Pharrell lists Hollywood Hills “Battleship” mansion for nearly $12m (www.dirt.com)

An award-winning architectural tour-de-force high above L.A.’s storied Laurel Canyon owned by mononymous hip-hop superstar Pharrell has come for sale at $11.95 million, a substantial amount over the slightly more than $7.1 million the music industry heavyweight, fashion designer and occasional film producer paid for the imposingly gated and heavily fortified property just over five years ago. Listings held by Kurt Rappaport and Drew Meyers, both at Westside Estate Agency, show the exceptionally long and low-slung residence was designed by innovative architect Hagy Belzberg and offers a total of six bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms between the five-bedroom main house and detached two-story guesthouse. Like a sleek, angular oil tanker that’s somehow come to rest on a high ridgeline atop steep, brush-covered hillsides, the roughly 1.5-acre property has staggering 280-degree mountain, canyon and city views that sweep over both L.A. and the San Fernando Valley.

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