A bout of 50-degree weather forced us into wool scarves and puffy jackets this week, but the L.A. housing market cools for no one.
A “Hamilton” star found a new stage in Cheviot Hills; a pair of talk show hosts made some big moves; and the artist behind “Climax” and “Nice & Slow” listed a tantalizing home above the Sunset Strip.
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Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony Award for his role as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," and his wife, actress Nicolette Robinson, bought this Spanish-style home on the Westside for about $1.75 million.
Set on gated grounds in Cheviot Hills, the bungalow features such original details as hardwood floors, exposed beams and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.
The tidy 1,800 square feet of living space includes an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, a sun room and three bedrooms.
In addition to his stagework, Odom Jr., 36, has television credits that include "CSI: Miami," "Person of Interest" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Talk about a deal
Former "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Leeza Gibbons hung a "for sale" sign on her Beverly Hills home, listing the East Coast-inspired estate at $18.5 million.
Past the formal entry, a winding staircase sits between a living room with a fireplace and a formal dining room. Also within the 6,570-square-foot interior is a chef's kitchen, a breakfast nook and a theater room.
A guest house adds a living room, kitchen, bedroom and three bathrooms.
Gibbons, 60, hosted "Leeza," her daytime talk show, from 1993 to 2000. More recently, she's hosted "America Now" and the PBS show "My Generation."
Hoping for a hit
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Usher is ready to beat it out of Hollywood Hills West, listing his home above the Sunset Strip for sale at $4.2 million.
The Spanish-style home, built in 1926, has been updated with colorful and contemporary details while maintaining some of its original vibe. The two-story entry is awash in black and leads to a living room with a rebuilt fireplace and original stenciled beams.
Also within more than 4,200 square feet of interior is a home theater, a purple-clad dining room, five bedrooms and 4.75 bathrooms.
Usher, 39, gained fame in the 1990s with the record "My Way." More recently, he released his eighth studio album, "Hard II Love."
He bought the house three years ago for about $3.37 million, records show.
A marvelous place in Mulholland Estates
Charlie Sheen is ready to call it a wrap in Sherman Oaks, listing his sprawling mansion for sale at $9,999,999.
Set on half an acre in guard-gated Mulholland Estates, the Mediterranean spot opens to a two-story foyer flanked by a winding staircase.
Living spaces in the 8,932-square-foot interior include a formal dining room, a wood-beamed living room, a bonus room, an office and a theater room with a wet bar. A miniature food elevator runs orders from the kitchen to the master suite.
Sheen, 52, has a long list of film credits that include "Wall Street" (1987), "Major League" (1989) and "The Three Musketeers" (1993).
The "Platoon" star must have an affinity for Mediterranean-style homes in Mulholland Estates; records show he sold a similar home in the community for $6.6 million in 2015.
No time to waste
Comedian, actress and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg has made quick work of selling her home in Pacific Palisades.
The 1933-built residence was listed for sale in January at $8.795 million and in two weeks had an offer in hand, selling for $8.8 million.
Set at the end of a gated driveway, the two-story house is full of character. Beyond the front door is a grand foyer with checkerboard marble floors that opens to the living room. Built-ins fill two walls in the library, which has one of two fireplaces.
Goldberg, 62, has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. She has been on "The View" as a co-host since 2007.
All in the family
The art collection in actress Anne Dudek's living room isn't just aesthetics and decor — it's a family affair.
Along the perimeter of white walls in the airy, open space, you'll find pieces created by the actress' son, her father and, most predominantly, her ex-husband, painter Matthew Heller.
“I love that this space is more or less the only adult area in the house,” said Dudek, 42, who stars in Comedy Central's “Corporate.” “I have two kids, a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old, and they run around everywhere. And it's not that they don't run in this room — there's nothing precious about it — but it's a space where I can come and sit and there're no toys. It's calm and beautiful and has a lot of things I really love.”
From the archives
Ten years ago, Joan Collins, who starred in the '80s TV series "Dynasty" as Alexis Carrington Colby, purchased a condo for $2.7 million in Sierra Towers in West Hollywood. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, on the 27th floor, had an eat-in kitchen, a living room and northwestern views.
Twenty years ago, then-spouses Bruce Willis and Demi Moore put their Malibu home up for lease at $25,000 a month, a steal in contrast with the $50,000-plus monthly rent they got for it the previous summer. It had five bedrooms, a projection room and 70 feet of beach frontage.
What we’re reading
L.A.’s sizzling housing market has gotten even hotter, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Roger Vincent. Southern California saw home prices jump 11.4% in January, which is the largest year-over-year gain in 44 months, according to a report from research firm CoreLogic.
Planning a weekend getaway? Airbnb is now offering a luxury tier for those with a few extra zeros in the bank account, the Guardian reports. The company recently unveiled a few new categories, including vacation homes, boutique hotel rooms and “uniques” for the special brand of traveler seeking shelter in a yurt, treehouse or beyond.
Warren Buffett has a pretty stellar investment record, but we doubt even he saw this coming. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Buffett bought a vacation home in Laguna Beach for $150,000 in 1971, and the home is currently listed for $11 million. Not a bad return — although the home has been sitting on the market for months.