Hot Property: L.A.

Ryan Phillippe takes loss on retreat

 

Los Angeles Times

Whether it was the two-story entry hall that doubled as a gym or the 60-foot pool with underwater speakers, Ryan Phillippe’s tricked-out home in Hollywood Hills West enticed a buyer to shell out $6 million.

Still, that wasn’t enough to spare the actor, 38, from the pain of the housing bust. Public records show that Phillippe bought the property for $7.175 million in 2008, after his eight-year marriage to actress Reese Witherspoon ended.

Stressing the security and privacy of the “Zen-modern retreat,” the unusually colorful listing details note that the gated house can “stopperrazzi” and provide an escape from “the drone of urban existence.”

The five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom house contains 7,600 square feet of living space. Features include a media room, separate guest or office space and a sauna. The more than half an acre of grounds include a pool-spa entertainment area and an outdoor kitchen.

VENICE CRAFTSMAN

Actress Maria Bello, 45, listed her Craftsman home in Venice for sale at $1.85 million and within 10 days it was in escrow.

Built in 1915 and set behind gates in a walk-street area, the house is painted blue with red doors and windows and yellow accents. Features include a wood-burning fireplace, a front veranda, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. There is a lawn, patio space and a single-car garage.

SOUTHERN COLONIAL

Actress Katherine Heigl, 34, has sold her house in Los Feliz for $2.622 million.

The Southern Colonial-style two-story features French doors, high ceilings and verandas. There are two fireplaces, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and nearly 3,700 square feet of living space. The grounds include mature landscaping, a pool and a spa.

Heigl paid $2.55 million for the property in 2007, according to public records, the same year she married singer-songwriter Josh Kelley.

French-style estate

The estate of Micheline Muselli Lerner, a former wife of lyricist and playwright Alan Jay Lerner, is on the market in Hollywood Hills West at $8.9 million.

The French-style house, designed by noted architect John Elgin Woolf and built in 1939, sits behind gates and hedges on a 1.4-acre promontory with city and ocean views. Features include a center hall, four fireplaces, an office, maid’s quarters, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,776 square feet of living space.

Muselli Lerner, who died last year, became an attorney at 20 in France and worked with the Resistance as a criminal defense lawyer during the German occupation. She and Lerner met after she came to New York in 1957 on business.

Lerner died in 1986 at 67.

Spanish style

Art director Robert Stromberg, 47, has listed his house in Playa del Rey at $1.599 million.

The 1920s Spanish-style house features a family room, a library/den, a rooftop studio/library, four fireplaces, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and about 3,300 square feet of living space. There is an outdoor living room and a detached studio.

The property previously changed hands in 1999 for $689,000, public records show.

Stromberg, won Oscars for art direction of Avatar (2009) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

1926 bungalow

Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford has sold a house in West Hollywood for $980,000.

The Spanish-style bungalow, built in 1926, features wood floors, a dining room skylight, an updated kitchen, two bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms. The deck contains a bar and a built-in barbecue.

The house had been leased at $4,700 a month. Public records show Rutherford, 44, bought the property in 2005 for $1.25 million.

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