Hot Property

Hank Azaria's character-filled house is up for sale

Lauren Beale
Hot Property

Hank Azaria, a longtime voice on "The Simpsons," has listed a house in the Beverly Crest area at $3.5 million.

The two-story house, built in 1999 with a design inspired by Prairie School architecture, is set behind gates on close to a half-acre in a canyon area. The wooded grounds include a stream, a lawn and a swimming pool.

The 3,320-square-foot house features living, family and dining rooms, a library/study, four bedrooms and five bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the living room, den and master bedroom.

Balconies and a lanai extend the living space outdoors.

Azaria, 50, has performed since 1989 as numerous "Simpsons" voices including bartender Moe Szyslak, Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu and the inept Chief Wiggum. He is working on the upcoming animated film "Bordertown."

The actor bought the property in 2000 for $2 million. He also owns a place in New York City.

Victoria Massengale of Keller Williams and Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, are the listing agents.

Chopping skills come in handy

Christina Ricci, whose various roles have included this year's TV movie "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax," has sold her Hollywood Hills home for a hacked-down $1.37 million — 19% off the original asking price. She had listed it earlier this year at $1.695 million.

The gated traditional-style home was built in 1957 and updated with chic contemporary interiors. The 1,891 square feet of living space includes a living room with a fireplace and leaded-glass picture window, a den with a fireplace, a library/study and two en suite bedrooms with stone and mosaic work. Skylights and French doors bring natural light into the house.

A covered patio, a swimming pool and terraced gardens complete the quarter-acre lot.

Apparently Ricci's chopping skills have landed her a reprise of her starring role. She'll be in next year's mini-series "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles."

Ricci, 34, played daughter Wednesday in two "Addams Family" movies as a child.

She starred in the films "Monster" (2003) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) and will star in "Mothers Day," scheduled for release next year.

Ricci paid $1.505 million in 2005 for the property, which the Multiple Listing Service shows had been leased out.

Adam Sires and Michael Nourmand, both of Nourmand & Associates, were the listing agents. The transaction closed outside of the MLS.

Sold by an angel?

Singer and actress Della Reese and her husband, producer Franklin Lett, have sold their longtime home in Bel-Air for $7.5 million.

Featuring views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir, the more than half-acre property has a Sierra Nevada vibe with 100-foot pines.

During her time in the midcentury contemporary, Reese expanded it to 9,000 square feet, adding a near-Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool. Living spaces in the two-story house include a billiard room, a library, an office, four bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Reese, who was born in Detroit, got her start as a gospel singer touring with Mahalia Jackson and in 1959 had the hit single "Don't You Know?" She went on to have her own talk show, "Della," in 1969 and 1970 and was a regular on the game show and late-night talk show circuit.

More recently, Reese starred in "Touched by an Angel" from 1994 to 2003. This year she has appeared on the drama "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

The property was purchased by an investment firm planning to rebuild. Reese sold because she will be relocating locally.

Ernie Carswell and Chris Pickett of Teles Properties handled the off-market transaction.

House passes buyer inspection

"Inspector Gadget" creator Andy Heyward has sold his house in Hollywood Hills West for $7.1 million.

Set at the end of a long gated drive in the celebrity-coveted Bird Streets neighborhood, the East Coast-inspired traditional-style house was built in 1966 and is attributed to early architect-to-the-stars Paul Williams. The more than half-acre knoll-top lot has expansive views of the cityscape.

Some 3,750 square feet of remodeled living space includes a center hall, a library/study, a screening room, an office, a gym, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the living room, dining room and master bedroom suite.

The grounds contain a swimming pool.

Heyward, 65, is the former head of the animation production company DiC Entertainment, which was sold in 2008. He is the chairman and chief executive of Genius Brands International, which focuses on "content with a purpose" for children.

Public records show the property was purchased in 2010 for $4.75 million.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency was the listing agent. Fred Bernstein of the same firm represented the buyer.

Where comic took poetic license

The longtime Malibu home of the late Henry Gibson of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" fame is for sale at $6.9 million.

Recently remodeled, the Cape Cod-inspired house with white trim sits on a private road on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway. Views take in the coastline, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island.

The two-story home has a library, vaulted ceilings, balconies, a fireplace, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1,805 square feet of light and bright living space. There is also a guesthouse.

The property encompasses three parcels along the beach. Steps lead to the sand.

Gibson, who died five years ago at 73, became known as the flower-holding poet laureate of sorts on the satirical comedy show in the late '60s. His scores of acting credits include more recent runs on "Boston Legal" (2004-08) and the animated "King of the Hill" (2005-08).

His film work included roles on "Wedding Crashers" (2005), "Magnolia" (1999) and "The Blues Brothers" (1980).

Billy Rose and Santiago Arana of the Agency are the listing agents.


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