'Betty' is leaving her cocoon

"Ugly Betty" star

America Ferrera


is losing the braces, wrapping up her role on the ABC sitcom and moving on.

The actress, who plays a fashion-challenged editor at a style magazine, is relocating to New York for career reasons.

She has listed her Hollywood Hills house, with three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 3,427 square feet, at $1,599,000. The master bedroom suite — with two walk-in closets, a corner fireplace and a large balcony — and an adjacent loft-style office occupy the entire upper level of the home, built in 1993. The property has a swimming pool with a spa and mountain, canyon and city views.


Jerry Douglas house: In the Home section's March 27 Hot Property column, a brief item on the sale of actor Jerry Douglas' Encino home said that Harriet Cameron of Prudential California Realty, Sherman Oaks, handled both sides of the transaction. Kristi Sindt of Prudential California Realty, Westlake, shared the listing and was the co-sales agent. —

Ferrera, 25, has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and an Image Award for her work in the series (2006-10). The show is concluding at the end of its fourth season. She stars in "Our Family Wedding" (2010), and previous credits include "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (2005) and "Real Women Have Curves" (2002).

Public records show she bought the property in 2008 for $1,415,000.

The listing agent is Anita Rich of the Rich Group, Keller Williams Realty, Sherman Oaks.

Olsen twin sells in Hancock Park


Ashley Olsen

has sold her Hancock Park home for $1,399,000.

The 1926 Spanish-style house has a wood-beam ceiling and fireplace in the living room, an arched doorway leading to the formal dining room and a second-story balcony with a period tile staircase. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,322 square feet. French doors open to a covered patio and a yard, which has a tiled pool with a spa.

Olsen, 23, starred in the sitcom "Full House" (1987-95), playing the same character with her fraternal twin, Mary-Kate Olsen, starting at the age of 6 months. They moved on to video movies and television shows including "Two of a Kind" (1998-99) and "So Little Time" (2001-02).


She bought the property in 2007 for $1,575,000, public records show.

The listing agent was Joan Duffy of Ewing & Associates, Sotheby's International Realty, Sherman Oaks, and Anthony Stellini of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Celebrity pedigree in Beverly Hills

A Beverly Hills house with a decades-long string of celebrity owners has come on the market at $15.9 million.

Designed by Roland Coate and built in 1934 for "Gone With the Wind" producer

David O. Selznick,

the traditional house has a two-story entry, a formal living room, a walk-in bar in the family room, library and dining room fireplaces, a billiards room, an office and two maids' quarters. The dining room features original Greek keystone-shaped marble. Seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms sit in 12,600 square feet. More than three-quarters of an acre of manicured grounds include a swimming pool.

Among former owners of the estate were oil tycoon

E. L. Doheny,


Sammy Davis Jr.,


George Hamilton,

media mogul

Ted Field,


David Murdock

and "The Tonight Show" sidekick

Ed McMahon.

The listing agents are Jeffrey Hyland and Richard Hilton of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.

'The house Shrek built' has a new owner


David Lipman

has parted with his Hollywood Hills home for $1.9 million.

Lipman bought the neglected house in 2000 for $678,000 and completely overhauled it while working as a producer on the "Shrek" movies (2001, 2003 and 2004) and executive producer for "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008). He dubbed it "the house Shrek built."

The classic midcentury house was designed by architect Merle Roussellot and built in 1961.The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, with fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, has a swimming pool and sits on a hillside cul-de-sac. A courtyard entrance with a koi pond leads to 1,875 square feet of living space.

The listing agent was Max Nelson of Deasy/Penner & Partners, Beverly Hills. Linda Hindley of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office represented the buyer.

Soap star finds a buyer in Encino



Jerry Douglas,

known for his long-running role as "The Young and the Restless" patriarch John Abbott, and his wife,

Kymberly Bankier,

have sold their Encino home for $2,075,000.

The two-story traditional house, built in 1951, sits on half an acre. It has five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in 5,335 square feet. The landscaped grounds include a built-in barbecue, a covered patio, a fenced pool and spa area and a two-story guesthouse of about 900 square feet.

Douglas, 77, has television credits dating back to the early '60s.

The property had been on the market last year at $3,999,000.

Harriet Cameron of Prudential California Realty, Sherman Oaks, handled both sides of the transaction.