Hipster hip-hopper and business mogul Sean Combs — a.k.a. Diddy, possibly as in Wah-Diddy, comma, although who deserves that moniker has remained speculation since bass-playing songwriter Willie Dixon suggested the possibility fifty years ago in reference to a Diddley — is the seller of a charming Toluca Lake escape. The .54-acre property is on the market this fall with an asking price a dollar shy of $7 million.
The house’s exterior design is inspired by East Coast Colonial and farmhouse architecture; more the former in the front, and more the latter in the rear. The façade is expressed with symmetry and a forceful neoclassical portico.
The home’s shared living spaces also riff on the historic. They culminate in a great room with a towering hipped ceiling and a fireplace with a French-style mantel, but they also include a foyer with a two-level ceiling, harlequin-pattern marble tile and a staircase that rises to a semicircular gallery overlook, a kitchen dressed up with the same tile used in the foyer that also sports a huge amount of counter space, and a living room with a fireplace and sliding glass doors that open to a balcony.
There are six bedrooms and seven baths across this home’s 9,655 sq. ft. of interiors. Outdoor amenities include a larger pool with a companion spa, a goodly-sized stretch of lawn, a pergola-capped living and/or dining area, and a sports court.
Diddy’s debut album, 1997’s No Way Out, reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart. A pair of subsequent albums reached the number two position before 2006’s Press Play topped the chart again. Diddy’s net worth is reportedly north of $800 million.
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