Sheryl Crow Lists California Compound

SELLER: Sheryl Crow
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $15,950,000
SIZE: 11 acres, 3 houses

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It looks like the Grammy winning singer-songwriter is leaving Los Angeles, or at least she wants to sell her gated 11-acre compound in the Hollywood Hills that was just listed as a "private celebrity compound" with an asking price of $15,950,000.*

Listing information shows the multi-parcel property is comprised of three houses (above) that include a remodeled and restored 1925 Spanish Revival main house with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms plus a double-height foyer, step-down living room with fireplace and high beamed ceiling, formal dining room with vintage floor tiles. There's also an intimately scaled library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and a half-vintage 1950s/half modernized eat-in kitchen with adjoining family room area.

A Brazilian Ironwood bridge (above, top) spans the driveway and connects the main house to a perfectly charming and meticulously restored and updated 1885 cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (above, middle). Set into the hillside just above the cottage, with long views down the canyon and over the city, is a negative-edge swimming pool and spa (above, bottom) encircled by a broad sunbathing, lounging and dining decks.
The highest of the three residences that comprise the compound, a 1909 Craftsman with 3,335 square feet (as per property records) sits above the swimming pool complex and includes three bedrooms, large living and dining rooms—there's a wood burning fireplace in the living room—a small kitchen with restored vintage appliances and fittings, three vintage bathrooms, a small television viewing room, and another small room with an Old-Timey upright piano.

In addition to the resort-style swimming pool and spa terrace that sits high on the hill between the two guest cottages, the sprawling property includes acres of rugged and naturalistic but painstakingly maintained landscaping; scads of meandering pathways, stairways, bridges and hiking trails; a private campsite and children's play area; an authentic tee-pee; and several palapas that dot the steep hillside, at least one of which has a rope hammock and sweeping views over Tinseltown.

Miz Crow acquired the three residences in what appear in property records to be two separate transactions. The first came in February 1998 when she paid $1,800,000 for the smallest of the three parcels—just .25 acres—that includes the 5,437 square foot main house. In December of the same year she shelled out another $3,300,000 to acquire two adjacent and contiguous parcels. One parcel measures 1.2 acres with a 1,334 square foot 19th-century cottage and the other 8.87 acres with a 3,335 square foot Craftsman residence.

Miz Crow also owns a gulf-front residence on the Florida Panhandle between Pensacola and Panama City in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and a 50-plus acre spread in (suburban) Nashville, TN purchased last year for $5,225,000.

Although she's been trying to unload it for year Miz Crow is still saddled with Cross Creek Farm, a 150 (or so) acre equestrian-oriented estate in pastoral College Grove, TN. She put the farm on the market for the first time—that we know of—in May 2010 with a $7,500,000 asking price and by August 2011, after a failed auction of the property, the asking price dipped to as low as $4,500,000 but it's currently still on the open market with a $6,399,000 price tag.

*Thanks to all the children who turned Your Mama on to this listing just moments after it went live.

listing photo: Dream Home Photo for Nourmand and Associates