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A home in the Hollywood Hills West area once owned by singer-songwriter Carole King and later actress Courteney Cox has been sold for $1.5 million. (Michael McNamara)

Singer-dancer Paula Abdul, who until recently was a judge on"The X Factor," has put her house in Sherman Oaks on the market at $1.899 million.


The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2000, features a grand entry with a double staircase, French doors opening to patio and pool areas, five bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. The master suite of the 4,679-square-foot house includes a fireplace and a balcony with canyon and city views.

Abdul, 48, got her start as a Laker Girl. She won Emmys for her choreography on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (1989) and "The 17th Annual American Music Awards" (1990), and a Grammy in 1991 for the "Opposites Attract" music video. Among her early hits were "Straight Up" and "Forever Your Girl." She also has been a judge on"Live to Dance" (2011) and"American Idol" (2002-09).

Public records show that the property was purchased in 2000 for $1.285 million.

Michael Collins of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office is the listing agent.

Cheech Marin gives up kitchen in Malibu

Comic actor Cheech Marin has sold his home in Malibu for $5.34 million.

The bluff-top, stone-clad Craftsman-style house sits on nearly an acre above the beach with patios, a built-in stone table and oven, and steps leading to the sand. Interior features include stained-glass windows, an arched wood entry door and vaulted beamed ceilings. A three-bedroom guesthouse includes a detached music room for a total of two fireplaces and 51/2 bathrooms.

Since he partnered with Tommy Chong in the 1970s and '80s counterculture duo Cheech & Chong, the 65-year-old Marin has starred on "Nash Bridges" (1996-2001) and was a regular on "Judging Amy" (2004-05). This year he starred on the series "Rob" and displayed his prowess in the kitchen on "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off."

The property went on the market at the end of May priced at $5.995 million.

Irene Dazzan-Palmer and Sandro Dazzan of Coldwell Banker in Malibu Colony were the listing agents. Christopher Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker's Malibu West office represented the buyer.

Soap star hoping for a long run

Soap star Cameron Mathison and his wife, Vanessa, have bought a house near the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains for $1.672 million.

The Spanish Colonial Revival home, built in 1928, features a curving, decorative-tiled staircase, a step-down living room with trussed wood-beam ceiling and vintage tile, ironwork, woodwork and arches. The formal dining room is large enough to fit a 12-person table. There are four bedrooms, five bathrooms and nearly 3,700 square feet of living space. The site of less than half an acre includes a swimming pool and a rose garden with a fountain.

The Mathisons bought the house for use as a family home. They have moved seven times in 10 years and are ready to stay put.

"We are looking forward to living in this home for the next 30 years," the couple said in an email.

Cameron Mathison, 42, has starred on "All My Children" since 1998. He made a recent appearance on"Desperate Housewives"and was on the fifth season of"Dancing With the Stars."Vanessa Mathison is a former model.

Mark Ogden ofSotheby'sInternational Realty was the listing agent and Jean Garr-Roddy of Podley Properties represented the Mathisons.

Carole King classic out of circulation