Hot Property: Clipper Chris Paul buys Calabasas estate for $8.995 million


L.A. Clipper Chris Paul may be moving his basketball shoes from the Westside to Calabasas.

The star point guard, who bought the Bel-Air home of singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne three years ago, has paid $8.995 million for an estate in a guard-gated community popular among celebrities and professional athletes.

Though his commute to the Staples Center will be substantially longer, the location puts Paul in the company of two of reality television’s biggest names: Khloe Kardashian of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” lives next door in a Mediterranean-style home she bought last year from singer Justin Bieber. Her sister, Kourtney, owns a house just around the corner.


Paul’s new house, built in 2006, has about 10,400 square feet of living space — more than twice the size of an NBA court.

The two-story house, with vaulted ceilings and stone and hardwood floors, includes a double-height great room, a home theater, a craft room, a library/den and a gym complete with steam shower and sauna.

The kitchen sports a pizza oven and a wide center island with seating for an eight-man rotation. A formal dining room with a wine cellar and tasting room sits off a long hallway topped with vaulted ceilings.

A master suite with a sitting room and fireplace is among five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. There’s a detached guesthouse. .

Set in the backdrop of canyon and hillside views, grounds of about two acres includes a covered patio, a built-in barbecue, a fire pit, a swimming pool with a spa and a lighted tennis court. Fountains, formal landscaping and manicured gardens complete the setting.

Marc and Rory Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties were the listing agents. Ikem Chukumerije of Westside Premier Estates represented the basketball player, records show.

Paul, eight times an all-star, is in his fifth year with the Clippers since coming over in a 2011 trade with the New Orleans Hornets. He has led the NBA in assists three times, while leading the league in assists in six of his 11 NBA seasons.

Reining in her empire

Actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays the scheming ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the Fox series “Empire,” has put her home in Hollywood Hills on the market for $3.25 million.

The Moorish-inspired contemporary, built in 2009, is entered through ornate double doors. Three floors featuring dark wood floors and vaulted ceilings include formal living and dining rooms, a media room, an office and a chef’s kitchen with a center island and 600-bottle wine cellar.

Rows of lighted alcoves, arched doors and windows, hand-carved fireplaces and multicolored chandeliers are among the interior details. A small built-in atrium with statues and other ornamental pieces sits behind the kitchen sink.

A total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms are within more than 4,200 square feet of space. A fifth bedroom has been outfitted as a dressing room complete with custom cabinetry, vanities and a salon chair.

Outdoors, there’s a lounge area with a fire pit and a hot tub. Sets of balconies sit off the second and third floors.

The house previously sold for $1.695 million in 2010, records show.

Vanessa Blair of John Aaroe Group has the listing.

Henson, 45, won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for best actress this year for her role on “Empire.” Among her film credits are “Hustle & Flow” (2005), “Date Night” (2010) and “The Karate Kid” (2010).

Stellar deal is a wrap

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” producer Kathleen Kennedy and her husband, film producer Frank Marshall, have sold their gated compound in Brentwood for $8.6 million.

The single-story hacienda, built in 1955, is set on more than half an acre and features a fountain entry off a circular driveway. The living and dining rooms, both with fireplaces, open to a courtyard with another fireplace, a fountain and gardens.

The home includes five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. The master suite has fireplaces in the main room, the sitting room and in the bathroom. Views take in the patio, lawn, trees and swimming pool.

A detached guesthouse/gym with a bathroom sits near the pool.

The couple bought the property in 2013 for $7.5 million.

Stanley Richman, formerly with Coldwell Banker and now with Compass, was the listing agent. Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman represented the buyer.

Kennedy, 62, is known for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Jurassic Park” films. She is working on several “Star Wars” installments.

Marshall, 69, has produced such blockbusters as “The Sixth Sense,” “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He is working on sequels to the “Indiana Jones,” “Bourne” and “Jurassic Park” film series.

Kennedy, Marshall and filmmaker Steven Spielberg founded Amblin Entertainment.

Kennedy and Marshall purchased the Brentwood home of late “Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur this year for $14.925 million.

Actor makes a move up

Ian Harding of “Pretty Little Liars” fame sold his Laurel Canyon area house for $995,000 and picked up a newly built contemporary in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood for $1.295 million.

Perched on a hillside, the 2,360-square-foot house that Harding bought has multiple decks that take in expansive views of the cityscape. The open-concept floor plan and 11-foot ceilings give the home a loft-like feel.

The master suite has a deck, a walk-in closet and dual vanities for a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Energy-efficient doors and windows and a ceiling heat barrier are among the energy-saving features.

The drought-conscious landscaping includes artificial turf in the backyard. The two-car garage has frosted glass doors.

This year, Harding starred in the 2015 movie “Addiction: A ‘60s Love Story.” The 29-year-old will star in “Oil City,” a film about a high school football team in a Pennsylvania steel town.

Matt Manner of Extraordinary Real Estate was the listing agent. Courtney Van Cott of Partners Trust represented Harding in his purchase. Van Cott and Joseph S. Montemarano of Partners Trust handled the Laurel Canyon transaction.

Retail exec lists Hawaiian estate

George Zimmer, former chief executive of Men’s Wearhouse, has listed his oceanfront estate on the Big Island of Hawaii for sale at $35 million. The entrepreneur is selling because he recently bought singer Neil Young’s nearby compound.

The 7.45-acre Kohala Coast property that Zimmer is selling has more than 1,000 feet of ocean frontage. The estate centers on a 10,000-square-foot main house with seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two powder rooms. The doors, windows and trim are all teak.

Designed by Big Island architect Lucky Bennett, the mansion features a media room, a billiard room with a wet bar and an exercise room that open to an oceanfront swimming pool and spa. Expansive lanais extend the living space outdoors.

Mature palms, heliotrope trees and natural and man-made ponds grace the property.

The gated compound is made up of 10 parcels of land with underground utilities. Robert Chancer and Steve Hurwitz of Mauna Kea Realty are the listing agents.

Zimmer, 67, started clothing retailer Men’s Wearhouse in 1973. He is chief executive and chairman of Generation Tux and zTailors.

He spent $20 million on Young’s three-acre compound, which includes a Hawaiian-style main house, two guest cottages, two greenhouses and a swimming pool with a pool house.

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