Jessica Simpson's Mom Buys Leeza Gibbons' Encino Home
The two-acre property has housed several notable names including Al Jolson, Charlie Sheen and Steven Seagal.
Jessica Simpson's mom, Tina, and her new fiance, notable landscape architect Jon Goldstein, have just closed on a new home, purchasing an Encino estate from Leeza Gibbons and husband Steven Fenton.
Sources confirm to THR that the deal is done and that the couple paid close to the asking price of $5.995 million. Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker negotiated the deal on behalf of Gibbons and Fenton, while Simpson and Goldstein were repped by Sotheby’s International Realty’s Jory Burton.
The high-profile swap continues a long tradition for the estate of housing notable Hollywood names. Previous residents include Al Jolson, Adam Levine, Kirstie Alley, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, Katey Sagal, Steven Seagal, Don Ameche and Boy Meets World creator Michael Jacobs. (Rumor has it that Ameche won the home in a card game with Jolson.)
The most recent tenant was Levine, who had been renting from Gibbons and Fenton, according to various sources.
The house's long list of famous owners could be attributed to the impressiveness of the estate. Situated on more than two acres of “flat-like grounds” according to Mills’ website, the home boasts 8,500 square feet with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a detached full guesthouse, resort-style pool and outdoor entertainment space. (Perhaps big enough for an upcoming wedding?)
Originally constructed in 1935 for Jolson and Ruby Keeler, the property has been restored and is credited with offering a combo of “Old Hollywood charm and modern luxuries.”
News broke earlier this month in Us Weekly that the elder Simpson was engaged to Goldstein, owner of Johnny Appleseed Landscaping. The company’s projects include work for the Hotel Bel-Air, Mark Wahlberg and Sheryl Crow, among others.
Emmy winner Gibbons, the winner of the 2015 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, has amassed an impressive real-estate portfolio, and this deal marks her third sale in the past few years. She previously owned the Joan Crawford property in Hollywood. Fenton, a former manager, recently penned the best-selling book (with Carter Paysinger) Where a Man Stands: Two Different Worlds, An Impossible Situation, and the Unexpected Friendship That Changed Everything.