Hot Property: Los Angeles

Hollywood Hills house is wall-to-wall Chris Brown


Los Angeles Times

Singer Chris Brown has listed the house in the Hollywood Hills that bore his graffiti-like artwork at $1.92 million.

If would-be buyers are disappointed that his exterior scrawling has been painted over with a coat of drab green, there’s still plenty to party about at the property.

Several interior walls in the four-story home are adorned with toothy cartoon characters. (Think Sonic the Hedgehog needs braces.) Stairs and an elevator connect the 3,000 square feet of living space, which includes an art studio, a loft, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

An unusual open-concept bedroom suite features a red stand-alone tub and a glass shower in full view of the sleeping area.

Outdoors, the saltwater pool and spa are illuminated by colored LED lights. There’s also a projection screen, stone waterfalls and fire pits.

The Grammy-winning Brown, 24, will release his sixth studio album, X, next year. Among his popular songs have been Deuces, Wall to Wall and Kiss Kiss.

Brown’s probation in connection with his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna was revoked again in mid-December because of his October arrest in Washington.

Brown bought the house, which was built in 2008, two years ago for $1.55 million.


Lane Kiffin, the recently terminated University of Southern California head football coach, and his wife, Layla, have listed their home in Manhattan Beach at $6.995 million.

The upscale beach city has long been popular with college and professional coaches and athletes, in part because of its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport and professional training facilities. The couple bought the house last year for $5.5 million.

The 7,308-square-foot contemporary Craftsman, built in 2002 and since updated, sits on nearly half an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac. The grounds include a saltwater swimming pool and spa, a fire pit, a guesthouse, an outdoor kitchen, a dog run and mature trees.

Among interior features are vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The three-car garage opens to a gated driveway.

Kiffin, 38, was head coach of the USC Trojans from 2010 until September.


Ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky has listed a town house in Thousand Oaks for sale at $1.899 million.

Yes, 99 does happen to be his jersey number, which was retired throughout the National Hockey League when the center retired in 1999. Coincidence — or a lucky number, perhaps?

Set behind the gates of the Sherwood Country Club, the 3,758-square-foot unit has two fireplaces, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There are two patios and a balcony. The cul-de-sac location has lake, mountain and valley views.

Gretzky, 52, played in the NHL for two decades before turning to coaching the Phoenix Coyotes. The former Los Angeles King and Hockey Hall of Famer earned the nickname “The Great One” as the leading point scorer in league history.


Celebrity home flippers Amanda Pays and her husband, actor Corbin Bernsen, have remodeled a mid-century ranch home in Valley Village and listed it at $925,000.

Set on a cul-de-sac, the 2,036-square-foot house features exposed beam ceilings, wainscoting, a wood-burning fireplace and French doors. The updated galley kitchen has Moroccan tile accents, chalkboard paint, stainless-steel appliances and a breakfast bar that opens to a family room. There are three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

Pays, an interior designer as well as an actress, and Bernsen gravitate to older homes, trying to bring back the homes’ original grandeur while updating them for modern living. The Valley Village house was built in 1954.

Bernsen, 59, became known for the role of suave lawyer Arnie Becker on L.A. Law (1986-94). He appears in Psych, The Young and the Restless and The Glades.

Pays, 54, has been on The Flash (1990-91), Nip/Tuck (2006) and Psych (2008).

They bought the property this summer for $685,000, public records show.


There will be no more days of his life at this Malibu retreat. Soap star Drake Hogestyn has sold his Tuscan-style two-story home for $4.45 million.

Built in 2002, the 6,616-square-foot house features wood-beam ceilings, French doors, hardwood floors, decks and balconies.

There are three fireplaces, a den/library, an office, five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The living room and the master suite sun deck have ocean views.

The grounds, nearly an acre, include mature sycamore trees, a swimming pool with a spa, a sports court and an orchard.

Hogestyn, 60, has been on Days of Our Lives since 1986, with a few breaks when his character was supposedly killed.

The property was purchased in 2003 for $2.9 million, public records show.

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