Real Estalker revealed
Well, sort of. We enjoy the Real Estalker blog about celebrity real estate immensely -- we find it chatty, reliable, funny, informative and very well-written. We have what we think is a healthy curiosity about who, exactly, writes it -- the posts are signed by "Your Mama."
So the New York Times tracked down said Mama for a story about people who stalk houses. Here's the skinny:
"Real Estalker reported on the screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and the director Stephen Gyllenhaal (the parents of the actors Jake and Maggie), who were renting out their Hollywood Hills home.
"The blogger, who uses the pseudonym Mark David and said he works as a graphic designer in Manhattan, said he was able to draw on the website of the Los Angeles County tax assessor’s office and other online sources for information about the location of the Gyllenhaal house (near Runyon Canyon Park), its size (2,563 square feet) and its purchase price ($850,000 in 1999), along with color photographs of its interior from the website of the Multiple Listing Service, the real estate database.
"The blogger, who declined to give his name for publication, saying he had real estate interests that might be compromised if people connected him with the blog, said by telephone that he can find out how much homeowners owe on their mortgage, but that he wouldn’t post that online. 'What I’m doing is invasive enough,' he said."
Our Two Cents: We still think Real Estalker is written mainly in Los Angeles.