You could call it a shorts sale.
Tom Lennon, the pants-averse Lt. Jim Dangle on Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" (2003-09), and his actress wife, Jenny Robertson, have purchased a Hancock Park-area house for $2,175,000. The seller was "ER" actress Maura Tierney, who had owned the 1913 Craftsman for nearly seven years.
The two-story, 3,051-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It has been restored and features built-in vintage cabinetry, period details and a living room fireplace. French doors open to a wood deck, a brick patio with an outdoor fireplace and a grassy yard. There is also a guesthouse, pool and spa.
The short-shorts-wearing Lennon, 38, has had a lot of exposure this year, appearing in the films "17 Again" and "I Love You, Man." The comedic actor's screenwriting credits include the just-released "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Balls of Fury" (2007) and "Herbie Fully Loaded" (2005).
Robertson, 45, has appeared in "Reno 911!" and other television shows and films.
Tierney, 44, had listed the house at $2,195,000 in late February. She recently ended her decade-long stint on the now-defunct NBC medical drama.
Emil Alexander of Prudential California Realty, Pacific Palisades, was the listing agent. Rick Llanos of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park North, represented the buyers.
Room for a pet pig in the Hills
Singer-songwriter, voice-over artist and actress E.G. Daily has listed a Hollywood Hills-area house for sale at $2,499,999. The 1977 contemporary had been her personal residence at one time but more recently has been rented out.
The six-bedroom, 4 1/2 -bathroom house has 4,342 square feet of living space.
Daily described the home as "durable" -- it has concrete floors -- and as "a social house." She opened the kitchen up to the family room so she could cook and keep an eye on her kids and the family pets.
"I raised my little girls there," she said. "It's a great family house and a great party house."
There are high ceilings, three fireplaces, skylights, French doors, a pool with a spa and interesting angles throughout the house, she said. "Nothing is squared off. Some windows are on a diagonal; the ceiling zigzags."
The family moved a year and a half ago to a nearby property she remodeled. It has a "different energy" from the old house, she said, "all white, all Ralph Lauren. I did it exactly the way I wanted."
The view home sits on a double lot with a grassy lawn "the size of a soccer field," she said. Sometimes the family's pet pig can be spied in the park-like yard.
Although her preference is to sell the old place, Daily said she would consider leasing it at $9,700 a month and continuing as a landlord. "Houses are my hobby."
Daily, 47, is perhaps best known as the voice of Tommy Pickles on "Rugrats" (1991-2002) and "All Grown Up" (2003-07). She has a cameo in the movie "My Sister's Keeper," to be released in June, and performed a song in the movie's soundtrack.
The listing agent is Linda Zimmerman, Prudential California Realty, Pacific Design Center.
Where privacy is paramount
Hollywood deal-making lawyer Peter Nelson has listed his Bel-Air estate for sale at $5,995,000 or for lease at $14,000 a month.
The gated traditional has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and sits on nearly 1.75 private acres. It has mature sycamores, pines and redwoods, a black-bottom pool, three trellised patios and ocean and city views.
The secluded house is not visible from the street or from the homes on either side, making it ideal for sensitive meetings. Four actors on "The West Wing" (1999-2006) met with Nelson on one of the hidden-from-view patios for strategy talks during their high-stakes negotiations at the height of the show's popularity.
Nelson bought the property in 1997 for $2.1 million and spent more than $1 million on improvements.
The Hollywood Reporter named him among "Hollywood's power lawyers" for the last two years. His firm, Nelson Davis LLP, recently moved to Santa Monica, and Nelson's family bought a house on 2 acres in Brentwood's Sullivan Canyon. They also own a Victorian home on a 35-acre farm in New Zealand.
Listing agents for the Bel-Air house are Joyce Rey and Ben Young Mason, both of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills.
Selling for much more than a song
Update: Doug "S.A." Martinez, a singer and DJ for alt rock band 311, has sold his Los Feliz house for $1.64 million.
The four-bedroom, five-bathroom Spanish Colonial was built in 1927 and came on the market last July at $2,195,000. It had been listed at $1,699,000 since late January this year.
The 3,145-square-foot home has a saltwater pool with a detached pool house that can double as a guesthouse. There are views of the Griffith Observatory.
"I have so many memories of this house," said Martinez, 39, at the time he listed the home for sale. "I've written so many songs in this house and have felt nothing but love for it from Day One. . . . Although many musicians and artists have been through our doors over the years, the real star and center of attention has always been our home."
Sandra Miller of Engel & Volkers, Santa Monica, had the listing.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times