Ten-time Olympic medal winner Carl Lewis has crossed a finish line of sorts, selling his Pacific Palisades home for $2.5 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
On the market since January, the contemporary Mediterranean, built in 1991, is on nearly a third of an acre with ocean and canyon views, a swimming pool and spa, a fish pond, a gazebo and fruit trees. A see-through fireplace connects the master bedroom with an area that can be used as an office or a den. Four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms lie within 5,307 square feet of living space.
Lewis, 49, won nine Olympic gold medals and one silver in track and field from the late '70s to mid-'90s. The sprinter and long jumper had purchased the house in 2002 for $1.75 million.
Edna Gyepes of Coldwell Banker, Pacific Palisades, and Lorene Roberts of Palisades Realty had the listing. Gyepes and Blanca Chavoya, also of Coldwell Banker, Pacific Palisades, represented the buyer.
Sidekick's last home is up for sale
The longtime home of the late comedian, announcer and game show host Ed McMahon is on the market in Beverly Hills at $4.6 million.
The sidekick to late-night legend Johnny Carson fought a much-publicized battle in 2008 to avoid foreclosure on the residence. The seller is a family friend of the McMahons who has made improvements to the house, according to listing agent Alex Davis of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.
The Mediterranean estate has six bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms and 7,013 square feet of living space. It sits on a third of an acre with a swimming pool in the Summit, a gated community.
McMahon died last year at age 86. His stint on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962-92) ingrained the elongated introduction "Here's Johnny" into the pop psyche. He hosted "Star Search" from 1983 to 1995 and appeared in films including "Fun With Dick and Jane" (1977). He is in the 2010 John Hughes film "Jelly."
Brentwood houses sell at a loss
Actor Ving Rhames and his wife, Deborah, recently sold a Brentwood house that had been listed as a short sale on the Multiple Listing Service.
The house went for $1.95 million in mid-July. Listed on and off for three years, it had been purchased five years ago for $2.5 million. The Mediterranean has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 4,400 square feet of living space.
The couple also sold a larger Brentwood home in late June for $5,520,786. It had been purchased in 2005 for $6.5 million, Blockshopper.com shows. The Richard Landry-designed villa has a two-story entry, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,900 square feet of living space.
Ving Rhames' representatives did not return requests for comment.
The actor, 51, had more than $1 million in outstanding IRS and state tax liens as of mid-July, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office. He co-starred in the "Mission Impossible" films and in the comedy series "Gravity" (2010).
A spot to croon in Beverly Hills
A Beverly Hills home owned by entertainer Dean Martin in the 1980s has come on the market at $4,495,000.
The remodeled contemporary, built in 1959, has an open-plan living and dining room with angled ceilings, a fireplace and walls of glass looking out to the pool and spa area, a fountain and terraces. In the kitchen, the island — with a wine cellar, a sink and prep space — can seat four. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
A film and television actor and nightclub singer turned recording artist, Martin died in 1995 at age 78. He hosted "The Dean Martin Comedy Hour" (1965-74) and starred in "Rio Bravo" (1959), "The Silencers" (1966) and "Airport" (1970). Among his hit singles were "That's Amore" and "Everybody Loves Somebody."
The listing agents are Jeeb O'Reilly and Aaron Kirman of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.
Hollywood Hills landmark sold
Update: Filmmaker, prolific commercial director and restaurateur Joe Pytka has sold Castillo del Lago in the Hollywood Hills for $7 million.
The Bastide owner spent nearly 15 years restoring the fortress-like Mediterranean on about 3 acres of hillside above Lake Hollywood.
The home had nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,783 square feet and such amenities as 25-foot-high beamed and coffered ceilings, a wine cellar, an elevator, a swimming pool, rose gardens, fountains and, befitting a castle, even a tower.
The John DeLario-designed house, built in 1926, had alternately deteriorated and been restored under a succession of owners.
Pytka bought the mansion from pop music icon Madonna in 1996 for $5.3 million, according to public records. He had listed it in April 2009 at $14.95 million.
The listing agents were Aaron Kirman of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, and Benjamin Bacal of Keller Williams Realty's Sunset office, according to the MLS. Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times