Christina El Moussa Lists Family Home She Shared with Ex Tarek for $3 Million
Christina El Moussa Is Selling Her Family's Home
"The House We've Been Dreaming Of"
The 6,366-square-foot home was built in 2005 and completely remodeled by Christina and Tarek in 2015. They spent $1.5 million customizing the house, according to their realtor.
Tarek previously described the property as “the house we’ve been dreaming of our entire lives together."
The ex couple also overhauled the backyard in 2016, changing everything except the shell of the existing pool, and adding a rock climbing wall, grotto, waterslide and waterfalls.
At night, hidden fire torches burn atop the man-made rock formation beside the saltwater pool.
Outfitted for Outside
An 800-square-foot outdoor "entertaining pavilion" is warmed by recessed heat lamps and holds a high-end grill, vented hood, icemaker, two refrigerators, wine storage and a built-in tap.
Designed to Stay
Inside, Christina's signature "rustic-glam" style is visible throughout. But the real estate savvy duo still kept resale in mind when outfitting the space.
"We tried to choose some elements that are timeless as far as the dark cabinets and marble,” Christina told PEOPLE shortly after the remodel. “We picked stuff that we thought that we wouldn’t get sick of, and that eventually, if we ever sold, that other buyers would also like.”
The renovation didn't go so smoothely for the former couple, who finalized their divorce in January.
When they were about 25% of the way through the process, Christina changed her mind about the style — more glam, less rustic — and they had to start the process over. The project they planned to last about about six months ended up taking two years.
One rustic space survived the redesign: the billiard room, which Christina says was Tarek's domain. "It's different from the rest of the house, but it works because it's a man's room," she says. "I don't use this room!"
Out of the House
During the renovation, which included this dramatic, double-height dining room, the family — includng their two children, daughter Taylor, now 7, and son Brayden, now 2 — had to temporarily move into a hotel for three months.
“Then we lived with my parents for another month, and then we still moved back into a construction zone for a few months,” says Christina.
Making a Statement
“It was a very stressful process, but somehow we pulled it off," Tarek said. And the finished product was no doubt worth the wait. Up a sweeping wrought iron staircase and around a statement-making "rotunda landing," potential buyers will find an impressive master suite and adorable kids' rooms.
The master has a fireplace and walk-in closets, and the attached bath features a spa tub and seamless glass shower.
The fitness enthusiasts combined two addtional neighboring bedrooms to create a home gym.
A Girly Getaway
Daughter Taylor's room is fit for a princess with decorative white-painted wood paneling and a crystal-laden chandelier.
Both Christina and Tarek are commited to coparenting since their split. “Our kids are amazing … Our kids are transitioning well,” Christina said in a Good Morning America appearance in 2017. “Tarek and I are friends and we have a lot of support from our family. The kids are doing great.”
Kids Come First
Son Brayden's room leans more rustic, with a wall of reclaimed wood and muted tones. There's also a playroom for the kids to share. Their parents have been splitting custody “pretty much 50-50,” according to Tarek.
He moved into a bachelor pad in Newport Beach in the summer of 2016, before the separation was public, and has just purchased a new home in Costa Mesa that he tells PEOPLE is "perfect for my bachelor life and my dad life."