); Nip/Tuck actor Dylan Walsh (listed in late January for $1,425,000 and is now deep in escrow); The inestimable actress and activist Sally Struthers (purchased February 1991 for $762,500); Reality queen turned clothing designer Lauren Conrad (recently listed for $2,100,000 and currently in escrow); Agent to the stars Simon Halls (sold August 2010 for $2,000,000, not long before he and man-mate Matt Bomer bought a big house in the historic Hancock Park 'hood).

Stay tuned for the 411 on the (also currently on the market) New York City apartment Mister Roy and Miz Kelly bought in March 2011 and flipped back on the market less than a year later.

listing photos: Sotheby's International Realty / Los Feliz

Real Estate Round Up: Peter Thiel

BUYER: Peter Thiel
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $11,500,000
SIZE: 5,870 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms*

* as per public property records

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We suggest the children snatch up a snack, pour out a few fingers of your favorite hooch and buckle in for the long haul because Your Mama's feeling a wee bit long-winded today. Okay? Ready? 3, 2, 1...

It doesn't take a silly (celebrity) real estate blog maven to tell the children that billionaires are different than regular people. While regular folks sweat blood, tears and financial fear over five dollar a gallon gas and worry about whether they're going to have to eat cat food in their dotage, billionaires can and regularly do drop fat dimes on multi-million dollar high-maintenance residences around the globe. Simmer down fire breathers, we're not making a statement, we're just stating the obvious.

One such financially fortunate billionaire is German-born and San Francisco-based tech-tycoon, venture-capitalist and hedge fund manager Peter Thiel who has been on a bit of a real estate tear the last couple of years; By Your Mama's faux-forensic research and rudimentary calculations Mister Thiel has coughed up close to fifty million clams over the last couple of years on at least three new private residences that include a double wide mansion San Francisco's Marina District, an ocean front spread on Maui (HI), and, most recently, we hear through the real estate gossip grapevine, a high-style mansion perched on a prominent promontory just above the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles (CA).

He may not be a household name in a Hollywood sort of way but make no mistake puppeenuh-weenuhs, Mister Thiel's a God damn rock star in the high-powered business and social circles in which he orbits. Mister Thiel, for those who don't know, is the co-founder and former CEO of Pay Pal—he's no longer involved in the day to day there—and a very early investor in the social media supernova Facebook. Mister Thiel's original and exceedingly savvy 2004 angel investment of $500,000 in Facebook was recently reported by the folks at Time to now be worth somewhere around 2.5 billion dollars.

Mister Thiel, in his mid-40s, is an outspoken, occasionally controversial, and politically-minded Libertarian who's ridiculously well-connected in the highest echelons of international affairs; He's listed as a member of the Steering Committee of the somewhat secretive Bilderberg Group. Given the Bilderberg Group's near total, (in)famous and conspiracy-creating media black out, his eponymous foundation kind of ironically gave a less then $500 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that promotes and defends "the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal."

In addition to his fast moving business enterprises, Mister Thiel offers notable philanthropic support of a number of idiosyncratic, somewhat esoteric and arguably even eccentric organizations such as The Methuselah Foundation that supports anti-aging research and the thrillingly ambitious and wildly out-of-the-box Seasteading Institute. In 2010 he controversially set up a fellowship that offers 20 people under the age of 20  $100,000 (apiece) if they would drop out of college and pursue their own start ups. At least some of the budding entrepreneurs live in a San Francisco mansion called The Glint.

Anyhoo, according to two sources—let's call them Little Boy Blue and Henrietta Hasthedish—Mister Thiel recently and quite quietly dropped $11,500,000 for the approximately 6,000 square foot, multi-wing sprawler on a 1.23 mostly flat acre lot just above Los Angeles' iconic Sunset Strip. The now-modified original residence was designed and custom built in the mid-1950s by revered architect Paul Revere Williams for Russian-born vaudevillian turned legendary restaurateur Dave Chasen and his wife Maude.

In case y'all don't know, L.A.-based Mister Williams was a rarity in his field in that he was black at a time when there just weren't that many black architects and certainly not a lot (if any) black architects who designed both traditional and contemporary private homes for a long list of rich and famous Showbizzers such as Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Barbara Stanwyck, Bert Lahr, and the magnificently-named Zasu Pitts. In the mid-1930s the in-demand architect was commissioned by hedonistic cigar mogul Jay Paley to design a monumental, modern-minded Georgian Colonial mansion in Bel Air's Holmby Hills nowadays owned by Paris Hilton's hotel magnate grandaddy Barron.

Indeed, as happens with time, many of the many dozens of Paul R. Williams-designed homes in southern California have been raped, pillaged and/or razed by subsequent owners. Those that aren't—as well as those that have been respectfully altered—are still much coveted amongst affluent Angelenos who cotton to their understated elegance and proper proportions.

The Chasen house above the Sunset Strip was designed to meander across mostly flat hillside parcel accessible by two gated entries from two separate streets. Although we can't confirm it still exists, according to Henrietta Hasthedish, the house was originally designed with an oval entrance hall contained just a few but very large rooms with commanding views across the twinkling lights of Tinseltown from downtown to, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean. The Paul Revere Williams Project website describes the original residence far more succinctly than Your Mama ever could:

"The open floor-plan, multiple levels, interesting angles, curved walls, beamed ceilings and native materials such as hand-split cedar shakes and Palos Verdes stone inside and out gave the home a modern California feel."

The Chasen house was owned for a spell in the 1990s by a now-deceased gentleman who—so tongue-wagged Henrietta Hasthedish—hailed from a prominent farm family and sometimes hosted "naked pool parties" in the backyard. Henrietta went on to tell Your Mama this Diener fella added a two-story wing off the west side of the house.

The Chasen residence passed through several hands and was eventuallyacquired in 2002 by Larry Schnur and Beverly Schnur, respectively a financier turned race car driver and a former decorating editor at House Beautiful magazine. The couple paid, according to property records $4,500,000 for the out-and-out trophy property that the Los Angeles County Tax Man shows spans 5,870 square feet and contains 4 bedroom and 5 bathrooms, numbers that may or may not be an accurate reflection of the current size and etc. of the home.

The Schnurs, as per a 2004 article in—you got it—House Beautiful, hired L.A. and Santa Barbara-based nice-gay interior decorator-designers Neil Korpinen and Rick Erickson to give the old girl a face lift. Like the house's original celeb-favored architect, Misters Korpinen and Erickson had previously done over homes for a number other high-profile peeps including bawdy entertainer Bette Midler, stage and silver screen actor Nathan Lane, L.A.-based billionaire art patron Eli Broad, and curly-haired clarinetist Kenny G.

Mister Korpinen and Erickson maintained many of Mister Williams' architectural swoops and flourishes but at the request of Mister and Missus Schnur infused the expansive interiors with the Hawaiian spirit of aloha that includes a whole lot vintage rattan furniture, grass cloth and vibrant tropical colors. The indoor areas transition to the outdoors with a Hawaiian style lanai—otherwise known to Mainlanders as a covered porch—that steps down to a prairie-sized sunbathing and entertaining terrace, swimming pool, spa. Beyond the swimming pool a low-profile rock wall rings a semi-circular grass pad that projects into the horizon where a (long ago removed) pool house once stood and obstructed the powerful city views.

Rumor has it the Schnurs recently went splitsville and quietly made their supremely sited residence above the Sunset Strip available for purchase through one of Los Angeles' most successful and well-connected real estate agents.

Property records do indeed reflect a recent transaction recorded in mid-February 2012 that transferred the property from Mister Schnur to a San Francisco-based limited liability company with an address—the children may or may not care to know—directly across the street from a magnificent Art Deco tower Your Mama once upon a lifetime ago called home. None of our regular online resources reflect a purchase price but both Henrietta Hasthedish and Little Boy Blue both told us the highly desirable property went for around $11,000,000.

As far as Your Mama knows—which is really so very little—this is the first house in Los Angeles owned by Mister Thiel who has lived primarily in San Francisco since at least the early Aughts when he purchased two adjoining penthouse apartments atop the Four Seasons Residences of San Francisco for an undisclosed amount of moolah. Property records indicate he sold off his fancy Four Seasons penthouse(s) in October 2005 for $6,500,000.

We're not quite sure of his real estate whereabouts for the next few years but in early September 2009 a 4-story mansion in San Francisco's Marina District—a bulky combination of two side-by-side houses—popped up on the open market with an asking price of $8,180,000. Within six weeks the price dropped to $7,400,000 and in mid-January 2010 the mansion was sold to a limited liability concern connected to Mister Thiel for, according to the property records we peeped, $6,500,000.

Listing information from the time of the sale describes the 7,000-plus square foot beast of an urban mansion (rear exterior and roof terrace shown above) as a "passionate and intelligent work of world-renowned architect/builders, Remick Associates" with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 2-car attached garage with direct entry. The interior spaces where then finished with, again according to listing information from the time of the purchase, "White onyx panels, figured and quartered hard woods, marble, cast and hand blown glass, granite and pear wood."

Mister Thiel, according to the California Markt website, subsequently had the whole place worked over by Fog City-based decorator and Gilt Groupe executive Shane Reilly. The classic, 1940s Marina-style exteriors embrace a more modern vibe inside and includes, according to California Markt article, a living room that works for both intimate and grand scale entertaining, two dining rooms, a private office that adjoins the master suite, and a roof top pavilion with marble-faced fireplace. A massive roof terrace offers dead on and couldn't-be-closer view of the Beaux Art-style Palace of Fine Arts on one side and a wind-screen shielded view on the other of the vermilion towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Mid-summer last (2011) it was widely reported by international property gossips that Mister Thiel, through a Delaware-based limited liability corporation, paid an toe-curling $27,000,000 to add a 1.69-acre, ocean front spread near Kihei on the Hawaiian island of Maui to his really-beginning-to-bulge property portfolio. The Ahihi Bay-fronting real estate paradise (above) was not listed on the open market and was sold by a man described in various press accounts of the transaction as a "Wyoming rancher" and the founder of Huish Detergents, a private-label laundry- and dish-product maker.

The gated residence, a quartet of interconnected pavilions, curls around a tropically landscaped courtyard with land-side swimming pool on one side and opens on the ocean side to to a foliage-ringed flat lawn that wraps around the house. Of course, we've never set foot on the property but can imagine the views are beyond delicious from the private, peninsula setting that juts ever-so slightly out into the bay. The house, according to property records available online, measures in at 4,735 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, all numbers that may or may not be an accurate reflection of the houses actual size and etc.

As it turns out Mister Thiel's Hawaiian hideaway is just a half mile up the road from the ocean front residence scooped up by Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler in late 2011 for $4,800,000.

In addition to his homes in San Francisco, Hawaii and now Los Angeles, Mister Thiel also maintains a New York City rental residence located in a renovated 19th century building—once the headquarters of Tiffany & Co.—now sheathed in a slick, smoked glass curtain that both shields and reveals the building's original fenestration and architectural details. Previous reports on Mister Thiel's residency in the building that looms over the western edge of always bustling Union Square describes the rented pied a terre as having 16-foot ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, custom finishes by famous interior designer Vicente Wolf, and "sweeping views" over the tree-tops of Union Square. He's said to be paying $25,000 for the apartment (shown above) but—use yer noggin's butter beans—we certainly can't confirm that figure.

Mister Thiel, for anyone who thinks it might matter, is an out gay man well known amongst a certain set for throwing glitzy "soirees" with, an anonymous source told The Daily News last year, food and cocktail servers in "assless chaps." Last summer, again according to The Daily News, Mister Thiel hosted an evening get together at his Union Square aerie with a "not-so-hot shirtless bartender"where a gaggle of party goers got stuck in the elevator on their way out in the early morning hours. This was not, we're pretty sure, the same summertime shindig during which right wing sassy pants Ann Coulter brazenly and fearlessly slammed gay rights and equality during a speech to a roomful of mostly gay men in attendance to commemorate of the one-year anniversary of GOProud, an advocacy group for gay conservatives.

 Since Mister Thiel likes to throw (sometimes crazy) parties and host events for causes he cares about and his new house in Los Angeles has an alleged history of naked pool parties Your Mama expects (and hopes) it's only a short matter of time before some of our more a-list homo pals and acquaintances will soon have yarns to spin about the doings up at Mister Thiel's fab new party pad above the Sunset Strip.

aerial photo (Los Angeles): Bing
listing photos (San Francisco): Pacific Union International via Redfin
aerial photo (Hawaii): Steve Strand via Pacific Business News
listing photos (New York): Stribling via The Jane Dough

Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Spring 2012 Lookbook

Bohemian chic ensembles take center stage in the Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply spring 2012 lookbook. Join the fashion armada and sport laid-back modern looks during the hot season.

The ultra-popular Ralph Lauren label is aiming its style arrow at the young fashion fold eager to rock the hottest laid-back and relaxed looks. Old-school denim overalls and chic shorts add a boho fun allure to the signature clothing style of fashionistas. The Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply spring 2012 lookbook provides us with a generous source of inspiration to update our wardrobe to the newest runway-inspired trends. Whether you're hanging out with your friends on the beach or you're in a quest for seasonal outfit elements, these apparel ideas will definitely land you in the spotlight.

Channel your farmer-girl spirit into complex and versatile ensembles. Let your creativity and fondness for comfort lead the accessorizing and styling process. Ralph Lauren is the name of the game, if you're ready to put some fun into fashion. Check out the new repertoire of sexy short-shorts, gorgeous tank tops and chic cowboy boots and hit the local fashion store to make long-term style investments and incorporate iconic staples into your signature clothing style.

Give a quick vitality boost to your closet with some of these A-list denim pieces and dazzling accessories. This time skip the perfectly-polished looks and nail down a more festival chic ensemble. With this pocket-friendly and youthful brand Ralph Lauren celebrates the rise of 'It' girls prepared for the new renaissance of denim. Moreover, as illustrated in the lookbook every girl is encouraged to come up with surprising and edgy options of mix/matching different fabrics and shades.

Suit-all jackets, chic ruffled and minimalist style tank tops and t-shirts give you an idea on where to start the transformation from. Use these basics to build up a new season wardrobe which allows you to feel comfortable and sexy in your skin.Indigo and red are some of the top shades the complete collection is based around. Furthermore, we have a selection of must have accessories including the XXL slouchy denim bags, woven belts, bandana, stacked jewelry and boho style scarves.

The latest Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply collection packed with rugged fabrics, washed out jeans designs and chic bandana prints will offer you the privilege to stand out from the urban jungle with your unique and impressive look.

News Source: becomegorgeous.com

Hip Fashion Accessories in Spring/Summer 2012

A new season is here! Say goodbye to the bitter cold winds and time to greet the hot sun. But beware! Your mind and style is on stake here! The long sunny days may compel you to loosen up and fall into a routine of being lazy about your dressing. Hence, this is the best reason for you to upgrade your wardrobe. With these accessories in your hands, your summer is going to be a whole lot hotter!
Is the sun too bright? Grab a pair of Oliver Goldsmith Shades this season! These timeless design frames are a pure classic and with them on, you are bound to attract attention wherever you turn.

Tod's Canvas Belts are ideal this season for a convenient and trendy approach in accessories. These double-toned canvas and leather belts have interlocking closures in which one end simply locks into the other instead of the usual metal buckle. They are also suitable for those who want to avoid the 'bling' crowd.
This season sees the debut of a number of new, distinctive bag styles for men. Louis Vuitton introduces the new Nomade leather, softer and revisited in a rich palette of olive green, burgundy and tobacco. The features are simple yet classic and are bound to impress.
Another trendy accessory that you should not miss is the limited edition collection of bags and accessories featuring sketches done by Guinness. Thanks to the collaboration between Coach and Hugo Guinness, Hugo Guinness for Coach, a new collection of unique and attractive fashion items is born. Sketches include athlete boxers, cups of coffee and other random objects.
It is not surprising that after revamping up the whole men's wardrobe, designers would turn to the bottom of a man's feet. Colored soles are now one of the trendy things you should not miss this season. Christian Louboutin is no longer just producing shoes with colored soles for women; now, men gets to enjoy his stylish and gorgeous shoes with red soles too. Jil Sander introduces a choice of blue, pink and peach for the bottom of the shoes. Dolce & Gabbana joins the crowd too with their own line of gorgeous colored soles shoes. These colored soles are guaranteed to attract more attention and help you walk taller.
Don't miss out on these interesting and attractive accessories. Brighten up your wardrobe this season with all these desirable items.