Pop star Rihanna has listed a Beverly Hills Post Office-area home at $4.5 million, substantially less than the $6.9 million she paid two years ago.
The listing describes the house as a "major fixer" with "extensive damage from moisture and water intrusion" at the roof, windows, doors and balconies. The home's water problems are the subject of a lawsuit the singer filed this summer in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The property will not qualify for bank financing, according to the listing, so potential buyers will need cash, a contractor and perhaps an umbrella, to borrow the title of one of Rihanna's early hits.
The 8,520-square-foot, three-story contemporary includes a den, media room, breakfast area, three fireplaces, eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The gated estate sits on more than three-quarters of an acre with a swimming pool.
The singer-songwriter is a four-time Grammy Award winner and, at 23, already one of the world's top-selling recording artists. Named 2011's sexiest woman alive last month by Esquire magazine, she is known for performances in which she undulates in skimpy costumes, outdoing even Madonna as the queen of "carnal pop." Her sixth studio album, "Talk That Talk," is due out this month.
John A. Woodward IV of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills north office and John Galich of Rodeo Realty are the listing agents.
Rocker peels out of Glendora
Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony has sold his home in Glendora for $1.77 million.
The custom-built Tudor, which the musician bought new in 1989, sits on more than half an acre with a beach-entry saltwater swimming pool and hidden rock slide built into a hillside. The 7,100-square-foot home features a double-island kitchen with a 140-gallon fish tank, guest quarters with a separate entry, and a six-car garage. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Anthony, 57, played with the rock band Van Halen for two decades starting in the mid-1970s. Chickenfoot released its second album, "Chickenfoot III," last month. Offstage, Anthony is a hot rod enthusiast.
Property records show he paid $971,220 for the house.
Lori Ceci-Haines of Podley Properties was the listing agent. Vivi Chu of Win-Win Realty represented the buyer.
Hoping for a big bang
Simon Helberg, one of the five central characters in the ensemble comedy "The Big Bang Theory," has listed his home in the Hancock Park area at $849,000.
The restored two-story Craftsman, built in 1910, is entered through a deep-set front porch with a swing. Period features include leaded windows, built-in cabinetry and wood floors and trim. The main house contains a fireplace, a den, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Guest space above the detached garage has a kitchenette and a bathroom. An additional office with a bathroom sits next to the garage.
The comic actor, 30, plays fashion-challenged and self-deluded "ladies' man" Howard Wolowitz on the sitcom, which started in 2007. He starred in "Derek and Simon: The Show" (2007).
Helberg is selling because he has purchased a home elsewhere, said listing agent Elisa Gil-Osorio of Nourmand & Associates in Beverly Hills.
Whatever will be, will be
The longtime Beverly Hills home of lyricist Ray Evans has come to market for $9.711 million.
The midcentury modern, designed by architect William Sutherland Beckett, was built in 1952 for Evans. The 3.8-acre property includes a four-bedroom, five-bathroom main house with an enclosed bridge connecting the upper and lower levels.
There are a guesthouse, an oval-shaped swimming pool and a pool house. The property has panoramic views of the city and ocean.
Evans, who died in 2007 at 92, teamed with Jay Livingston to become the Academy Award-winning songwriting team responsible for "Mona Lisa," "Que Sera, Sera" and "Buttons and Bows."
Kristina Long and Jennifer Meyers of Rodeo Realty's Sunset Strip office are the listing agents.
Clothier to divest in Sunset Strip
Bebe Stores founder Manny Mashouf has put a Sunset Strip-area home on the market at $4.65 million.
The 5,200-square-foot home opens to a backyard infinity pool, spa, fire pit and outdoor kitchen. The contemporary Mediterranean features cathedral ceilings in the living room, ocean and city views, four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms and a four-car garage.
Public records show Mashouf bought the property in 2006 for $4.264 million.
The clothing store magnate bought the house for use by one of his children, who has moved to San Francisco to launch an anti-aging water called Fix, said listing agent Susan Del Prete of Nelson Shelton & Associates.
It's a small world after all
James Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide, has bought a house in Pasadena for more than $2 million, public records show.
The midcentury modern-style house, built in 1955, features raised fireplaces in the living and family rooms, skylights, a children's playroom, six bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 4,200 square feet. The half-acre of grounds include fruit trees and a rose garden.
Fielding has held his position since 2008. At the end of last year, he sold another midcentury house in Pasadena for $2.325 million.
Linda Chang and Brent Chang of Coldwell Banker's San Marino office were the listing agents, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Mark Ogden of Sotheby's International Realty, Pasadena, represented the buyer.