Hot Property: L.A.

Ex-teen idol Efron buys a grown-up house

 

Los Angeles Times

Zac Efron, 26, who seems to be in every other movie these days, still found time to pick up a home in Hollywood Hills recently for $3.995 million.

The former teen idol, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway.

The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city-to-ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry. Including the guesthouse there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The more than three-quarter-acre lot contains a pool and spa area with a waterfall.

Simpson sells

Jessica Simpson, who earlier this year bought a Hidden Hills estate from Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, has sold her home in a guarded enclave in the 90210 ZIP Code for $6.4 million.

The custom-built Hamptons-inspired traditional was built in 1991 and recently renovated by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. Features of the house include crown and base moldings, high ceilings, a commercial-grade kitchen, a home theater, an office/library, a gym, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,500 square feet of living space. There is a stone courtyard with a koi pond and a swimming pool.

The singer and television personality, who launched numerous beauty and accessory lines, has a net worth estimated at $100 million.

She bought the property in 2005 for $5.275 million. Simpson, 33, paid $11.5 million for the Osbourne home.

Bling Ring house

Actor Orlando Bloom, 36, has listed his compound in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $4.5 million or for annual lease at $16,500 a month.

Set behind wood gates, the house was the target four years ago of the so-called Bling Ring burglars, who focused on celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, built in 1940, features a walnut double-door entry, three fireplaces, a den/office, a library and 3,248 feet of living space.

The wooded three-quarter-acre lot has a pool with spa and is equipped with security cameras.

Bloom bought the property in 2007 for $2.75 million, according to public records.

Canyon views

Michael J. McDonald of MADtv fame has put his Hollywood Hills West home on the market at $3.495 million.

He remodeled the 3,250-square-foot villa, adding a new kitchen, a second master suite, a custom-built eight-person spa, an outdoor kitchen and a cabana. There’s a solarium entry, a lower-level kitchenette, three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

The canyon-view property also features a pool.

McDonald, 48, bought the property in 2004 for $1.979 million, public records show.

‘CASTLE’ for sale

Shari Belafonte’s home is a castle — or at least parts of it look like one. She recently listed the unusual West Hills home at $1.26 million.

The distinctive residence, built in 1956 and set amid boulders on a hillside, is imbued with feudal fortress embellishments. There’s a roofline battlement, should one need to seek protection from a bow-and-arrow attack, and a turret that houses a gym.

Set on six acres, the 3,465-square-foot home features steeply pitched roofs, three fireplaces, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a breezeway that leads to a covered patio. There is a pool.

Actress-model-singer Belafonte, 59, is the daughter of singing legend Harry Belafonte. Her work in television included a regular role in the 1980s series Hotel.

She bought the property in 2001 for $630,000, according to public records.

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