Hot Property: L.A.

Rimes snags a bucolic bargain

 

Los Angeles Times

Country singing star LeAnn Rimes, 30, and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, 39, know a bargain when they see one. The pair spent $3 million behind the gates in bucolic Hidden Hills on a house marketed as a short sale that once sold for $5.575 million.

The Spanish-style house, built in 2005, sits on nearly two acres with a pool, a guesthouse and a barbecue center off a covered patio. Features include beamed ceilings, an arched window in the dining room, a central staircase with Spanish-tile accents, a den, an office, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, 8,642 square feet of living space and a four-car garage.

CELEB LANDLADY

Actress and model Mischa Barton, 27, is looking for a new tenant for her gated Beverly Hills Crest-area compound listed at $35,000 a month.

The main house and three separate guest quarters have six fireplaces, eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and 9,800 square feet of living space. The 1.2 acres include a pool and spa.

NO MORE MESSING AROUND

Debra Messing, 44, who stars on the TV series Smash set on Broadway, has sold her house in Bel-Air in a month for $11.4 million.

The traditional-style house, designed by architect Paul R. Williams and built in 1937, features bay windows, updated interiors, a den, a bar, a gym, four fireplaces, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 6,400 square feet. The more than half-acre gated property, sheltered by tall hedges, includes a pool, a cabana and a brick driveway.

Messing bought the property from actress Renee Zellweger in 2003 for $7 million, public records show.

A grand $19.5 mill

Producer-director Bud Yorkin, 87, and his wife, actress Cynthia Sikes, 59, have sold their estate in the Beverly Crest area for $19.5 million.

The gated traditional home, built in 1938, has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and about 10,528 square feet of living space. Features include a main hall with a sweeping staircase, a 60-foot-long living room with a sunken bar, a wood-paneled study and a projection room. The nearly two acres of grounds include a tennis court, a pool, lawn, fountains and rose gardens.

The house, which epitomizes 1930s Hollywood, was built by gangster Bugsy Siegel, but he never lived there. Cosmetics mogul Max Factor was among later owners.

The buyer has listed the property for lease at $99,000 a month.

COMPOSER’S HOUSE

A former home of composer Marvin Hamlis ch is on the market in Hollywood Hills West for $1.749 million or for lease at $8,000 a month.

Built in 1963, the Midcentury Modern-style house features an updated kitchen, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,555 square feet of living space. Flagstone paving surrounds the pool.

Hamlisch, who died last year at 68, sold the house in 2007 for $1.2 million to the current owner.

SCOOPing TMZ

You won’t read this at TMZ, but mastermind Harvey Levin has listed his ultra-private retreat in Hollywood Hills West for $5.3 million.

The nearly 3,000-square-foot Spanish-style home has some appropriate features for the founder of a celebrity news website: gates and hedges that ensure no one is “looking in” from above, according to the Multiple Listing Service post.

Amenities include a two-story step-down living room, an office, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a partially finished basement. A pool and spa, lawn and flagstone patio area are outdoors.

Rich in architectural detail, the turnkey house has been listed for lease for as much as $20,000 a month during Levin’s ownership. Public records show he bought the house in 1998 for $950,000.

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