Hot Property: Migration patterns

Just like the humpback whales’ perpetual trek along the Southern California coast, some of Hollywood’s biggest names repeatedly take part in a real estate ritual: buy, sell, buy, sell.

This week’s offerings include an actor’s Bird Streets nest going for $12.5 million and an Oscar winner’s onetime pied-à-terre in West Hollywood bringing $1.7 million.

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Neal J. Leitereg and Lauren Beale

Bird Streets takeoff


Actor Matthew Perry has sold his home in the Bird Streets section of Hollywood Hills West for $12.5 million in an off-market deal.

Entered through a gated courtyard, the 1962 house has been extensively updated. A custom home theater below ground has velvet seats and 2-inch-thick windows that look into the depths of the infinity-edge swimming pool.

Within the 3,821 square feet of living space is an open plan living room with a fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

Perry bought the home in 2011 for slightly more than $8.5 million.

Known for his role as Chandler Bing on the sitcom “Friends,” the 48-year-old actor more recently appeared as Ted Kennedy in the television miniseries “The Kennedys: Decline and Fall” (2017).

Buyers made a deal

The longtime Beverly Hills home of “Let’s Make a Deal” game show host Monty Hall has sold for $6.409 million.

Built in the 1920s, the classic Mediterranean house had been in the Hall family for 55 years.

The two-story house has nearly 3,900 square feet of living space that includes a step-down living room, a formal dining room, a great room, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and detached guest quarters.

Monty Hall, who died last year at 96, was the co-creator and face of the popular game show, which started in 1963. He produced and appeared on scores of other shows including “Love, American Style,” “That ‘70s Show” and “That Girl.”

Expanding her portfolio?

Model and television personality Tyra Banks has paid $6.995 million for a contemporary-style home in Pacific Palisades.

Constructed in 2014, the modern build features wide-plank floors, high ceilings and 6,160 square feet of interiors. There are five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

Amenities include a wine cellar, a gym, a media room with a wet bar and an infinity pool.

The 44-year-old began her career as a model before expanding into acting. The 24th season of her show, “America’s Next Top Model,” premiered in January.

Faye Dunaway trod here

A Spanish-style duplex in West Hollywood that was once owned by Academy Award-winning actress Faye Dunaway had sold for $1.7 million.

Hedges and walls on the corner lot obscure street views of the two detached units, which were built in 1925 and adjoin a courtyard.

The 2,437 square feet of remodeled living space includes formal living and dining rooms and updated kitchens. The larger unit has fireplaces in the living room and master suite.

Combined, there are four bedrooms and three full bathrooms.

Dunaway, 77, took the Oscar for best actress for “Network” (1976). She will appear in the thriller “Inconceivable,” due out later this year.

Actress parts with a classy classic

Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling has sold a home in the Beverly Grove area for $1.955 million.

The 1929 Spanish-style house retains its vintage charm with thick beamed ceilings, arches, original built-ins and wrought-iron fixtures. Family and living rooms with fireplaces, a dining room and four bedrooms are within the 2,674 square feet of clean-lined interiors.

The three bathrooms feature dramatic black-edged tilework that reflects the period.

Kaling, 38, was on the long-running sitcom “The Office.” Then she went on to “The Mindy Project” as a writer and executive producer.

Tarzana flip with jazz history

Al Jarreau’s onetime Tarzana home is back up for sale at $1.75 million. The late jazz artist owned the one-story house from 2002, when he bought it for $761,000. It sold last year for $1.065 million.

Palms line the walkway to the 1966 home’s new wood-slat front door. Gone are the ’60s-’70s exterior vibe and flagstone accents.

The sleekly remodeled interiors of 3,148 square feet feature an open floor plan, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. A mid-room fireplace separates the living and family room areas.

A swimming pool and waterfall fill the backyard.

Jarreau, who died at 76 last year, was known as the “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal improvisations. He won seven Grammys during his five-decade career in the jazz, pop and R&B categories.

My favorite room

Not everyone would pick the bathroom as their favorite room. But actress Heather Graham describes her claw-foot tub as a sacred space where creativity emerges. “When I’m really relaxed in the bathtub,” she said, “I get ideas.” Exotic cerulean and white tiles brighten the neutral-toned, minimally decorated room in her 2,200-square-foot Hollywood Hills home.

From our archives

Ten years ago, Sean Hayes, best known for his role as Jack McFarland in the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” listed his Hancock Park home at close to $9 million. The house, built in 1930, had four bedrooms and five bathrooms in 5,700 square feet.

Twenty years ago, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow purchased a Hollywood Hills home for about $1.8 million. Built in the ‘20s, the Spanish-style home was set behind gates on less than an acre. The 5,400-square-foot house had five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a tower.

What we’re reading

Retired Army general and ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to FBI agents about his Russian contacts, put his Virginia home up for sale to pay mounting legal fees, according to a report from ABC News. The three-bedroom townhouse in Old Town Alexandria, outside Washington, D.C., listed for sale in December at $895,000.

ICYMI: A little over a year ago, in a first for Southern California, a buyer used roughly 3,300 bitcoins to buy a Cape Cod-style mansion in Manhattan Beach for $3.225 million. As bitcoin becomes a realistic way to pay for homes, buyers, sellers and real estate agents are finding ways to adapt.