Since Her Death, Brittany Murphy's House Has Undergone Massive Changes
Brittany Murphy, of Hollywood Hills, died in her Hollywood hills home in 2009, aged 32. Five months later, her husband Simon Monjack died on the same property of similar causes. Murphys death was later ruled to be the result of untreated pneumonia in combination with anemia and drug overdose from over-the-counter and prescription medications. Due to the strange similarities in Murphy and Monjacks causes of death, there was initially concern that there may have been toxic mold in the home.
Linda Monjack, Simon's mother, told the Daily Mail in 2013 that her son had found "severe mold" in the house prior to his death. The medical examiner'' decision denied the theory, but Simon has since apologized. "All I know is that before Simon's death, he was having hallucinations that things were crawling out of his skin," she said.
Britney Spears, who had lived there with her then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake until their 2002 split, owned the house before Murphy bought it for $3.85 million in 2003. Spears reported feeling that something was wrong about the house and had a bizarre encounter there that prompted her to leave the property and never return. Julianne Kaye, Spears' former makeup artist, recounted the incident on the "We Need To Talk About Britney" show in February 2021.
[Spears] had that place up on Sunset Plaza and I'm just going to say, this is really weird... She calls me..." I had my friend do reiki healing on her, he had come up, I guess she'd had a crazy partying weekend and needed to relax, Kaye said. He left, and she swears to God that he opened some spirit portal or something, where these bad spirits had entered... and they were trying to, like, push her down the stairs or whatever.
Monjack claimed that Murphy hated the house and that they were planning to sell it and relocate to New York City shortly after Murphy died. Brit would say, Please, can we stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel? Simon told The Hollywood Reporter in January 2010 that he plans to retire from television in the near future. Id say, Honey, youve got to be realistic. We have our house, a 10,000-square-foot home. Were going to stay in it.
In the 11 years since Murphy and Monjack's deaths, the property has undergone dramatic renovations and has been listed reportedly 10 times. It took Brittanys mother Sharon Murphy until 2011 to sell the home, which she eventually got a developer to buy for $2.7 million. In 2013, the house was completely deconstructed and remodeled to transform it into a 9,400 square foot, five-bathroom, nine-bedroom mansion with soaring ceilings, oversized wine cellar, and infinity pool. It has remained in the same hands since its purchase in late 2020, when it was rumored to have been purchased for $12.2 million.