[one_fourth]Size: 4,679 sq ft[/one_fourth]
This is the year for Paula Abdul to clean house of any bad memories—and that included selling her ill-fated home in Sherman Oaks, California. She listed the 4,679 sq. ft. home with an asking price of $1,899,000. Considering she bought it back in 2000 for $1,285,000, she has some wiggle room for an interested purchaser to low ball the price.
Of course, that price doesn’t take into consideration any money she invested in the home since the purchase. In fact, she—or her insurance company—invested a cool $900,000 on behalf of the house into the pockets of Jill Kohl, who slipped in the driveway and sued Abdul, but opted for the nearly million dollar settlement. Of course, it came to a million when the production company for the show, “Hey Paula” taping at the house, agreed to cough up another $100K.
Selling the mock Mediterranean mansion also eliminates the constant reminder of another bad memory, the death of a Paula Goodspeed, an overzealous obsessive fan who parked her car just a short distance from the home and then overdosed on drugs back in 2008.
In the spirit of a clean slate, Paula held a garage sale before putting the five bedroom 4.5 bathroom house on the market. Let’s hope it wasn’t to supplement unemployment due to the non renewal of her contract on the X-factor. Following the sale, she left for parts unknown, so now the fated house remains empty with just staging furniture to lure prospective buyers.
When you enter the home, you’ll find a spacious foyer with twin, wrought iron clad staircases leading to the second level. The living room is wide and spacious with a light brick fireplace and glass doors to the outside living area and swimming pool. On the other side of the room, is an archway to the dining/kitchen area, with the two only divided by a snack bar.
The kitchen, like most celebrity homes, has top grade commercial style appliances. (Do these people even put pop tarts in the toaster, let alone cook a full meal?) The upper cabinets have clear class fronts with the lower cabinets containing frosted glass with a design. There’s nothing dramatic or outrageous about the kitchen area.
On the second floor, you’ll find large bedrooms, with an empty walk-in closet large enough for a family room or a small boutique. You’ll note the word empty, another clue that Ms. Abdul left for the Netherlands. While the home is nice and may be worth the asking price, it comes with a history of incidences and bad memories. It seems Paula is eliminating all the negatives and looking for a new start, both at home and work.