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Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse find a spot with a view in Malibu

Actress Amy Smart and her husband, DIY television personality Carter Oosterhouse, have bought a spot near the Carbon Beach section of Malibu for $2.9 million. The ranch-style house sits on about three acres of grounds and overlooks Billionaires’ Beach, a famous stretch of coastline known for its...

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky nets a home sale in Westlake Village

Former professional hockey player and coach Wayne Gretzky has sold a home in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks for $5.85 million in a deal finalized outside the Multiple Listing Service. On and off the market for the better part of three years, the 8,711-square-foot house had been listed...

Actress Poppy Montgomery seeks a buyer for her Pacific Palisades traditional

Actress Poppy Montgomery of “Without a Trace” fame has put her home in Pacific Palisades on the market for $4.985 million. The traditional-style home, designed by architect Kenneth Ungar, has a classic “Leave it to Beaver” quality with crisp white siding, dormers and picture windows paired with...

Traditional-style house has a garden setting in Beverly Crest

Set behind gates, this low-slung Traditional-style house sits on a three-quarter-acre landscaped lot in the Beverly Crest/Holmby Hills area. Rooms look out onto manicured lawns, trees and a formal rose garden. A path leads to the separate guesthouse and swimming pool.  Address: 145 N. Mapleton...

What do you dare change when updating a home by an iconic architect?

Renovating a classic home — when the notable architect is deceased — was not a barrier for a buyer of a John Lautner residence. He simply conjured the spirit of Lautner and his otherworldly opinions via a series of seances. “That’s not as silly as it sounds,” said Barry Sloane of Sotheby’s International,...

What $500,000 buys in three San Diego County communities

Unlike other parts of the country, a half-million-dollar home is a common occurrence in the San Diego County real estate market, where the median sale price in November was $545,000, according to CoreLogic. Here’s a look at what about $500,000 buys in three San Diego-area communities. LAKESIDE:...

In quick move, San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge sells his Newport Coast house

The San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge seems to know his way around Southern California real estate deals. The five-time all-star bought a home in Newport Coast for $7 million in late summer and sold it last month for $8.35 million.  Set behind gates in Crystal Cove, the redone contemporary estate...

At $250 million, newly listed Bel-Air mega-mansion is the most expensive home for sale in the U.S.

Los Angeles is now home to the most expensive house for sale in the country: a $250-million mega-mansion. Just how lavish is the Bel-Air property, which hit the market Wednesday? It’s got four levels, 38,000 square feet of interiors, 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, an infinity pool...

Olympic swimming champ Ian Thorpe sells his Hollywood Hills retreat

Ian Thorpe, the Olympic freestyle champion known as the Thorpedo, may not have set a record for a speedy sale, but he did sell his home in the Laurel Canyon area of Hollywood Hills for its asking price of $950,000. The hillside home, which sold in 55 days, was built in 1961 and was first owned...

Soaring ceilings and grand views from Newport Coast

Modern interiors blend with Mediterranean architecture at this newly built mansion in Newport Coast. Adding to the feeling of grandeur are 35-foot tall coffered ceilings in the great room. Remote-controlled pocket doors, ocean-facing windows and graceful arches bring in panoramic views.  Address: 10...

Venice dwelling exhibits a bold take on modern design

Modern design features such as floor-to-ceiling windows blend with industrial finishes, including polished concrete floors, to create a hip living space at this compound-like dwelling in Venice. Indoor and outdoor rooms look out on a courtyard, gardens, the swimming pool and the distant mountains. ...

Hot Property: One for the record books

No matter how you slice or dice the numbers, 2016 was a notable year for Los Angeles area residential real estate sales. Among the high-water marks was the $100-million sale of the Playboy mansion - Hugh Hefner included. The nearly $20 billion in home sales countywide was a 7% increase for the...

Tidy Highland Park bungalow extends its living space outdoors

This 1924 California bungalow in Highland Park as been reimagined for modern living. At its heart is a renovated kitchen with stainless appliances and a tile backsplash. French doors open to a patio and an outdoor room strung with market lights to extend the entertaining space outdoors.   Address: 720...

Homes for sale in three L.A. County communities in the low $400,000s

Not every home in Greater Los Angeles carries a seven-figure price tag. Here’s a look at single-family homes in three L.A. County communities that are listed for sale in the low $400,000s. AZUSA: This two-bedroom was recently remodeled and features an open floor plan, laminate wood floors and a...

Elegant Spanish-style house takes on indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Santa Monica

High ceilings, gracefully arched French doors and wrought-iron balconies contribute to the elegance of this Spanish-style house in Santa Monica. California coastal and European design elements blend to create a resortlike dwelling with ample indoor-outdoor living space.  Address: 215 21st Place,...

Buy a home now, move in after the seller dies

Hugh Hefner is living out his days in the Playboy Mansion, even though the legendary property no longer belongs to him. The 29-room Holmby Hills home went on the market with a unique  stipulation: that its 90-year-old resident be allowed to stay until he passes away. Last summer, investor Daren...

Seal Beach's Bay Theatre gets new owner with focus on art films and live entertainment

SEAL BEACH A Fullerton real estate developer’s dream of reopening Seal Beach’s landmark Bay Theatre as an art movie and live entertainment venue is coming into focus. More than six months after going into escrow, Paul Dunlap, president of Dunlap...

Eva Longoria parts ways with Mediterranean villa in the Hollywood Hills

Actress and producer Eva Longoria, who gained fame on the series “Desperate Housewives,” has sold a home in Hollywood Hills for slightly more than $1.374 million. The pink-hued Mediterranean-villa-style house sits up from the street and is entered through a gated courtyard. Within the 2,011 square...

DJ Mustard buys a gated spread in Chatsworth for $2.36 million

Dijon McFarlane, the record producer and beat maker better known as DJ Mustard, has bought a home behind gates in Chatsworth for $2.36 million. Sitting on nearly three acres of grounds, the English-style estate includes a swimming pool and spa, a lighted tennis court and a six-car garage. At the...

Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof sell their Brentwood home for $8.16 million

Actors Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof, who decamped to the San Fernando Valley last year, have sold their estate in Brentwood for about $8.16 million. Tucked behind gates and tall privacy hedges, the property includes a Traditional-style main house, a guest house, a swimming pool and spa, stretches...

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