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Galaxy soccer star Landon Donovan parts with his high ground in La Jolla

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Landon Donovan recently returned to the fold with the L.A. Galaxy, but earlier this year he was making another sort of move: selling an ocean-view parcel of land in La Jolla for $2.9 million.

Sitting on a hillside in the upper Shores area, the more than half-acre lot sits up from the street and has a beach volleyball court. Views from the property extend down the crest of La Jolla Cove.

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Plans for a Bill Hayer-designed home of 6,840 square feet were included in the sale, according to the listing notes. Renderings show a multi-level contemporary with walls of glass, multiple ocean-facing decks and a detached guest/pool house.

The property came up for sale last year for $3.65 million, records show. More recently, it was listed at $3.25 million.

Susana Corrigan of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Malena Suarez, also of Berkshire Hathaway, represented the buyer.

Donovan, 34, ended a 21-month retirement in September when he re-signed with the Galaxy. A six-time winner of the MLS Cup, he is the all-time leader in goals and assists in both MLS and with the U.S. national team.

He bought the parcel two years ago for $3.35 million.

neal.leitereg@latimes.com

Twitter: @NJLeitereg

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