A strange new era dawns in Los Angeles: a comedian and talk show host has sold the Brody House in Holmby Hills—easily one of the best properties in Los Angeles—to a tech billionaire. The house has followed a very LA narrative since its birth in 1949, when it was designed by a Modernist dream-team (architect A. Quincy Jones, interior designer Billy Haines, landscape architect Garrett Eckbo) and built for philanthropist-types Sidney and Frances Lasker Brody. In 2010, it sold for the first time, at just under $15 million, to flippers, who did a very nice job freshening it up and turned it over to architecture-loving Ellen DeGeneres for a mindblowing $39.888 million. Now Ellen blows our mind again: after only a few months in the house, she's sold it to Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and first president of Facebook (the Justin Timberlake, "a million dollars isn't cool" guy).
According to TMZ, Parker paid $55 million after an eight-day escrow; he had to have the place and DeGeneres couldn't turn down an offer that choice. Parker is known for throwing a lot of money around to get what he wants: He agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle with the California Coastal Commission after his Big Sur wedding flaunted California environmental law; meanwhile, in Manhattan, he allegedly screwed up Tenth Street to have high-speed internet installed.
DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi have apparently quickly bought up a floor in the Beverly West building on the Wilshire Corridor for $16 million.