Actress Zoe Saldana explores new worlds with home sale


Actress Zoe Saldana, known for her roles as Neytiri in “Avatar” and as Uhura in the new “Star Trek” movies, has been exploring a few new worlds of her own this year.

This summer she married Italian artist Marco Perego, and in September she put her contemporary-style home in Los Feliz on the market. Now the home has sold for $1.149 million.

The 2,800 square feet of living space include an updated kitchen, a fireplace, four bedrooms and four bathrooms.


The open plan living/dining/sitting area has views of the surrounding hills. A bonus room opens to a redwood deck in the backyard.

Saldana, 35, stars in “Blood Ties” and the recently released thriller “Out of the Furnace.”

She bought the home in 2006 for $1.005 million, public records show.

Andrew Rhoda of Coldwell Banker’s Sunset Boulevard office was the listing agent.

J-Lo house pays off

Hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel has turned a profit on his moat-surrounded house in Bel-Air, selling it for $10 million.

He bought the compound from dancer-singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and her then-husband, singer Marc Anthony, in 2009 for $6.2 million, according to public records. They had paid $6.25 million for the property in 2006.

The walled and gated house, built in 1941, sits on about three-quarters of an acre and has five fireplaces, hardwood and antique French stone floors, and a balcony looking out over the back lawn.

During his ownership, Spitznagel upgraded the audio-visual and electronics systems. There are five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 7,357 square feet.


The compound includes a detached guesthouse/studio, a swimming pool and pool house, fountains, a putting green and an imported cobblestone motor court.

The renovated estate was the location of a fundraiser for presidential candidate Ron Paul last year.

Spitznagel, 42, is the owner-founder of Universal Investments, which is reported to have about $6 billion in assets. He owns a compound in Michigan as well as a farm.

Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland/Christie’s International Real Estate handled the transaction, the Multiple Listing Service shows.

Hair stylist nets profit

Celebrity hair stylist Sally Hershberger has found a buyer for her house in Beverly Hills. The sales price was $6,751,500.

Set on a half-acre-plus promontory with city and ocean views, the distinctive house has a dramatic curved roofline that follows the shape of one side of the swimming pool.

Built in 1960, the 3,645-square-foot house features its original block walls, terrazzo floors, a media room, an office, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom.

Hershberger created actress Meg Ryan’s shag haircut, dubbed the “Sally shag,” and has a line of hair care products. Actress Jane Fonda and fashion designer Vera Wang are among her celebrity clients. Hershberger’s television appearances include the series “America’s Next Top Model” and “Shear Genius.”

She bought the home in 2004 for $2.4 million, public records show, and had been leasing it out between attempts to sell the property in 2007 and 2010.

Jeff Kohl of the Agency was the listing agent. Gregory Dean of the Dean Co. represented the buyer.

Actor sells his place in history

Actor Neal McDonough and his wife, Ruve, have parted with their home in L.A.’s historic Windsor Square for $2.65 million.

The Colonial-style home, built in 1922, features coved ceilings, wainscoting, French doors and vintage glass doorknobs. The split-level family room opens to a patio with an outdoor kitchen, a wet bar with beer taps, a big-screen television, a lounge area, a spa and a fire pit.

The partial basement has a wine cellar. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,067 square feet of living space.

McDonough, 47, recently starred as future LAPD chief William Parker in the TNT series “Mob City.” He also is known for roles on the series “Band of Brothers” (2001), “Boomtown” (2002-03) and “Desperate Housewives” (2008-09). He was in the 2012 season of “Justified” and will star in the upcoming crime film “Bad Country.”

The couple bought the quarter-acre property in 2005 for $2.675 million.

Frank Barbano of Barbano Realty was the listing agent. Timothy Di Prizito of Nourmand & Associates represented the buyer.

A happy ending in Fairfax area

Actor-comedian Adam Pally and his wife, Daniella Liben, have sold their home in the Fairfax area for $1.625 million.

The Spanish-style house, built in 1927 and updated, features such period details as arches, Spanish tile and wall nooks. The 2,428-square-foot house has intricate crown molding, a fireplace, an office, dining and breakfast rooms, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

French doors open to an outdoor dining area and a swimming pool with a spa. A garage/bonus room with skylights sits off the pool.

Pally, 31, joined the cast of “The Mindy Project” this year and was on “Happy Endings” from 2011 until its cancellation this summer.

The property was purchased two years ago for $1.36 million.

Leslie Romenesko of Keller Williams was the listing agent. Cindy Chang of Home Team Realty represented the buyer.

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