Simon Cowell is quietly looking for a buyer for his Beverly Hills trophy house, marketing it outside the Multiple Listing Service.
Cowell, who paid $15.5 million for the gated estate, is asking $20 million, according to local real estate agents.
He bought the Trousdale Estates-area house two years ago from Randy Phillips of concert-promotion powerhouse AEG Live in an off-market deal. Phillips has a passion for restoring midcentury homes and had planned to move into the 1966 Hal Levitt-designed showcase with work completed.
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When approached about selling the home, Phillips decided to test the water. "I came up with a price that I didn't think anyone would match or meet," he told the Los Angeles Times last year. "So I didn't think I was in trouble of losing my house."
The two-story house, which sits on more than half an acre with a swimming pool, has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 7,265 square feet of living space, public records show. Features include city views, an outdoor entertainment area, a screening room and a formal dining room with walls of glass.
Cowell, 53, is known to television audiences for his role as a music judge on shows including "The X Factor," "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent." The band One Direction recently renewed with his Syco record label.
Hope estate hits market
The Bob Hope and Dolores Hope estate in Toluca Lake is for sale at $27.5 million.
The compound is made up of four parcels totaling 5.15 acres and includes a 14,876-square-foot main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, two-bedroom staff quarters and offices.
Built in 1939 for the Hopes, the original traditional house was designed by Robert Finkelhor. The Hopes hired John Elgin Woolf in the 1950s to remodel and update the house. Walls of glass in the living room overlook the grounds.
There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a one-hole golf course, mature trees and rose gardens.
Comic actor Bob Hope died in 2003 at 100. He appeared in scores of films including the "Road" series with Bing Crosby and entertained the U.S. military during five decades of USO tours. His wife, Dolores, died two years ago at 102.
Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland/Christie's International Real Estate are the listing agents.
Zombie inhabits this stately Tudor
Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie, known for his horror and sci-fi themes, has listed his stately home in Hancock Park at $3.95 million.
The tree-sheltered Tudor, built in 1924, features wood paneling in the living room and pub rooms as well as the entry. The kitchen has been remodeled and includes a butler's pantry. There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms for a total of 6,249 square feet of interior space.
There's hardly anything sinister about the house at all — except for a taxidermy bear towering over the living room in the listing photos.
The half-acre lot also contains a guest house, pool house, swimming pool and spa.
Zombie, 48, was a founding member and lead singer for the heavy metal band White Zombie. He expanded to film soundtrack writing and performing for such movies as "The Matrix" (1999), "House of 1000 Corpses" (2003) and "Paranormal Activity 4" (2012). After two "Halloween" films, he wrote and directed the subtly creepy "The Lords of Salem."
The home last sold in 1999 for $1.799 million, public records show. Zombie also owns a home in Woodbury, Conn.