I don’t know that reality television has another figure as mystical and mythologically shrouded in mystery as Storage Wars‘ skeleton-gloved collector Barry Weiss. He’s part rock star, part stand up comedian, part 12-year-old-boy, but always 100% Barry. I’m reminded o the lyrics to Kris Kristofferson’s famous ode to the other Man In Black titled “The Pilgrim: Chapter 33:”
He’s a poet, he’s a picker–
He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher–
He’s a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he’s stoned–
He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction,
Takin’ every wrong direction on his lonely way back home.
Hmmmm… I don’t know if the “lonely way back home” fits, but otherwise… Enough Barry fawning, though! Let’s get down to the brass tacks of this post, shall we?
Among the mysteries surrounding Barry, in addition to how he made his fortune in the first place, is where does he live? That question, as most Barry Weiss questions, has many answers. But, his main residence appears to be a four-bedroom home in the affluent gated Los Angeles neighborhood of Laughlin Park – caddy corner to Natalie Portman! (That’s a street view photo of Villa de Weiss above. And yes that is a huge TV antenna attached to the roof. What are the odds Barry has some exotic vintage TV hooked up to that?)
Here’s a Google satellite view of Barry’s abode in which you can see Natalie’s pad just across the street.
Judging from this photo it appears when Barry finally gets up at the crack of noon in his upstairs bedroom, one of the first things he could very well see would be Natalie Portman catching some rays poolside. (As awesome as it would be to have Natalie Portman as a neighbor, I think it would be waaay cooler to live across the street from Barry! “Hey Barry, can I borrow a cup of sugar? Oh, and how about a custom car for the day?”)
Here are some more satellite views of the four-bedroom Spanish Revival home built in 1928 for financier Joseph L Durkin and his wife Mary:
Rated as one of the top five neighborhoods in L.A. by Los Angeles Magazine, Laughlin Park was established in 1905 and became the home of many of the stars of the silent film era. Some of the famous Laughlin Park residents at the time included W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplain, and Cecil B. DeMille, whose last name is the street name on which Barry Weiss’ house is located.
According to a source for Reality Weekly, Barry “paid $1.8 million for his spacious four-bedroom home.” The source adds, “He also has other properties, all in expensive neighborhoods.”
And for those of you wondering why this house doesn’t look like the one featured on Storage Wars, apparently Barry just picked a random mansion to park at for the scene. Check out this hilarious clip of what happened off camera when the real home owner came out asking questions!
Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, Barry Weiss is reportedly getting his own reality show! Tentatively titled What Are You Worth? the show features people applying for money for whatever reason and Barry decides who gets how much – or something like that. You can click the show title link for details) I would much prefer a “Hanging with Barry Weiss” type show in which cameras follow Barry around as he introduces us to his seemingly endless array of fascinating friends from around the globe, but I suppose we will have to take what we can get, right?