Hot Property: Blue-collar digs in Beverly Hills
LOS ANGELES — Stand-up comedian Ron White is looking for the last laugh in the Beverly Hills Post Office area, where his Spanish-style home of a decade is for sale at $7 million.
White, known for his run on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, customized just about everything in the 4,800-square-foot house during his stay. The three-story hillside house is outfitted with ornate chandeliers, one-of-a-kind built-ins and handrails infused with crystals.
The living room has a two-screen drop-down projector system, and a separate office includes custom humidor drawers. Outside, a 2,000-square-foot deck is anchored by a fire pit and water statue.
Common spaces such as a kitchen and formal dining room fill out the main level. Two master suites are among the three bedrooms and five bathrooms. The lower level holds a wet bar, sound room, recording studio and barbershop. An elevator navigates the three-story floor plan.
A covered patio with a grill hangs off the back of the home, descending to a turf lawn with a lap pool and putting green. The space takes in sweeping views of the city below.
A native of Texas, White toured for years with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe consisting of White, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. Nicknamed "Tater Salad," White penned The New York Times best-seller "I Had the Right to Remain Silent ... But I Didn't Have the Ability" in 2006 and released the Netflix stand-up special "If You Quit Listening, I'll Shut Up" in 2018.
Comic cashing out
Kathy Griffin is staging a sale in Bel-Air, putting her gated Mediterranean mansion on the market for $15.995 million. That's about $5.5 million more than she paid for it four years ago.
The Emmy-winning comedian kept things mostly the same during her stay, as the 13,377-square-foot home features grand living spaces with dramatic beams, pocketing doors and a host of balconies. The largest of the balconies extends from the primary suite, adding 1,100 square feet of space overlooking the surrounding mountains.
A gated driveway approaches the property, leading to a two-story entry with oval windows and wrought-iron accents. From there, arched doorways give way to common spaces such as a formal dining room, a dual-island kitchen and a family room with a wet bar.
Other amenities include a bonus room, wine cellar, movie theater and an office with a fireplace. Eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms complete the floor plan, which includes an elevator.
A covered patio lines the back of the home, extending to a pavilion with a lounge, dining area, lawn and 25,000-gallon infinity-edge pool. The property sits on slightly more than half an acre.
Griffin won two Emmys for her Bravo reality show "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," and her comedy albums have been nominated for multiple Grammys. The 59-year-old has released more than 20 stand-up specials dating to the 1990s, including 2019's "A Hell of a Story."
Her stay in the home wasn't entirely drama-free. A year after she bought the place, a neighbor, KB Home Chief Executive Jeffrey Mezger, went on a profanity-laden rant against Griffin after her boyfriend called in a noise complaint against him to the Los Angeles Police Department. A security camera caught the audio, and after it surfaced online, Mezger apologized to the comedian.
Fresh new vacay spot
Airbnb has landed its most famous host yet: a kid from West Philadelphia, born and raised.
Actor Will Smith, in collaboration with the property owner, has listed the mansion from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" on the rental website, and the rate seems pretty reasonable: $30. The home, which is actually in Brentwood, not Bel-Air, will be available to rent for five one-night stays in early October.
Touted as "The Freshest Los Angeles Mansion Around," the listing offers guests access to the master wing full of amenities inspired by the show. They also can head to the dining room complete with a throne and the posh backyard with a swimming pool and outdoor lounge.
Jordan sneakers line the bedroom closet, as do some of Smith's outfits from the show ranging from "argyle prepster to all-star athlete," according to the listing. There's no kitchen access, but Smith wrote that "all meals will be provided and served on silver platters, of course."
Guests will be greeted virtually by DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as a socially distanced concierge to give renters a lay of the land.
The promo arrives shortly after Smith teased a "Fresh Prince" reunion on HBO Max to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary. The reunion special reportedly will air about Thanksgiving and feature the original cast, including Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv for three seasons before leaving the show in 1993.
For fans, the listing offers a rare opportunity to access the mansion. Records show it hasn't publicly traded hands since it sold in 1978 for $732,000.
Tribune News Service