Scarlett Johansson lists home at a loss

The actress is asking $4.95 million for the Spanish villa in Hollywood Hills that she paid $7 million for in 2007.

By Mai Ling at MSN Real Estate Feb 8, 2010 10:54AM

Actress Scarlett Johansson recently listed her home in Hollywood Hills, Calif. (© Chris Pizzello/AP)Oh woe is me, it's another loss for the rich and famous. reports that actress Scarlett Johansson, also known as Mrs. Ryan Reynolds, has listed her Hollywood Hills, Calif., home for $4.95 million, a painfully steep drop from the $7 million she paid for it in 2007, according to The Real Estalker.


And as if that much of a decrease isn't enough on its own, it sounds like she also dumped some cash into creating her very own little abode, with the listing touting an "extraordinary restoration" that was recently completed, including system upgrades to solar electric power as well as all new windows and doors.

Johansson's 4,352-square-foot home is listed at $4.95 million, although she reportedly paid $7 million for the Spanish Villa in 2007. (© addition to the upgrades, though, you also get a piece of Johansson's classic style. The 4,352-square-foot walled and gated Spanish villa was built in 1931 and still retains much of its original charm, including period tile and a gourmet period-style kitchen that features "Big Chill" retro-style appliances.


The 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home also includes a giant center atrium with glass ceilings in its bright and airy floor plan, in which "rooms flow in and out to terraces, patios and cascading gardens," according to the listing. Other features include a lap pool, a media room, a gym or maid's quarters with a full bathroom, and a four-car garage.

Johansson's home is hardly the only one listed at million-plus losses in the Los Angeles area. Curbed L.A. also writes that the asking price for Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, which has been on the market since last summer, recently was chopped from $15 million to $10.49 million.


Not much of a savings, though, considering that it won't even cover the estimated $5 million to $7 million the buyer would have to invest in the Mayan-inspired castle to restore it to its former grandeur.

Feb 13, 2010 9:14AM
lol another delusiond tea bagger that forgot when bush came out and claimed its over the nation is in a tail spin we are bankrupt we need bail ous for his rich buddies that got all the tax cuts and gratitude for that ..they speculated and bankrupted us not once but twice dont forget the forst depression the capitalists where called robber barons than Vanderbilt's etcetera ..when they crashed the stock market in 29 with speculations and shady deals ..and this time around wall street ...and ceos enron lol and shareholders companies ..but its obama ..huh clown tea bagging morons ...get some meds for your collective delusions ..
Feb 13, 2010 9:09AM
I don't understand the point of the story.   Does she think she is the only one losing money on a listing?  Welcome to The Obama Economy...or, simply put...The Obamanation.
Feb 13, 2010 9:03AM
1 billion dollars is a thousand million dollars ...a trillion dollars is a 1000times a billion.....and bush handed a dept over to the democrats ..of 16 trillion ...after he inherited a surplus from clinton there are tea baggers ...crying i wish they would have cried when bush and cheney financed black waters hookers ...and evangelizing the middle east ...
Feb 13, 2010 8:58AM
Instead of being angry at celebrities that are going through the same decline in property values that all the rest of us are, maybe we should be angry with the people and banks and government that got us into this situation in the first place by making us all believe our homes were worth more than they really are and lending us more money than we will ever be able to pay back in our lifetimes. Just look at all the foreclosures happening all over the country. I feel like Scarlett is one of the lucky ones, yes, to be able to sell it and not just lose it outright as so many have.
Feb 13, 2010 8:57AM
lol they are not any more self-indulgent than bankers and ceos or shareholders least stars make their millions by you going to see their movies you have a choice wheater you want to make rich or not ...when a ceo bankrupts a perfectly good with his greed no one will ask you .if you like bailing him out ...if the company is big enough you will bail them out ....nothing more troublesome that the capitalists that have bankrupted america ..not once but twice ...first depression robber barons ...this depression wall street i would be a lot more worried about your republican buddies the top 5% of this nation than scarlett johansen and her home....
Feb 13, 2010 8:47AM
isn't it sad ?  i mean,  who gives a rip!!!
Feb 13, 2010 8:31AM
so why sell it then?  hang onto it. 
She doesn't need the money!

Feb 13, 2010 8:14AM
i feel more sorry for the working american making $15.00 an hour trying to make it,than i feel for this rich girl. 
Feb 13, 2010 8:03AM

I enjoy architectural designs so I wanted to see more of the interior.


Yes, some people are jealous. Yes, many of us regular folks are suffering in this economy. I do feel that the public gives celebrities too much attention. It isn't always hard work and talent that earned them their $'s the genetic-roll-of-the-dice-good looks. Another opinion: Hollywood should not try to influence politics. They don't live in the real world and can't begin to understand what it is like for those of us who do.

Feb 13, 2010 7:17AM
Really! Oh My God Who gives a crap, Thousands of real people are loosing their homes all over the country, and getting no money! Why don't you write a story about that. Or better yet just go join up with fox news who reports on nothing!
Feb 13, 2010 7:10AM
LKD:  If it is such an amazing tax write off, why don't you do the same?  And if they did a story about average Joe losing his home, would you be posting on it?  It is because she is famous, and because you and others wanted to blast her for being successful. 
Feb 13, 2010 7:05AM

What difference does it make ? She earned the money, and that gives her the right to spend it as she pleases! Keeping up 2 homes is ridiculous, and selling one was the right thing to do. If it sells at a loss, then she will save some money on her taxes -- she can deduct the loss.


Feb 13, 2010 6:55AM
it's a tax write off, not like she will really lose the money, and i'm sure she has buckets of money still, more than any one person needs anyway. it's too bad the housing market went south, but it did for everyone, not just her and really in her big picture (no pun intended) it's a drop in the bucket. why not write a column about someone losing their cozy little abode that is going to end up homeless or living with a relative? sheesh!
Feb 13, 2010 6:54AM
Yeah!  Things are really tough for the rich and famous!  Envious?  You bet!  Especially when my husband and I have to now work 2 jobs to make up for the great paying jobs that we lost just to keep up with our mortgage.  And our son, who worked so hard all through his school years may not be able to get into the college of his choice, because we can no longer afford it.  I too am also sick of hearing about the woes of the self indulgent, self centered stars!  I'm also sick of hearing how hard they work on set!  Give me a break!  Trade places with some real people to see what tough is!
Feb 13, 2010 6:47AM
I understand how one would feel, selling at a loss is never easy BUT........lets take Scarlett by the hand and walk her down reality road where most people live. Americans ALL over are losing their hopes and dreams through foreclosure, losing their jobs so and they are having to use up their meager savings, it doesn't go far these days especially since the average salary is NOT where anyone can live but paycheck to paycheck. Have her work in a homeless shelter, soup kitchen. Have her talk to those who work everyday trying to help individuals and families get back one their feet, those who desperately want to get a job to provide for their families, waiting to hear when and IF they will be able to return to the American work force. Our older population having to choose if they will eat or buy the medicine they need, not having health care because they fall through the cracks. There isn't enough stuff in the world to EVER fill in those. Scarlett is one of the very fortunate who can have a house she has to sell at a loss AND STILL have one waiting in the wings to live in, all refurbished and GREEN. I am happy for her....I am, she has worked hard to get where she is. Just remember all those who are in that position cudos. Just remember to be thankful, TRULY thankful. Others are not as fortunate and you should take a peek at reality once in a while, its not so bad after it.
Feb 13, 2010 6:38AM

TGFD here.


I don't even know who she is, but if she's a hollywood celebrity, then I have no sympathy for her financial situation.  WhyTF should TGFD care if she loses a few million on that turd of a property?


I've already spent too much time on this issue. She means nothing to me. Dead, alive. I don't care.  Actually, the word Schadenfreude fits in nicely here.

Feb 13, 2010 6:18AM

Some of you sound soooooooooo jealous of not having the fame and fortune of a few others.  MISSLOVELY and crickettrash should maybe save a little more or work two jobs or whatever it takes to get ahead in life.  But calling them the names you do shows what  losers you truly are.

And azvoiceteacher:  You belong in this group too.  It is not her responsibility to teach your kids to read.  How much of YOUR money goes to this?  I find this amazing that you and others always want to spend the money of the rich.

Feb 13, 2010 5:58AM
I totally agree with azv, these stars are multi-millionaires and they're always looking for the next best and biggest thing. Are we suppose to have sympathy for these self indulgent douche bags that make 10, 20 even 30 million dollars per crappy movie that they crank out? As we, (the working American) languish in mediocrity in our simple single family homes that most of us have lost half our homes value, struggling to make the mortgage note every month read this drivel about these whiney stars and how many millions they lost on their 1930's Spanish Villa homes with the original tiles brought over on the backs of Monks, we think how dare these rich, pompous asses tell US their stories of woe about losing money on their home. I think the bottom line is this, if you're lose the right to complain. 
Feb 13, 2010 5:40AM
Feb 13, 2010 5:40AM

     It sounds like Mai Ling the writer has something against people who have worked really hard for their money, especially when they most likely have earned every penny for doing so. Don't you think dealing with swarming paparazzi news leaches, and over opinionated columnists isn't a full time job in itself for actors?

Her level of bitterness seemed quite apparent when she made the comment, "Oh woe is me, it's another loss for the rich and famous."

     Fortunately for most American's and a few other nations, people actually have the rare opportunity and freedoms to earn a decent level of income for the time and effort that they put into their career. Maybe Mai Ling should come over to Iraq and Afghanistan and cover the war and see what earning a real living is like instead of bashing others and calling it news. Now to put the shoe on the other foot… if Ms. Ling came to Iraq or Afghanistan I think she would really be earning her paycheck!

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