The show's over. Madonna has sold her mansion in Beverly Hills for $19.5 million.
The single MLS listing photo offered only an aerial view, and agents and their clients who toured the home were among the few who have had a look inside. Those expecting the gabled-roofed home to have a gothic air were disappointed. "Tastefully decorated" was the word in real estate circles.
During nearly a decade of ownership, the pop icon went on a spending spree, rebuilding and expanding the estate, which was completed in 2010. The property was first quietly marketed last year as a $28-million pocket listing and early this year appeared on the Multiple Listing Service priced at $22.5 million.
The gated 1.25-acre compound, accessed by a 500-foot tree-lined driveway, includes a nine-bedroom main house, two guesthouses, a resort-size swimming pool and a tennis court. There is a two-story dining room, a gym, a theater/screening room, an art studio, a bar and 17,000 square feet of living space.
The singer-songwriter, 55, is one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time. Among her hit songs are "Vogue," "Borderline" and "Material Girl."
She bought the property in 2003 for $12 million, according to Los Angeles Times archives.
Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency and Barry Peele of Sotheby's International Realty were the listing agents. Ben Bacal, also of Sotheby's International Realty, represented the buyer.
'Office' receptionist welcomes buyer
Jenna Fischer has one less house, selling in Studio City for $2.015 million.
The gated Moroccan-style house "The Office" star sold is entered through a courtyard with a fountain. Features include panoramic views, two fireplaces, a butler's pantry, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,490 square feet of living space and a three-car garage.
Fischer, 39, played receptionist Pam Halpert since the sitcom began in 2005. She will be in the upcoming films "You Are Here" and "Kiss Me."
The actress bought the hillside property in 2009 for $1.83 million, public records show.
Lou Woolf of Rodeo Realty handled the sale.
Last year, Fischer bought the onetime home of Baseball Hall of Famer Casey Stengel in Glendale for $1.9 million.
Room to store energy domes
Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and his wife, Anita Greenspan, must have decided it was time to go forward. Move ahead. They have bought a multi-use building containing apartments and a gallery in Chinatown for $798,000.
The 3,300-square-foot structure includes 300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and twice that much in the ventilated basement for storing, say, the flower-pot-like hats (energy domes) favored by the new-wave band.
There also are two one-bedroom apartments with wood floors and granite countertops. Although the living space was recently remodeled, the pair no doubt have their own plans to "Whip It" into shape, to egregiously borrow the title of the Devo hit song.
Mothersbaugh, 63, is a founding member of the band, formed in the early 1970s. He is a composer for numerous television shows, including "House of Lies" (2012-14), "The Carrie Diaries" (2013) and "Regular Show" (2010-13). The singer-guitarist is also a painter.
Ming-Sheng Hou of Vaac Realty was the listing agent. Adrienne Doty-Carolan and Debi Raveh of Rodeo Realty represented the buyers.