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'New Girl' Zooey Deschanel parts with old house in Hollywood Hills

Zooey Deschanel of 'New Girl' fame sold her Hollywood Hills home for above the asking price

Zooey Deschanel got top dollar for her home in Hollywood Hills. The actress-singer-songwriter, who bought a house in Manhattan Beach this year, sold her old place for $2.33 million — a little more than 6% over the asking price.

Set on half an acre, the single-story Traditional was built in 1933 and features formal living and dining rooms, a den, a breakfast nook and two wood-burning fireplaces. The remodeled kitchen, awash in blue tile and cabinetry, has marble counter tops and a farmhouse sink, while the breakfast area looks out onto surrounding gardens.

There are three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in about 3,000 square feet.

Outdoors, a brick patio, various gardens and large expanses of grass make up the tree-topped grounds. Separate guest quarters with another bedroom sits across from the main house.

The home came on the market in April for $2.195 million, records show. Deschanel bought the house from Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo in 2009 for $1.65 million.

Sara Berger of Westside Estate Agency was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Cari Field of ACME Real Estate represented the buyer.

Deschanel, 35, stars in the Fox comedy "New Girl," now in its fifth season. Among her film credits is "Elf" (2003), "Failure to Launch" (2006) and "(500) Days of Summer" (2009).

Boxer's new home is a knockout

Former middleweight boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has landed in Studio City, buying a new house for $2.8 million.

The wood-and-concrete contemporary, completed this year, features a lounge with a wet bar, mirrors with built-in televisions and a three-sided fireplace that divides the main floor.

A modern kitchen with a large center island, a formal living room, dining room and a master suite with an en suite yoga studio are within the 4,788 square feet of space. Light oak flooring, pendant lighting and a floating steel-and-wood staircase lend a modern vibe to the interiors of the six-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home.

Outdoors, grounds lined with artificial turf contain a swimming pool and spa, a detached recreation room and an outdoor kitchen. A fire pit and sitting area are adjacent to the pool.

The property came on the market in April for $2.88 million and was featured as an L.A. Times Home of the Day. It previously sold for $899,000 in 2013, records show.

Eric Lieberman of John Aaroe Group was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Collette Canepa of Keller Williams Realty represented the boxer in the purchase.

Chavez, 29, is the son of six-time boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez. He recently returned to the ring in April after a year layoff, losing to light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara in nine rounds.

Moving on from 'Simple Life'

Fashion designer/reality star Nicole Richie and singer Joel Madden listed their place in Hollywood Hills for sale at $3.495 million and in about 10 days they had a buyer.

The duo bought a contemporary home in the Beverly Crest area this year for $6.7 million.

Their Hollywood Hills compound sits behind gates on close to half an acre. Although dating to 1914, the house has been extensively remodeled over the last century and today is topped by a massive skylight dome.

The 6,300 square feet of living space include a gym, an attached guesthouse, a den and a family room. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The kitchen opens to a barbecue area. A lagoon-style pool with a beach entry and a waterfall spa sits in the backyard.

Richie, 33, is executive producer and appears in the series "Candidly Nicole." She was on the reality series "The Simple Life" (2003-07).

Madden, 36, sings with Good Charlotte and the Madden Brothers.

The property last changed hands in 2009 for $1.912 million.

Thomas Atamian of Dilbeck Real Estate is the listing agent.

Rocking out of his rental property

An investment home owned by rocker Tommy Shaw of Styx has sold in Hollywood Hills for $2.114 million.

The chic Midcentury Modern-style house, built on a quarter of an acre in the hills of the Beachwood Canyon area, sits behind a steel and frosted-glass gate.

Among features are polished concrete floors, a glassed-in foyer, a high-ceiling living room and a chipped-glass fireplace. The 2,207 square feet of open-plan space include an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

The master suite has a fireplace, walk-in closet and transom windows for a total of three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room.

Glass doors open to a swimming pool and expansive deck that take in views of the cityscape, mountains and canyons. There's carport parking.

Shaw, 61, has worked with Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades as well as the big-hair band Styx, which had such 1970s hits as "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" and "Renegade." The guitarist-singer-songwriter has also released several solo albums, including his bluegrass album "The Great Divide."

He bought the property in 2011 for $1.09 million and had listed it for $1.95 million.

Rose Ware and Terry Canfield Schmidt of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties were the listing agents. Sarah Blanchard of Teles Properties represented the buyer.

Courting interest in the Valley

Professional basketball player Jordan Farmar, most recently of the L.A. Clippers, has put his home court in Tarzana up for sale at $3.495 million.

Set on more than half an acre, the Spanish-style house was built in 2004 and features a saltwater wave pool, a hookah lounge, two wine cellars and lighted basketball court.

The main house includes a two-story entry with a wrought iron staircase and a formal living room that opens to the kitchen. Dark wood and tile floors, beamed ceilings, wrought iron accents and a custom wall aquarium are among the interior details.

Amenities include seven fireplaces, a family room with a projection screen, a home theater, a game room, a climate-controlled doghouse and a dog run. The master suite has a steam shower and soaking tub. There are a total of five bedrooms and 5.75 bathrooms in 7,500 square feet of space.

Outdoors, the landscaped grounds center on the swimming pool, which has a beach entry, a grotto-style spa and a waterfall feature. Adjacent to the pool is a 1,500-square-foot pool house with a kitchen and a wet bar.

Farmar bought the property in 2011 for $1,866,500.

Josh and Matthew Altman, the Altman brothers, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate are the listing agents.

Farmar, 28, has deep ties to Southern California, having played for both the Lakers and Clippers. He also played at UCLA in college and before that at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills. He was released by the Clippers in January and in February signed with Turkish club Dogus Darussafaka through the end of the season.

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