South Bay is home court now

Times Staff Writer

A new year and a new home marks a new beginning for L.A. Lakers forward Lamar Odom, after a difficult 2006.

In June, Odom, 27, lost his son, Jayden, to sudden infant death syndrome. Shortly after that, Odom was mugged at gunpoint by a teenager in New York. Then earlier this month while playing basketball, he injured his right knee. He will be sidelined for up to six more weeks.

Now, after more than a year of hunting, Odom has found a house and purchased it for $2.7 million.


The property, in Manhattan Beach, appealed to him because of its location, open floor plan and custom features. There’s a pool, which is unusual in the South Bay; a backyard, which has become less common with newly built houses in the beach community; and views as far away, Realtors say, as the Hollywood sign and downtown L.A. The house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,200 square feet.

“Warm” and “inviting” is how Odom describes the house, which, Realtor Amy Hackman says, Odom calls “a real home, good for his fiancee and his children while being conducive to entertaining his fellow Lakers.”

The pool is multitiered and has a spa. The yard has a barbecue, a gas fire pit and a covered outdoor dining area. The interior has custom-painted walls. The floors are walnut hardwood and travertine.

The house is Mediterranean in style and has a family room and an office. There is also a custom bar and three stone fireplaces in the house.

Hackman, at Northwest Realty in Manhattan Beach, was the listing agent.

Home of royalty, musically speaking

Bandleader Benny Goodman lived here during the 1940s. The “king of swing” died in 1986 at age 77.

The new owner of Goodman’s former home in the Palisades Riviera -- a neighborhood in Pacific Palisades -- is now John Frizzell. He is the composer of Touchstone’s upcoming February release “Primeval” and wrote the scores for the films “Gods and Generals” (2003) and “Alien Resurrection” (1997).

He and his wife, Stacey, bought the former Goodman home for close to $4.7 million. The house, a restored Spanish-style residence built in the 1920s, has a tower hall opening to a curved, wrought-iron stairway, a living room with high wood-beamed ceilings, a tiled fireplace and lead and steel windows. There is a separate guesthouse with a gym and a media room.

James Respondek of Sotheby’s International Realty, Pacific Palisades, had the listing.

More space for her upcoming role

Jaime Pressly, who plays Joy in the hit NBC sitcom “My Name Is Earl,” is looking to buy a larger home for her expanding family and has put her Tarzana residence on the market at close to $1.4 million.

Pressly, 29, is expecting a baby boy with her DJ fiance Eric Cubiche, she announced during a taping of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in November.

The home she is selling has four bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 3,000 square feet. It was built in 1970.

Brett Karns of Keller Williams, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

A place to pen his next novel

Attorney-turned-author Jack J. Miller, who wrote the novel “Millionaire City,” has purchased a weekend home at Lake Arrowhead for $1.2 million.

The California cottage-style house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,850 square feet and a pool on its acre of grounds.

Miller, who lives in Laguna Beach, purchased his retreat from a Canadian investment group.

His novel, based on a fictional city populated only by millionaires, was acquired for filming by Gene Corman’s Chateau Productions. The movie is expected to be shot next fall in Aspen, Colo.

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