Scary Spice (Melanie Brown), who apparently got the nickname for not always following Emily Post's advice, no sooner listed her Hollywood Hills home for $2,999,999 than it sold for more than the asking price.
"Given the current economic and real estate markets in Los Angeles, Melanie and Stephen [Belafonte] are delighted," said listing agent Charmaine DeGraté. "They plan on expanding their family and will need a larger home."
The house, which had been extensively (and expensively) remodeled, has an eight-camera security system with night vision. The outdoors area includes a living room with a flat-screen TV, a kitchen, a saline pool, a spa and three waterfalls.
Inside, there is a state-of-the-art entertainment area. The home has sweeping ocean and city views and a gourmet kitchen.
In short, a very Spice-worthy property.
Brown joined the Spice Girls in 1994, helping push the sales of their three albums to more than 40 million copies worldwide.
Her theater debut came with "The Vagina Monologues" in London, and she had lead roles in the movies "Lethal Dose" (2003) and the comedy "The Seat Filler" (2004), which also starred Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. She also played Mimi in the musical "Rent" on Broadway.
And, like every good celebrity with a publicist worth his salt, she did a stint on "Dancing With the Stars," where she partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They were the highest-scoring couple during the 2007 season.
Brown, 33, also has her hand in fashion design -- emphasizing tight-fitting clothes with her signature animal prints.
Sally Forster Jones and DeGraté, both of Coldwell Banker Previews International, Beverly Hills, had the listing.
Bel-Air home, an actor's hideout
Character actor Robert Loggia, who often plays mobsters, has listed his longtime Bel-Air home at $3.65 million. The sunny half-acre backyard with its pool set in total privacy would surely work for a "meet."
Loggia, who played "Feech" La Manna on HBO's "The Sopranos," has a French Country-style home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,620 square feet. It was recently remodeled and features a flexible floor plan with two master suites upstairs, both with finished bathrooms. There is an office-gym. The home, gated for privacy, features high ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood floors and two-story windows.
The perpetually tanned 69-year-old Loggia, with his trademark white hair, has been a TV and movie fixture for decades. In addition to his recurring role on "The Sopranos," he also appeared in "Malcolm in the Middle," "Dharma & Greg," "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story" and "Independence Day" (1996).
Tania Ferris of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills South office is the listing agent.
-- Ann Brenoff
Tough guy with a cushy retreat