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Ellen DeGeneres puts Beverly Hills estate on the market

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale.

The asking price is "available upon request" on the Westside Estate Agency website, but local real estate industry sources place it at $49 million.

The four-structure compound was formed starting in 2007 through three property purchases on the same street. Among the sellers was Max Mutchnick, co-creator of the TV series "Will & Grace" (1998-2006), who sold his house for $29 million.

The 15,000 square feet of interior space in the compound include a 9,200-square-foot main house, two guesthouses and an additional three-bedroom house that can be used as office space or staff quarters. They sit on 3 gated acres with outdoor living spaces, a swimming pool, extensive gardens and koi ponds.

DeGeneres married actress Portia De Rossi in a garden wedding at the compound in 2008.

The comedian, 53, whose daytime show bears her name, has won 12 Emmys. De Rossi, 38, starred in the TV series "Better Off Ted" (2009-10) and "Arrested Development" (2003-06) and guest starred on "Nip/Tuck" (2007-09).

DeGeneres did not respond to a request for comment.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent, according to the company website.

Country compound struck a chord

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has bought a Beverly Hills-area compound for more than $3.5 million that's, fittingly, a little bit country.

On close to 1.5 acres, the three-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom main house sits behind gates at the end of a long driveway. It has a countryside vibe with dormer windows, vine-covered arbors, stone paths and wood fencing. The first-floor master suite has dual bathrooms and walk-in closets. French doors open to the grounds, which include a patio with an outdoor fireplace off the back of the house and a lighted paddle tennis court. The guesthouse contains a high-ceilinged living room with a fireplace, a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

Swift, 21, won four Grammys for her work on the album "Fearless" and song "White Horse" last year. She has appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" (2009-10) and "American Idol" (2008). The country performer raised $750,000 for tornado victims at a recent benefit concert in Nashville.

She declined to comment on her purchase.

The listing agents were H. Blair Chang and Billy Rose at Prudential, Beverly Hills, and Delphine Mann and Kathy Marshall at Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Chris Corkum of Coldwell Banker, Los Feliz, represented Swift.

Less sand in producer's future?

Film and television producer Brian Grazer has listed his Malibu Colony beach house for $19.5 million.

Designed for entertaining, the Mediterranean-style home has a deck off the living room and breakfast room. The three-story house has more than 6,000 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. An indoor swimming pool with spa is adjacent to the two-car attached garage. A gym sits by the beach deck.

Grazer, 59, co-founded Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard. He won an Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and is a producer for the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens" to be released in July. He has been an executive producer for TV series, including "Friday Night Lights" (2006-present) and "Lie to Me" (2009-present).

Public records show Grazer bought the oceanfront house in 2003 for $13.5 million.

Stephen Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.

Bel-Air home has loads of style

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin, have sold their Bel-Air estate for $16.6 million, the MLS shows.

The Georgian-style house, built in 1942, sits on more than 11/2 acres with a guesthouse, sweeping lawns, a north-south tennis court, a swimming pool and a pool pavilion with a fireplace, bar and two-story-high ceiling. Interiors include a two-story living room, a gym, five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Giannulli, 47, founded the clothing company Mossimo in the '80s. Mossimo is now owned by the Iconix Brand Group, and its apparel line is distributed by Target.

Loughlin, 46, was a regular on "90210" (2008-11) and starred on "Full House" (1988-95).

Public records indicate the property was purchased in 2002 for slightly more than $8 million.

Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, was the listing agent, according to the MLS. Vanessa Sandin of the same office represented the buyer.

Passing on the beach for now

Atlanta Falcon tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, have sold their Manhattan Beach house for $2.55 million.

The Spanish-style beach house, built in 1983, features a 1,700-square-foot rooftop deck with views from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The deck includes a built-in grill and sound system.

The home's 3,725 square feet include two living rooms, an upgraded kitchen, a bar, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master bedroom suite was expanded to feature a fireplace and patio.

Gonzalez, 35, was drafted in 1997 by the Kansas City Chiefs and traded in 2009 to the Falcons. He holds several records for a tight end. Among them, he had the most receptions — 102 — in a season in 2004.

He bought the property in 2003 for $1,575,000, then gutted and rebuilt the house.

Edward Kaminsky of Shorewood Realtors, Manhattan Beach, was the listing agent. Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, represented the buyer.

He produced it, then sold it

Update: Actor-producer Matt Battaglia and his wife, Tina, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $3.23 million.

The contemporary home, designed for entertaining and built in 2007, has a media room, office, four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms in 4,200 square feet. A swimming pool and spa were added last year.

Battaglia, 45, appears in the recently released movie "Thor." He has guest starred on "Big Love" (2007) and "24" (2006 and 2007) and was a co-producer on the Golden Globe-nominated "Brothers" (2009).

He bought the land in 2004 for $250,000. The house came on the market last year at $4,595,000.

Ernie Carswell and Christopher Pickett of Teles Properties, Beverly Hills, had the listing, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates, Pacific Palisades, represented the buyer.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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