By Lauren Beale
5:00 AM PST, January 25, 2014
The marital home of former Laker Lamar Odom and television personality Khloe Kardashian came on the market in Tarzana at $5.499 million this month and was in escrow in 10 days.
Odom and Kardashian bought the house in 2009 — the year they were married — for $3.95 million. She filed for a divorce in December and resumed using her maiden name.
The Mediterranean-style villa sits on three-quarters of an acre in gated Mulholland Park. Entered through a two-story foyer with a sweeping staircase, the 8,000-square-foot home features custom closets, mosaic tile details, a den, a home theater, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The resort-like grounds include a swimming pool with waterfalls and a spa, an outdoor kitchen and fire pits.
Odom, 34, played forward with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004 to 2011. He played for the Clippers from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2012 to 2013.
Kardashian, 29, has been on many reality shows featuring members of her family, starting in 2007 with "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
Tomer Fridman of Ewing Sotheby's International Realty and Marc Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices are the listing agents.
DeGeneres snags another trophy
Ellen DeGeneres loves a trophy house. Now the daytime talk show host has bought the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House for $39.888 million in an off-market deal.
Built in 1950 for modernist art collector Frances Brody and her husband, real estate developer Sidney Brody, the house first changed hands in 2010 for $14.888 million. The investor/owner spent three years working with the Los Angeles Conservancy to restore the house.
Set on 2.3 acres, the Midcentury Modern home has floor-to-ceiling glass walls and atrium living space. There were nine bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and 11,511 square feet of living space when it was listed three years ago in the Multiple Listing Service. A swimming pool, a pool/guest house and a tennis court complete the grounds.
The Times' Mapping L.A. database considers the neighborhood to be Westwood while the MLS defines the area as Holmby Hills. Among neighboring houses is the Playboy Mansion.
Passionate about architecture, DeGeneres has demonstrated her design expertise in a string of homes that she and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, have owned, put their stamp on and resold throughout Southern California.
Kurt Rappapport of Westside Estate Agency handled the sale of the Brody House.
Tennis ace is set for a sale
Tennis champ Venus Williams has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.799 million.
Set beyond a gated driveway, the midcentury post-and-beam house features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space.
The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site.
Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player. In addition to nearly two dozen Grand Slam titles, she has four Olympic gold medals. She also has an interior design firm based in Florida and a fashion line.
She bought the property for $1.9 million in 2005, public records show, and owns other property in the Los Angeles area.
Christine Taylor of Gibson International and Rada Roberts of Coldwell Banker are the listing agents.
Jazz infused in Hollywood Hills
A house owned by the late jazz musician George Duke is for sale in Hollywood Hills at $1.749 million.
The traditional-style two-story features a gabled roof, living and family rooms, a knotty pine bar, an office, four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,284 square feet of living space.
The third-of-an-acre yard includes a swimming pool and lawn.
The keyboardist-singer-composer bought the property in 1985 for $375,000.
Duke, who died last year at 67, made about 30 solo albums and collaborated with such musicians as Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa. He was instrumental in fusing jazz with rock, funk and disco elements and won a Grammy in 2000 for producing the Dianne Reeves album "In the Moment — Live in Concert."
The house, which is already in escrow, has been for lease several times in recent years.
Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad at Rodeo Realty are the listing agents.
They are onto the next phase
Actress Moon Unit Zappa and musician Paul Doucette, drummer for the group Matchbox Twenty, are in escrow to sell their home in Hollywood Hills West. The asking price is $1.549 million.
Built in 1937, the 2,132-square-foot house features an open layout, a den/office, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Listing details describe the style as "modern traditional." There are mature trees, decks and a swimming pool.
Zappa, 46, has had parts in nearly three dozen televisions shows, movies and videos over more than three decades. The daughter of legendary guitarist Frank Zappa, she did voice work and appeared last year in "High School USA!"
Doucette, 41, is also a guitarist and backup singer for Matchbox Twenty as well as the frontman for his band the Break and Repair Method. He announced on Twitter that he would be working on a solo album this year.
The couple bought the property for $680,000 in 2001, public records show. Zappa filed for a divorce from Doucette a year ago.
Katrina Webb and Rick Ojeda, both of Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage & Acquisitions, are the listing agents.
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