By Catherine Sherman
Pop star Katy Perry may have already achieved a New Year's resolution. Since finalizing her divorce from British comedian Russell Brand in July 2012, she's been ready to move on. But until now, she's still had the keys to the Spanish-style estate the couple lived in together.
After listing the property in April 2013, dropping the price in June and having two pending sales fall through, Perry (pictured at right) finally sold her home at 8159 Hollywood Blvd. for $5.565 million. According to Perry's agent, Ernie Carswell of Teles Properties, she's been very focused on her career since her divorce and wanted more than anything for the house sale to be final. She also wanted a cash buyer to close the deal.
Carswell said in an earlier interview that there was almost daily interest in the home, but the buyer would have to be someone with house and land vision. Updating the 1920s interior and dealing with a small landslide that occurred on the property in 2011 will be among the first tasks the buyer needs to manage.
"When Katy was in the process of purchasing the home, upper hill topsoil slipped down from the neighbor's lot above hers," Carswell explained. It's unclear how much renovations and repairs could cost, but the buyer likely saw other potential in the home –- especially if they paid in cash.
With a gated driveway leading to 7 bedrooms and 9 baths, the nearly 3-acre estate makes a grand statement. Millwork and other notable architectural details add character to the home that neighbors Frank Lloyd Wright's Storer House.
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