If Hollywood had true royalty, Tori Spelling -- the daughter of Candy Spelling and the late Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling -- would be its reigning princess. And the princess is switching castles.
Spelling just bought a Tuscan-style villa in Encino with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 6,718 square feet. The two-story home has four fireplaces, wood, parquet and stone flooring, a formal dining room with silver-leafed coffered ceilings, a study, wet bar and gourmet eat-in kitchen. There is a fenced pool and spa and a putting green. The sale price was $2,950,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Harriet Cameron of Prudential California Realty, Sherman Oaks, and her partner, Judy Cycon of Prudential's Beverly Hills office, had the listing.
Now Spelling just needs to sell her old house in Westwood, which she just listed at $2,395,000.
It has five bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in about 3,300 square feet. The home has French doors off the main rooms that lead to a manicured lawn, an outdoor dining area with a built-in barbecue and a solar-powered saltwater pool with a Baja shelf and spa. The master suite has two oversized custom closets and city views.
There is a custom-designed fireplace in the living room, a formal dining room and a media room. The recently upgraded kitchen has imported marble countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. The house has a state-of-the-art sound system and hardwood floors.
Tori Spelling's best-known role was that of forever-virgin Donna Martin on "Beverly Hills, 90210," a character she played in 292 episodes of the show's 10-year run. The episode where Donna's schoolmates protest her suspension with the chant of "Donna Martin graduates" rocketed the phrase into pop culture lingo, where it still resides.
After "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000), Spelling appeared in "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (2004) and "Kiss the Bride" (2007). She is married to Dean McDermott, with whom she stars in the reality show "Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood."
Amy Colvin of Hilton & Hyland, and Sara Berger of WEA, both Beverly Hills, co-listed the property.
Comic's home for sale after split
Nothing like a parting of the ways to make for a parting of the properties.
In July, we reported that Monty Pythoner John Cleese had sold his 14.6-acre Montecito equestrian ranch to cellphone pioneer Craig McCaw. (McCaw is the former spouse of Wendy McCaw, owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press.)
And now Cleese, who has parted ways with his third wife, psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger, has listed their oceanfront Montecito enclave at $10.75 million.
You've heard of an infinity-edge pool? Try an infinity-edge house. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom home seems to extend into the ocean. There are beamed ceilings and views from every room, as well as multilevel decks and gardens, a spa and a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. The property is in a private cove on Fernald Point.
The master suite -- opening to a private balcony overlooking the Pacific -- occupies a full level of the home. It includes a sun room, a walk-in closet, a sitting/dressing room and a second, room-size walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a glassed-in steam shower.
At beach level, there is a self-contained guest studio with an efficiency kitchen, sitting room and sleeping area.
In addition to the Monty Python shows and movies, Cleese starred in the BBC's "Fawlty Towers" and the 1988 film "A Fish Called Wanda."
The listing agents are Vivienne Leebosh, Bob Lamborn and Lisa Loiacono, Sotheby's International Realty, Montecito.
Champ skates toward quick sale
Sellers, take heart: World champion ice skater Tai Babilonia listed her Sherman Oaks home at $1,085,000 -- and it was in escrow in less than a week. There were multiple offers on the traditional home south of Ventura Boulevard.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has about 3,000 square feet. The rooms are bright, and the master bedroom opens to the backyard. The two-story home was built in 1955.
Figure skater Babilonia and her partner, Randy Gardner, were five-time gold medalists at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
She and Gardner began skating together when they were just 8 and 10 years old, respectively. They were medal favorites at the 1980 Olympics but were unable to compete after Gardner was injured.
Babilonia is engaged to comedian David Brenner.
Steven Shrager of Prudential California Realty, Encino, has the listing.
Murphy ex hopes 2nd time's charm
A new price, a new dawn? Perhaps. Eddie Murphy's ex-wife, Nicole Murphy, has re-listed her Calabasas house, asking $8,495,000. In October 2007, she had it on the market at $9,995,000.
The 9,214-square-foot Spanish hacienda, in a gated community, has an open floor plan. According to the MLS, it has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There are six fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, crown molding, hand-painted tiles, distressed hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other features include a state-of-the-art theater, an office with lots of built-ins, two three-car garages, an elevator, game room, pool, spa and detached casita with a full kitchen.
The Murphys divorced after five children and 13 years.
Josh Flagg of Josh Flagg Estates, Keller Williams Realty Westside, co-listed the property with Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Co.
Artist's latest project: a sale
American pop artist Ed Ruscha has listed his Malibu beach house for $7.15 million. Ruscha, whose work is ranked with that of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, owns other properties in Los Angeles and considers the city his home.
The 2,948-square-foot Point Dume beach house he hopes to sell has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, divided among an updated three-bedroom, one-story main house and two detached guest structures. The property comes with Point Dume private beach rights, a secluded pool, several patios and a mature garden. The home is also available for lease at $14,500 a month. I'm checking beneath my sofa cushions right now for spare quarters.
Ruscha, 70, became well known for his paintings, collages and photographs in the early 1960s. His first solo exhibition was at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1973. He taught as a visiting professor at UCLA in 1969.
Many of his works incorporate words and phrases. He has published more than a dozen photographic books, several of them about Los Angeles.
Barry Sloane of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, and Christopher Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker, Malibu, share the listing.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times