Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their "conscious uncoupling."
Uncoupling papers will no doubt eventually reveal who gets the John Lautner-designed home, which is set on a secluded acre of land and surrounded by tropical landscaping. The forward-thinking architect designed such structures as the octagonal Chemosphere house in Los Angeles and the poured-concrete Elrod Residence in Palm Springs.
The single-story post-and-beam house the former couple bought was built in 1972 and sits on a street that has seen the likes of Kenny G, Julia Roberts and Charlie Sheen as neighbors.
Architectural details include angled walls and windows, a triangular fireplace that juts into the living room, and a teardrop-shaped granite-topped island in the kitchen.
The 3,650-square-foot house features heated sandstone floors, walls of glass, stainless-steel appliances, a library/study, an office, a gym, a yoga studio, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is an outdoor steam room and shower, a tennis court and a pebble stone swimming pool.
Paltrow, 41, won an Oscar for her leading role in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). Her other film work includes the "Iron Man" movies and "Thanks for Sharing" (2012). She has made several guest appearances on the series "Glee," for which she won an Emmy, and will be in the upcoming Johnny Depp film "Mortdecai."
Martin, 37, is the frontman for Coldplay and one of its founders. The band has won Grammys for the albums "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends," "Clocks" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head." Coldplay will release its sixth album, "Ghost Stories," in May. Martin appeared as a guest mentor last week on "The Voice."
Stephanie Smith of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent. Susan Perryman of Hilton & Hyland/Christie's International Real Estate represented Paltrow.
A big bang for the buck
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her husband, Ryan Sweeting, have listed their place in Sherman Oaks at $2.795 million. They recently bought the Tarzana home of former Laker Lamar Odom and television personality Khloe Kardashian for $5.499 million.
The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2004, is designed for entertaining with an outdoor living room and fireplace, an outdoor kitchen with an eat-at bar, a swimming pool and a spa. Stone fireplaces and interior arches are among architectural details.
The 5,233 square feet of living space includes a family room, five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
A salon/dressing room is outfitted with built-ins, shoe racks and a professional shampoo/hair station.
Cuoco-Sweeting, 28, stars in "The Big Bang Theory," which has been renewed for three years. The series is in its seventh season. She will star in this month's comedy film "Authors Anonymous."
Sweeting, 26, is a professional tennis player. The two were married in December.
Cuoco-Sweeting bought the property in 2010 for $2.4 million.
Stephanie Vitacco of Keller Williams is the listing agent.
Packing up in Bel-Air
Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., have listed their home in Bel-Air at $5.499 million.
The traditional-style house, built in 1991, features a gym, an office, a sun room, five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms within its 7,620 square feet of living space.
The family room has a drop-down screen and projector, 15-foot ceilings, a fireplace and French doors. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom.
The nearly half-acre grounds include patio space, waterfalls, a swimming pool, a spa and a barbecue.
Geller, 36, stars on the series "The Crazy Ones" with Robin Williams. Her film work includes "The Grudge" (2004), "Cruel Intentions" (1999) and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), in which Prinze also starred. She won a Daytime Emmy for her role on "All My Children." And who could forget her starring role as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003)?
Prinze, 38, is a producer and director for World Wrestling Entertainment. He was on the series "24" and "Freddie."
The property was purchased in 2001 for $2.45 million.
Cindy Ambuehl of Partners Trust is the listing agent.
'Malcolm' leaves landlord role
Frankie Muniz, known for his childhood role in "Malcolm in the Middle," has sold his home in Hollywood Hills West for $3.05 million.
The traditional-style house was built in 1941 and remodeled to have an open floor plan. The kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and two bedrooms occupy the lower level of the two-story home.
Upstairs, the master bedroom suite has a sitting area, a fireplace and dual closets. Two additional bedrooms are also on the upper level of the 4,200-square-foot home, which has four bathrooms.
Outdoor amenities on the gated property include a swimming pool, a spa, an outdoor fireplace and a viewing deck to take in the cityscape vistas.
Muniz, 28, was nominated for an Emmy for the starring role on "Malcolm" (2000-06). His subsequent interests have included race car driving and being a drummer in Kingsfoil. He recently announced that he was leaving the band because of upcoming scheduling conflicts. Muniz is working on the movie "Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2."
He bought the house in 2006 for $3.499 million and had been leasing it out.
Mary Swanson and Jon Bronson of Westside Estate Agency were the listing agents. Bobby Syed of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.
Artist sells Venice duplex
Raymond Pettibon, the contemporary artist who sprang from the L.A.'s punk rock scene, has sold a property in Venice for $1.219 million.
The Craftsman-style house, built in 1923 and zoned as a duplex, sits in the heart of so-called Silicon Beach. The "fixer," as it is described in the listing, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,512 square feet of living space.
Interior arches and hardwood floors hint at the property's early days. Artistic doodles adorn the walls in several rooms.
Pettibon, 56, got his start as a bass player, designing album covers and fliers for Black Flag. Today his works hang in major museums worldwide. His dystopian cartoon-style drawings and paintings often incorporate quotes.
The property last sold in 2006 for $1.1 million.