Hot Property

Less Scary in Tarzana

Hot Property
Actress and author Victoria Rowell has her Hollywood Hills home for sale at $2.599 million.
(John Turner)

Singer Melanie Brown — Scary Spice from her days with the Spice Girls — and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have put their Tarzana compound on the market at $3.45 million.

The country French-style house, which was recently renovated, contains a gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 8,200 square feet of living space. The chateau, a detached media recording studio, a detached movie theater and a swimming pool sit on more than half an acre. Outdoor living spaces include a dining room with chandeliers, a living room and a cabana.

Mel B, as she is also known, joined the girl group in 1994, and the “Spice” album put them on the road to becoming the bestselling all-female group in music history. She released her first solo album, “Hot,” in 2000.

Brown, 36, has acted on stage and in film, and is a judge for the Australian version of “The X Factor.” She has written and performed soundtracks for TV shows including “Live From Studio Five” (2009 and 2010) and has been a guest and contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” (2007-10).


Belafonte produced “Mel B: It’s a Scary World” (2010) for television. His film work includes “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans” (2009) and “Mutant Chronicles (2008).

The pair bought the gated San Fernando Valley home two years ago for $3.159 million.

Charmaine Degrate of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills South office is the listing agent.

A new direction for show biz couple


Actress Kiele Sanchez and her ex-husband, writer-director Zach Helm, have listed their Los Feliz area house for sale at $1.849 million.

The restored Mediterranean retains its 1920s vibe with stenciled beam ceilings and original tile work. About 4,000 square feet of living space includes a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Sanchez, 35, has starred on “The Glades” since 2010. She was on “Lost” in 2006 and 2007. Helm, 36, wrote and directed “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” (2007) and wrote “Stranger Than Fiction” (2006).

Public records show the property last changed hands in 2006 for $2.775 million.

Jennifer Pinckert and Scott Carmody of Partners Trust are the listing agents, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Kohls’ location closes on the Westside

Allen and Anita Kohl of the Kohl’s department store family have sold their Santa Monica penthouse for $10.5 million.

The top-floor condo has 360-degree views. The high-rise, built in 1963 and remodeled in 2004, offers 24-hour security, a fitness facility, gardens and fountains.


The penthouse’s features include a rooftop deck with a spa and barbecue, two direct-access elevators, a library, an office, a media room, two master suites, balconies and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. There are five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and more than 8,000 square feet of living space in the unit.

The Kohls bought the property in 2003 for $8.1 million, according to public records. It came on the market in October at $12.995 million.

Jody Fine of Prudential California Realty in Pacific Palisades was the listing agent. Joshua Altman — who joined the cast of “Million Dollar Listing” in 2009 — and Matt Altman of the Altman Brothers, Hilton & Hyland and David Solomon of Prudential California Realty in Brentwood represented the buyer, the MLS shows.

Former soap star is headed East

Actress and author Victoria Rowell has put her Hollywood Hills home up for sale at $2.599 million.

The Beachwood Canyon-area house of nearly 4,400 square feet sits on more than a quarter-acre lot with a swimming pool. Built in 1923, the four-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom Mediterranean features terraces; city, canyon and mountain views; and Italian-style gardens with mature trees and privacy hedges. The house includes a library, a media room, a family room, an updated kitchen and a breakfast room.

Rowell, 52, is known by soap fans for her long-running stint on the “The Young and the Restless” (1990-2007). She also costarred on “Diagnosis Murder” (1993-2002). She wrote “The Women Who Raised Me,” a memoir about growing up in foster care, and “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva: A Novel,” which is under consideration for a prime-time series.

Rowell is selling her longtime home to be in New York and Atlanta with her husband of nearly two years, visual artist Radcliffe Bailey.


Gary Bergevin of Prudential California Realty in Los Feliz is the listing agent.

Buyer falls under home’s spell

The home of the late Sol Saks, creator of the sitcom “Bewitched,” has been sold in Sherman Oaks for $1.2 million.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom mid-century house of nearly 2,900 square feet sits on a flat half-acre lot with mature landscaping.

Saks, who died in April at 100, wrote the pilot script for “Bewitched,” collecting royalties for the series that ran from 1964 to 1972 but never writing another episode. Other writing credits include the screenplay for “Walk, Don’t Run” (1966) and for the series “Mr. Adams and Eve” (1957-58).

Philip Feldman with Nelson Shelton & Associates of Beverly Hills had the listing. Matt Fonda of Coldwell Banker Studio City represented the buyer.