Ellen DeGeneres sells a home for the second time, and other top sales

Ellen DeGeneres sold a Marmol Radziner-renovated ranch-style home in Hollywood Hills West for $9.9 million.
(Brian Thomas Jones)

A high-dollar transaction in the South Bay and a quiet celebrity sale in Hollywood Hills West were among the priciest real estate deals closed in Greater L.A. in early August.

Here’s a look at the most expensive home sales recorded from July 31 through Aug. 13.

$10 million — Palos Verdes Estates

In the 600 block of Via del Monte, an ocean-view home changed hands in one of the priciest deals for the area this year.


The 6,000-square-foot home in the Malaga Cove area came to market in June for $10.588 million and sold for $588,000 less than the asking price. The sale is the second-highest amount paid for a single-family home in the area this year, property records show. Two months ago, an oceanfront property on Rosita Place sold for $11.95 million.

Fronted by a circular driveway, the house features beamed ceilings, an oversized chef’s kitchen and a three-stop elevator. Walls of glass center on views extending up toward Malibu.

Larissa Rubijevsky of Re/Max Estate properties was the listing agent. Richard Haynes of Manhattan Pacific Realty represented the buyer.

$9.9 million — Hollywood Hills West


Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has sold a ranch-style house on Zorada Drive for $9.9 million in a deal completed off market.

If this sale sounds familiar, that’s because it has happened before. DeGeneres previously sold the same house in 2007 to Milgard Manufacturing scion Allison Milgard for $10 million, only to buy it back seven years later for $8.75 million.

The midcentury home, built in 1950 and later redesigned by architecture firm Marmol Radziner, has five bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 4,000 square feet of living space. Panoramic canyon and city views form the backdrop for a swimming pool, a fire pit, lawns and mature trees.

As for the new owner, property records obtained by The Times show that tax records for the property will be mailed to the Granite Springs, N.Y., address of Stonewall Farm, a horse farm owned by Calvin Klein Inc. co-founder Barry Schwartz.


$7.25 million — Hollywood Hills West

A newly built home in Hollywood Hills West sold to a blind trust with a London-based tax address for $700,000 less than the asking price of $7.95 million.

Perched along a hillside, the multilevel contemporary takes in dramatic views extending from the downtown cityscape to the coastline.

Polished interiors of more than 5,600 square feet include a chef’s kitchen with lacquered-wood cabinetry, formal living and dining rooms, five bedrooms and 5.25 bathrooms. A lower-level lounge holds a wet bar and a walk-in wine wall.


Outdoors, an infinity-edge swimming pool extends toward the skyline.

Steven Dubin and Ernie Carswell of Teles Properties were the listing agents. Eric Lavey of the Agency represented the buyer.

$6.75 million — Brentwood

Film editor and visual effects artist Dominik Bauch, whose credits include “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Book of Eli,” paid $245,000 less than the asking price for a traditional-style home on Saltare Avenue.


Completed this year, the three-story house sits on slightly more than a quarter of an acre and is fronted by a circular driveway.

The 7,600 square feet of interiors features such amenities as a library, a home theater, a wine cellar and an elevator. The master suite, one of six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, is complete with a fireplace, a bar, two walk-in closets and a balcony overlooking the grounds.

Damoon Songhorian of Keller Williams Realty and Dev Tailor of Westside Estate Agency were the listing agents.

Carl Gambino, also with Westside Estate Agency, represented the buyer.


$6.575 million — Malibu

Canadian writer-producer Peter Lenkov bought an oceanfront home on Pacific Coast Highway for $375,000 less than the asking price of $6.95 million.

Lenkov has film and television credits that include the 1993 action film “Demolition Man” as well as “CSI: NY” and “Hawaii Five-O.” He is an executive producer for the upcoming “MacGyver” TV reboot.

Found on a sandy section of La Costa Beach, the two-bedroom beach house has been updated with white-painted beams, wood accents and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. A free-flowing kitchen area and living room open to a beach-facing patio.


Two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms are within the two-story home.

Eytan Levin and Matthew Hurley of 4 Malibu Real Estate were the listing agents. Michael Eisenberg of Keller Williams Beverly Hills represented the buyer.

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