Boxer exits the ring in Big Bear

Oscar De La Hoya sells his home for $2.1 million.
(Wally Skalij / LAT)
Times Staff Writer

Oscar De La Hoya, the people’s champion who lost the World Boxing Council’s super-welterweight belt last weekend in his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., has sold his Big Bear Lake property for about $2.1 million.

It was bought by mixed martial arts champ Tito Ortiz “the Huntington Beach bad boy” of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who recently was named one of the “50 Most Beautiful” Latino celebrities by People en Español.

Last November, De La Hoya listed his mountain retreat and training facility on an acre at $2.5 million. He wasn’t using the home much because he lives and trains in Puerto Rico. He also owns a home in Pasadena.


The 34-year-old boxer designed the one-bedroom, 3,900-square-foot main house and three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot guest quarters in Big Bear after buying the land in the 1990s. De La Hoya has long expressed a desire to become an architect but has been busy with boxing, his Golden Boy Promotions company, which promotes boxing events, and a line of clothing since he won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

He converted his four-car garage in Big Bear into a gym. It has a steam room.

The gated estate also has a putting green and stream with a footbridge.

The houses have vaulted ceilings, log support beams and walls of glass. The main house has an indoor spa and waterfall.

Debra Parkinson of Parkinson Group Resort Properties, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, had the listing.


His latest: How I met my mover

Neil Patrick Harris of TV’s “How I Met Your Mother” and, as a teenager, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” made his rounds of homes for sale and then bought one in Sherman Oaks for slightly more than its $1.5-million asking price.

At the same time, the 33-year-old actor put his Studio City home of eight years on the market at close to $1.3 million.

The home he bought is in the Longridge Estates area and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,400 square feet. The one-story house, built in 1950, also has a pool, spa, lookout deck, San Fernando Valley views and a private driveway. The master-bedroom suite has a steam shower and French doors opening to a patio. The kitchen has granite countertops, custom cabinets and a gourmet center island of butcher block.


The home he listed for sale has a 2,000-square-foot main house, a pool, a 400-square-foot pool house with a fireplace, and a detached guest room. The one-story, ranch-style home, built in the ‘40s, also has new granite counters in the kitchen and hardwood floors.

Harris bought his new home from actor Jack McGee and his wife, Stephanie. McGee, a former real-life New York City firefighter, stars as Fire Chief Jerry Reilly on the FX show “Rescue Me.” The fourth season starts in June.

Harris, who voiced Spider-Man and Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: The New Animated Series” on MTV (2002-03), plays womanizer Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”

Monty Iceman of Prudential California Realty, Encino, has the listing on Harris’ former home and represented Harris on his purchase.

Marko Babineau of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Studio City, represented the McGees in their sale.


An Angel exits Sherman Oaks

Kate Jackson, who played Sabrina Duncan — one of the stars of the ‘70s ABC series “Charlie’s Angels” — has sold her former home in Sherman Oaks for $800,000. The buyer is Israeli actor-model Jacob Levy. Jackson has moved to another home she owns in Studio City.

The house she sold has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,800 square feet. It has a pool, spa and outdoor fireplace.

Jackson, in her late 50s, has appeared in episodic TV over the years, including “Third Watch” on NBC in 2004. She played Amanda King in the ‘80s CBS series “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.” Burt Bakman of Re/Max on the Blvd., Sherman Oaks, represented the buyer of Jackson’s Sherman Oaks home.


Stay tuned to hear where they end up

Matt Battaglia, who has a recurring role as Agent Jennings on “24,” and his wife, Tina, have sold their Studio City home for $1.6 million.

The couple bought the house in 2004 for slightly more than $700,000. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1963, was once owned by actor Ed Asner.

Battaglia, who has appeared on “CSI: Miami” and “Bones,” spent the last two years designing and building a contemporary-style home in the Hollywood Hills. His plans for the house are uncertain.

The 4,200-square-foot home has four bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a media room, an indoor waterfall and city-to-ocean views. Battaglia said that the property value is slightly more than $4 million.

The actor, 41, played briefly in the NFL until he was injured and appeared on “Friends” as a Lisa Kudrow love interest.


Hoppy memories fill actor’s ex-home

William Lawrence Boyd, who played Hopalong Cassidy for more than two decades, starting in 1935 in film and then on the radio and TV, owned a Palm Desert home that will be auctioned on June 2.

The actor, who died at age 77 in 1972, and his wife, Grace, used the house as their winter retreat from 1955 to 1971. Their main residence was in Laguna Beach.

Mario Hernandez, a local contractor and owner of TileCare Co. in Rancho Mirage, restored the desert house, which he owns. His father, Emilio, was the Boyds’ landscaper in the ‘50s.

The house has two bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms in 1,890 square feet. It will be sold with no minimum bid to the highest bidder at the June 2 auction. Previews of the house will be held Saturday, May 26 and June 1.

Memorabilia from the home will be auctioned June 4. Among the items will be barstools that use saddles as seats, bolo ties, coffee cups with Hoppy’s face on them and brass door knockers shaped like horses. Boyd marketed a variety of products during his career.

The Pacific Auction Exchange/AlynnRock Group Inc. in Pleasanton is handling the on-site auction. Other memorabilia will be auctioned by Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers in Los Angeles.


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