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Donna Karan puts island retreat on market for $39 million

Fashion designer Donna Karan has put a seven-acre beachfront property on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands up for sale at $39 million.

Part of 10 acres she owns at the Caribbean location, the island estate called the Sanctuary fronts the white-sand beach and ocean. Two villas surrounded by lush vegetation make up the compound.

Each four-bedroom house features a second-floor ocean-view master suite and an infinity-edge pool. Cedar and coral stone walls, teak furniture and artwork from far-flung locales in Africa and Bali are among interior details.

A screened-in guest pavilion with outdoor wood terraces creates a centerpiece and gathering place on the property. There’s an adjacent third swimming pool, a kitchen pavilion, a yoga pavilion, staff quarters and storage pavilions.

Karan, 66, left Anne Klein in 1985 to launch the label bearing her name. She created the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing lines and has a fragrance line. Forbes estimates her net worth at $400 million...

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Queen Latifah lists house in Hollywood Hills West

Dana Owens, better known by her stage name, Queen Latifah, has listed a house in Hollywood Hills West at $1.939 million.

Built in 1922, the remodeled home features contemporary interiors, an open floor plan, high ceilings and French doors. Details include a glass-tile fireplace and dark hardwood floors.

The 2,026 square feet of living space contain a library, a family room, an updated kitchen, a bonus room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Tropical plantings enhance the privacy of the gated house, which has an outdoor spa.

The versatile Owens, 44, is a singer-songwriter, actress, comedian and TV and record producer. She got her start as a beat boxer and gained notice as a rapper, releasing the album “All Hail the Queen” in the late 1980s. Her solo rap performance of “U.N.I.T.Y.” garnered a Grammy in 1994.

Owens launched her television career in the 1990s, starring on “Living Single” and with her own talk show. The current "The Queen Latifah Show" started last year.

She bought the...

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Tia Carrere giving up her mountain retreat in Topanga

Actress-singer Tia Carrere has put her home in Topanga up for sale at $2.595 million.  

The mountaintop retreat, built in 1980 and since renovated, features modern interiors, an open floor plan and high ceilings. There’s an office, a media room, a gym and dual master suites for a total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Set on close to 3 acres, the 3,567-square-foot home is surrounded by hiking trails. Outdoor amenities include expansive patios, a saltwater lap pool, a gated play yard and a north-south tennis court.

Panoramic views take in the mountains, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island.  

Carrere, 47, has appeared on the reality shows “Dancing With the Stars” and “Celebrity Apprentice.” She starred in “Relic Hunter” (1999-2002), has done voice work on several animated series and was on the soap opera “General Hospital” from 1985 to 1987.

The soothing-toned singer won Grammys in 2008 and 2010 for her Hawaiian music albums “Huana Ke Aloha” and “’Ikena.”

The property last changed...

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Home of the Day: Venice Beach bungalow with vintage appeal

Original hardwood flooring, whitewashed brick and a kitchen with a 1950s O’Keefe & Merritt oven add to the vintage appeal of this updated bungalow abode found in the heart of Abbot Kinney. Through French doors, interiors flow freely onto a patio setting that receives shade from a great avocado tree. A detached garage moonlights as an alternate living space and home office.

Location: 1744 Washington Way, Venice, 90291

Asking price: $1.565 million

Year built: 1925

House size: 952 square feet, two bedrooms, one bathroom

Lot size: 4,204 square feet

Features: Original hardwood floors, French doors, custom built-ins, updated kitchen with O’Keefe and Merritt oven, dining area, formal living room with stack fireplace, patio, avocado tree, garage

About the area: There were 50 homes sold in the 90291 ZIP Code over the last 90 days at a median sale price of $1.52 million, according to Redfin. The median list price for that area is $1.75 million.

Agent: Tami Pardee, (310) 907-6517, Pardee...

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Terry Bradshaw lands on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw has touched down on Hawaii's Big Island, buying an estate in the northern town of Kamuela for $1.85 million.

A long drive leads up to the contemporary residence, built in 2005, which sits on about 12 acres in Kohala Ranch and has expansive mountain and ocean views.

Designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining, combined living spaces open onto a covered lanai and 60-foot lap pool with views running north to south along the Gold Coast. The nearly 4,600 square feet of living space includes a great room, a dining room, a kitchen, five bedrooms and 5.5 baths.

Outdoors amenities include a pair of koi ponds, formal gardens and an elaborate waterfall feature.

Bradshaw, 66, played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1970s and early 1980s, winning four Super Bowl titles with the team. He has been a fixture on Fox NFL Sunday for the last two decades and has also dabbled in film, most recently appearing in the 2006 comedy “Failure...

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Jennifer Lawrence nabs home once owned by Jessica Simpson

Actress Jennifer Lawrence of “The Hunger Games” films has bought a house in the 90210 ZIP Code for $8.225 million.

Among recent owners is singer and television personality Jessica Simpson, who handed it off a year ago for $6.4 million. More recent, however, is the seller, billionaire Sumner Redstone’s girlfriend Sydney Holland, according to researchers at Celebrity Address Aerial.

What a difference a year makes. Simpson had aspirations of selling the property near the $8-million mark  when she listed in May 2013 but ending up selling to Holland for $6.4 million.

Described as French style in the Multiple Listing Service, the 5,500-square-foot house was built in 1991 and has high ceilings, an updated kitchen, an office, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The front of the house has a stone and floral courtyard with a koi pond. The backyard contains lawn and a swimming pool.

Lawrence, 24, was in the sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show” from 2007 to 2009. She has been in the films "American Hustle"...

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