By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2011
Christina Aguilera has put her 11,500-square-foot gated mansion in Beverly Hills on the market at $13.5 million.
Set on nearly two-thirds of an acre, the Mediterranean-style home has a grand foyer with a sweeping staircase, a fanciful children's room, a gym, a game room, a gift-wrapping area, a movie room, a beauty salon, a guesthouse with a recording studio, and a total of six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The master bedroom suite contains a lounge, a fireplace and dual bathrooms and closets. Outdoor entertaining areas include a pagoda and a swimming pool with a waterslide and grotto spa.
Aguilera, 30, will be a judge on NBC's upcoming singing competition show "The Voice," in which blind selections will be made solely on a contestant's audition sound. She has won Grammys for hits including "Ain't No Other Man" and "Candyman" and she starred with Cher in "Burlesque" (2010).
The property was purchased from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in 2007 for $11.5 million, according to public records.
Brooke Kaufman of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.
'Not too much fuss' in Los Feliz
Actress Ashley Jensen and her husband, actor Terence Beesley, have listed their Los Feliz-area home for sale at $1,999,000.
Jensen, who is from Scotland, and Beesley, from England, have used the midcentury house to host visitors from Britain and to entertain.
"We wanted a house that we knew we were in L.A.," Jensen said. "There's an amazing view of not only the cityscape, but you can also see the sea on certain days."
The 2,404-square-foot home incorporates steel, tile and glass in a minimalist approach. "It's not too much fuss," she said. There are three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms.
Jensen liked living near the studios when shooting her scenes as seamstress Christina on "Ugly Betty" (2006-10). "Yet you feel like you are in the middle of the countryside and you have deer and skunks," she said. "You are in among nature, yet you can walk to the grocery, bars, restaurants and can even walk to the farmers market."
The pair put in an infinity pool that has a view of Hollywood, and Beesley designed the terrace and exterior space. "We tried to make it … David Hockney," Jensen said of the pool. "On bright shiny days it's very blue."
They are selling because they would like a house that is more toddler-friendly with a flat lawn.
Jensen was in the recently released "Gnomeo & Juliet" and is working on other animated projects while splitting her time between L.A. and London. Beesley is writing a pilot.
Public records show the property was purchased in 2007 for $1.65 million.
Jacqueline Gowers of Sotheby's International Realty, Los Feliz, is the listing agent.
It's not 'The O.C.,' it's the BHPO
Actress and model Mischa Barton has her Beverly Hills Post Office area compound for sale at $8,695,000 or for lease at $30,000 a month.
The main house and three guesthouses have a total of eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and six fireplaces in nearly 9,800 square feet of living space. The 1.2 acres include a swimming pool and spa.
Barton, 25, starred in "The Beautiful Life" (2009) and "The O.C." (2003-06).
Ginger Glass of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, has the listing.
Fit for the king of the forest
A Beverly Hills home originally built for Bert Lahr, who played the cowardly lion on "The Wizard of Oz," is on the market at $28.5 million.
Designed by Paul R. Williams in 1941, the gated estate sits on 1.3 park-like acres. The 12,000-square-foot main house includes a media room with wet bar, a wine cellar and tasting room, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and three half-baths. A 3,000-square-foot secondary house, with its own driveway, has two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. A third newly built structure contains a two-lane bowling alley, game room, bar and half-bath.
Among other celebrities who have called the compound home were actress Betty Grable, band leader Harry James and actress Melanie Griffith.
Lahr, who died in 1967 at 72, was an actor and a comedian. He won a Tony for his role in the musical "Foxy" in 1964.
Before its current renovation and expansion, the property sold in 1999 for $2.55 million, according to public records.
Joe Babajian and Michelle Ficarra of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, are the listing agents.
A steal in Manhattan Beach
Update: Former Laker Chris Mihm has sold his Manhattan Beach house for $2.07 million.
The custom Mediterranean, built in 2002, has a 25-foot-high entry, a coved ceiling in the formal dining room, a game room, 8-foot-high doors and an island with seating in the kitchen. The villa, more than 4,300 square feet, includes five bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms.
Mihm, 31, played for the Lakers from 2004 until 2009, before he went to the Memphis Grizzlies and was sidelined by an injury.
He bought the property in 2004 for $2.16 million.
Chad Fahlbusch of Northwest Realty, Manhattan Beach, was the listing agent.
Monrovia house has novel history
The house that social reformer and novelist Upton Sinclair lived in during the 1940s through the '60s is for sale in Monrovia at $1.5 million.
Built in 1923, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is a National Historic Landmark. High arched windows, Mission Revival roof parapets and an ornate arched doorway are among the original features. French doors open off the living room and formal dining room to a covered side patio. A grand staircase leads to the three bedrooms, and both bathrooms have Batchelder tile. A guesthouse sits in the backyard.
The 2,380-square-foot house last changed hands in 2002 for $725,000.
Sinclair, who died in 1968 at 90, rose to fame for his novel "The Jungle" (1906), which looked at meat packing industry conditions. He won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for "Dragon's Teeth" (1942).
Cecilia Farnum of Century 21 Adams & Barnes is the listing agent.
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