Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their “conscious uncoupling.”
Uncoupling papers will no doubt eventually reveal who gets the John Lautner-designed home, which is set on a secluded acre of land and surrounded by tropical landscaping. The forward-thinking architect designed such structures as the octagonal Chemosphere house in Los Angeles and the poured-concrete Elrod Residence in Palm Springs.
The single-story post-and-beam house the former couple bought was built in 1972 and sits on a street that has seen the likes of Kenny G, Julia Roberts and Charlie Sheen as neighbors.
Architectural details include angled walls and windows, a triangular fireplace that juts into the living room, and a teardrop-shaped granite-topped island in the kitchen.
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The 3,650-square-foot house features heated sandstone floors, walls of glass, stainless-steel appliances, a library/study, an office, a gym, a yoga studio, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is an outdoor steam room and shower, a tennis court and a pebble stone swimming pool.
FOR THE BUCK
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her husband, Ryan Sweeting, have listed their place in Sherman Oaks at $2.795 million. They recently bought the Tarzana home of former Laker Lamar Odom and television personality Khloe Kardashian for $5.499 million.
The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2004, is designed for entertaining with an outdoor living room and fireplace, an outdoor kitchen with an eat-at bar, a swimming pool and a spa. Stone fireplaces and interior arches are among architectural details.
The 5,233 square feet of living space includes a family room, five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
A salon/dressing room is outfitted with built-ins, shoe racks and a professional shampoo/hair station.
Cuoco-Sweeting, 28, stars in The Big Bang Theory. Sweeting, 26, is a professional tennis player. The two were married in December.
Cuoco-Sweeting bought the property in 2010 for $2.4 million.
PACKING UP IN BEL-AIR
Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., have listed their home in Bel-Air at $5.499 million.
The traditional-style house, built in 1991, features a gym, an office, a sun room, five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms within its 7,620 square feet of living space.
The family room has a drop-down screen and projector, 15-foot ceilings, a fireplace and French doors. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom.
The nearly half-acre grounds include patio space, waterfalls, a swimming pool, a spa and a barbecue.
Geller, 36, stars on the series The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. Her film work includes The Grudge (2004), Cruel Intentions (1999) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), in which Prinze also starred. She won a Daytime Emmy for her role on All My Children. And who could forget her starring role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)?
Prinze, 38, is a producer and director for World Wrestling Entertainment. He was on the series 24 and Freddie.
The property was purchased in 2001 for $2.45 million.
‘MALCOLM’ LEAVES LANDLORD ROLE
Frankie Muniz, known for his childhood role in Malcolm in the Middle, has sold his home in Hollywood Hills West for $3.05 million.
The traditional-style house was built in 1941 and remodeled to have an open floor plan. The kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and two bedrooms occupy the lower level of the two-story home.
Upstairs, the master bedroom suite has a sitting area, a fireplace and dual closets. Two additional bedrooms are also on the upper level of the 4,200-square-foot home, which has four bathrooms.
Outdoor amenities on the gated property include a swimming pool, a spa, an outdoor fireplace and a viewing dec.
Muniz, 28, was nominated for an Emmy for the starring role on Malcolm (2000-06). His subsequent interests have included race car driving and being a drummer in Kingsfoil. He recently announced that he was leaving the band because of upcoming scheduling conflicts. Muniz is working on the movie Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2.
He bought the house in 2006 for $3.499 million and had been leasing it out.