Mel “B” Brown, popularly known as “Scary Spice”, gained fame and wealth as a member of the popular girl band, Spice Girls, from 1994 through 2000.
The group hit the big time with its first album, Spice, which immediately gained No.1 status in over 17 countries, selling 30 million copies, worldwide. It was only the beginning of the group’s record-breaking success.
Mel branched out as a solo artist, even before the group split in 2000, and continued her career as a solo artist, actress, author of her new book, Brutally Honest, and as a favorite judge on The X Factor in Britain and Australia and America’s Got Talent in the United States.
Now divorced from filmmaker, Stephen Belafonte — with whom she co-owned this West Hollywood mansion, since 2014 — and planning the start of a 12-performance Spice Girls reunion tour this summer, Mel has recently put the home, priced at $5.9 million, on the market.
Located in the storied Bird Streets neighborhood, legendary for its spectacular views and its slew of celebrity residents — including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston and Keanu Reeves — the four-story, 5,226-square-foot mansion was built in 1928, and has recently undergone a cutting-edge renovation.
The sleek, contemporary home has ceilings up to 20-feet high and massive glass walls that capture the views of downtown Los Angeles. Encompassing a total of four bedrooms and six baths, the entire fourth floor is devoted to the master suite, with two of almost everything, including televisions, bathrooms, dressing rooms and private terraces. The lush suite also has both a refrigerator and microwave.
The main living area contains formal living and dining rooms, chef’s kitchen, recording studio, fully-equipped gym, game room and family room. Rooms are sized for grand entertaining that can continue out to the pool-spa terrace with its outdoor kitchen, television, fire pit and lots of room for guests.
In addition to updating the mechanical systems in the house, such as plumbing and electric, Brown and Belafonte also upgraded the digital “smart” system, which will now operate the entire house, including the fire in the fireplace. There is a four-car garage and tall hedges and plantings provide total privacy.
The listing agents are Ben Belack and Blair Chang of The Agency in Beverly Hills, and Lucy Nargizyan of Dilbeck Real Estate in Burbank.
Courtesy of Top Ten Real Estate Deals.