The deal, reported in the Real Estalker, was hotly denied when we called the Beverly Hills office of broker Coldwell Banker. "The unit isn't even under contract," says an assistant to listing agent Valerie Fitzgerald. "If you can bring us a buyer," he adds coyly, "you'll be our new best friend."
Let's assume for the moment that the soon-to-be 17-year old is ready to stop being a "Mama's Boy" and get a place of his own. He couldn't do much better than this 16th floor unit in the luxury Wilshire Manning Condominiums. The 2,433-square-foot condo comes with 24-hour security, a concierge and valet parking for his black Ferrari F-430 and his white Lamborghini (a gift from rapper P. Diddy).
Junior heartthrob Bieber--the youngest solo male act to top the Billboard 200 chart since See photos of homes for sale in your area and across the country on AOL Real Estate 13-year-old Stevie Wonder did it in 1963--has been sharing a home with mom Pattie Mallette in Atlanta, where they moved after he signed his first record deal.
Although his net worth is said to be around $100 million, it's expected to jump even more after tomorrow's release of his new film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Named after the title song from the 2010 Karate Kid movie, starring Will Smith's son Jaden Smith, the 3-D docu-film is billed as "the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario, to Internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden."
With fame may come these new digs, just ahead of his March 1 birthday. On the market only about a month, the Los Angeles condo was totally gutted and redone, according to the listing details. With white marble floors throughout and walls of windows that open to a narrow terrace, the unit also has a built-in wet bar with wine fridge, a flat-screen television fitted into a custom-built wall unit and sliding doors to a terrace.
Officially listed at $1,695,000 (just low enough for Bieber to pay cash), the home has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The seller is model Haley Frimerman, who bought it June 13, 2008, for just over a million -- $1,088,000, to be exact.
So is almost 17-year-old Bieber really sniffing around this grown-up apartment? We don't know for sure, but "Never Say Never."
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Sheree R. Curry, who has owned three homes and once visited Ontario, is a three-time award-winning journalist who has covered real estate for six years. During her 20-year career, her articles have appeared regularly in the Wall Street Journal, TV Week, and Fortune. She's been writing for AOL Real Estate since 2009 from a Minneapolis-area rental. She seeks a book publisher -- or at least a lender who'll give a reasonable mortgage rate to a self-employed
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