NY Times Reporter and Tech CEO Purchase Ryan Seacrest's LA Estate for $51 Million
Florida-based couple Brian Long, CEO of tech startup Attentive Mobile, and his wife Liz Day, a journalist and Emmy-winning reporter, have made headlines after purchasing Ryan Seacrest's Beverly Hills estate for $51 million. Despite the hefty price tag, this was significantly less than Seacrest's original asking price of $85 million, which had been reduced to $59 million before the Longs made their all-cash offer.
The 3-acre property is one of Beverly Hills' most private and secluded estates, and has a rich celebrity history. Originally built for actor Laurence Harvey in 1963 and remodeled by architecture firm Buff & Hensman, the property was owned by actress Joan Collins in the 1980s and later by "Will & Grace" creator Max Mutchnick, before passing into the hands of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi in the early 2000s. DeGeneres remodeled the main house and expanded the estate by demolishing neighboring homes. Seacrest purchased the property for $36.5 million in 2012 and extensively customized it to suit his taste.
The Long-Day estate is now a private resort, complete with a koi pond, fragrant gardens, and manicured pathways. The 9,000-square-foot main house has four bedrooms, six baths, a media room, open kitchen, and multiple dining areas and patios. Other amenities include city and ocean views, sprawling lawns, a massage room, infinity pool, and a master suite with an apartment-sized walk-in closet and skylit shower. The property also boasts an underground garage, accessed via a separately gated driveway, which is located directly under the swimming pool.