Hot Property: Pistons star Blake Griffin eyes $11-million score for L.A.-area home
The contemporary-style house, built last year, features a 9-foot pivoting front door, a floating staircase and 24-foot-high ceilings in the common rooms.
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A pool house sits across from the main house in the backyard.(Melissa Di Meglio)
Blake Griffin, the former L.A. Clippers star who was traded last year to the Detroit Pistons, is looking to make a deal of his own in Pacific Palisades. He’s put his home of six years on the market for $10.995 million.
Gated from the street, the Cape Cod-inspired house has about 9,600 square feet of living space spread across three levels.
On the main floor, the house is entered through a 24-foot-tall foyer with a curved floating staircase and a chandelier that draws the eye upward. Living areas pair dark wood floors and crisp white millwork for a clean aesthetic.
Off the entry are formal living and dining rooms, a center-island kitchen and family room with a fireplace. A separate office wears a subdued face, with dark gray wall treatments. The lower-level home theater has a burgundy color scheme. There’s also a game room and a gym.
A total of six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms includes a master suite composed of a sitting room, two dressing rooms/closets and a tiled bath.
Pocketing glass doors open to the rear, where a saltwater swimming pool sits level with the patio. A basketball half-court, an outdoor kitchen and lawn fill out the roughly one-third-acre lot.
Griffin, 29, made five All-Star teams in the better part of eight seasons with the Clippers, who drafted the power forward with the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Through 45 games with the Pistons this year, he is averaging a career-high 26.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties holds the listing.
A new joint to call home
Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, the rapper and songwriter of “Rolling Papers” and “Blacc Hollywood” fame, closed on a home in Encino for $3.4 million.
The contemporary-style house, built last year, features a 9-foot pivoting front door, a floating staircase and 24-foot-high ceilings in the common rooms. Pocketing glass doors open from the living room, which has a fireplace and a wine bar, to a covered patio space that overlooks the swimming pool.
A center-island kitchen, a formal dining room, a home theater and an office fill out the main floor. The upstairs master suite, one of five bedrooms and 6.25 bathrooms, has an oversize closet with a jewelry island.
Wrap-around balconies, an open-air terrace lounge and a pool house create additional living space outdoors. There’s also an outdoor kitchen.
Khalifa, whose legal name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, has collaborated with artists such as Big Sean, Snoop Dogg and the late Mac Miller. Last year, the 31-year-old released his sixth studio album, “Rolling Papers 2,” which debuted at No. 2 overall on the Billboard 200.
Ben Bacal and David Ferrugio of Rodeo Realty were the listing agents. Brian Capossela of Cap Equity Realty represented the buyer.
Splitting from a Spanish classic
Married actors David Walton and Majandra Delfino are ready to part with their Hancock Park home. Full of Spanish style inside and out, the 1920s estate is on the market for $3.2 million.
The pair bought the property six years ago for $1.75 million and remodeled it soon after, touching up the kitchen, bathrooms and floors.
Past an ivy-shrouded façade, the home opens through an arched doorway to a foyer with custom tile and wrought-iron rails. An imported stone fireplace anchors the living room. Other main-level spaces include a family room with built-ins, a dining room under beamed ceilings and a center-island kitchen.
Upstairs, the master suite expands to a private balcony. It’s one of four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,125 square feet.
Out back, the home wraps around a landscaped garden complete with a pool and spa.
Sheri Bienstock of the Bienstock Group holds the listing.
Walton, 40, has starred in the sitcoms “Cracking Up,” “Bent” and “About a Boy.” He also boasts a recurring role as Sam Sweeney in “New Girl.”
Delfino, 37, has been acting since the ’90s, with credits including “Roswell,” “Friends With Better Lives” and “State of Georgia.” As a musician, she released a full-length album titled “Tarte” in 2007.
Ending his run as landlord
Actor and comedian Tony Hale has sold a home in the historic Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles for $1.56 million.
Owned by the “Veep” and “Arrested Development” star for more than a decade, the traditional-style home was made available for lease in recent years for around $7,000 a month.
The charming two-story, which dates to 1937, features such classic details as detailed millwork, molding and dark hardwood floors. Built-in bench seating creates a focal point in the kitchen area, which has been updated. Bay windows bring natural light into the living and dining rooms.
The 2,226-square-foot floor plan also holds four bedrooms and three updated bathrooms.
Outside, there are upper and lower brick terraces, lawn and a large fireplace. Also on the property is a detached garage.
Hale, 48, has multiple Primetime Emmy nominations for his supporting role as a vice presidential aide on “Veep,” winning twice. Last year, the actor appeared in the films “The 15:17 to Paris,” “Sadie” and “Love, Simon.”
He has a voice role in the upcoming animated film “Toy Story 4.”
Heather T. Roy and Learka Bosnak of Douglas Elliman were the listing agents. Roy and Bosnak also represented the buyer.
Penthouse sale hits new heights
In a record-setting deal, billionaire Ken Griffin has paid $238 million for a massive penthouse towering over Central Park in New York City.
The sale shatters the previous U.S. price record for a residential sale, which was set in 2014 when hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein reportedly shelled out $137 million for a Hamptons estate.
The mammoth transaction caps a series of eye-popping purchases for Griffin.
The Citadel hedge fund founder shelled out $122 million for a London mansion half a mile from Buckingham Palace last month. Last year, he paid $58.75 million for the top four floors of a condo building in Chicago, and he also spent $60 million on a double-unit penthouse in Miami’s Faena House in 2015.
Located at 220 Central Park South, the penthouse spans 24,000 square feet across two apartments.
The building, developed by Vornado Realty Trust and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is still under construction. It’s clad in Alabama Silver Shadow limestone and composed of an 18-story villa and a 79-story tower. Taking in views of Central Park, it offers amenities such as private dining rooms, entertaining spaces, an athletic club and a spa.
Reports of the deal first surfaced four years ago, with the transaction finally closing now that the tower is closer to completion.
In California, there have been a number of properties listed in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but none has sold for anywhere near the price Griffin paid for the penthouse.
There are 12 California homes on the market for more than $100 million, records show, and only one is listed for more than $238 million: the Bel-Air estate of late Univision billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio. Known as Chartwell, the 25,000-square-foot mansion sits on more than 10 acres of manicured gardens. It’s on the market for $245 million.
Another property, a massive spec mansion developed by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky, was originally introduced to market two years ago at $250 million but is now listed at $150 million after another round of price cuts.
The priciest home sale in California history came in 2013, when a neoclassical-style mansion sold for $117.5 million in Woodside, an affluent community in Silicon Valley.
Malibu’s Carbon Beach holds the record for L.A. County. Last year, hotelier Peter Morton sold his oceanfront home, a double-unit compound wrapped in rich teak wood, for $110 million.
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