Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty BRE # 01362887

There are no secrets in LA! Word is out regarding who bought musician Moby's stunning home that I just sold, so I may as well share it with my AR family. Patrick Martin and I had the listing...and WE didn't leak it! Nevertheless, congratulations to all! 

DiCaprio, however, may have scooped up the 4,644-square-foot residence for an undisclosed family member, per the Los Angeles Times.

It could be that the vape-loving actor just wanted an extra house, because why not? He does already own three homes in Los Angeles, including two in the celeb-filled Bird Streets area, in addition to one in Silver Lake. He also owns Malibu retreat; he listed the Carbon Beach property for nearly $11 million in 2016, but didn’t find a buyer and subsequently offered it as a rental. He must have changed his mind, as it is now off the market entirely...

DiCaprio’s newest real estate acquisition received a total renovation courtesy of the seller. Indeed, after Moby bought the house for $3.4 million in March 2016, he “renovated from the systems up,” Sotheby’s International Realty broker Gwen Banta, who shared the listing with Patrick Martin told Observer. “He redid electrical and added new light fixtures, and all new wood flooring. He closed off the dining room to make it more private, and renovated the entire kitchen. It’s extraordinary, he used nothing but top of the line appliances and fixtures.”

The main entertaining rooms all have high ceilings, and presently, Moby’s large piano is situated in the living area. There are three fireplaces throughout the two-story abode, as well as custom white built-in bookshelves in a den and one of the bedrooms.

The airy eat-in kitchen has grey marble countertops and a center island, as well as a separate breakfast nook. There’s also an outdoor living room that leads the way to the pool and spa, surrounded by trees.

“Moby is a conservationist,” Banta explained. “He’s very involved in the green movement and he went in and planted so many fully grown pine trees. It’s basically a forest! He made it even more private and lush—you can smell the clean, fresh air. It’s not only a respect for nature, but a brilliant use of nature.”

Banta declined to comment on the identity of the buyer, but did say they “responded very positively to the trees and nature. The feeling of being out of the city, but also accessible to everything.” She confirmed the home received multiple offers, which explains the higher final sales price.

Each of the interior rooms is uniquely configured, such as a guest suite on the lower level, with a secret speakeasy-esque entrance that leads to a full steam room. “He’s an artist,” Banta said. “He’s truly a visionary in my opinion. He can just walk into a room, and see what it was and what it should be. He never loses the original style.”

Two master suites are located on the top floor, each with large bathrooms and expansive walk-in closets. One has a loft that Moby added a stairway to, and “now it is a meditation or yoga room,” Banta said. “It’s just a magical space.”


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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Congrats on the sale and the cool story that goes along with it.

Apr 30, 2018 06:53 PM #1
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

JL Boney, that is so kind of you – thank you very much!

Apr 30, 2018 07:03 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

That's a great story, Gwen. Congratulations on the sale of this icon's home!


Apr 30, 2018 08:43 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Great story and one that I am sure you will relive many times !

May 01, 2018 02:32 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Gwen.

One sale like that a year, would set 99.999% of agents around here to have a great year

May 01, 2018 03:19 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gwen. This is an incredible story and a home I would never seen.

May 01, 2018 06:45 AM #6
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Thank you all for your kind and generous support. It's so wonderful to have my AR family to share this with!

May 01, 2018 11:11 AM #7
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

You know, if you ever need help on any of your deals I can clear up my "busy" schedule......  

May 04, 2018 04:26 PM #8
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Thank, Jane. I’m sure my clients would like you better than me!

May 04, 2018 04:33 PM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

Great sale Gwen Banta . This should give you a little time to relax and get your next book out on the shelves.

May 20, 2018 02:36 PM #10
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