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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."

Rodriguez, 39, played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers before joining the Yankees a decade ago. A suspension related to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal has kept A-Rod from professional play this year.

He has been seen this summer training at UCLA.

Ian L. Brooks of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was the listing agent. Andrew Clark and Barry Peele of Sotheby's International Realty represented Rodriguez.

Spot for a host in Hollywood Hills

Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel has listed his home in Hollywood Hills at $2.299 million.

Built in 1947, the updated Hollywood Regency-style house sits on a knoll with city and mountain views that take in the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. A path to the front door crosses over a water element.

Among vintage details are the home's floor-to-ceiling leaded glass bay window and oval leaded glass windows, but the interiors have a fresh vibe.

One of the five bedrooms in the 3,605-square-foot home has been converted to a sound studio with a recording booth. There are formal dining and living rooms, a bar and five bathrooms.

In addition to the updated kitchen indoors, an outdoor kitchen includes a barbecue, a smoker, a pizza oven and a beer keg dispenser. A swimming pool with a spa, decks and mature trees complete the grounds.

Kimmel, 46, created and has hosted "Jimmy Kimmel Live" since 2003. The actor-comedian is also a television producer.

He bought the house in 2002 for $925,000, public records show, and had been leasing it out in recent years.

Karen Misraje of Partners Trust is the listing agent.

Next celebrity buyer sought

Actor Topher Grace has a home in Hollywood Hills West up for sale at $1.895 million.

The 36-year-old bought the property in 2006 for $1.595 million from actor Jesse Metcalfe, who had paid $1.275 million for it earlier that year.

Set on a cul-de-sac, the home with a red-tile roof was built in 1938 and has been updated to open to the backyard swimming pool. The 1,779 square feet of open floor plan living space includes a center hall, breakfast and dining areas, a bonus room and two en suite bedrooms.

A covered patio and a built-in barbecue with a terrace complete the grounds.

Grace has kept busy since his days on "That '70s Show," which ran from 1998 to 2006. His more recent credits include "The Big Wedding" (2013) and this year's "Don Peyote." He will be in the upcoming film "A Many Splintered Thing" and is in "The Calling," a thriller starring Susan Sarandon.

Neal Baddin of Coldwell Banker is the listing agent.

Making a splash in Calabasas

Joey Lawrence, who stars on "Melissa & Joey," has listed a Mediterranean-style home in Calabasas at $1.899 million.

Built in 1988, the remodeled home has such upgrades as suede-textured walls, exposed-beam ceilings, stone-clad fireplaces and crown molding. The dining room features mosaic-tile walls. In the family room, which has a wet bar and fireplace, the walls are leather.

The 4,562 square feet of living space include four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The quarter-acre lot contains a swimming pool and spa with a rock waterfall, a barbecue center, patios, decks and a lawn.

Lawrence, 38, is also a singer and a reality game show host on "Splash," and has taken his turn on the floor in "Dancing With the Stars." He has been in several series, including "Run of the House" (2003-04), "Blossom" (1990-95) and "Gimme a Break" (1983-87).

He bought the property three years ago for $1.443 million, public records show.

Rory Shevin and Marc Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are the listing agents.

Steps away from the new place

Brooke Burke of "Dancing With the Stars" fame and singer-actor-model David Charvet leased out one of their Malibu homes this summer at $50,000 a month and now have put it up for sale at $13 million.

The estate is still available for long-term lease at $35,000 a month.

The Italianate house sits on 3.5 acres with sprawling lawns, a rose garden, an orchard, a swimming pool and a cabana. A stone driveway, an 18th century fountain and a courtyard with gas lamps complete the grounds.

Adding to the Old World feel of the 6,769-square-foot house are limestone and walnut flooring, imported French fireplaces, custom ceiling details and hand-sculpted doors. There is a screening room, a 4,000-bottle wine cellar, a wood-paneled office, six bedrooms and four bathrooms. The lower level contains a bonus room and an off-season clothes closet.

Actress-model Burke, 42, co-hosted the dance competition series from 2010 to 2013 and in 2008. She hosted "She's Got the Look" from 2008 to 2010 and was on "Rock Star" in 2005-06. This year she appeared on the series "Melissa & Joey."

Charvet, 42, was a regular on "Melrose Place" (1996-98) and "Baywatch" (1992-96). Last year he was in the action-adventure film "Prisoners of the Sun."

They own a newly built mansion nearby.

Robert Radcliffe of Radcliffe Group/Sotheby's International Real Estate is the listing agent.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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