2020 has been a big year for Kathy Griffin. She kicked things off with a surprise New Year wedding to her long-time love Randy Bick (a man who, as the gossip rags never fail to remind us, is almost 20 years Griffin’s junior). Next up, she was hitting the headlines after re-posting THAT picture of Trump’s severed head. And now, she’s back in the papers after listing her Bel Air mansion for, wait for it…. $15.9 million. Yep, $15.9 million… although to be fair (and assuming the photos of the property haven’t had a Hollywood style ‘touch up’), it is gorgeous. Whether you like her comedy style or not, there’s no question Griffin knows a thing or two about interior design (or at least, is rich enough to hire someone who does). And that’s to say nothing of the beautifully manicured grounds, the tennis courts, the putting greens, the Olympic-sized pool…
The Gated Community
That Kathy Griffin has even considered selling her Bel Air estate has come as a bit of a surprise to most folk. The mansion was the scene of her New Year wedding to Randy Bick, a wedding officiated by none other than Lily Tomlin and attended by a score of Griffin’s most fabulous and famous friends. But apparently, she’s got enough photos and Twitter feeds of the ceremony to remind her of the special day without needing the house as well.
So, what can prospective buyers expect of the property? A lot of square footage for a start – with 13,336 square feet to its name, this clearly isn’t some charming little cottage we’re talking about. Neither is it set in some bucolic little backwater. The mansion is part of Bel Air Crest, a gated community that’s become something of a favorite among the rich and famous of Hollywood. Constructed in 1988, the exclusive community boasts 200 extremely large, extremely fancy properties (none quite as large and fancy as Griffin’s, though), 24-hour security, stunning views over Sepulveda Canyon, and more amenities (including sports courts, putting greens, a community center, landscaped common areas and swimming pools) than most world-class resorts can claim.
According to rubyhome.com, the median property price in Bel Air Crest is $3,350,000. Considering the average property price in the US is just over $180,000, we’re talking a lot of money for a house. But even so, there’s a world of difference between $3,350,000 and $15,900,000. So, other than a famous owner, what’s so special about Griffin’s home that she can fix such a mammoth asking price to it? To find out, we’ll need to open up the doors and take a peek inside.
Inside Kathy Griffin’s Bel Air Mansion
Before we head into the house itself, let’s take a moment to check out the grounds. And what grounds… manicured lawns, a 25,000-gallon infinity-edge pool, a pavilion, seating areas, lounging areas, a fire pit… if Griffin likes entertaining, she’s got the backyard to do it in style. And then, of course, there’s the house itself. Built in 2003, the exterior of the mansion is Mediterranean in style – the perfect complement, as it turns out, to the bright, sunlit Californian vibes that are going on inside. According to gossipcop.com the house offers eight bedrooms, ten full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, along with an open layout that was positively made for throwing parties.
Opening the main entrance doors leads to the grand foyer. And boy, is it grand. With glowing marble floors, feature lighting, several huge mirrors, some tasteful cabinets, a couple of arty posters, and some very comfortable looking chairs, it’s practically a room in its own right.
The Family Room
Leading off to the right of the foyer is the family room. Elegant, refined, and understated, it’s a classy room that manages to blend sophistication with comfort to stunning effect. Color-wise, we’re talking the holy trinity of blue, grey, and cream. For lounging, there’s a velvety soft sofa and a number of very cozy looking cushioned armchairs. Spotted around the sitting area are several padded ottomans along with a large, statement-making rug featuring a striking blue and white abstract pattern. Stretched along one side of the room is a panel of French doors offering gorgeous views over the surrounding mountains. Dark hardwood flooring, a huge fireplace with a white mantle, and beamed ceilings complete the look.
Moving to the far side of the family room, we come to the kitchen. With two kitchen islands (one of which serves as a breakfast bar, at least judging by the accompanying bar stools), two ovens, an inbuilt microwave, and enough work surface to keep even a pro chef happy, we’d say that either Griffin or someone in Griffin’s employ really likes to cook. Illumination is provided by way of the large, pendant light fixture hanging from the beamed ceiling.
The Dining Room
Moving on from the kitchen, we reach the dining room. Formal but not stiff, the room features a large white circle table surrounded by 15 gray cushioned dining chairs. Stretched across the dark hardwood floors is a huge grey patterned rug. Two eye-catching contemporary chandeliers complete the look.
The Lower Level
According to prweb.com, the lower level of Griffin’s house is where the fun happens. Other than housing a garage and staff quarters, it’s also home to an expansive 1,000-bottle wine cellar, a cozy home theater, and a billiards room.
The Upper Floor
On the upper level of the house, you’ll find 8 bedrooms, all equipped with ensuite bathrooms. While all the bedrooms are nice enough, it’s the master bedroom that really impresses. With a 1,100-square foot balcony, its own private staircase leading to the lower level, his and hers bathrooms, two cavernous walk-in closets, and breathtaking views over the canyon, this is a room designed to make whoever’s sleeping in it feel like royalty.
Get It Before It Goes
Let’s face it, not many of us have $15.9 million hanging around doing nothing. But if you happen to be one of the rare people that does, Griffin’s house looks like a fine investment from where we’re sitting. The property is currently listed by Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman, if you’re feeling lucky…