Hot Property: Moby flips LA house for tidy profit

The electronic music pioneer sells the place for $405,000 above the asking price.

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

By Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming / Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Moby, electronic-music pioneer, deejay and restaurateur, may have to add successful real estate investor to his many titles. He’s sold a Los Feliz home that he renovated for $4.91 million, or $405,000 more than the asking price.

Purchased by the musician two years ago for $3.4 million, the English Traditional home has been refreshed while retaining many original details.

Of note are the groin vault ceilings, delicate wainscoting and elaborate fireplace mantels. The eat-in kitchen, which has booth seating, has been updated.

The 4,644-square-foot living space also includes a formal living room, a family room with built-ins, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. On the lower level, a hidden passage links an office and guest suite with a bathroom and steam room.

Outside, the walled and gated property has a new covered patio and various sitting areas; the big evergreens give the grounds a forest vibe. Flagstone surrounds the swimming pool, which has a spa.

Moby, whose legal name is Richard Melville Hall, in March released his 15th studio album, “Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt.” The musician rose to fame in the 1990s for his electronic dance music, including the 1999 electronica album “Play.”

Three years ago, he ventured into restaurant ownership, opening the vegan bistro Little Pine in Silver Lake.

The longtime Beverly Hills home of actress-writer Renee Taylor and her late husband, actor-playwright Joseph Bologna, is for sale at $8.6 million.

Set on a third of an acre, the 1926 Tudor Revival was once occupied by Shirley Temple’s mother-in-law and often visited by Temple and her first husband, John Agar.

Taylor was attracted to the home’s garden when she and Bologna bought the property in 1975. She later spent two years renovating the property to replicate parts of celebrity homes and places that she admired.

The inspired design details include an exact replica of actress Greer Garson’s bathroom from her former Bel-Air home and dining room chairs favored by Barbra Streisand. The chandeliers and mirrors she added were like those she had seen at the palace of Versailles. Red and gold curtains decorated in pearls and crystals evoke London’s Savoy Hotel.

The two-story house has four bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms, a wood-paneled office and maid’s quarters in 4,600 square feet of space. French doors and windows in the kitchen take in garden views.

Taylor, 85, had teamed with Bologna to write the Broadway comedy “Lovers and Other Strangers” and the film “Made for Each Other.” As an actress, she played the mother of Fran Drescher’s character on the sitcom “The Nanny” and guest-starred on “How I Met Your Mother.”

Bologna, who died last year at 82, is also remembered for notable roles in the comedy films “My Favorite Year” (1982) and “Blame It on Rio” (1984).

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