Whereas year-end holidays are often a time for reflection, the start of a new year brings to mind wiping the slate clean — stars looking to start fresh in a new location.
So far the year has delivered just that: A-listers looking to sell, departed ballplayers tying up loose ends and celebrities settling into their new confines.
With that, we’ll take you through the many celebs already on the move in 2016.
– Neal J. Leitereg
Expect to see Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in Hot Property quite a bit this year. The acting couple have listed two homes in as many months, the latest being their home in Hollywood Hills West.
Perched above the famed Chateau Marmont, the renovated three-story contemporary shines with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, a chef-worthy kitchen and a rooftop deck with fireplace and lounge. Price: $8 million.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have listed their updated and expanded contemporary-style home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $8 million. (Michael Izquierdo | Inset: Los Angeles Times)
Also on the market is the couple’s country home in Ojai, which came to market in November for $4.25 million.
New year, new bachelor pad
It seems there’s no keeping up with Scott Disick these days. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” personality, who just last month sold his Beverly Crest-area home to NBA star Russell Westbrook, has bought a $5.96-million home in gated Hidden Hills.
The two-story Traditional-style home sits on more than an acre with a swimming pool and spa, a fire pit and a sports court. Added bonus: Disick's new location puts him a stone’s throw away from homes owned by other members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan.
Scott Disick bought a Traditional-style home in Hidden Hills for $5.96 million. (Realtor.com | Getty Images)
See you around
Residents of historic Whitley Heights might be seeing Charlie Puth around the neighborhood in the coming months. The singer-songwriter, known for the hit song “See You Again,” recently bought a home in the area for $1.9 million.
Built in 1956, the three-story Italianate-inspired design invites entertaining with open-plan living areas, a media room and a custom wine cellar. Rows of French doors give way to multiple terrace balconies.
Charlie Puth bought a house in historic Whitley Heights for $1.9 million. (Shooting LA | Getty Images)
Kiss it goodbye
Major League Baseball player Josh Hamilton, who was dealt by the Angels to the Texas Rangers last year, has closed the door on his mansion-estate in Newport Coast’s Crystal Cove community.
Listed for sale last April for $16.5 million, the 11,000-square-foot Provence-style house sold last week for $12.5 million. Stone finishes, an elevator and a lower-level lounge with a game room and home theater are among the highlights of the all-star abode.
Josh Hamilton sold his mansion on about half an acre in Newport Coast for $12.5 million. (Redfin | Los Angeles Times)
Hosting an open house
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Alfonso Ribeiro has followed up his purchase of a new home in Granada Hills with the listing of his longtime residence in Toluca Lake.
A chef’s kitchen featured in an episode of HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins” is among the highlights of the two-story Traditional. Other features include a master suite with a soaking tub, a swimming pool and a putting green. Price: $1.449 million.
The actor and television host bought the Toluca Lake Traditional over a decade ago for $729,000. (Michael McNamara / Shooting LA | Chris Haston)
Moving on up
Hunter Pence will settle into a new home field after buying a second condo at the Millennium Tower building.
The San Francisco Giants outfielder, who bought a one-bedroom unit from Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana two years ago, shelled out $4.25 million for a two-bedroom unit in the same high-rise.
The 2,200-square-foot condo takes in views of the Bay Bridge and cityscape through walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. Common areas include formal living and dining rooms, a modern kitchen and a library.
Hunter Pence paid $4.25 million for a two-bedroom condo at the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. (Realtor.com | Associated Press)
From the archives
Twenty years ago this week, Poison frontman Bret Michaels tuned up a pair of deals: selling his 3.25-acre home in Calabasas and buying a 23-acre estate in Nashville.
More recently, the rock star has shuffled his bandannas and guitars between another pair of properties. Last May, he put his home in a gated Calabasas community up for sale for $3.649 million and closed on another estate in Westlake Village for $3.49 million.
A decade ago, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian put an 8,400-square-foot Mediterranean on the market for $25 million.
Kerkorian, who died last year at 98, would decamp to another property in the 90210. That house, on nearly 1.3 acres, changed hands in December for $19 million.
What we’re reading
— Marc Anthony, who traded spaces on the West Coast last year, is apparently turning his attention to the Eastern Seaboard in 2016. Newsday's Valerie Kellogg reports that the Brookville mansion once shared by the actor-musician and ex-wife Jennifer Lopez is now listed at $9 million, down from the $12 million Anthony listed it for last year.
— The return of professional football in Los Angeles took another step forward this week with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams all submitting applications to relocate to the area. L.A. Times reporters Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno bring details of the upcoming NFL owner’s meeting and competing plans for stadiums in Inglewood and Carson.
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