The name Justin Berfield may still conjure up the image of the bad-boy brother from "Malcolm in the Middle," but when it comes to buying and selling houses, the 23-year-old is decidedly an adult.
Berfield has listed his Calabasas home at $3,995,000. He bought it in 2006 for about $3.75 million from former MTV "Newlyweds" couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. He is planning to move to Malibu to be closer to the Venice-based film and TV companies that he formed in 2004, J2 Pictures and J2TV.
The Mediterranean he hopes to sell is in a guard-gated community and has its own gated driveway. The 6,483-square-foot house has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and some grown-up toys: a home theater, an infinity pool and spa, a wine cellar and a bar with indoor-outdoor access. The home has a custom soundproof room that was formerly used as a recording studio. There are travertine floors, high ceilings, four sun decks and views from the master bedroom suite.
Berfield co-starred on Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" as Reese from 2000 to 2006. He started as a child actor appearing in national commercials and made his TV series debut when he costarred in "The Good Life" with Drew Carey.
Patte Gilbert at Ewing & Associates, Sotheby's International Realty, is the listing agent.
Golfer hopes to swing a good deal
What would you expect in 15-time PGA Tour-winner Fred Couples' backyard? The Montecito house he recently put on the market at $12.5 million has a putting green, of course.
The 11,000-square-foot, two-story Monterey Colonial was built in 1939 and sits on 5 acres with ocean and mountain views. The main house has nine bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms. There is also a 2,300-square-foot guesthouse with three bedrooms and two baths and a kitchen.
The house has an arched front entry and hardwood floors throughout. There is a formal dining room with a beamed ceiling, and the master bedroom suite has a sitting area and office space. The formal study has French doors.
The property also has a tennis court, rose garden and pool.
Couples, 49, has relocated to the desert, near good golfing. His career high in victories came in 1992 when he won three tournaments, including the Masters, for earnings of more than $1.3 million. He was named PGA Tour player of the year for 1991 and 1992.
Sharon R. Fisher and Vickie G. Craig of Village Properties, Montecito, share the listing with Dan Encell of Prudential California Realty, Montecito.
-- Ann Brenoff
Soap star comes down from Hills
Sandra Vidal, the actress who played Sofia Alonso on "The Bold and the Beautiful," has listed her four-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom Hollywood Hills home for $2.85 million. The custom-built architectural home is on a cul-de-sac and has views of the city with 360-degree vistas from the rooftop terrace.
There is an open floor plan, high ceilings and walls of glass in the 4,100-square-foot house. The master bedroom suite has a fireplace, terrace and office.
Vidal, 42, appeared in the soap opera from 2001 to 2004. She has also appeared in " CSI: NY" and "Cattle Call" (2006).
Neal Baddin of Coldwell Banker, Sunset Boulevard, is the listing agent.
-- Ann Brenoff
Now playing way off Broadway
A couple of Broadway hits have opened near Silver Lake.
Broadway composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown and his wife, conductor Georgia Stitt, recently purchased a three-bedroom, three-bathroom house for $1.15 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
The 2,495-square-foot traditional was originally built in 1939. It has a step-down living room with high ceilings, a fireplace and patio doors leading to the outside deck.
There is a formal dining room adjacent to the updated cook's kitchen.
The home has a wine closet and tasting room, hardwood floors and views of Silver Lake.
Brown wrote songs for the Broadway musical "Parade," for which he won the Tony Award for original musical score in 1999.
He also worked on "Urban Cowboy," "Songs for a New World" and "13."
Stitt was an assistant conductor for the 2003 Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors."
Bonita Enten Bryant and Joseph Reichling, both of Sotheby's International Realty, Sunset Boulevard, were the listing agents.
The buyers were represented by Zach and Rita Goldsmith of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.
-- Ann Brenoff
A happy ending for Hills remodel
Update: Writer David Litt ("The King of Queens") may be able to work the trials of remodeling and home selling into his sitcoms now. Litt has sold his Hollywood Hills house for $1.95 million after less than two months on the market.
He had listed it at $2,025,000 after redoing the 1963 home, which he bought in 2007 for $1.1 million.
The resulting wood, stone and glass home has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 2,440 square feet.
Michael Cohen of Pinnacle Estate Properties in Encino was the listing agent.
-- Lauren Beale email@example.com