Jessica Simpson just listed the Beverly Hills estate she bought after her divorce from Nick Lachey in 2005. The home, which she purchased under “Lime Orchard Trust” for $5,275,052, has a rich Hollywood history. It has been owned by several celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres, who bought it in 2001 and sold it in 2003 to Rick Yorn, a manager to such A-list celebrities as Leonardo Dicaprio and Cameron Diaz.
The five bedroom, 5.5 bath estate spans 5,500 square feet and has been recently renovated with interior designs by Rachel Ashwell, of Shabby Chic Couture. Details include ebonized hardwood floors, crown moldings, high ceilings in the living and dining room, a restaurant-style gourmet kitchen, and a stone courtyard that leads to a koi pond. The master suite has a sitting area with French doors that open to a large deck with view of the grounds. Outside, there’s a swimming pool surrounding by lushly landscaped grounds. The home is serene and private, which was important for the singer and reality TV star.
The home is right next door to the estate once owned by Kimora Lee Simmons, where filming took place for her reality TV show “Life in the Fab Lane.” It’s also around the corner from Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s residence. “This area of Beverly Hills is dotted with homes owned by celebrities. You can often spot a star walking their dog through the many canyon trails nearby,” said Corina Galen, a Redfin real estate agent in Los Angeles.
On March 12 Jessica bought a home formerly owned by the Osbournes in Hidden Hills, Calif. The six bedroom, six bath estate spans 10,953 square feet. Sales records show it was purchased for $11.5 million, under “Dixon Trail Trust,” which, like the “Lime Orchard Trust,” is managed by her business manager, David Levin. Unlike the former Osbourne and Christina Aguilera home, this one has a much more subdued Cape Cod style. Ozzie and Sharon bought the home in 2007 for $12,388,500, so it looks like they’re taking a hit on the sale – much like the rest of the country who bought in 2007. The home was featured in the June 2011 issue of Architectural Digest. The interior was decorated by renowned designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.