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Newsletter: Hot Property: J-Lo is leaving Hidden Hills for Bel-Air

Times they are a-changing, to borrow from Bob Dylan’s 1964 album. This week’s new listings brought a cast of Old Hollywood flair, above-asking-price sales that were anything but rare and J-Lo making herself at home in Bel-Air.

From our eye to your inbox, here’s another curated look at the latest and greatest from the real estate scene.

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Her new block is a familiar one

Jennifer Lopez is moving her high heels to another neck of Greater Los Angeles. The singer-actress, who is selling her home in Hidden Hills, shelled out a whopping $28 million for the sophisticated Bel-Air home of actress Sela Ward.

Set across eight park-like acres, J-Lo’s new spread boasts 14,000 square feet of living space, two guest cottages, an infinity-edge pool and a man-made swimming pond. There’s even an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 100 when she wants to have karaoke night.

Ward sold her estate in Bel-Air to Lopez for $28 million. (Simon Berlyn | Inset: Getty Images)

Parting with a ridiculous view

Pro skateboarder and television personality Rob Dyrdek has parted ways with his view property in Laurel Canyon, selling the single-story home for $3.575 million. That’s a pretty solid return on investment for the host of MTV’s “Ridiculousness,” who bought the house four years ago for $1.075 million.

Remodeled during his ownership, the single-story home features a contemporary aesthetic with textured tile work, flannel limestone floors and a massive stacked-stone fireplace. Varying windows and glass doors center on canyon and city views.

Dyrdek sold his home in Hollywood Hills West for $3.575 million. (Shooting LA | Los Angeles Times)

Arresting detail in WeHo

Shiri Appleby sold her home in West Hollywood for $1.855 million, a $60,000 bump over her asking price. That was no surprise considering the home’s classic curb appeal. The 1920s cottage charms with its broad shutters, a brick-lined driveway and tapered roofline.

Inside, an open floor plan pairs gray-hued accents with modern fixtures and white floors for a contemporary look. A wooden breakfast booth and an updated chef’s kitchen are among the other eye-catching details.

Appleby sold her renovated English-style cottage in West Hollywood for over the asking price. (The Agency | Lester Cohen)

FabLife at a discount

Will the third price be the charm for Tyra Banks? Time will tell. The model and TV personality this week relisted her 1920s Spanish Colonial in Beverly Hills for $6.5 million, down from $6.9 million earlier this year and her original asking price from a year ago: $7.75 million.

Banks has invested an estimated $2 million in the home since buying it a decade ago. Among the features of the 6,000-square-foot pad are vintage French doors, hand-crafted tile risers and wrought-iron chandeliers.

Banks relisted her home in Beverly Hills for $6.5 million, down from $6.9 million earlier this year. (Teague Hunziker | Los Angeles Times)

Between a rock and a high price

A Studio City home once occupied by leading man Rock Hudson saw a changing of the guard this week as “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore sold the residence for $1.175 million. That’s $80,000 more than the asking price and nearly double what Moore paid for the 1950s post-and-beam four years ago.

Designed by architect Ralph Bowerman, the flat-roofed house above Coldwater Canyon has such quintessential Midcentury details as exposed beams, walls of glass and an open floor plan. Gardens, patios and a plunge pool highlight the grounds.

Moore sold his Studio City home with ties to Rock Hudson for $80,000 over the asking price. (Luke Gibson Photography | Getty Images)

Malibu times two

Whereas some celebs were moving on to new locales, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy decided to double down in Malibu. The alt-rocker recently bought his second home in the Point Dume area for $2.6 million.

The buy comes about a year and a half after the English musician bought a nearby property from comic and radio personality Adam Carolla for $3.6 million.

Bellamy paid $2.6 million for a remodeled home in Malibu's Point Dume. ( | Associated Press)

Rams of Calabasas

At least one Los Angeles Rams player is putting down roots in Los Angeles. Tight end Lance Kendricks recently bought a 4,500-square-foot Mediterranean home in a gated Calabasas community for $1.8 million.

With the purchase, Kendricks bucks the popular trend among Rams players, which is to lease rather than to buy.

Kendricks hauled in a new home in Calabasas for $1.8 million. ( | Associated Press)

Compound interest in the Valley

Actress Connie Stevens of “Hawaiian Eye” fame has been in buy-and-sell mode. She recently sold her longtime estate on the Westside for $17 million and picked up a new compound in Studio City to the tune of $2.036 million.

Her new house, a 1940s rancher on about an acre, centers on a 5,300-square-foot main house with Saltillo tile and hardwood floors, walls of windows and a wealth of open living space. Also on the grounds is a detached casita, a swimming pool and a glass-walled studio.

Stevens bought a ranch-style compound on about an acre in Studio City for $2.036 million. ( | Los Angeles Times)

From the archives

Twenty years ago this week, astronaut Buzz Aldrin landed in the Hot Property section when he listed his condo in West Hollywood for $225,000. Aldrin, one of the first two men on the moon, made his home in Laguna Beach at the time and used the unit overlooking Beverly Hills as a pied-à-terre.

The onetime Malibu home of Carroll O’Connor, known for his role as Archie Bunker in “All in the Family,” recently returned to market this week with an asking price of $31.5 million. That’s about what the house listed for a decade ago. The 4,200-square-foot compound includes four ocean-view bedrooms and a detached guest house. Pair that with a game room and a beachside volleyball court and you could say Archie never lived so well.

What we’re reading

— As interest in the electric car sector has picked up, so has demand for in-house charging stations for vehicles. The Wall Street Journal reports that the amenity is “particularly big in California” — since April 2011, 39% of homes listed with a charging feature were found in the Golden State.

— Hollywood’s Redbury Hotel changed hands this week for $41 million in a deal with ties to Microsoft. A company owned by co-founder Paul Allen was the buyer for the boutique hotel designed by celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston and hotelier Sam Nazarian, report L.A. Times staff writers Andrew Khouri and Hugo Martin.

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