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Meryl Streep sells Hollywood Hills West home to Alex Rodriguez

A-list actress Meryl Streep has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for $4.8 million.

Known as the Honnold & Rex Research House, the 1954 residence was redesigned and reconfigured by earlier owner and architectural conservator Xorin Balbes. Walls of glass open to a courtyard with a pool and a spa. The two-story living room has a floor-to-ceiling stone wall and fireplace.

The 3,700 square feet of living space includes dining and family rooms, four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The Oscar-winning actress bought the house early last year for $4.5 million. The home was built under the 1950s and '60s Case Study program, which prodded architects to experiment with new materials and design methods.

Streep, 65, won Academy Awards for her work in "The Iron Lady" (2011), "Sophie's Choice" (1982) and "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). The versatile and busy actress is in three movies this year: "The Homesman," "The Giver" and "Into the Woods."

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Home of the Week: renovated 1920s house in Hollywood Hills

This renovated 1920s house in Hollywood Hills retains an "Old Hollywood" vibe from its beamed ceilings with plaster scroll work to the hardwood floors of the step-down living room. The original decorative iron gate stands in the arched entryway to the dining room.

Location: 2018 Whitley Ave., Los Angeles 90068

Asking price: $1.499 million

Year built: 1926

House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, about 4,000 square feet

Lot size: 5,642 square feet

Features: Library, office with built-in lounging alcove, breakfast bar, gym, living room and outdoor fireplaces, tiled terraces, barbecue, cityscape and hillside views

About the area: In the first half of the year, 138 single-family homes sold in the 90068 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.125 million, according to DataQuick. That was a 17.3% price increase from the first half of 2013.

Agent: William Coveny III, (310) 777-2850, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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Pete Rose sells longtime home in Sherman Oaks

Pete Rose of Big Red Machine fame has hustled a deal in Sherman Oaks, selling his longtime residence for $1.96 million.

The gated home, built in Spanish style in 1999, features a two-story floor plan with hardwood flooring, skylights and wrought-iron railings. The 4,719 square feet of living space includes an entry hall, a formal living room, a den/office, six bedrooms and 4.75 baths.

Outdoors, the quarter-acre grounds contain a swimming pool and spa, a covered patio and a detached multi-use structure.

Rose, 73, totaled a Major League best 4,256 hits, 17 All-Star appearances and three World Series titles in 24 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. Last year, he appeared in the TLC reality series “Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs” with his fiancée, Kiana Kim.

The home originally came to market in October 2013 at $2.15 million, but saw its asking price drop to $1.975 million in late April. Rose and his second wife, Carol, paid $913,500 for the property in 1999,...

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Ron White puts Montecito home on the market

Stand-up comedian Ron White has his Montecito spread listed for sale at $4.475 million.

Set on 3.25 acres and built in 1973, the single-level ocean-view house has been remodeled to feature an open floor plan and a deck off the living room. Beamed ceilings and archways are among architectural details.

Some 2,350 square feet of interior space include a living room with a corner fireplace, a dining area, a family room, a laundry room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

White, 57, is known for his work as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. This year he made the movie “Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops” and last year he released the album “A Little Unprofessional.” He can be seen headlining in Las Vegas.

Public records show that White bought the property in 2006 for $3.75 million with his now ex-wife, Barbara Dobbs. He married singer-songwriter Margo Rey six years ago.

Cristal Clark of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

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Former 49er Eric Davis lists Santa Cruz-area home for sale

Eric Davis, the retired NFL defensive back who spent six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, has listed his home near Santa Cruz for sale at $3.795 million.

The gated Mediterranean-style estate, built in 2003, occupies a 2.55-acre promontory in Soquel with sprawling views of Monterey Bay. Lined in limestone, the two-story floor plan includes a formal dining room, a living room, a chef’s kitchen, four bedrooms, four fireplaces and five bathrooms in 6,804 square feet of living space.

Features include a stately office with dark wood paneling and coffered ceilings and a recreation room that prominently displays Davis’ personal memorabilia. The master bathroom comes complete with a steam shower and soaking tub.

Outdoors, the relaxed grounds include a central courtyard with a fountain, a patio and a barbecue area.

Davis, 46, played 13 seasons with the 49ers, Panthers, Broncos and Lions, earning three All-Pro nods and winning a championship with San Francisco in 1994. He currently co-hosts...

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Adrian Bellani sells house he bought from Ellen DeGeneres

Actor Adrian Bellani has sold his house in Hollywood Hills West for $2.1 million.

The designer-perfect home, built in 1964, was once owned by talk show host EllenDeGeneres as part of a compound.

The contemporary has vaulted and extra-high ceilings, dark wood floors and retractable walls of glass. The 2,267 square feet of living space includes a step-down dining room, a breakfast bar, a fireplace, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a three-car garage.

The master bedroom and bathroom have balconies. Patio space sits off the main living areas.

Views take in the surrounding hillsides, and there’s a three-car garage.

Bellani, 32, is often associated with his role as the second Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the daytime series "Passions" in 2006 and 2007. This year he has appeared in the Tyler Perry-created TV series "The Haves and the Have Nots."

He bought the property from DeGeneres in 2007 for $1.995 million, public records show.

John Galich and Daniel Schott of Rodeo Realty were the listing...

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Home of the Day: A curvy contemporary along the Venice Canals

Curving panes of floor-to-ceiling glass framed in steel lend an industrial look to this modern residence found on a corner lot on the Venice Canals. Designed by Vaughan Trammell, the layered floor plan mixes sunlit interiors with outdoor spaces accessible by Fleetwood sliders. Running parallel to the master level, a third story lap pool overlooks the canal and footbridge.

Location: 2355 Eastern Canal Court, Venice, 90291

Asking price: $3.425 million

Year built: 2004

Architects: Vaughan Trammell, AIA

House size: 2,606 square feet, three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths

Lot size: 2,701 square feet

Features: Vaulted interiors, floor-to-ceiling glass, Fleetwood sliders, maple hardwood flooring, chef’s kitchen, breakfast bar, dining room, den/office, living room, patio, saltwater lap pool

About the area: There were 91 homes sold in the 90291 ZIP Code in the last 90 days at a median sale price of $1.58 million, according to Redfin. The median list price for that area is $1.7 million.

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Jackie Onassis' childhood home asking $44 million

The childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is for sale in Manhattan at $44 million.

The recently renovated 1929 duplex retains its traditional architecture but has been updated with modern finishes and a contemporary look.

The 17-story Art Deco building was designed by architects Arthur Loomis Harmon and Rosario Candela, who made a name for himself designing apartments in New York City in the 1920s. Candela’s name is often associated with luxury buildings and coveted addresses. Onassis’ grandfather, James T. Lee, was the builder.

Entertaining space on the main floor includes a living room overlooking Park Avenue with a dining room area. The library has original paneling. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, glass fronted and backed cupboards and a breakfast area.

There is a sweeping staircase, a media room, four fireplaces, four bedrooms, six full bathrooms and a partial bath. The master suite contains two hotel-like marble bathrooms, two dressing rooms and two...

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Baseball legend Randy Johnson to list Arizona mansion at $25 million

He played for six different teams over a span of 22 Major League seasons, but Randy Johnson’s greatest achievements came in the Arizona desert, where he earned four consecutive Cy Young Awards and won a championship in eight seasons with the Diamondbacks.

Tokens of those achievements, including the Commissioner’s Trophy from the 2001 World Series, are displayed prominently in the retired pitcher’s mansion-estate in Paradise Valley, Ariz., which will list publicly for sale at $25 million on Monday, according to the Joffe Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties.

The estate, built in Mediterranean style, frames views of the surrounding mountains on a five-acre parcel with a main residence, a commercial-grade fitness facility, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool and a tennis court. A cobbled driveway, stone accents and an ornate wooden front door lend to the Tuscan ambiance of the home, designed by Erik Peterson of PHX Architecture.

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Maria Montez's former home in Beverly Hills asks $5.295 million

The Spanish-style home where sultry silver screen star Maria Montez wed actor Jean-Pierre Aumont has listed for sale in Beverly Hills at $5.295 million.

Built in 1928, the single-story home served as the personal residence to Montez, known as “The Queen of Technicolor,” during the 1940s. It was there, in 1943, that the Dominican-born actress and French actor exchanged vows, with Charles Boyer acting as best man and Jannine Crispine in the role of maid of honor, according to The Times.

After the death of Montez in 1951, the property was bequeathed to her relatives. In 1953, the home sold for $39,500. More recently, the home exchanged hands in June 2013 for $3.24 million.

The home, designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining, features updated interiors with beamed ceilings, plank hardwood flooring and vaulted living spaces. An open floor plan of nearly 3,100 square feet includes a formal living room with a fireplace, a dining room and a chef’s kitchen.

Outdoors, the quarter-acre grounds...

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'Vampire Diaries' producer Caroline Dries lands in Los Feliz

Caroline Dries, executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries,” has landed an industrial chic home in Los Feliz for $1.675 million.

Set behind a metal double door that would appear to be predator-proof, are contemporary-style interiors with open-plan living and dining areas.

Walls of glass and steel bring in natural light and views of the surrounding hills and cityscape.

Materials used in the nearly 3,000 square feet of living space include cooper, bamboo and stone.

Outdoor space includes a salt-water swimming pool, a barbecue center and a patio with a fire pit. An adjoining pool house has a massage room and steam shower.

There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and garage space for five cars.

Dries was a producer and writer for “Melrose Place” from 2009 to 2010 and has written “Smallville” (2006-09) as well as “The Vampire Diaries” (2010-present).

The property previously sold four years ago for $1.379 million.

Michael Okun of Wish Sotheby’s International Real Estate was the listing agent....

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Home of the Day: a G.W. Smith Revival on the Santa Barbara Riviera

Mountain, harbor and ocean views are on full display at this classic Mediterranean Revival estate, found on 1.31 acres in a coveted section of the Santa Barbara Riviera. Designed by noted architect in 1920, the historic home counts arched doorways, colorful hand-painted tiles and a pool among its features.

Location: 1919 Las Tunas Road, Santa Barbara, 93103

Asking price: $6.4 million

Year built: 1920

Architects: George Washington Smith

House size: 4,202 square feet, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

Lot size: 1.31 acres

Features: Library, dining room, living room, courtyard, terrace, pool, spa, formal gardens, mountain and ocean views

About the area: There were 55 homes sold in the 93103 ZIP Code over the last 60 days at an average price of $1.34 million, according to The average list for that area is $1.5 million.

Agent: Harry Kolb, 805-565-8633, Sotheby’s International Realty

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