His Home Sells After a Few Rounds


Oscar De La Hoya has sold his Bel-Air home for $3.7 million.

The boxing champ, scheduled to meet Fernando Vargas in a junior-middleweight championship fight May 4 in Las Vegas, has a number of homes elsewhere, including one where he trains in Big Bear.

The house he sold has eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in 10,000 square feet. The home also has a gym, screening room, game room, pool and tennis court.

De La Hoya bought the home for about $3.9 million in 1997. He had the house, built in 1990, completely redesigned and then listed it for sale at $5.5 million in 2000. Since then, it has been on and off the market.


De La Hoya, 29, has won several championship titles in different weight classes since he was a 1992 Olympic gold medallist in the lightweight boxing division.

Currently the World Boxing Council 154-pound champion, De La Hoya is guaranteed $14 million for the match against Vargas. Vargas, the World Boxing Assn. champion, will make at least $6 million. Each fighter will get additional revenue based on the pay-per-view buys and international sales.

Also a singer, De La Hoya released a debut album in late 2000. The album was on the Billboard Latin charts for more than eight weeks.

The buyer of De La Hoya’s Bel-Air home was described as a physician from the South Bay.

Joe Babajian and Kyle Grasso of Prudential Estate Properties, John Aaroe Division in Beverly Hills, had the listing.

Actor David Schwimmer has sold his Hollywood Hills home for just under $1.2 million.

Schwimmer, who plays Ross Geller on the NBC sitcom “Friends” and co-starred in the fall HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” had put the four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house on the market at $1.25 million in October.

Four months earlier, he had purchased a nine-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot house on more than an acre in Hancock Park for $5.5 million.


The actor, 35, sold his traditional-style Hollywood Hills home, behind gates with a pool and city views, to Nadine Watt, granddaughter of real estate magnate Ray Watt, and her fiancee, film executive Andrew Jameson.

Nadine Watt is president of Watt Plaza in Century City; Jameson is senior vice president of Commotion Pictures, which recently wrapped production on its first film, to star Tom Arnold, under a multi-picture deal with MGM.

Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills East, represented the buyers.

Arleen Ruby and Lawrence Leviton of Prudential-John Aaroe, Beverly Hills, had the listing; Ruby also sold the house to Schwimmer six years ago.

Eric Szmanda, who plays eccentric forensic-lab technician Greg Sanders on the CBS television series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” has become a first-time home buyer with his purchase of a four-bedroom Studio City house for $785,000.

The Milwaukee native, in his 20s, bought a one-story, 2,855-square-foot house, built in 1969. The house has slate floors, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a family room and a front courtyard.

Szmanda previously appeared in the USA series “The Net” and the UPN pilot “Dodge City.” He also starred in the independent film “True Vinyl.”

Rick Chimienti of DBL Beverly Hills represented Szmanda in buying, and Steven Walker of Coldwell Banker, Studio City, had the listing.

Mike Medavoy, chairman of Phoenix Pictures and a producer of such movies as “The Thin Red Line” (1998) and “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996), and his wife, Irena, have listed their Beverly Hills-area home at just under $16 million.

The home, which they had built a year ago, is on about two acres in a guard-gated community and has five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 12,000 square feet. One side of the master bathroom has a kitchenette, office area, tub, sofa, fireplace and a closet with three hidden closets. The other side of the bathroom has a walk-in closet and a gym.

An East Coast traditional-style estate, the house has a center hall opening onto large rooms for entertaining.

The Medavoys are said to have entertained as many as 800 guests in the home at one time.

The estate also has a screening room, guest house, mini-running track, and an outdoor shower by the 20-by-40-foot pool.

Decorated by Gregory McAllester, the home was designed with feng shui and natural light taken into consideration. This is the third home that McAllester has decorated for the Medavoys.

Barbara Robinson of DBL Beverly Hills has the listing.

Producer Gale Anne Hurd (“Terminator,” 1984; “Armageddon,” 1998) and her husband, screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh (“Armageddon,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” 1995), have sold their eight-bedroom, Beverly Hills-area home for $7.5 million.

The couple bought a house in Pasadena several months ago.

The Beverly Hills-area house also has a screening room, a gym and an office in about 14,600 square feet. The home, on more than two acres, was built in 1995 by Peter Morton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe and owner of the trendy West Hollywood restaurant Morton’s.

The home was listed in September at $11.9 million. Its last asking price was $8.9 million.

Joe Babajian of Prudential John Aaroe, Beverly Hills, and Joan Duffy, of the firm’s Sherman Oaks office, had the listing.

Laurence Mark, producer of such movies as “As Good as It Gets” (1997) and “Jerry Maguire” (1996), has sold his Hollywood Hills home to music producer Pat Leonard for $1.65 million.

Leonard, who has produced albums for such stars as Elton John and Madonna, bought the four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home. Situated behind gates, the house has two master suites, a pool, gardens and brick terraces.

Mark sold because he moved into a home he had redesigned and rebuilt off Mulholland Drive in the Beverly Hills area.

Timothy Enright of Enright Co. had the listing on Mark’s former home, and Magie D’Abo with Re/Max on the Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, represented Leonard, sources said.


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