Teenage girls of the west San Fernando Valley try to control yourselves: Justin Bieber is moving in.
The singing heartthrob is buying a 9,000-square-foot mansion in a gated Calabasas community for just more than $6 million, TMZ reported Wednesday. | See photo gallery.
The newest resident of this tony enclave may bump into a few other familiar faces when he takes his Ferrari out for a spin to the local market. Calabasas, known for being less conspicuous in its displays of wealth than Beverly Hills, has over the years played host to a number of celebs, like Britney Spears, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and the Kardashians, among many others.
Calabasas Mayor pro tem Fred Gaines said most residents have developed a blas attitude about the rich and famous in their midst.
"It's safe, it's beautiful," said Gaines, an attorney who has lived in Calabasas for 18 years.
"We have a number of gated communities where people feel they can maintain their privacy. It's close enough to the city that they are able to get where they need to go and it's a little bit out of the limelight where they can relax."
The 18-year-old Canadian singer apparently got a good deal on the property.
It initially went on the market for $10 million, according to a local real estate agent, and then was dropped to $7.5 million before he got it for $6 million.
The property sold about a year ago for $5.5 million, said Bob Hurwitz, president and CEO of Beverly Hills-based Hurwitz-James Co. He represented Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of actor Eddie Murphy, in that earlier transaction.
"She sold it to some South African dude. He put a million into it and put it on the market for $10 million," Hurwitz said.
Bieber's reps negotiated the price down from $7.5 million, TMZ said.
Hurwitz said Bieber is
"It's a great house in a great area. It almost looks like a resort. There is a really nice guest house, big yards and a great pool," he said.
"The security is really good in The Oaks. They are really tough at the front gate and there is a second gate behind the main gate."
According to the listing notice, Bieber's bucks are buying him a custom Spanish estate on a 1.3 acre lot with a view. The home has seven suite-style bedrooms, eight bathrooms, six fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that show off the grounds.
A gourmet kitchen opens to the main family area and features a big center island, wrap-around counter space, Sub-Zero appliances and a butler's pantry with full prep kitchen.
The master suite has sweeping views and features a sitting area with fireplace, balcony and his/hers bath areas.
The house also has a "tricked-out theater," office, formal living room, family room with a wet bar and wine cellar, two three-car garages, an elevator, upstairs game room, open fresco courtyard with a built-in outdoor kitchen. The guest house has a full kitchen and fireplace.
"You can get a lot for your money," Hurwitz said of the Calabasas market. "If you were in the Westside with a lot like this, it would be at least two-and-a-half times that (the current price.) It's a good place to get some
Rob Aigner, manager of Keller Williams Beverly Hills, agrees that Calabasas offers space appeal to well-heeled buyers like entertainers. That can make it a better deal than Beverly Hills or the Hollywood Hills.
"If you are going to spend $10 million up there you are going to get acreage and a lot of square footage. If you spend $10 million down here you have a really nice house but you have neighbors you can see and that sort of thing," he said.
Apparently, though, Calabasas was Bieber's second choice for a new home. There was buzz a while ago that he was going to buy a $10 million mansion in the Hollywood Hills for his 18th birthday.
One problem, though. Actor Ashton Kutcher was renting those digs after his bust-up with Demi Moore. Kutcher bought the place for himself, but the two are still pals.
They two appeared together recently on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where Kutcher had this to say:
"I had to buy the house because I thought he was going to buy it out from under me. I was like `I don't want to lose this house.' He forced me to buy a house. He's trying to steal my swagger."
In February the median home price in Calabasas was $900,000, down 17 percent from a year earlier and down 10 percent from January, said Matt Wakefield, spokesman for Seattle-based Redfin Realty Brokers, which operates in markets across the country, including Calabasas.
That works out to $341 a square foot.
But properties like Bieber's come at a premium.
When Hurwitz sold the house a year ago it worked out to $599 a square foot and Bieber is probably paying in the the mid-$600 range.
The most expensive purchase in the community prior to Bieber's reported deal was a $4.5 million sale in late March of a 15,045-square-foot home in the 23000 block of South Park Street. That home is on 3.5 acres and features nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, according to Redfin.
Bieber should be in his new palace by June, TMZ said.
His people could not be reached for comment.