SELLER: Kelsey and Camille Grammer
LOCATION: Avon, CO
SIZE: 8,230 square feet 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Now that the dee-vorce of Kelsey and Camille Grammer is complete–and 56-year old Mister Grammer has already hitched his much-married wagon to a 29-year old woman–the great Grammer real estate sell off can begin.
Since the late 1990s and until he moved to New York semi-permanently in 2010, Kelse and Cammy's primary home was a sprawling compound in the barefooty but very posh Serra Retreat in Malibu, CA that they bought in 1998 for $4,500,000. As far as Your Mama knows–and we really know so very little–ex-Missus Grammer remains in residence with their two young children on the compound in Malibu.
In September of 2007 Kelse and Camille dropped a not-insubstantial $13,700,000 for a 7 bedroom and 9 pooper property in the hoity-toity Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. It's not clear to Your Mama if the former lovebirds' original intention was to make us of the 10,000+ square foot mansion as an "in-town" residence or if their intent was to flip the property at a profit. Whatever the case, less than a year after buying the house, they heaved it back on the market with an asking price of $19,900,000, a breathtaking increase to be sure. The property no longer appears on the open market but it does still appear on the website of their agent Mauricio Umansky with an asking price of $18,900,000.
Word now comes slip-sliding down the celebrity real estate gossip grapevine that Kelse and Camille have just this weak (re)hoisted their super-luxe ski-house in Avon, CO on the market with an asking price of $7,900,000. This is not, however, the first time Mister and ex-Missus Grammer have tried to ride the bull at this particular real estate rodeo; At some point not too long ago they had their faux-rustic stone, glass and wood parkitecture-style ski chalet listed for $9,500,000.
Property records indicate that Mister and ex-Missus Grammer acquired their Colorado ski house in May of 2002 through a real estate trust known by any real estate gossip worth the spit in his or her mouth to be connected to Mister Grammer. Records reveal the house, sitting on a 1.67 acre lot in the Bachelor Gulch community, was purchased $5,350,000.
Current listing information shows the the three-story ski-in/ski-out chalet measures 8,500 square feet–property records are more specific at 8,230 square feet–and includes 6 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. Older listing information Your Mama sweet talked out of the interweb shows the large house contains commodious reception rooms with stone fireplaces and vaulted and wood-beamed ceilings, a family/recreation room, gourmet kitchen, two complete master suites, nanny accommodations and a circular stair that descends down through a stone turret to a lower level wine gallery and tasting room.
According to a June 2004 article in Architectural Digest Mister and ex-Missus Grammer had the spec-built house worked over by local decorators Eddy Doumas and Dana Hugo of Worth Interiors who, thank heavens, didn't do the place up in that cliche rich-person rustic theme seen in far too many of upscale vacation homes in rugged states like Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
Listen kids, Your Mama is 49-kinds of frazzled today. We've got people in doing some loud renovations and the din is, despite the ear plugs and nerve pills, deafening and distracting. Therefore, we're going to be uncharacteristically brief in our assessment of the architecture and day-core. We think it's all lovely and colorful and benignly correct in the manner as many luxury hotels; It's all very posh, pretty, luxurious and even comfortable but it's also all so placid and unoffensive and generic that it lacks a soul. Whatever one thinks of the details, its soulessness is not really the fault of the decorators but rather the simple and sad fact that these well-dressed rooms look like no one really lives in them. And, in fact, no one really does. Probably Mister and ex-Missus Grammer visited their five million dollar ski house on Colorado–what?–maybe two or possibly four weeks a year? This house looks in photographs like what it essentially is: an extraordinarily high-priced and over-sized hotel suite.
Anyhoodles poodles, in addition to the compound in Malibu, CA where–as far as Your Mama knows–Cammie remains in residence, the erstwhile couple own a number of other deluxe digs around the United States including at least one house in Hawaii and a nearly 8,000 square foot shingled mansion in Bridgehampton, NY that they bought in early 2006 for $8,517,000 and have had on and off the market since early 2008 when they first listed it with an asking price of $16,100,000.
Mister Grammer has all but relocated to New York City where the local celebrity real estate gossips have kept Your Mama and the children abreast of Mister and new Missus Grammer's ongoing quest for a new crib in Manhattan.
listing photos: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate