1. Groban Reaching New Note In Malibu
Josh Groban has been willing to slide down the scale on the price of his Malibu retreat. After first listing the 6,138-square-foot vacation home for $6.1 million back in 2010, the singer then dropped the price to $5.95 million and continued to try and find a buyer in 2011.
With 2014 on the horizon, the curly-haired crooner is making another attempt to move on from the property that InStyle magazine called an “instant vacation.” Groban has relisted the Tuscan-style property for $5.475 million. Malibu median home values are at $2.028 million and rising, so it’s pretty certain Groban will get his ask.
Set on 2 hilly acres, the gated and private home contains 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. There’s a separate guesthouse with an additional bedroom.
If Groban finds a buyer this time around, he’ll still have a crash pad when he’s in Hollywood as he also owns a Beverly Hills condo.
Using Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on Groban’s Malibu retreat would be $21,332, based on a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year fixed mortgage.
2. Girls, Girls, Girls
She wants to be the voice of her generation, or, at least, a voice of a generation, but how about being the daughter of accomplished NYC artists who are selling the Tribeca loft used to film your first feature?
Lena Dunham’s parents are indeed selling their 3,600-square-foot work-living loft. The unit 4S at 16 Desbrosses Street is listed for $6.25 million, and, yes, it’s where Dunham filmed “Tiny Furniture” that helped lead her to winning her own HBO show, “Girls.”
According to Robin Finn of The New York Times, the building was bought for $7.9 million in 2001 by a “consortium of artists and writers led by the architect Peter Moore. It was eventually converted into eight residential condominiums.”
Dunham’s parents, the artist/filmmaker Laurie Simmons and the painter Carroll Dunham, have been spending most of their time in Connecticut and are said to be downsizing their Manhattan digs.
The Dunham home has three separate deeded spaces, including the sprawling duplex residence, the small duplex studio across the hall and the large private storage room in the cellar. The residence is currently configured as two bedrooms, a large studio, office, two full bathrooms and two half baths, but “could “be easily reconfigured into a four bedroom.”