Stars rise, stars fall. Two of the late '80s brightest stars just crossed paths in a fascinating home purchase. For rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube, there's no debate over his current cultural relevance, while fading martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme has been reduced to a direct-to-DVD punch line.
But don't weep for Van Damme. Ice Cube recently paid some serious coin -- $7.25 million -- for Van Damme's contemporary home in Marina del Rey, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Van Damme, also known as The Muscles from Brussels, listed the 7,574-square-foot home in June for $9.99 million, then whittled down the asking price to $7,949,000. Built in 2011, the property sits on the Grand Canal in the city's Silver Strand community and features six bedroom suites, a state-of-the-art theater, gym, and enormous terrace that overlooks sailboats and sunsets. A rooftop deck and swimming pool round out the home's no-luxury-overlooked features.
Listing agent Shaun Hurley of First Team Real Estate says the sale is a record for Marina del Rey properties not situated on the ocean. Oh, and living on the Grand Canal is soooo much nicer than being oceanfront, Hurley says.
"Oceanfront homeowners lose privacy and have a lot of north-westerly trade winds that blow," he says. "The canal is very quiet, buffered. And you're not getting the direct salt ocean breeze coming in."
Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, was the first member of N.W.A. to leave the seminal rap group. As a solo artist, he became one of hip-hop's most successful and controversial artists, courting rhymes that are both political and profane. He's released 10 studio albums, but has endeared himself to most of America thanks to his work on the big screen. He's starred in such films as "Boyz N the Hood," "Friday," and "Ride Along."
Van Damme, who paid $6 million for the Marina del Ray house four years ago, is known for his blockbuster films "Timecop" and "Bloodsport," and for suspending himself between two moving trucks in a full-legged split for a Volvo commercial in 2013.