By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2011
Comic actor Ben Stiller and his actress wife, Christine Taylor, have sold part of their compound in the Hollywood Hills for $7,325,000, public records show.
The entire property, listed at $12.5 million two years ago, included two houses and a one-bedroom guesthouse for a total of 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms on nearly an acre.
The couple have sold a gated 1929 Spanish-style house of 5,334 square feet that had been restored and updated. Its outdoor courtyard and living areas, as well as the lushly landscaped pool area, are decorated with terra-cotta tiles and colorful inlays.
The second house, built in 1930 and also redone, returned to the market last month priced at $2,995,000. The 4,062-square-foot house sits on less than a third of an acre and contains four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a dressing room with a "hair sink," according to listing details. French doors along the back lead to extensive outdoor terrace and deck areas with built-in seating around mature trees.
Film and television actor Stiller, 45, starred in, co-wrote, produced and directed the 2008 action-adventure comedy "Tropic Thunder." He also starred in "Meet the Parents" (2000); its sequels, "Meet the Fockers" (2004) and "Little Fockers" (2010); and the cult classic "Reality Bites" (1994). He'll star with Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist," due out next month.
Taylor, 40, whose television guest appearances include "Arrested Development" (2006) and "Friends" (1997), has starred in several films with Stiller, including "Tropic Thunder," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004) and "Zoolander" (2001).
Jonah Wilson of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office is the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Host puts an end to idle price chatter
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has ended the speculation and revealed the price of her Beverly Hills estate in the Multiple Listing Service as $49 million. The property had been marketed since June on the Westside Estate Agency website as price "available upon request."
The four-structure compound was formed starting in 2007 through three property purchases on the same street. Among the sellers was Max Mutchnick, co-creator of the TV series "Will & Grace" (1998-2006), who sold his house for $29 million.
The 15,000 square feet of interior space in the compound include a 9,200-square-foot main house, two guesthouses and a three-bedroom house that can be used as office space or staff quarters. They sit on 3 acres of gated property with outdoor living spaces, a swimming pool, extensive gardens and koi ponds.
DeGeneres' 26-acre equestrian property in Thousand Oaks has been reduced to $14.9 million.
Listed in May at $16.5 million, the compound has eight farmhouse-style cottages, a yoga pavilion, a tennis court, stables and arenas. There are eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 7,000 square feet of living space.
DeGeneres married actress Portia de Rossi in a garden wedding at the Beverly Hills compound in 2008.
The comedian, 53, whose daytime show bears her name, has won 12 Emmys. De Rossi, 38, starred in the TV series "Better Off Ted" (2009-10) and "Arrested Development" (2003-06) and guest starred on "Nip/Tuck" (2007-09).
Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency in Beverly Hills is the listing agent for the Beverly Hills compound, according to the MLS, while Karen Crystal of Sotheby's International Realty in Agoura Hills and Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker, Malibu West, are listing the equestrian property.
Suitable for a chairman of the board
An estate in Holmby Hills once owned by Frank Sinatra is on the market at $23.5 million.
On more than 2 acres, the gated house is surrounded by expanses of lawn and mature trees. A large courtyard sits at the center of the hacienda-style home, built in 1936. There are seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,631 square feet of living space.
Sinatra, who died in 1998 at 82, won an Oscar for his supporting role in "From Here to Eternity" (1953) and entertained generations of music fans with hits including "My Way" and "Come Fly With Me."
Public records show the property sold last year for $18.5 million.
Stephen Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency is the listing agent.
Star power sells in the Hollywood Hills
A former home of actress Dorothy Dandridge has sold in the Hollywood Hills for $2,394,000.
The restored 1920s Mediterranean house includes three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,368 square feet of living space. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a sitting area and dual bathrooms, one of which is circular. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining.
Dandridge, who died in 1965 at 42, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role of "Carmen Jones" (1954). She starred as Bess in "Porgy and Bess" (1959). A singer as well as an actress, Dandridge appeared on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" in 1951 and 1953 and on "Toast of the Town" (later known as "The Ed Sullivan Show") from 1951 to 1962.
The property last changed hands for $849,000 in 1998, according to public records.
The listing agents were Richard Klug of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office and Joan Duffy of Ewing & Associates Sotheby's in Sherman Oaks. Joshua Greer of Sotheby's Sunset represented the buyer.
Fonda's old place? Yes, there's a gym
Actor Ethan Suplee has listed a Studio City house for sale at $2,295,000.
Formerly Jane Fonda's residence, according to listing details, the country English-style home of 3,787 square feet was built in the early 1950s. It sits on nearly an acre of wooded grounds with a detached office/guesthouse, a gym and a swimming pool. There are three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Suplee, 35, appeared in the action-adventure film "Unstoppable" (2010) and starred in "My Name Is Earl" (2005-09).
Public records show the property last changed hands in 2006 for $2 million.
Lauren Reichenberg of Extraordinary Real Estate in Los Angeles is the listing agent.
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