In the not too distant past, the real estate market experienced an annual seasonal chill from the holidays until Super Bowl Sunday. How times have changed.
This week’s roundup finds homes pouring into the market weeks ahead of kickoff time. Some are retreads. A Fleetwood Mac member is among those picking up where he left off last year: no price drop on his Brentwood place. Taking another tack, a comic actor has knocked $3 million off his Malibu pad from its original list price in the fall. That should get some attention.
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Same place, same price, new year
Following a hiatus, Lindsey Buckingham has put a newly built home in Brentwood back on the market at its original $22.5-million asking price. That’s what agents call “refreshing” a listing.
The longtime Fleetwood Mac member bought the property five years ago for $5.8 million, and construction was completed last year.
The modern Georgian-style three-story house has wood-shingle siding, dormer windows and white trim that pops against the light brown exterior.
The white-walled interiors of close to 11,000 square feet include formal living and dining rooms, dual kitchens, a library, six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. A screening room features a marble-topped bar.
Buckingham, 68, gained fame as the frontman and lead guitarist for the British American rock band Fleetwood Mac. As a solo artist, he has released nine albums.
‘The Jet’ is ready to take off
Retired NBA player and basketball analyst Kenny “the Jet” Smith and his wife, model-singer-actress Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, have listed their home in Encino for sale at $3.595 million.
The French country estate, built in 1963 and since remodeled, features an open-plan living room, a family room, a remodeled kitchen and a breakfast area. The home theater has a wet bar.
Including a detached guesthouse, there are six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 6,106 square feet of living space.
Smith, 52, played for six teams in 10 NBA seasons, winning championships with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995. The Emmy Award-winning studio analyst has been a fixture on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” for more than a decade.
Osborne-Smith appeared last year on the web comedy “Beauty and the Baller.” She worked as a model on “The Price is Right” for more than a decade.
Plenty of character in desert
A Palm Springs compound owned by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk has come on the market at $2.495 million.
The stone-walled house, built in the 1940s, was once a retreat for actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. A lot of character has developed here during the decades. Massive fireplaces, carved wood doors, beamed ceilings and deep loggias give the place a hideaway vibe.
In addition to the five-bedroom main house of about 5,000 square feet, there’s a nearly 2,000-square-foot guesthouse. In all, there are nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The gated 1.6-acre property has a swimming pool and a tennis court.
Wouk, 102, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1951 novel “The Caine Mutiny.” Among his popular works is “The Winds of War,” which published in 1971. Public records show he bought the property in 1983 for $800,000.
To the tune of $3.5 million
Singer-songwriter-producer Ester Dean has listed her Mediterranean-style villa in the Malaga Cove area of Palos Verdes Estates for sale at $3.5 million.
The main level of the 4,500-square-foot home, built in 1992, contains a living room with a grand fireplace, a formal dining room, a library and a bedroom, which leads to a patio with ocean views.
A spacious master suite anchors the upper level and includes three walk-in closets, two vanities and a marble fireplace.
Dean, 35, has worked with such artists as Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry and Usher. She produced Rihanna’s 2010 album, “Loud.”
Now that’s a serious price drop
Comedian-actor Russell Peters could be getting serious about selling. He has reduced the price on his more than one acre Malibu estate to $8.8 million from the $11.95 million he was asking in November.
The freshly redone two-story home features a sexy marble-topped bar in the family room, a contemporary kitchen with an oversized island, a gym and a 10-seat home theater.
There are a total of nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms within the 10,000 square feet of living space.
Walls of glass open to a swimming pool, patio space and a fire pit.
Peters, 47, has produced a number of comedy specials, including “Outsourced” and “Notorious.” Among his film credits are “Source Code” (2011) and “Chef” (2014).
A Pelican buys on the Westside
New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill has bought a contemporary home in the Westside community of Palms for $2.3 million.
The 3,481-square-foot house, built in 2014, has high ceilings, white oak floors and an abundance of open-plan living space.
There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in closet and steam shower.
Sliding glass doors open to a covered patio with a fire pit, a Zen-inspired garden and a gazebo.
Hill, 26, played college basketball at the University of Arizona before being drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 2013. He is in the second year of a four-year, $48-million deal.
From the archives
Ten years ago, Conan O’Brien bought a Brentwood mansion listed at just under $10.5 million. The newly built, New England Traditional-style compound had six en suite bedrooms, including a master with a sitting room, a balcony and dual bathrooms.
Twenty years ago, actor Henry Winkler sold his Bel-Air home for $6.3 million. Built in 1934, the country English-style home had four bedrooms and more than 9,000 square feet of remodeled living space.
Thirty years ago, actress Dyan Cannon’s Malibu beach home came on the market at $3.2 million. The 6,098-square-foot ocean-facing house had what the listing agent called “one of the largest closets known to man.”
What we’re reading
Downtown L.A.’s development boom is pushing west with a big new housing and retail complex, reports L.A. Times staffer Roger Vincent. High-rise condos, apartments and town houses are proposed for a 5.5-acre site between downtown and Dodger Stadium.