Although she was unceremoniously banished from the guard-gated Beverly Park community and financially cut off by her vengeful 94-year-old ex-boyfriend Sumner Redstone back in 2015, professional gal-around-town Sydney Holland has still got plenty of cash. And she is not afraid to flaunt it.
After selling her old house in the Mulholland Estates enclave at a major profit, Ms. Holland packed up her sea of designer goods and decamped to parts previously unknown. It took some time for Yolanda to find the ol’ gal, but we eventually tracked her down way out west, in the most fashionable part of Pacific Palisades: the Riviera neighborhood.
Ms. Holland’s new house is only marginally smaller and less expensive that the big 90210 pad she just sold. But unfortunately for y’all snoops, the deal went down off-market. However, we did manage to dig up a few old photos from when the house was listed at $8,999,000 some time ago. Records show that Ms. Holland coughed up an even-steven $9,000,000 (through a blind trust) for the house in January (2018).
The seller, records, reveal, was Maura Kaplan, the wealthy daughter of legendary comedian Leslie Nielsen. Our Ms. Kaplan purchased the property way back in late 2000 (when she was still a single woman) for just $2,000,000 and then spent a couple years constructing a 6,620-square-foot Traditional mansion with 7 beds and 8 baths.
Why the reason for the hush-hush and quick sale off-market? Yolanda thinks it might have something to do with the fact that Ms. Kaplan filed for divorce from her longtime hubby Neil Kaplan in late 2017. Sad! But not so sad for Ms. Holland, who got herself a big new house thanks to the Kaplans going splitsville.
The walled and gated .34-acre lot sits conveniently just a block off Sunset Boulevard on one of the Riviera’s priciest streets. Partially shielded behind a young liquid amber tree is the front-facing three car garage and gated driveway. A separate gate leads up steps to the front door.
Things are kept muted and clean-lined inside. Medium-brown oak floors grace the “expansive” hallways. Downstairs there’s a formal library-sitting room with a very large fireplace and a wardrobe that may or may not lead to Narnia.
As y’all might expect, the kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances and an island with marble slab countertops and a farmhouse-style sink. An adjacent butler’s pantry provides numerous storage options, and a service staircase leading from the kitchen is perfect for Ms. Holland’s domestic workers. Yolanda has heard that she has several nannies, a chef, and a driver for her three toddler-age children (all born via surrogate, father unknown).
Perhaps surprisingly, the house does not sport a formal dining room. Maura Kaplan instead opted to create a more informal dining/living space that combines the dining room and family room into one open area. That room opens via French doors to the home’s lushly landscaped backyard. Naturally there’s an outdoor fireplace, dining table, and even an organic vegetable garden for Ms. Holland’s gardener to tend.
Yolanda assumes without any direct knowledge that Ms. Holland will soon bring in her longtime decorator — West Hollywood-based Tracie Butler — to glam up the interiors with some bright pops of color and the preposterously pricey artwork she has accumulated. And perhaps add a new closet for her 28 Birkin bags (one for every hue of the rainbow, and then some).
Some of Ms. Holland’s nearest new neighbors on the Riviera include actress Jessica Capshaw, blockbuster film producer Kevin Feige, Oxycontin heir David Sackler, and bazillionaire comedian Larry David.
In addition to the $10.2 million mansion she just sold to Chicago-based financier Robbie Robinson, Ms. Holland sold Jennifer Lawrence a 90210 house for $8,225,000 back in 2014. Records show Ms. Holland still owns a $2.9 million contemporary abode in the proverbial heart of West Hollywood. The 2,583-square-foot boxy contemporary was purchased back in 2014.
Our gurl also once owned a multi-million dollar home in Sedona, Arizona in which she reportedly never spent a night — she would fly into town via private jet, share a quick tryst with her ex-con lover, and then zoom back later that evening to Beverly Park, where she waited on her “official” boyfriend, wrinkly ol’ Mr. Redstone.
Alas, once Ms. Holland’s cheatin’ was discovered, she sold the Sedona house for just $2,950,000 — a whopping $550,000 less than she had paid less than two years prior, in late 2014. The buyer, in case anyone was wondering, was a meat company owner from Omaha, Nebraska.
Yes you read right — a meat mogul. Steaks and all that.