Leonardo DiCaprio springs for desert lair
If Leonardo DiCaprio needs to take a breather after his hard-fought Oscar battle, he can retreat to the Palm Springs estate he recently bought for $5.23 million.
Set on 1.3 acres in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the renovated 1963 estate designed by architect Donald Wexler was once owned by Dinah Shore, the big band-era singer, television show host and avid golfer who died in 1994.
The 7,022-square-foot Modernist showplace has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wooden ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and a sunken bar in the living room. Including staff quarters, there are six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.
The property, which features a tennis court and swimming pool, previously changed hands two years ago for $4.9 million.
DiCaprio, 39, was in Oscar contention for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” He also was nominated for Academy Awards for his work in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1994), “The Aviator” (2005) and “Blood Diamond” (2006). Among his other notable films are “Titanic” (1997), “Inception” (2010) and “J. Edgar” (2011).
Rita Kurtz of Surterre Properties was the listing agent. Paul Pedrazas of Windermere Real Estate represented DiCaprio.
Passing on the marital home
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her husband, Ryan Sweeting, have bought the Tarzana home of former Laker Lamar Odom and television personality Khloe Kardashian.
The house drew multiple offers, went into escrow within 10 days of coming on the market and sold for its asking price of $5.499 million.
The Mediterranean-style villa sits on three-quarters of an acre in gated Mulholland Park. Entered through a two-story foyer with a sweeping staircase, the 8,000-square-foot home features custom closets, mosaic tile details, a den, a home theater, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The resort-like grounds include a swimming pool with waterfalls and a spa, an outdoor kitchen and fire pits.
Cuoco-Sweeting, 28, stars in “The Big Bang Theory.” She will star in the comedy film “Authors Anonymous,” due out in April. Sweeting, 26, is a professional tennis player. The two were married in December.
Odom, 34, played forward with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004 to 2011. He played for the Clippers from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2012 to 2013.
Kardashian, 29, has been on multiple reality shows featuring family members, starting in 2007 with “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Odom and Kardashian bought the house in 2009, the year they were married, for $3.95 million. She filed for a divorce in December and resumed using her maiden name.
Tomer Fridman of Ewing Sotheby’s International Realty and Marc Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices were the listing agents. Gary Cuoco (yes, that’s her father) represented the newlyweds.
A revolving door of celebrity
Forget the Joneses. In Part 2 of the real estate version of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” sister Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have bought the Calabasas home of retired pro football player Keyshawn Johnson.
The contemporary was listed at $8.495 million, and the sales price has not yet appeared in the public record. The couple have a home in Calabasas for sale at $3.499 million.
Their new home is more than twice as big as the old one, at 11,746 square feet. Designed by Richard Landry, the house features a two-island kitchen with an adjoining family room, a media/game room, a theater, a study, an elevator, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a sauna.
The 1.86-acre property includes a swimming pool, a sunken basketball/sports court and fruit trees.
Kardashian, 34, is on the main show and has been in several family-related spinoff series.
Johnson, 41, played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers during his 11-season career with the National Football League. His forays into television include the 17th season of “Dancing With the Stars” and as a broadcaster for ESPN.
Marc Shevin and Rory Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices were the listing agents. Tomer Fridman of Ewing Sotheby’s International Realty represented Kardashian and Disick.
Coach gives up some yardage
Former USC football coach Lane Kiffin and his wife, Layla, have parted with their home in Manhattan Beach for $6.5 million.
They bought the house less than two years ago for $5.5 million.
The 7,308-square-foot contemporary Craftsman-style home, built in 2002 and later updated, sits at the end of a cul-de-sac on nearly half an acre — quite a roomy yard for the beach community. Among interior features are vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The three-car garage opens to a gated driveway.
The grounds include a saltwater swimming pool and spa, a fire pit, a guest house, an outdoor kitchen, a dog run, mature trees and lawn.
Kiffin, 38, was coach of the Trojans from 2010 until September. He is now offensive coordinator for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
The most expensive home on the market in that Alabama hamlet is priced at $3.2 million, according to Realtor.com. The 10,000-square-foot mansion sits on a lake.
Bryn Stroyke of Stroyke Properties was the listing agent. Rachel Ezra of Shorewood Realtors represented the buyer.
Singing all the way to the bank?
Composer-singer-vocal contractor Ronald Hicklin has sold his Pasadena home for $2.25 million in less than a month and at 25% above the asking price.
Set in a quaint neighborhood near the Huntington Library, the one-story 1952 traditional sits on a knoll of more than a third of an acre. Features include an oversized family room, two bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,080 square feet of living space.
A 527-square-foot guest house has a kitchenette, fireplace and a three-quarter bathroom.
Gardens, a waterfall, two patios, a saline swimming pool and a spa make up the backyard.
Hicklin has worked on television shows such as “The Partridge Family,” and he organized the group of singers that did the background vocals in “Partridge Family” recordings. “Apollo 13,” “Man Trouble” and “The Hunt for Red October” are among his film credits.
Public records show he bought the property in 2003 for $905,000.
Andrew Grimes of Keller Williams was the listing agent. Matt Littell and Boyd Smith of Podley Properties represented the buyer.
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