In 2016, “Saturday Night Live” alum Leslie Jones dropped $1.75 million for a Manhattan condo. October 2020 saw her add another dimension to her property portfolio in the shape of a $3.9 million mansion in the notoriously exclusive 90210 zip code of Beverley Hills. Tucked away on a secluded lane, the 3900 square foot, single-story spectacular boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 and a half bathrooms, and the kind of interior magazine spreads were made for. If you’ve ever wanted to find out where the rich and famous live, now’s your chance.
Meet Leslie Jones
Before we meet the house, let’s meet the lucky owner. For those of you who either don’t own a TV or prefer not to turn it on, Leslie Jones is the comic genius who earned her stripes on the stand-up comedy circuit before hitting the big time with “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). She started her career almost by accident – after a friend at Colorado State University signed her up for a “funniest person on campus” contest, she ended up claiming the top prize and opening her eyes to the possibility of making a career in comedy. After moving to LA, she started making the rounds at the comedy clubs, supplementing her earnings with jobs at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles and UPS.
After comedy legend Dave Chappelle told her “You’ve learned everything you can here in L.A. You need to go to New York,” she decided to take his advice and move to the Big Apple, where she spent the next 2 years honing her craft. “I learned how to take care of hecklers in New York. I learned how to do crowds,” she’s since recalled to pollstrar.com. “I learned how to take on TV, how to write correctly, how to write jokes. I learned how to go for it and learned how to find out what it is that I’m about.”
In 2010, she tried out for “Saturday Night Live”. She got the part and made her first appearance on May 3, 2014, in an episode hosted by Andrew Garfield. Although her particular brand of comedy proved controversial at first, she soon managed to convince the naysayers of her merits. By the time she left the show at the end of the 44th season, she’d been nominated for two Emmy’s for her work. In addition to SNL, Jones has built an impressive list of TV and film credits over the past few years, including “Trainwreck” (2015), “Ghostbusters” (2016), and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (2018). She’s also appeared in several advertisements for Amazon’s Echo Spot and Allstate Insurance. Earlier this year, she was announced as the new host of the TV game show “Supermarket Sweep”, having already proved her hosting abilities at the BET Awards.
Inside Leslie Jones’ Beverly Hills Home
According to Celebrity Net Worth, first-year SNL cast members make $7,000 per episode, equating to $147,000 per season. Second-year cast members make $8,000 per episode ($168,000 per season) while cast members that manage to keep their job for 5 seasons can expect to earn $15,000 per episode or $315,000 per season. Those that make themselves invaluable to the show can expect $25,000 per episode or $525,000 per year. Considering that Jones served 6 years with SNL, you wouldn’t expect her to be short on cash at this point and, indeed, she’s not – current estimates put her net worth at around the $7 million mark. But no matter how much she’s got in the bank, splashing out almost $4 million on a house is still a hefty investment. Fortunately, it looks like it was a wise one.
Step through the doors of this single-story sprawler and you’ll be greeted with a spacious, airy interior studded with gorgeous details. As dirt.com comments, the whitewashed ceilings of the combined living and dining room are lined with rough-hewn wood beams, adding plenty of architectural interest to the otherwise contemporary vibe. Wide windows with jaw-dropping views over the mountains flood the room with light, which bounces beautifully of the refined dark floorboards. Seating is provided courtesy of the long, built-in banquette that runs the length of one wall. A modern kitchen packed with stainless steel appliances and boasting a wet room and wine room offers plenty of room for cooking up a storm, while the cozy den situated just off the central living room provides comfortable seating and a very eye-catching view from its wall of windows.
Sleeping arrangements are taken care of by a master bedroom with pool views. The room leads to a very snazzy marble-trimmed bathroom with a freestanding deep-soaking tub and a huge steam shower with its own picture window. Guests are well catered to with three spacious guest bedrooms, one of which boasts French doors that spill out onto the backyard along with a cavernous fireplace. Surrounding the property are spacious grounds that flaunt a painted brick terrace for relaxing, a swimming pool, and a gorgeous view over the surrounding mountains. As Jones looks to expand her film career (watch out for her in next year’s hotly-anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1998 comedy classic, “Coming to America,” “Coming to America 2″), her new Beverly Hills pad looks like the perfect base… although whether she’ll enlist Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott to help with any redecoration plans (in 2017, she famously pulled the star onstage during an episode of SNL to ask his advice on her home renovations), who knows?
Checking out the Neighbors
It’s not just housewives that call Beverley Hills home. So, who among the glitterati can Jones expect to be rubbing shoulders with? For a start, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi – the celebrity power couple are Beverly Hills addicts, having bought a whopping 7 properties in the neighborhood over the past couple of decades. They can currently be found holed up in Adam Levine’s former 10,376-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion after buying the house last year for $45 million. Jack Nicholson is one of Beverley Hills’ longest-serving residents, while John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have called the neighborhood home since 2016. Other stars who own property in the exclusive area include Taylor Swift, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.