‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan Drops Millions Above the Sunset Strip

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The listing for this Hollywood Hills property gushes that the house is “done to the nines” and a “true work of art.” Although the gated structure was built in 1948, one look at the photos confirms it’s been heavily and expensively renovated over the years, likely bearing no resemblance to its original form. Owned for two decades by Todd Feldman, a top agent at Hollywood talent juggernaut CAA, the estate has been sold for $5.9 million to Kevin Kwan, a prolific American author known for penning the #1 bestseller “Crazy Rich Asians” and its satirical novel sequels “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.”

Born in Singapore to an old-money family, Kwan grew up attending the elite Anglo-Chinese School (ACS). It was there where he first observed the nouveau riche flash of Asia’s new jetset — students wearing Rolexes, being dropped off at ASC in Bentleys — memories which would later provide the basis for the trilogy that made him a multimillionaire. As a preteen, Kwan moved with his family to Texas, where he graduated from Houston’s Clear Lake High School. As an adult, he later moved to and remains based in New Mexico.

Following the success of 2013’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” which sold over five million copies worldwide and has been translated into 36 languages, Kwan’s work has been in-demand by a slew of production houses, and the film and TV rights for all of his subsequent books have been sold to major Hollywood studios. He also has executive producer credits on the 2018 film version of the “Crazy Rich Asians,” which earned rave reviews and grossed nearly $240 million worldwide — against a relatively paltry production budget of just $30 million.

As for the new Kwan compound, it rests on a prime cul-de-sac just above the western end of L.A.’s iconic Sunset Strip, near the posh border that separates the cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Combined, the main house and separate backyard guesthouse pack three bedrooms and four bathrooms into about 3,800 square feet of living space.

Kurt Rappaport and Kevin D. Booker of Westside Estate Agency held the listing; Michael Rahimian of Compass repped the buyer.

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