Spidey uses his senses

Times Staff Writer

“Spider-Man 3" is a box-office smash, and now Tobey Maguire, who played Spidey in all three films, is cashing in on selling his Hollywood Hills home.

Maguire sold the house for $11.5 million -- a tidy sum considering that he bought the house as a first-time buyer in 2002 for $3.7 million.

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Architectural style: The Hot Property column in the June 17 Real Estate section described the home Tobey Maguire sold in Hollywood Hills as Mediterranean. The house is contemporary in style.
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Hot Property: The June 17 column described the home Tobey Maguire sold in Hollywood Hills as Mediterranean. The house is contemporary in style.

The actor, who is celebrating his first Father’s Day today as a dad, had shared the home with his fiancee, Jennifer, daughter of Universal Studios President Ron Meyer, and their baby, Ruby Sweetheart, born in the fall.

The one-story, 5,000-square-foot residence was built in the early ‘60s and rebuilt in 1990. Cuban-born Waldo Fernandez, who gave the Beverly Hilton Hotel a face-lift after Merv Griffin bought it in 1987, also redid Maguire’s house after the actor bought it in 2002. Maguire will turn 32 on June 27.

The Mediterranean-style home has three bedrooms, a gym and city views. It also has a spa, infinity pool, courtyard entry, chef’s kitchen and maid’s quarters.


Maguire and his fiancee haven’t decided where the family will live next, and he is still considering possible film projects.

Besides starring in the superhero franchise, Maguire appeared in “The Ice Storm” (1997), “The Cider House Rules” (1999), “Seabiscuit” (2003) and “The Good German” (2006).

Brett Lawyer of Sotheby’s International Realty, Sunset Strip, had the listing, and Michael Collins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Beverly Hills East, represented the buyer.


Back at the ranch, martial artist sells

Actor Steven Seagal, who has been filming the action movie “Marker” for release next year, has sold his 995-acre Knoll Ranch in Montague, Calif., 30 miles south of the Oregon border, for close to its asking price of $3 million.

Seagal, 56, owned the ranch for about seven years. During that time, he produced organic herbs and flowers as well as distilling oils for his company, Diamond Lotus. Lavender, thyme and oregano are distilled on the ranch and distributed worldwide.

Billy Long, a partner in Ranch Marketing Associates, represented Seagal in the transaction. RMA, which specializes in agricultural and recreational properties, has offices in Beverly Hills and other places.


Checkout time for Hilton neighbor

Paris Hilton may come home from jail to a new neighbor. Aaron Kamin, a guitar player in the Calling, has listed his house for sale for $2.3 million or for lease at $11,000 a month.

Hilton lives across the street.

The house, in the Sunset Strip area, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,960 square feet. It was built in 1928.

The walled and gated home is Spanish in style. Neighborhood amenities include occasional throngs of paparazzi and circling helicopters.

Burt Bakman and Mica Rabineau are co-listing the home at Re/Max On the Boulevard, Sherman Oaks.


‘Baywatch’ actor finds haven inland

Actor David Chokachi and his wife, Susan, have become first-time home buyers with their purchase of a house for slightly more than $1 million in the Beverly Center/Miracle Mile part of Los Angeles.

Chokachi, who went from “Baywatch” to “Beyond the Break” -- an MTV Networks series on the N -- and his wife, who plans special events for Gucci, bought a Spanish-style house with three bedrooms in 1,600 square feet, according to public records.

The house, built in 1924, was remodeled recently and has a stone fireplace. The grassy yard has a deck and a fountain.

Chokachi, 39, was a series regular on “Baywatch” beginning in 1995, playing Cody Madison, an Olympic hopeful who worked as a lifeguard. He will be in the upcoming horror film “Bats: Human Harvest,” now in production.

Richard Bartholomew of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers.


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