By Catherine Sherman
Rumor has it British songstress and new mom Adele has been quietly renting a gated Beverly Hills estate. Originally designed for actor Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," and later occupied by Paul McCartney and a long line of famous residents, the home is now on the market for $25.58 million. According to Curbed, the singer has been renting the home since late 2012 while her beach house in Brighton, England, a common destination for British celebs, is being renovated.
The Oscar winner for Best Original Song has managed to keep her real estate moves quiet, which is impressive considering how much she's hopped around since her 2011 album "21″ topped the charts. Growing up in Tottenham, Brighton and London, Adele leased the famous Lock House when she was reportedly earning close to $62,000 in royalties per day. The massive 10-bedroom estate in West Sussex County, England, sits on 25 private acres but was apparently too big for the rising star. That's when she headed to Beverly Hills.
While smaller than the Lock House, the 1941 estate is no humble abode with two master suites, three secondary bedrooms, two staff quarters, seven bathrooms and three powder rooms. The main house also includes a large living area with high-vaulted ceilings, a media room, wet bar and wine cellar. Oh, and not to mention a two-lane vintage-inspired bowling alley. Luxury may be commonplace in L.A.'s star-studded homes, but as Curbed points out, "there aren't many vintage bowling alleys in pricey Beverly Hills properties."
This is one of many personal touches added by each owner of the home -- from Betty Grable and McCartney to the Osbournes and Melanie Griffith. The 1.3-acre property also has unique outdoor spaces including a koi pond and putting green. According to property records, the home hasn't left the market since it was last listed in November 2012 for $25.58 million. The singer's lease on the property could explain why it hasn't found a buyer. The last recorded sale of the estate was in December 1999 for $2.55 million. Adele and her longtime boyfriend, Simon Konecki, are reportedly planning a secret wedding and shopping for a permanent home in Hollywood Hills to raise their 5-month-old son, Angelo.
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