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Hot Property: Have a helping of eye candy

Had your fill of Thanksgiving Day leftovers? Can’t eat another bite? We’re thinking there’s still plenty of room for eye candy.

Supermodel Molly Sims spends a lot of time in her kitchen. In fact, it’s her favorite room in her West Los Angeles house. Check it out in our video.

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Elvis was in the building

The midcentury modern home in Palm Springs known as the Elvis Presley honeymoon hideaway has come back on the market at $5.9 million.

Although he never owned the property, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll leased the residence starting in 1966. He married Priscilla Wagner in 1967.

The stucco- and stone-clad house is made up of four circle-shaped living spaces set on three levels. Designed by Modernist architect William Krisel, it includes curved walls of stone, a round kitchen island and a circular fireplace in the center of the living room.


The sprawling house has a funky/kitschy vibe that recalls its 1960s origins and Presley’s residency. Dining and living rooms, a bar, a breakfast bar, four bedrooms and five bathrooms are among the 5,000 square feet of living space.

A swimming pool, a tennis court and a fruit orchard make up the 1.25 acres of grounds.

Presley, who died in 1977 at age 42, appealed to multiple generations with his Grammy-winning vocals, television and live performances and movie roles. Among his hits were “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender” and “Hound Dog.”

James Franco cleans up

Actor-director-screenwriter James Franco has sold a duplex in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles for $1.35 million. That’s $401,000 above his asking price and nearly double what he paid for the property five years ago — $775,000.

The Spanish-style structure, built in 1923, has a total of two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,496 square feet of living space. There are raised ceilings, exposed beams, arched windows and a fireplace in one of the bedrooms.

Franco, 39, is known for his roles in the comedy “Pineapple Express” (2008), “127 Hours” (2010) and the “Spider-Man” films. This year the actor starred in the HBO series “The Deuce.”

‘Feud’ star settled in Hollywood


Actor Alfred Molina of the television series “Feud” has sold his house in Hollywood for $2.8 million. He bought the five-bedroom traditional in 1995 for $565,000.

A library with a large stained-glass window, a den, a sun room and a formal dining room are within the 4,420 square feet of living space.

Molina, 64, has film credits including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Boogie Nights” (1997) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004). He is on the current TV show “Angie Tribeca.”

Where a “tough guy” trod

The onetime home of legendary tough-guy actor James Coburn has sold in Sherman Oaks for $4.4 million.

Expanded and reimagined by the sellers, the compound centers on a 1950s contemporary set on 2.5 acres.

The 7,670 square feet of living space includes a sky-lighted great room, five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The downstairs master wing opens to a swimming pool. There’s a three-car garage and a gardener’s workshop.

Coburn, who died in 2002 at 74, sold the house in 1996 for $865,000, public records show. The western and war film actor was in such films as “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape” and “Our Man Flint.” He won an Academy Award for supporting actor for “Affliction” (1997).


NBA forward puts home in play

Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who won an NBA title with the Lakers in 2009, is selling his Tarzana home. The asking price is $3.5 million.

The approximately one-acre contemporary Mediterranean estate, built in 1990, includes a main house, a guest casita, a swimming pool and a basketball half-court.

There are five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in nearly 8,700 square feet of living space. A gym, lounge and barber station are within the guesthouse.

The 32-year-old Ariza was a player with UCLA. A 14-year NBA veteran, he has played the last four seasons with the Rockets.

Retired slugger gets his price

Former Anaheim Angel Vladimir Guerrero has sold his Mediterranean-style home in Anaheim Hills for $2.3 million, or $115,000 more than his asking price.

Lined with travertine floors, the custom-built home includes a formal dining room and a gourmet kitchen outfitted with granite countertops and a breakfast nook. There are a total of five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,833 square feet of interior space.

An athletic court, cabana, fire pit and wet bar make up the spacious backyard. The swimming pool features a grotto water slide and waterfall.

Guerrero, 42, played for four teams during his 16-year career, racking up 449 home runs and nine All-Star Game appearances.

Her favorite room

Supermodel Molly Sims says the 400-square-foot kitchen is her top pick for places to hang in the West Los Angeles home she shares with her husband and their three children. “We bought this house because of the kitchen,” she says of the seven-bedroom contemporary. Sims films a YouTube series from the home.

From the archives

Ten years ago, “Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco listed her 2,100-square-foot, Spanish-style home in Sherman Oaks at close to $1.3 million. The one-story house, built in 1937, had a remodeled kitchen plus three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Twenty years ago, singer-actress Courtney Love purchased the Beverly Hills-area home of comedian-actress Ellen DeGeneres for about the same $3-million price that DeGeneres paid for the house less than a year earlier. The Beverly Hills-area home had three bedrooms in about 5,000 square feet.

What we’re reading

Still have room for more eye candy? Check out this Lutz, Fla., home designed using free-form and organic architecture techniques that was spotted by We love the bubble window. Asking price for the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot abode is $350,000.

ICYMI: A Los Angeles jury found that restaurant owner Dana Hollister intentionally interfered with singer Katy Perry’s attempts to purchase a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in Los Feliz. The jury awarded the archdiocese $3.47 million in attorney fees and Perry’s company, Bird Nest LLC, $1.57 million in fees. A second phase of the trial will begin next month to determine if the singer and the church should be awarded punitive damages.