Those who are rich, famous, and huge names in the celebrity world have space in their bank account to splash the cash every so often. While some celebrities spend their money on sports cars, luxury vacations and designer gear, it’s safe to say that many also like to bump up their real estate portfolio.
Spice Girls band member Mel B has done the same, but it’s now time for her to sell her $5.9 million Hollywood home in search of a new abode for herself and her family. Before she sells it to another lucky owner, though, let’s take a look inside this millionaire’s mansion…
9236 Cordell Drive
Hollywood is full of impressive real estate, and a huge portion of these properties are owned by some of the biggest names in acting, music, comedy and more. 9236 Cordell Drive in West Hollywood was previously the residence of musical legend, Mel B, but she’s now put it up on the market with The Agency, a prestigious real estate agency in Beverly Hills. The price? An impressive $5.9 million!
A Famous Figure
Mel B has been hugely successful over the course of her career. Thanks to her life in the limelight as one of the Spice Girls, her subsequent solo career, and her current role as a television judge and host, there’s no doubt about the fact that people know who she is. Thankfully, her Hollywood mansion comes equipped with privacy hedges and security cameras, which meant that she could rest easy knowing that her home was safe while she lived there with her family (pictured below is her daughter Madison in 2015).
Light And Airy
Just a stone’s throw away from the Sunset Strip, 9236 Cordell Drive was a home large enough for Mel B, her ex-husband and her three children. Mel and Stephen Belafonte bought the property in 2014 for a whopping $4.3 million, and they had the pleasure of enjoying the light and airy aesthetic of this modern abode. With high ceilings and windows dotted around the place, there is definitely no shortage of light.
No home would be complete without a beautiful living room, and 9236 Cordell Drive definitely offers this. Much of this four-story house has been designed to be as open-plan as possible, which means you can walk from one room to the next with ease. This formal living area comes complete with comfortable couches and lounge chairs, as well as sliding doors that open up to the balcony beyond.
After an impressive life in the limelight, Mel B has been able to experience the hustle and bustle of celebrity life. This often involves red carpet events and schmoozing with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. According to documents unearthed by TMZ, Mel B’s ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte, also liked to take the after-party back to their home. This bar would have come in very handy during these events.
Keeping It Separate
Although this $5.9 million-dollar mansion offers a beautiful open plan design, there is still the chance to keep different aspects of this house separate. A light wooden wall separates the television area and marble fireplace from the dining room, and a sleek chiffon drape sections off the dining room from the world outside. This would have been a great place for Mel to entertain her guests and serve them delicious food.
While some celebrities like to make their way to prestigious and Michelin-star restaurants in Hollywood and the surrounding area for their food, that doesn’t mean that they don’t eat in their own home. While Mel B lived in 9236 Cordell Drive, she could cook up a storm for her children and sit at this luxurious dining table with them whenever she pleased. With a modern chandelier and leather chairs, it’s certainly not short on character.
Cooking Up A Storm
Of course, if you’re going to make dinner for yourself and your family, you need somewhere to cook. Mel B’s Hollywood mansion comes equipped with this modern kitchen that offers a sleek and finished look to it. From the stainless steel accessories and gadgets, through to the dark wood cabinets and the cream marble worktops, this kitchen offers all of the space and equipment to cook up something incredible.
As one of the most famous musicians in the girl band world, Mel B probably has a very busy schedule. When she’s not appearing on television shows such as “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” “Loose Women” or “Lip Sync Battle UK,” it’s important to schedule in some downtime and unwind. In her $5.9 million mansion, she had the option to utilize the little nooks and crannies in her abode, such as this little reading corner.
The Master Bedroom
9236 Cordell Drive comes complete with four bedrooms, but it’s fair to say that the master suite definitely stands out from the crowd. This bedroom has everything Mel B and her ex-husband could have possibly needed from a living space, including a comfortable bed, a large flat-screen television, another marble fireplace, two refrigerators, dual bathrooms, and even two walk-in closets!
Views For Days
Thanks to its location in the Hollywood Hills, this house offers incredible views over Downtown Los Angeles and the city as a whole. The large floor-to-ceiling windows in the master suite allowed Mel B and her ex-husband the chance to look upon unending views of their home from the comfort of this bright purple cuddle chair. Perhaps even getting a sneak peek at their celebrity neighbors.
The Master Bathroom
No master suite would be complete without a master bathroom, and the bathroom in Mel B’s former $5.9 million mansion definitely has its perks. With white floor and wall tiles, the whole room looks sleek and clean. It also comes complete with a state-of-the-art toilet, a floating vanity cabinet, and a free-standing bathtub. On top of this, the bathroom has its very own television, so you don’t get bored in the tub.
So Much Space
What’s impressive about this whole home is that there is so much space and that the rooms seem to flow seamlessly from one to the other. In this case, the master bathroom is attached to one of the two walk-in closets. You can also appreciate the large wet room/shower that Mel B once enjoyed, which also remains open to the elements and the rest of the room. This is just one small section of the 5,226-square-foot house.
Dressed For The Occasion
Over the course of her career, Mel B’s style has definitely transformed. During the height of her Spice Girls phase, “Scary Spice” would dress herself in animal print and mini skirts, but she has since upped her fashion game. When she lived in this incredible Hollywood mansion with her family, Mel B had more than enough space to experiment with her style and her clothing, thanks to this amazing walk-in closet.
Room For Guests
Mel B is originally from the UK, which means that the majority of her family lives across the pond. Thankfully, she was able to entertain her English family and friends in her old home, because her $5.9 million mansion comes complete with two guest suites. These suites are connected via this amazing family room, which offers a comfortable couch, a television, and space to enjoy the Los Angeles weather outside.
Keeping It Together
While some celebrities may choose to send all of their laundry to the dry cleaners, there are still many celebs out there who choose to do their own. Because of this, most Hollywood houses also come complete with a laundry room. This particular laundry room offers a washer, a dryer, and more than enough space to hold any essential homeware items in the cabinets and closets. This room is also tucked away from view.
The Guest Room
Most celebrity houses come complete with a guest room or rooms for their friends and family to stay in. This millionaire’s mansion is no different. This large room comes complete with a huge bed, a beautiful shabby-chic rug, potted plants, and a little desk area for guests to enjoy. While this room doesn’t come complete with skyline views, the greenery outside is an incredible touch to the whole aesthetic.
Sleek And Sophisticated
Everything in this mansion is sleek and sophisticated, and there’s no doubt about the fact that there is a running theme throughout. The soft wood furnishings and the stark white appliances create a wholesome and natural aesthetic, and this continues through the guest bathroom. This shower may not be as grand as the master shower, but it’s still got more than enough space for guests to feel comfortable.
For The Kids
Mel B is the mother of three children. She welcomed her first daughter, Phoenix Chi Gulzar in 1999 with her first husband, Jimmy Gulzar. She brought her second daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, into the world in 2007 with the Hollywood actor, Eddie Murphy. Then, she had a third daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte, with her second husband. Because of this, Mel B made sure to have space for children in her Hollywood mansion. The bunk-beds are a fun and exciting touch for youngsters.
In the height of her Spice Girls fame, Mel B would undertake intense dance routines and long tour dates, which meant that she was in peak shape. Staying in the limelight for most celebrities also means staying on top of their fitness game, and this home gym allowed her to do just that. Complete with walled mirrors and all of the equipment you could need for a home workout, she could even watch television while working up a sweat.
The Recording Studio
While she is now known for her place on television as a host, panelist and judge, that doesn’t mean that Mel B has left the music world behind her. One of the main selling points of 9336 Cordell Drive is that it offers an impressive recording studio. This is the kind of place where you can record your own music or even your own podcast, which many celebs are now getting on board with. Who knows what kind of music Mel recorded here.
The Games Room
Mel B is currently gearing up for the Spice Girls reunion tour, which means that she is likely to be practicing her dance moves, warming up her voice and preparing for months on the road with her fellow band members. This means that if she were to take this house off the market, she wouldn’t be able to use this room anyway. This games room comes complete with a retro arcade machine, books, board games and more. It’s the perfect companion for a rainy day.
The Movie Room
Over the course of her career, Mel B has appeared in various movies. Not only did she appear in the famous “Spice World” movie involving the band as a whole, but she has since taken on characters in Hollywood productions. Most recently, she provided the voice of The Giraffe in “Blazing Samurai.” She would have been able to watch all of these appearances in this epic movie theater while she lived in this mansion.
Space For Six
While the movie theater within 9236 Cordell Drive might not be as large as your local movie theater, it’s safe to say that you don’t need too many seats in your home. A family of six would fit in perfectly here, and this meant that Mel B had enough for all of her family during her marriage with Belafonte. With soundproof walls and comfortable theater seats, this is the kind of room that a whole family could enjoy time together in.
Not The First Time
Amazingly, this is not the first time that Mel B has put this house on the market. She originally listed the $5.9 million mansion for $8.99 million in 2017, during her highly-publicized divorce. In fact, it was stated by The Observer that the mansion proved to be a difficult asset to split during their divorce proceedings. The former couple was unable to sell the house back then, so they took it off the market. Now, it’s back on again for a reduced price.
One of the main selling points of this mansion is the fact that it has a huge amount of outdoor space. This beautiful patio area comes complete with a large outside kitchen area that offers a stainless steel grill, a refrigerator, drinks taps, cupboards and plenty of seating options. As if that wasn’t enough, this giant fire pit is also there for any potential owners to enjoy the Los Angeles evenings. In fact, it’s the perfect place to make s’mores!
Just Keep Swimming
Most celebrity houses offer their owners the chance to have their own swimming pool, and Mel B’s former $5.9 million mansion that is currently up for sale also offers a beautiful swimming area. With a large main pool and a smaller hot tub, Mel, her guests and any potential new owners can cool off after a long day, or swim a few lengths after an intense workout in the gym.
Although celebrities often live fast-paced lifestyles, they always try to give themselves time to chill out. When Mel B lived in this mansion, she could do just that on these beautiful lounge chairs. She could have kept an eye on her kids in the pool while making the most of the sun, all while looking up at her beautiful mansion. Now, this could all be yours if you have $5.9 million in the bank.
From the back yard, you can see just how impressive Mel B’s old mansion really is. With four floors and a modern aesthetic throughout the inside and the outside of the house, it looks just like the celebrity homes we see on television and social media. Of course, all good things come to an end, and although it’s not clear why exactly Mel B wants to sell this property, we have a feeling that it will be missed. This is especially true when you look at the views…
From the windows and the balconies of Mel B’s mansion, you can see the whole of Downtown LA. The skyscrapers take pride of place within this view, but it’s not all about city life. In the background, you can see the hills and the peaks of the surrounding area, and the sunsets are truly spectacular from high ground. In fact, the views alone are worth the money! We wonder who will be taking this $5.9 million mansion off Mel B’s hands?