Hot Property: Los Angeles

Singer Chris Brown left his mark in home, moves on

 

Los Angeles Times

Chris Brown, the singer whose Hollywood Hills house once drew the ire of neighbors for its graffiti-like artwork, has sold his hillside residence for $1.69 million.

Although the exterior was repainted before the home went on the market, several interior walls in the four-story home still bore cartoon-esque characters in the listing photos.

An elevator and staircases connect the vertical house, which includes an art studio, a loft, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,000 square feet of living space. A quirky open-concept bedroom features a red stand-alone tub and a glass shower in full view of the sleeping area.

The home’s front, the saltwater pool and the spa are illuminated by colored LED lights. There’s also an outdoor projection screen, stone waterfalls and fire pits.

Brown bought the house, which was built in 2008, two years ago for $1.55 million. He had listed it at $1.92 million.

He also sold a West Hollywood penthouse in an off-market deal in April for $1.6 million, the same price he paid in 2011. Noise from the penthouse brought complaints from other residents of the building when he lived there.

The three-bedroom, four-bathroom unit occupies 3,105 square feet on the entire top floor of the building, which was constructed in 2009. Features include a bar, an art studio and dual master suites.

Brown, 25, has spent parts of this year in rehab and jail. Some of his current legal troubles began five years ago when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

The singer-dancer-actor won a Grammy for his R&B album F.A.M.E. He is working on his sixth studio album, X, and planning a tour.

JACKSON ESTATE BUYS HOUSE

The Calabasas home Michael Jackson’s estate bought in an off-market deal for $10.75 million was sold by Kassabian Design Build, which constructed the Mediterranean-style home before there was a buyer.

The style of the home was inspired by a trip designer Diko Kassabian took to Tuscany, Italy.

The 12,670 square feet of living space includes a massive dual-stairway entry, a pub, three fireplaces, a home theater, a sauna, a library, an elevator and eight bedrooms. The oversized kitchen has a mosaic-tile wall behind the commercial range and a large island.

There are also extensive covered patios, a 633-square-foot guesthouse, a swimming pool with a spa and a putting green. The 1,548-square-foot garage can accommodate five cars.

Michael Jackson, who died five years ago at 50, got his start as a member of the family group the Jackson 5. His album Thriller had record sales.

Katherine Jackson leased the nearly one-acre property, where she lives with the late singer’s children, for $26,000 a month after the pop star’s death.

The gated neighborhood is popular with celebrities. Recent home buyers include reality show personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, who purchased her house from Justin Bieber.

‘IDOL’ STAR BUYS IN THE HILLS

Adam Lambert, an American Idol runner-up who has gone on to a successful career in music, has bought a home in Hollywood Hills West for $2.995million.

The Modern-style house was built in 1947 and has been renovated. A sweeping exterior staircase follows the shape of a curved wall with a tall glass-brick window.

The nearly 3,800 square feet of living space includes a dining room with a floor-to-ceiling climate-controlled wine room, an oversized kitchen with commercial-grade appliances and a diner-style booth/breakfast room, a den with a fireplace, a screening room and a gym.

The master suite has a fireplace, a sitting area and a spa-like bathroom for a total of three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Ferns and lush landscaping fill the courtyard-style backyard, which features a grotto spa.

Lambert, 32, took second place on a hotly contested Idol season in 2009, the same year he released the album For Your Entertainment. While he has continued to release albums and tour, he also has been doing soundtrack work for television as well as acting. Since last year, he has been on five episodes of Glee.

He is touring North America, Asia and Australia this summer with Queen, filling in for the late Freddie Mercury.

L.A. MAYOR SELLS TO M83 FOUNDER

Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic music band M83 has bought the Silver Lake home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland. The sales price has yet to be made public.

The boxy contemporary, built in 2010, was the Garcetti family home before they moved to Getty House, an 8,076-square-foot English Tudor-style mansion in Windsor Square that serves as the official mayoral residence.

Among the 4,000 square feet of living space in Gonzalez’s new place are an open living room, dining room, media room, office/gym, six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The sleek kitchen features concrete counters and a walk-in pantry.

The top-level master suite looks out at the reservoir. There are multiple decks with views of the city.

The Garcettis bought the hillside property four years ago for $1.425 million. The home was briefly listed in April for a one-year lease at $8,500 a month.

Gonzalez founded the electronic music band in 2001. M83 has six studio albums and two soundtrack albums, including one for last year’s Tom Cruise/Morgan Freeman sci-fi film Oblivion. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, released three years ago and promoted on a Europe and North America tour, drew an international following. The French producer moved to Los Angeles four years ago.

Garcetti took office last summer to become L.A.’s 42nd mayor.

CHARLIE SHEEN IN QUICK SALE

Charlie Sheen listed a house in Westlake Village at $1.695 million and in less than two weeks it was in escrow.

The Anger Management star bought the property last year for $1.6 million.

Set on a corner lot in the North Ranch area, the home features a family room, three fireplaces, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings, four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,883 square feet of living space. The house was built in 1989 and has been upgraded.

The more than half-acre lot contains an infinity pool with a spa, a built-in barbecue, fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

Sheen, 48, also starred on Two and a Half Men (2003-11) and Spin City (2000-02). His film work includes last year’s Scary Movie 5, Hot Shots! (1991) and Wall Street (1987).

He owns several properties in the Los Angeles area.

‘HIGHLANDER’ STAR LISTS HOME

Adrian Paul of Highlander fame has listed his home in the hills of Sherman Oaks at $1.4 million.

Described as contemporary Mediterranean, the open-plan house features an ornately carved front door, vaulted ceilings, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,544 square feet of living space on three levels. The updated kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and a prep sink.

There’s an attached one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse with a living room and kitchen. The three-car garage also is attached. Decks take in expansive mountain and city views.

Paul, 55, starred in the Highlander television series and later in films. He will be in the upcoming movies Outpost 37 and Dante’s Hell Documented.

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