Almost a year before they sold their Beverly Hills Post Office area estate, Levine and Prinsloo shelled out $18 million for a 1.27-acre property with an elegantly vintage Hollywood Regency villa that backs up to the tony Los Angeles Country Club in the ultra-posh Holmby Hills area. Alas, they quickly caught a raging case of The Celebrity Real Estate Fickle and, having never moved in, flipped the property back up for sale just four months later at $18.9 million and soon sold it, in early 2018, for $18 million.
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As for the Maroon 5 frontman and the Victoria Secret model, they’ve been on quite the high-end real estate roller coaster the last couple of years. In 2012 Levine paid $4.83 million for a gated estate that occupies a private, multi-acre promontory in a gated enclave above Benedict Canyon in the Beverly Hills Post Office area that he and Prinsloo had comprehensively overhauled in high style by Mark Haddawy before it was set out for sale in June 2016 with an in-hindsight much too aggressive $17.5 million price tag. It took a couple of substantial price cuts before the estate was sold in May 2018 to pop singer John Mayer for $13.4 million, well below its final asking price of $15.9 million.
The compound’s several outbuildings add another 6-7000-square-feet of living space and include a two-story detached structure that at the time of Affleck and Garners’ purchase housed a gym and an art studio along with a couple of bathrooms. He’s since moved on to his own, more than 13,0000-square-foot Pacific Palisades bachelor pad mansion he picked up in the early months of 2018 for $19 million. Beneath the backyard’s vast expanse of lawn, a two-bedroom and three-bathroom subterranean guesthouse is where Affleck, set to star in “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel of the same name, shacked up for quite some time after their 2015 split.
Shortly after they sold the Holmby Hills villa they never moved into and right before they sold their Benedict Canyon estate to John Mayer, Levine and Prinsloo coughed up an astonishing and eye-catching $33.9 million in a hush-hush, off-market deal with “Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnick and entertainment attorney Erik Hyman to buy their spectacularly overhauled 1930s Tudor mansion that sits on more than an acre in a particularly plum pocket of Beverly Hills but, apparently and somewhat inexplicably, no longer matches the ever-changing real estate moods of Levine and Prinsloo.
But marketing materials from when the compound was last for sale indicate the multi-winged single-story main house was originally designed and built in 1940 by acclaimed architect Cliff May, father of the now classic California Rancho style, and measured in nearly 8,800-square-feet with five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four fireplaces and a state of the art projection room. Numerous and unquestionably costly alterations and customizations have undoubtedly been made across the casually lavish, resort-like property that offers a swimming pool and outdoor basketball court.
Strange are the real estate ways of the rich and famous. Even though they shelled out nearly $34 million for a grand Beverly Hills mansion less than a year ago, word on the celebrity real estate street, led by gossip juggernaut TMZ, is that rock star Adam Levine and fashion model Behati Prinsloo have dropped another $32 million in a clandestine, late 2018 off-market deal for a sprawling Pacific Palisades, Calif., compound sold by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Officially divorced in the fall of 2018, Affleck and Garner purchased the just over three-acre Hollywood pedigreed spread from powerhouse super-producer Brian Grazer in 2009 for $17.55 million.

Tucked behind and hidden from the street by a tall and visually impenetrable hedge, a stone-tiled, courtyard-sized yard, squeezes in a sheltered dining terrace with nicely equipped outdoor kitchen and barbecue area and a plunge-sized swimming pool and spa with over the hedgerow mountain view. In addition to a wrought-iron and frosted glass front door and a two-car garage with direct entrance to the residence, the partially subterranean ground floor includes a state-of-the-art screening room with projection system and deep, comfy-cozy sofas as well as a cave-like family room with huge, curvilinear wet bar that, but for a couple of windows into the depths of the swimming pool, is otherwise windowless.
In the fall of 2015 she paid Tom Cruise $11.4 million for a gated, multi-residence compound that occupies a private, 2.5-acre promontory high above Laurel Canyon that came up for sale in late 2017 $14 million — it remains available at the same price — and in the fall of 2016 she sold a 1920s Italianate villa in the historic Whitley Heights neighborhood next to the Hollywood Bowl for $1.375 million. Longoria, co-star of the upcoming reprise of the iconic 1987 rom-com “Overboard” and the director and executive producer of the upcoming documentary “Sanctuary,” has been much in the real estate gossip columns the last few years.
In addition to an 11,000-plus-square-foot mansion privately sequestered at the end of a long, gated driveway in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills she scooped up in late 2017 for $13.5 million, the politically active entertainment industry hyphenate, married in 2016 for the third time and preggers with her first child, presides over a plump property portfolio that currently includes a not quite 3,500-square-foot residence in a prosperous gated enclave just north of downtown San Antonio, Texas, she’s owned since 2005 as well as a just over 1,500-square-foot residence behind gates just above Malibu’s Zuma Beach that she acquired in 2008 for $2.5 million.
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With a new husband, a bun in the oven and a career in over-drive, busy as a beaver Eva Longoria is asking $3.795 million for her longtime mansion in the historic Hollywood Dell neighborhood that winds through the foothills between Hollywood and the Hollywood Reservoir. Marketing materials, which make no secret that the home is celebrity owned, generously describe the hillside residence as a “Contemporary Mediterranean” with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 8,603-square-feet over three floors linked by a circular, wrought iron railed staircase. The former “Desperate Housewives” star, more recently an executive producer on “Devious Maids” and “Telenovela,” the latter on which she also starred, has owned the home since August 2006 when she scooped it up for $3.6 million.
Primary living spaces are located on the middle level and include a spacious combination living/dining room with two fireplaces and numerous wood-trimmed glass doors that open to a slender, wrap-around balcony. All five guest bedrooms are luxuriously en suite and the master offers a fireplace, plenty of room for a sitting area, two custom-fitted celebrity-style walk-in closets and a tumbled travertine tiled bathroom with a gas fireplace wedged at an angle between a jetted garden tub and separate, glass-enclosed steam shower. The adjoining kitchen, where the medium brown hardwoods switch to a banal but probably expensive beige travertine, is spacious and well equipped with a super-sized center island, full-sized side-by-side refrigerator and freezer and a compact breakfast nook.