Minnie Driver pulls up stakes in Hollywood Hills

Lauren Beale
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Minnie Driver, who starred in the TV miniseries "The Red Tent," has pulled up stakes, selling her Hollywood Hills home for $1.5 million.

The Spanish-style house, built in 1926 and boasting original details, features a central courtyard. Designed for outdoor entertaining, the colorful garden courtyard has a fireplace, terra cotta pavers and accents of vintage Mexican tile.

The 3,055 square feet of living space contains formal living and dining rooms, a sunroom office, a wine cellar, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The breakfast area opens to a dining terrace with canyon views. Among other features are custom woodwork, custom tile and a fireplace in the wood-beamed living room.

Driver, 44, stars in several 2014 films, including "Return to Zero," "Stage Fright" and "Beyond the Lights," as well as the TV series "About a Boy." The actress will star next year in the cyberterrorism film "A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island." She was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in "Good Will Hunting" (1997).

The singer-songwriter recently released "Ask Me to Dance," her third album.

The property previously changed hands in 1998 for $775,000, public records show. Driver sold because she bought another home in the Los Angeles area.

Joe Reichling and Boni Bryant of Sotheby's International Realty were the listing agents. Leyla Blumenfeld of Nest Seekers represented the buyer.

Funnyman breaks even in Malibu

Comic and radio personality Adam Carolla, who stars in the recently renewed Spike TV series "Catch a Contractor," has parted with his retreat in Malibu for $3.6 million — exactly what he paid for the property in 2007.

The 1.7-acre property, with ocean, coastline and sunset views, contains a main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool with a spa.

The 2,810 square feet of living space features vaulted ceilings, skylights and two fireplaces plus four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master suite has a dressing area that could be used as an office.

Carolla, 50, has hosted radio show turned daily podcast series "The Adam Carolla Show" since 2009. The actor-producer-writer's credits include writing for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2003), voicing the part of Death on "Family Guy" (2000-14) and executive producing "Catch a Contractor."

Kathryn Bentzen of Partners Trust and Stephanie Vitacco of Keller Williams were the listing agents. Bentzen also represented the buyer.

Flea jumps in Los Feliz

Michael Balzary, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist better known by his stage name Flea, has paid $2.47 million for a two-story home in Los Feliz.

The Traditional-style residence, built in 1939, occupies a corner lot of about a quarter of an acre with a covered patio, a pool and spa, gardens and a two-car garage. Entered through a double foyer, the living space includes a living room with fireplace, a formal dining room and a cook's kitchen on the main level.

There are four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and about 3,600 square feet of living space.

The purchase comes roughly three months after the funk-rock musician sold his Mediterranean-style compound in the Griffith Park area for $6 million.

Flea, 52, is a founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, winners of six Grammy Awards. He recently appeared in the film "Low Down" (2014) alongside Lena Heady and Glenn Close.

The musician also owns property in Malibu.

Peter Schwartz of Rodeo Realty was the listing agent. Sherri Rogers and Anthony Stellini of Nourmand & Associates represented Flea.

Not just your ordinary mansion

Real estate entrepreneur Jeff Greene, whose $195-million Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills is the most expensive home publicly listed for sale in the U.S., also has a Hollywood Hills West mansion on the market at $9.99 million.

The renovated contemporary boasts such out-of-the-ordinary amenities as a three-level home theater, a 30-foot nightclub-style bar and a Moroccan-style meditation room. Built in 1928, the house sits behind gates on more than two acres with a large motorcourt, a tennis court and a swimming pool with a waterfall spa.

The 10,466 square feet of interior space includes a kitchen with an island, a gym, a wine cellar, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. There's a five-car garage, a roof-top deck and four fireplaces.

Walls of glass open to cityscape, ocean and mountain views.

Greene, who owns properties in Florida, New York and California, has a net worth of $3 billion, according to Forbes. He bought the Hollywood Hills West property in 2002 for $1.575 million, public records show.

Drew Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is the listing agent.

Leaving her part of the range

Actress-singer Tia Carrere, who appeared this year in Wiz Khalifa's "Stayin Out All Night" music video, has sold her home in Topanga for $2.52 million — just $75,000 shy of her asking price.

The residence, built in 2008, occupies a three-acre hilltop with a gated play yard, expansive patios, a north-south tennis court and a saltwater lap pool. Hiking trails encircle the property.

An open-space floor plan of about 3,600 square feet features high ceilings, expansive windows and skylights. Amenities include a media room, an office, a gym and dual master suites. In all, there are four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Outdoors, tiered grounds dotted by mature trees offer views of the surrounding mountains, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island.

Carrere, 47, is known for her role as Cassandra Wong in the comedy films "Wayne's World" (1992) and "Wayne's World 2" (1993). More recently, she has appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" and "Celebrity Apprentice."

The Hawaii-born songstress won Grammy Awards in 2008 and 2010 for her albums "Huana Ke Aloha" and "Ikena."

The home originally came to market in September at $2.595 million. Public records show that the property previously sold in 2005 for $1.625 million.

Monica Perkal and Katherine Berlyn of Coldwell Banker were the listing agents. John Snyder of Sotheby's International Realty represented the buyer.

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Times staff writer Neal Leitereg contributed to this report.

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