Category: Unique Homes

Former Virginia Estate of Radio and TV Legend Arthur Godfrey Listed for $2.3M

by Phillip Warren
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The Virginia equestrian estate once owned by the radio and television host Arthur Godfrey is now on the market for $2.3 million. That price is much less than the late entertainer was asking for the property when he put it on the market way back in 1977—for $6 million.

Of course, there’s a not-so-minor explanation for this. Five decades ago, the property in Paeonian Springs, VA, now 37.7 acres, was quite a bit bigger, 1,967 acres, to be exact.

Even with a reduced footprint, the estate, located about an hour northwest of Washington, DC, still offers multiple homes, barns, and entertainment facilities. A buyer could use it for a plethora of purposes, including as a family compound, bed-and-breakfast, or event venue.

There’s certainly no shortage of living space. The main residence is a 1912 Tudor-style manor house with a whopping 12 fireplaces. Built from imported Flemish brick, the six-bedroom home has a powder room, a formal living room, dining room, a parlor with beamed ceilings, as well as a large modern kitchen with an island and an adjacent breakfast room.

Exterior of house in Paeonian Springs, VA

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The former estate of Arthur Godfrey

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Family room

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One of several kitchens

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In the 1980s, a modern addition expanded the main house and added an extra kitchen, four more bedrooms, and extra public rooms. A detached three-car garage nearby has a one-bedroom apartment.

Modern addition

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Living room

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To house a busload of visitors, there’s also a separate “staff house” with 13 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, three kitchens with three living and dining room areas, two conference rooms, and two offices. This structure on its own could serve as a decent hotel.

Additional accommodations

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The compound also includes a large party barn that was once used as an indoor ice rink. It’s quaintly constructed from 200-year-old timbers reclaimed from a barn in Pennsylvania. Several special events have taken place in the barn, with doubtless more to come.

Party barn made of reclaimed logs

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Main room of party barn

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Two other barns complete the offering: a four-stall barn and a 17-stall, center-aisle barn with ample storage for farm equipment and a two-bedroom apartment on the upper level.

The Godfreys maintained a beef cattle ranch and horse farm when they owned the sprawling property. Godfrey’s second wife, Mary, was an avid horsewoman.

Equestrian barn

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Larger barn

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Stalls

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The property has a bucolic and historic feel, but it is wired for high-speed internet throughout—a boon for a buyer who wants to work from home. Godfrey, who passed away in 1983 at age 79, was quick to adopt the latest technology, and successive owners followed that tradition.

Godfrey was also into aviation. He was a licensed pilot and close friend of the World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, who became the president of Eastern Airlines.

Rickenbacker tricked out a Douglas DC-3 with executive jet accommodations and gave it to his friend. Godfrey owned the Leesburg airport and used the plane to commute from the estate to the studios where his TV show was produced every Sunday night.

The property has a storied history, and was said at one point to be the biggest and most important social property in the area, second only to the White House. There are also reports that the estate was owned by a Saudi prince after Godfrey sold it.

Godfrey was born in Manhattan, served in the Navy and Coast Guard as a radio specialist, and eventually parlayed his experience into a career as a host on some of the top radio stations on the East Coast.

He moved into television in the early days of the medium, with shows including “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” “Arthur Godfrey Time,” and “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends,” broadcast simultaneously on TV and radio.

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Trophy Apartment Once Owned by Composer Leonard Bernstein Asks $29.5 Million

by Phillip Warren

An Upper East Side apartment that was once home to one of the most significant American cultural personalities of the 20th century has recently hit the market.

The Art Deco masterpiece at 895 Park Avenue was previously owned by famed composer and cultural icon Leonard Bernstein, whom music critics refer to as “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history”. In fact, this very property is where Bernstein — also a lifelong humanitarian, civil rights advocate, and peace activist — hosted an infamous “radical chic” party with and in support of the Black Panther Party back in 1970.

But its famous past owner is not the building’s only historical trait; built in 1929, it is designed in the classic Art Deco style, evoking New York City’s golden age glamour and sophistication. That, paired with its carefully preserved original architectural details (original wood-burning fireplaces and wide-plank wood floors) and panoramic Manhattan views make this residence a true gem.

perfect manhattan views from luxury apartment
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Clocking in at approximately 6,300 square feet, with an extra 700 square feet of private outdoor space, the 895 Park Avenue unit spans over two floors of the 21-story Upper East Side building. The entrance is through a private elevator landing which opens into a 34-foot grand gallery, further leading into the residence’s elegant formal living room, library, and dining room.

With 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, the trophy apartment also comes with an enclosed solarium that’s bathed in sunlight and that, just like the rest of the rooms and outdoor spaces, opens up to picture-perfect views of the city.

beautiful solarium in Manhattan apartment
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Image credit: Warburg Realty
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A grand staircase leads to the lower level, which houses the 6 bedrooms, as well as a home office and laundry room. All but one of the bedrooms enjoys their own en-suite bathroom as well as significant storage space in the form of walk-in closets or dressing rooms.

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The building itself adds an extra note of sophistication and convenience; the full-service white glove co-op has a long list of amenities, including multiple doormen, an elevator attendant, health club, squash court, basketball court, and private storage units. Though location itself may be its biggest asset: 895 Park Avenue is located right in the heart of the Upper East Side, on the southeast corner of 79th street and Park Avenue, providing direct access to world-class dining and shopping.

Priced at $29.5 million, the elegant unit is listed with Bonnie Chajet, Allison Chiaramonte, and Tania Isacoff Friedland of Warburg Realty.

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Comedian Kathy Griffin Bids Adieu to Bel-Air and Buys in Malibu

by Phillip Warren
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The comedian Kathy Griffin is serious about real estate—she bought one home and sold another in the same week.

The star of “My Life on the D-List” is involved with A-list property. She sold her longtime Bel-Air abode for just over $14 million on Dec. 4.

The savvy shopper made the sale soon after closing on a smaller but no less swanky Malibu beach house for $8.8 million on Dec. 2, Variety reported.

Let’s take a look at her deals.

Moving into Malibu

With the Bel-Air home sale in the works, Griffin moved ahead with a purchase of a dazzling home in the Point Dume area of Malibu.

She snagged the brand-new build for a hefty $8.8 million. She managed to score a bit of a discount in the process, because the home had initially hit the market for $9.6 million in April.

Designed by the Swiss architect Roger Kurath, the gated contemporary offers ocean views on 8,200 square feet of luxe living space. The floor plan is airy and open, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and multiple terraces, including one on the rooftop.

Porcelain tile floors run from the interior spaces to the outdoor areas, which serves to expand the living space. A streamlined kitchen includes Miele appliances. The home offers five bedroom suites, and the master includes a fireplace, soaking tub, and access outside.

On the lower level, there’s a second living area with wet bar, wine room, home theater, and fitness studio.

Outside, the 1.85-acre grounds feature an infinity pool, spa, and water-efficient landscaping. Other amenities include a security system, four-car garage, and a convenient locale, moments to Malibu beaches, shopping, and dining.

Malibu house

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Living area

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Kitchen and dining space

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Bedroom

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Lounge with bar and wine storage

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Pool

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Sandro Dazzan with The Agency represented the seller. Joshua Altman with Douglas Elliman repped the buyer.

Bye-bye to Bel-Air

Griffin’s Bel-Air mansion was initially placed on the market in September for $16 million. The price dropped to $14.75 million a month later.

Built in 2003, it’s located behind the guarded gates of the celebrity-dotted enclave of Bel Air Crest. Even though the comic didn’t get her full ask, it proved a profitable investment, since she purchased the property for $10.5 million in 2016.

Set behind gates, the Mediterranean estate spans 13,377 square feet, with eight bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms. 

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The luxe layout features a chef’s kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and two islands. The kitchen looks out to the great room, which features wood beam ceilings and pocket doors that lead out and frame the views. A master suite includes a private balcony, a fireplace, dual baths, and two closets. 

Other amenities include an office, theater, bonus rooms, a bar, wine cellar, elevator, and garage.

Bel-Air estate

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Entry

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Great room with beamed ceilings

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On 0.62 acres, the backyard features a pavilion, lounge space, and infinity-edge pool, and often appears as the backdrop for the star and her dogs on social media.

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The buyer is reported to be Lilly Ghalichi, a cast member of the reality show “Shahs of Sunset.”

Joshua Altman with Douglas Elliman repped Griffin. David Kramer with Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.

Sold in Hollywood Hills

Before her Bel-Air buy, the sometimes controversial comedian and reality star owned a home called “Wings” in the Hollywood Hills. She bought the residence in 2004 for $2.85 million.

The home measured more than 8,000 square feet, and served as the backdrop to her reality series “Life on the D-List.”

Fans of the show will recognize the space. In midcentury modern style, it comes with water features, terrazzo floors, and stacked-stone accent walls. The backyard has an outdoor fireplace, sitting and dining areas, a pool, and a spa.

After overseeing a number of renovations on the five-bedroom property, she placed it on the market for $5.5 million in 2016. 

The following year, with the home still on the market, Griffin dropped the price tag to just below $5 million. That did the trick, and the mansion sold for $4,492,500 in November 2017.

“Wings” in the Hollywood Hills

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Living room

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Pool

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Extreme Makeover’s Ty Pennington Lists Bright and Beautiful Venice Beach Home

by Phillip Warren

Reality TV star Ty Pennington, known for changing people’s lives with his energetic personality on the original version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now looking to cash in on his own home makeover. Pennington has just listed his house — a beautiful and bright 1927 Craftsman in Venice, Calif. — for $2,795,000.

Pennington put his home design expertise to good use and carefully restored the property earlier this year with the help of his trusted interior designer, Patrick Delanty. Delanty, also known to be Halle Berry’s designer, has long been working alongside Ty Pennington, serving as his design director for Extreme Makeover and running his on-air design segments, most notably his presence on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rachel Ray Show, NBC’s Nightline and Good Morning America.

Just like its reality TV star owner, the home is bright, cheerful and quirky, with colorful interiors exuding creativity and style. The property is listed by Patrice Meepos of Compass.

inside ty pennington's bright home in venice, california
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 

Tucked away on a one-way street near the beach, Venice Boardwalk, canals and Abbot Kinney’s hot spots, the original 1927 dwelling has 3 beds, 3 baths, and a sizable living room with decorative fireplace, along with a sunken family room with large windows overlooking a newly landscaped, private back yard with koi pond.

inside Ty Pennington's house in Venice, CA
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
living room in Ty Pennington's house in Venice, CA
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
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Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
sunken living room in ty pennington's house
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
inside Ty Pennington's house in Venice, CA.
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 

The ground level hosts the kitchen, laundry room, and bedroom with direct backyard access, as well as a full bath. On the upper level, there’s a master retreat and a second bedroom. 

Ty Pennington added quite a few special touches to the 2,102-square-foot home, including bamboo flooring, baths adorned in vintage-inspired ceramic tile, a master bath sporting a standalone shower and an antique cast-iron freestanding tub, kitchen with concrete countertops and a wraparound, porcelain-tiled porch. There’s also a beautiful backyard that looks like a great place to entertain guests.

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Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
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Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
ty pennington backyard
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 
ty pennington backyard entertaining area
Ty Pennington’s house in Venice, CA. Image credit: Anthony Barcelo 

While Ty Pennington did not return to host HGTV’s 2020 version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (which is hosted by Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson), you can catch the two time Emmy award winner in his other home improvement series, Trading Spaces — which recently restarted airing after a 10-year hiatus.

You can also get more tips from the home design expert from his latest book, Good Design Can Change Your Life, which is an intimate look at Ty’s design inspirations and is full of décor advice and tips. While we haven’t yet had the chance to pick up the book ourselves, according to his website the book is part reference, and part behind-the-scenes from Ty’s own home remodeling, which means the Venice home is already a bookshelf hit.

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