Jean-Claude Van Damme knocks out a sale on the Westside

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Jean-Claude Van Damme sold his Marina del Rey home to Ice Cube for $7.25 million. A year ago, it was listed at about $10 million.

(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times )

In a celebrity connection straight outta the Westside, actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme sold his home in Marina del Rey to rapper-actor Ice Cube for $7.25 million.

The custom three-story with cityscape and ocean views came up for sale a year ago for about $10 million and was more recently priced at $7.949 million, records show. “The Muscles from Brussels,” as he is nicknamed, bought the house four years ago for $6 million.

Built in 2011, the 7,574-square-foot home contains knockout features: a home theater, a gym and a poured concrete-and-glass wine cellar.

A glass-enclosed staircase and an elevator connect the levels.


Among common areas are a modern kitchen with a breakfast bar, a formal dining room and a living room with a wet bar. The master suite has a fireplace and his-and-hers bathrooms for a total of six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and six fireplaces.

Pocket doors off each level open to terrace patios overlooking the canal.

The rooftop deck with a swimming pool takes in 360-degree views.

Shaun Hurley of First Team Real Estate was the listing agent. Erin Alls of Maison International represented the buyer.


The 55-year-old Van Damme is known for his roles in “Until Death” (2007), “Double Impact” (1991) and “Bloodsport” (1988). More recently, he lent his voice to the animated film “Kung Fu Panda 3" (2016).

Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has released 10 studio albums as a solo artist and as a member of the rap group N.W.A. As an actor, the 46-year-old has appeared in such films as “Friday” (1995), “Barbershop” (2002) and “21 Jump Street” (2012).

He owns other property in the Encino area.

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Dick Martin and wife Dolly Read bought their Malibu home more than 40 years ago. Frank Sinatra was among the guests there.
(Jake Rees)

An attraction decades old

The longtime Malibu home of late comedian Dick Martin and his wife, actress-model Dolly Read, is up for sale at $9.995 million.

The beachfront home, found along Broad Beach on the western end of Malibu, was a gathering spot for celebrities and Hollywood elite after the couple bought the place more than four decades ago. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Gregory Peck and Sammy Davis Jr. were among the guests. Late actor Bill Bixby was married on the property.

“Over the 40 years I have lived in the home, I’ve seen Broad Beach grow into an even more desirable location,” Read told The Times in a statement. “This home is particularly special, as it brings a warm, lovely Cape Cod style to an area that has long been considered the home to Hollywood elite.”


Built in 1946, the beach house sits on more than one-third of an acre and has unobstructed ocean views and a courtyard filled with fountains, gardens and fruit trees. A wood-plank walkway leads directly from the home to the sand.

Inside, the cozy layout has a classic coastal look with brick accents, open-beam ceilings and rows of glass doors. A cook’s kitchen, a breakfast nook and a living room with fireplace are among the features in the 2,551 square feet of interiors.

Upstairs, the master suite has a fireplace, a wall of built-in bookshelves and glass doors that open to an ocean-view patio. There are three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms on the property, including a self-contained guesthouse.

Scott and Melinda Tamkin of Compass have the listing.

Martin, who died in 2008 at 86, was co-host of the popular “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” from the late 1960s to the early ‘70s. He later directed such television shows as “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.”

Read, 71, starred in the 1970 film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and appeared on several television series, including “Charlie’s Angels” and “Fantasy Island.”

She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month in May 1966.


Carmen Electra has found traditional appeal

Carmen Electra has given herself a home makeover in the Hills. The model-actress-television personality, who last year checked out of her Mediterranean villa in Hollywood Hills West, has bought a new house in the area for $2.11 million.

The Georgian Colonial-inspired home, built in 1988 and renovated last year, has classic curb appeal, with white trim, Palladian windows and a pair of faux gables. A pair of pillars lend drama to the front entrance.

Inside, dark wood floors and gray hues provide a visual contrast to the nearly 3,900 square feet of white-walled space. A vaulted entry opens to a living room with a fireplace, and a long marble-topped island stretches across a chef’s kitchen.

But it’s the wine closet that takes center stage on the main floor. The custom cellar has walls of glass and is enjoyed by seemingly every common room.

The second-floor master suite indulges with a fireplace, sitting area and a chandelier-topped tub — a feature that probably appealed to the former cover girl. In all, there are five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

Two patios and a cascading fountain feature fill the walled grounds.

Elayne Ceder of John Aaroe Group was the listing agent. Sam Jacobson of Keller Williams Hollywood Hills represented the buyer.

Electra, 44, gained fame as a Playboy model and for her brief, stormy marriage to Dennis Rodman.

She has appeared in such movies as “Meet the Spartans” (2008), “Starsky & Hutch” (2004) and “Scary Movie” (2000). Last year, she starred in the films “Book of Fire” and “Chocolate City.”


The longtime Brentwood estate of film director Jerry Zucker centers on a Traditional-style home designed by John Byers and built in 1939. White House interior designer Michael S. Smith was commissioned to expand the home to its current size of 10,000 square feet.

(The Agency)

Spoofing aside in Brentwood

Film director Jerry Zucker, who brought audiences such classic spoof films as “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” has listed his longtime Brentwood mansion for sale at a no-fooling-around price of $16.5 million.

The traditional-style home, designed by Santa Monica architect John Byers, was built in 1939.

The gray house, with black shutters and red-brick patios and walkways, was expanded to 10,000 square feet by White House interior designer Michael S. Smith. Columns on the front veranda flank a red front door.

Set on 1.6 acres, the living space includes formal living and dining rooms, a mahogany-paneled library, a theater and a guesthouse. There are six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and four powder rooms.

Mature trees encircle the grounds, which feature a swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace and a paddle-tennis court.

Zucker, 66, was also executive producer of the 1982 television series “Police Squad!” and wrote and produced the 1984 film “Top Secret!”

The property last changed hands in 1990 for $4.125 million.

Ann Eysenring and Billy Rose of the Agency are the listing agents.


Grammy-winning record producer Matt Serletic is asking $6.995 million for his estate of more than 10 acres in Calabasas. The Italianate-style home sits atop a knoll and takes in 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

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Looking for a hit in Calabasas

Grammy-winning music executive Matt Serletic, who produced albums for Matchbox Twenty, Joe Cocker and Collective Soul, is looking for his latest hit in Calabasas. He’s put his mansion in a gated community up for sale at $6.995 million.

The 10-acre-plus estate, built in 2005, centers on a grand Italianate-style home reached by a winding and gated drive. Set atop a knoll, the lofted site takes in 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

Clad in stone and wood finishes, the house features herringbone hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and lavish chandeliers. The 8,218 square feet of refined interiors include formal living and dining rooms, a center-island kitchen, a media room, an office/library, a gym and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. There are four fireplaces.

The master suite, with stone pillars, his-and-hers bathrooms and a sitting area, opens to a private balcony.

There are seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in all.

Rows of French doors open to a wide terrace that overlooks a saltwater swimming pool with custom lighting, a raised spa and a water feature.

A circular motor court accented by formal landscaping marks the entrance to the home. Elsewhere is a four-car garage.

Serletic bought the house a decade ago for $5.935 million, property records show.

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

Serletic, 45, is the founder of Emblem Records and co-founder of the music cloud platform Zya. He served as chairman and chief executive of Virgin Records America from 2002 to 2005.

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