Matthew McConaughey is on the move in Malibu -- from a 28-foot, $65,000 Airstream in an RV park to a $10-million home on slightly more than an acre.
The 37-year-old actor liked his Airstream so much that he ordered two more last spring. Still, not even three Airstreams were enough.
McConaughey started looking at homes to buy and decided on one that wasn’t even on the market. After he personally knocked on the door, however, a deal was struck.
At 3,500 square feet, the house is not as large as many in Malibu. And it’s old -- built in 1949. But its acre-plus
lot has room to park a fleet of Airstreams. The home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The actor, one of Hollywood’s hottest bachelors, may be getting ready to settle down. When not cruising shirtless through Malibu’s streets, he often can be found with 24-year-old Brazilian model Camila Alves, who has been seen sporting a new ring.
McConaughey appeared in “The Wedding Planner” (2001) and “Sahara” (2005). Last year, he played real-life football coach Jack Lengyel in “We Are Marshall.” He recently replaced Owen Wilson in the upcoming film “Tropic Thunder.”
Dragons, gargoyles guard the castle
There’s little question that David Draiman, lead singer of the band Disturbed, likes life in the fast lane.
Earlier this year, the 34-year-old frontman took a helicopter to a New Zealand winery, had a private cruise in an $8-million yacht and went scuba diving in Australia.
More recently, he has been recording in Chicago and has put his Northridge castle, with its turrets, gargoyles, dragons and griffins, on the market at close to $2.9 million. Draiman purchased the residence for $2.5 million in 2005.The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home, a former nondescript tract house that was transformed in 1992 by former owners with a fascination for medieval themes, has barrel-vaulted halls, a great room with 24-foot-high ceiling, theater chandeliers and secret doors behind bookcases.
There is a 6,800-square-foot main house, plus a guesthouse with a full kitchen, a tennis court, a pool with a lap lane and an exercise room with an office.
It seems that the only missing feature is a moat, but there is a koi pond, a wooden bridge, a waterfall and a large sculpture of a dragon in the frontyard.
Shelly Slovin, Prudential California Realty, Calabasas, has the listing.
A Doll’s house
in Valley Village
Dancer-singer Carmit Bachar has purchased a home in the San Fernando Valley for $695,000.
The 33-year-old dancer and singer bought a three-bedroom, 1,650-plus-square-foot home in Valley Village.
The updated house, built in 1952, has crown moldings and hardwood floors. A family room leads to a patio. The master-bedroom suite has a deep soaking tub and access to a rear yard that has a pool and deck.
Bachar is best known as a member of the pop/R&B; group the Pussycat Dolls. She has been a featured dancer on many pop group tours and music videos.
Tom Hernandez and Mike Toledo from Re/Max on the Boulevard had the listing, and were assisted by Burt Bakman of the same company in Sherman Oaks.
‘40s style seems to be his cup of tea
David Barenholtz, co-owner of the uber-chic Beverly Hills-based tea emporium Le Palais des Thes and Culver City-based David Gallery, and his partner, Jeffery Allyn, have purchased the home of the late screenwriter and producer Bernard Gordon for nearly its $2.3-million asking price.
Gordon, who died in May, was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Among Gordon’s films are “Flesh and Fury” and “55 Days at Peking.”
The home, built in 1940, is a 3,400-square-foot Art Moderne in the Sunset Hills. It has a sunken living room.
Barenholtz has listed his Sunset Strip home for close to $3 million. Also a 1940s house, it has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and has been completely renovated.
Bennett Carr of Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills, has the listing and represented the buyers of the Gordon home, which Ron Holliman had listed at the Beverly Hills North office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.
Same ocean, just different homes
Dan Dugan, a production manager of the TV series “Girlfriends” and “The Game,” and his wife, Jessie, have purchased a getaway on Maui for $1 million.
The home is on the highway to Hana and sits on a 2.6-acre bluff overlooking the ocean. There is a one-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot main house and a one-bedroom ohana (a detached guesthouse) with a small kitchen. The home was remodeled in 2003 and has its own solar-power and water systems.
The Dugans live in Manhattan Beach when they are on the mainland.
Elena Panigada of Prudential Real Estate in Kihei represented the buyers and sellers on Maui.
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