Hot Property: Desert digs are a fit with supermodel Cindy Crawford

Supermodel Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber have found a fashionable spot in the desert, paying $4.9 million for a home in La Quinta’s exclusive Madison Club.

The stone-finished contemporary home, built in 2013, is entered through a gated courtyard featuring columns of fire, reflecting ponds and tropical landscaping. Beyond the entry, some 6,000 square feet of living space have four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an office and a chef’s kitchen with a curved island/bar.

A wine room sits behind floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the formal dining room. There are wall fireplaces in the living and family rooms as well as the master suite. Additional living space for guests lies in a separate wing.

Pocketing walls of glass open to a massive covered patio with bar seating, an al fresco dining area and a fireplace. The rolling greens and fairways of the Tom Fazio-designed golf course sit just beyond a custom infinity-edge swimming pool and spa. Panoramic mountain views abound.


Glenn Cassell of Hideaway Properties Corp. represented both the buyer and seller.

Crawford, 53, took to modeling in her teenage years and has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers.

Gerber, 57, is a former model and a nightlife industry businessman. He co-founded the tequila brand Casamigos with actor George Clooney.

The couple have been active as both home buyers and sellers in recent years. Two years ago, Crawford and Gerber paid $11.625 million for the Beverly Hills home of OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and his wife, Genevieve. A year ago, they sold a Malibu estate that they renovated for $45 million.

I want to hold your offer

In Venice, a contemporary-style home with Beatles ties is looking to find a fan. Owned by Dhani Harrison, son of famed guitarist George Harrison, the canal-adjacent residence is on the market for $3.999 million.

The waterfront abode features a slick white exterior touched up with hardwood, and the design palette continues inside, where loft-like living spaces and lots of light are showcased across 2,826 square feet.

Spiral staircases navigate the atrium-like floor plan, stopping by a modern kitchen, a chandelier-topped dining area and an indoor-outdoor living room. Up top, a whitewashed loft expands to a balcony.

It’s not the home’s only outdoor space. In addition to balconies on the second and third stories, the property expands to a rooftop deck and a canal-front patio under hanging lights.

Two bedrooms, three bathrooms and an office round out the contemporary floor plan.

Harrison, 40, is George Harrison’s only child. In addition to helping record his father’s last album, “Brainwashed,” he’s recorded five studio albums across three projects, including a solo album in 2017 titled “In Parallel.”

Nicholas Sandler and Bennett Hirsch of the Agency hold the listing.

Uncoupling from their ski retreat

Actress Melanie Griffith has sold a retreat in Aspen, Colo., she owned with her ex-husband Antonio Banderas for $4 million. They first listed the property four years ago at $9.9 million and divorced that same year.

Built in 1994, the gable-roofed house has vaulted ceilings, walls of glass and a massive two-sided stone fireplace. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms within the 7,391 square feet of living space.

The stainless-steel kitchen features an island with bar seating. A billiards room looks out on the surrounding mountainside. The wine cellar doubles as a tasting room.

Multiple patios, decks and a fire pit area surround the mountain lodge-like multistory house.

Griffith, 61, starred in such films as “Crazy in Alabama” (1999), “Lolita” (1997) and “Working Girl” (1988).

Banderas, 58, is known for such films as “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” (2003) and “Desperado” (1995). Last year he played Pablo Picasso in the TV series “Genius.”

The two-acre property previously changed hands in 2002 for $3.5 million.

Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent.

He’s elected to sell

Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a onetime California gubernatorial candidate, has listed his home in the Hollywood Hills for sale at $2.995 million.

The contemporary-style house sits on a hillside lot with views of the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, downtown L.A. and, on a clear day, the ocean.

Built in 1977 and since renovated, the multistory home has Fleetwood pocket doors, skylights, a Bulthaup kitchen system, a media room and an office/den. A two-way fireplace divides the living and dining rooms. Oversize windows are oriented toward nearby landmarks.

Four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms lie within the 3,660-square-foot interior. The master suite, which has a walk-in closet, opens directly to patio space. A small gym is in the separate guesthouse.

Villaraigosa, 66, served eight years as Los Angeles’ 41st mayor. Last year, he finished third in the primary for governor of California, behind eventual winner Gavin Newsom and businessman John Cox.

Since leaving the L.A. mayor’s office in 2013, Villaraigosa has made millions by advising companies such as Herbalife and Banc of California, teaching at USC and through speaking fees. In November, following the primary elections, he reportedly joined a Washington lobbying firm.

He bought the Hollywood Hills home in 2015 for about $2.5 million.

Kurt Rappaport and Daniel Dill of Westside Estate Agency hold the listing.

Designs on a sale

Armand Marciano, who co-founded the denim brand Guess Inc. with brothers Georges, Maurice and Paul, has his custom home in the Lake Sherwood community on the market. Originally listed in April at $7.995 million, the home saw its price reduced this week to $7.495 million.

As one might imagine from a fashion powerhouse, the Italian villa-style home is full of fashionable details. Arched French doors, lacey ironwork and blond wood-beamed ceilings are among features of note. Sparkling fixtures keep the eyes moving upward in the chef’s kitchen and family room area.

A grand fireplace anchors the great room, which has French doors that open to the backyard. The den/game room, which has a wet bar, is awash in rich woodwork. In the formal dining room, a custom temperature-controlled wine cellar sits behind a wall of ornate glass doors.

A total of four bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms include a master suite outfitted with an attached gym, two walk-in closets and a fireplace.

Outside, the 8,380-square-foot house is set off by a custom swimming pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen, a covered patio with a fireplace and a pavilion. Formal gardens and lawn fill out the roughly one-acre site.

Views take in surrounding mountains and Lake Sherwood’s private golf course.

Jordan Cohen of RE/Max Olson & Associates holds the listing.

Marciano co-founded Guess jeans with his brothers in 1981 and served as a senior executive vice president for the clothing brand. He left the company in 2003. | Twitter: @LATHotProperty