Perpetually touring performer Beck has lowered the price on his Malibu beach house a smidgen to pique interest. Old price: $2,399,000. New price: $2,345,000. Hey, we did say a smidgen. It's his second home, and his schedule hasn't allowed much use of it.
The Malibu home, described in the Multiple Listing Service as "a very hip mid-century ranch," has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are pitched ceilings, hardwood floors and a great room overlooking private gardens and a lawn. No ocean views, but they -- and the ocean -- aren't far away. There is a separate two-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse with a fireplace. Public records put the square footage at about 1,600; the home was built in 1961. It came on the market in October.
Fans of the genre-bending Beck, 38, consider him to be among the most creative and idiosyncratic musicians of the last 20 years. He first earned mainstream recognition with his breakthrough single "Loser" in 1994. Beck is on a world tour promoting his latest album, "Modern Guilt." He is married to actress Marissa Ribisi.
Richard Klug of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.
Rockstar exec works up a deal
There are some houses that are truly not for everybody. The good news for Rockstar energy drink magnate Russell Weiner is that he found just such a non-everybody.
After 578 days on the market, Weiner's poured-in-place concrete megalith in the Hollywood Hills sold for $8 million. It started as a $14,995,000 listing -- based on replacement costs. But lots of unpleasantness in the economy later, more realistic pricing followed and led to multiple offers.
So what do you get for $8 million? To start, the entrance foyer doubles as a nightclub. Guests can settle in on the nifty built-in couches in alcoves and wait to be served their high-caffeine energy drinks (What else would he serve?). There are soaring ceilings, state-of-the-art sound and light systems and a new media room with a bar and drop screen.
Most of the walls are made of glass to provide views of city lights and the ocean. There are glass staircases and a glass loft floor, all the better to see what's going on in the world beneath you.
For the practical-minded, there are five bedroom suites in the main house and a two-bedroom guesthouse. Square footage tops 9,000 combined.
Weiner recently listed another home he owns just above the Sunset Strip at $2,995,000.
He founded and is chief executive of Rockstar Inc. and is the son of radio talk show host Michael Savage. Michael Eisenberg of Keller Williams Realty, Beverly Hills, had the listing.
Encino no longer a match for Mitch
Pamela Anderson wasn't the only hunka-hunka burning love to strut off the "Baywatch" beach into popular culture. For the ladies, there was David Hasselhoff, who listed his Encino home for $5.95 million on Jan. 8 and then withdrew it about a week later. According to his agent, the house will be back on the market shortly and is, indeed, for sale.
Hasselhoff's 9,770-square-foot home has five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. The private estate is entered through double gates.
There's a two-story living room with high ceilings, a lavish dining room, gourmet kitchen and master-bedroom suite with a fireplace and mahogany floors. There are his-and-her bathrooms and walk-in closets. The home has a gym and an elevator, which would seem to serve cross purposes.
A grotto-style pool with a waterfall and spa, as well as lighted tennis courts, complete the playground.
The property is co-owned by his ex-wife Pamela Hasselhoff.
The 56-year-old actor, who played Lt. Mitch Buchannon for 221 episodes of "Baywatch" from 1989 to 2000, also re-created the role for the various Baywatch spinoffs and movies.
Let's face it: Some people just look good running down the beach with a boogie board under their arm.
His non-beachy credits include roles in "Fugitives Run" (2003) and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004).
Shayn Scott of Sotheby's International Realty, Sunset Boulevard office, is representing Hasselhoff.
An A-list acting provenance
This is one of those houses you might want to bow to in homage as you approach. It was owned by the late Milton Katselas, founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school, director and coach to half of Hollywood.
Katselas, who died at 75 on Oct. 24, worked with hundreds of actors, including Al Pacino, Alex Baldwin, Gene Hackman, George C. Scott, Tom Selleck, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ted Danson, James Cromwell, Burt Reynolds, John Glover, Kate Hudson, Patrick Swayze and George Clooney.
His longtime Hollywood Hills residence is being offered for sale at $2.6 million. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in 3,800 square feet was built in 1937. It is built of oxidized iron, glass and concrete pillars with large, sand-blasted wooden beams. The floors are polished concrete and hardwood. There is a pool, a spa and a cabana with a bathroom and a second kitchen outside for entertaining in the garden. There are six skylights and parking for seven cars, three of them garaged. The master bedroom has a steam shower and sauna. According to the MLS, the property has two lots and could be used to build up to eight condos.
Elsa Nelson of Nelson Shelton & Associates in Beverly Hills has the listing.
Inventor's sales spike in Palisades
The mark of genius is inventing something to fill a need that people don't even know they have. Following this logic, Cleatskins, a rubberized covering that slips over soccer/golf/football cleats and turns them into street wear instantly, is headed toward being a soccer mom's new best friend.
Richard and Marianne Kay, who hold the patent for Cleatskins, just sold their Pacific Palisades home for $14.5 million. Although the property was shown widely to show business folks, the buyers are civilians.
The property includes a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom, Cape Cod-style main house of about 8,500 square feet and a 3,000-square-foot guesthouse with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The property has five fireplaces, and there is a sitting room, a gym, a pool and spa, two elevators and a sports court.
Richard Kay developed Cleatskins and introduced the product to the mass marketplace last fall. The coverings are intended to eliminate slips and falls that occur when cleated shoes are worn on nongrassy surfaces.
Bob Hurwitz of James Hurwitz Co., Beverly Hills, had the listing. The buyers were represented by Fred Bernstein of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, according to the Multiple Listing Service.