June 6, 2023

The idea of sanctuary (as a construction, as a salve, because the self) figures vastly into multidisciplinary artist and singer Solange Knowles’ work. Now, two of the areas she owned — one secular, one religious — have formally been bought, after transient presences on the actual property markets in California and Louisiana, respectively.

Knowles first bought a 1,360-square-foot loft at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard, which is surrounded by a constellation of stars on the Stroll of Fame and views of the enduring Pantages Theatre and Capitol Data buildings, in 2007. On April 5, after simply two weeks in the marketplace, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom area was bought by an out-of-state purchaser for $725,000. It was initially listed for $799,000 by Daniel Banchik and Amy Dantzler of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, the brokers who held the itemizing.

The loft’s major bed room.

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“This was a fast shut,” Yvonne Neustadter, proprietor of The Property Lab brokerage who represented the customer within the deal, tells THR. “It’s fairly typical that sellers will come down on the value if it’s a fast closing and there’s not a mortgage concerned.”

In response to Banchik, the itemizing was remarkably common. “We had fairly a little bit of exercise on it and did fairly just a few showings, greater than I had anticipated … in that constructing, [units] sometimes don’t promote as rapidly as this one did.”

Neustadter’s shopper was initially searching for smaller properties, however Knowles’ aesthetic selections apparently gained the customer over. And in an period of numerous listings on-line, sensible, distinctive styling choices (significantly when well-photographed) have the flexibility to make an area stand out. “It was simply so tastefully carried out,” Neustadter says. “Not simply the décor however among the different finishes she did [too].”

A sampling of those putting, Solange-driven updates features a walk-up Japanese soaking tub, a modular velvet couch and concrete-plastered flooring. “As a substitute of simply having concrete on the ground, she did some type of particular plastered paint on [top] … I’d by no means seen that earlier than,” Neustadter says.

“Most individuals aren’t simply going to purchase one thing as a result of a sure celeb owned it … however I feel that [it does] assist with making the customer really feel much more assured concerning the desirability of a specific piece of property,” says Yvonne Neustadter of The Property Lab.

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The 2-story loft, which 36-year-old Knowles bought at age 19, was featured on the duvet of Apartamento Journal‘s thirtieth subject late final 12 months. In her interview, she shared among the inspiration behind her customized designs and what the area has meant to her through the years.

“I was a single mom and was searching for a constructing with a way of security when I discovered this loft area in Hollywood. I felt actually related to its ‘20s artwork deco structure, its exterior and all of its unique mouldings and particulars,” she stated on the time, including: “It’s been one of the vital fixed, grounding issues in my life.”

Knowles has been identified to separate her time in Louisiana and New York as properly, however the singer revealed that she moved again into her former Hollywood loft throughout the recording of her broadly celebrated third studio album A Seat on the Desk, which was launched on Sept. 30, 2016. “The neighborhood had advanced a lot,” Knowles informed Apartamento. “There was extra of a scene, an actual Hollywood pulse there.”

That pulse may be attributed, partly, to the branding of this space round Hollywood and Vine as Los Angeles’ “Vinyl District,” because of the proliferation of recording studios and music historical past alongside and in between these intersections. “Final 12 months, it was quiet in Hollywood … the city areas like Hollywood and downtown L.A., the place I specialize, actually took a success with COVID,” Neustadter says. “However for this space specifically, I’m seeing fairly a bit extra exercise than I usually [would] … the realm’s simply gaining popularity, and other people see the worth. They need an space that’s extra artsy and full of leisure and funky walkability.”

The second ground, residence to the workplace and visitor bed room.

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Provides Banchik: “[Viewers] beloved the sunshine, and the truth that you’re proper there within the coronary heart of Hollywood but it surely nonetheless felt very zen and peaceable within the unit … I feel the customer was excited, it was a pleasant transaction.”

The Gothic Artwork Deco-style constructing was in-built 1929 and designed by architect Aleck Curlett (who can be chargeable for the Irving Thalberg Constructing at MGM). In 2007, the Palisades Growth Group accomplished a $50 million renovation of the constructing, changing the workplace tower’s models into 60 stay/work lofts. “That is one thing that may be a massive attraction for individuals as a result of so many individuals are working from residence now,” Neustadter says. The buildings’ facilities embrace a 24-hour safety guard and rooftop deck with a fireplace pit. It’s additionally protected underneath the Mills Act, which lowers the property taxes in trade for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings — making it “a extremely nice worth” at $725,000, in response to the dealer.

“It was priced appropriately, which I feel is one more reason it moved so rapidly … [Solange] and her enterprise supervisor actually mentioned it and wished to promote it,” says Banchik, who has labored with Knowles’ enterprise supervisor on properties earlier than however not the singer herself — till now.

The workplace area, that includes Knowles’ Grammy award.

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“There’s solely a handful of buildings in L.A. that supply this [tax relief] and loads of them occur to be in downtown L.A.,” Neustadter says. “However in Hollywood, I’m not conscious of every other constructing that has the Mills Act, particularly one thing that’s extra high-end.”

Although loft models have efficiently bought right here through the years (and others are presently listed), Knowles’ ’70s-inspired, third-floor, natural modernist area was significantly enticing, therefore the short sale. “The first bed room was undoubtedly the showstopper for this property too,” Neustadter says. “It’s a loft, and it’s very open idea, however this one, specifically, is extra open idea than I’ve historically seen with these lofts. Within the major bed room, the bathtub and the double vainness is all open to the bed room.”

One in all Knowles’ different former properties, a Nineteenth-century church positioned in New Orleans’ Backyard District, lately bought for $950,000, in response to Nola.com. The 7,975-square-foot, two-bedroom, four-bath construction sits on a 0.16-acre parcel and was previously used because the artistic headquarters for Saint Heron, Knowles’ multidisciplinary artistic studio. The singer will reportedly proceed to stay part-time in her French Quarter condo.

The loft’s customized, walk-up soaking tub.

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