Home & Garden

August 7, 2014

Akon out to perform a dazzling flip

Akon, the R&B and hip-hop singer and producer, has put his ultra-modern home in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills neighborhood up for sale at $3.5 million. He bought the nearly half an acre property in September for $1.95 million.

Akon, the R&B and hip-hop singer and producer, has put his ultra-modern home in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills neighborhood up for sale at $3.5 million. He bought the nearly half an acre property in September for $1.95 million.

With the services of designer Miguel Rueda, Akon renovated the house for indoor-outdoor living, creating a focal point swimming pool and spa surrounded by three fire pits and an outdoor kitchen. An upper patio looks down on the pool.

A blue phone room and bluish under-mount lighting accent the white-on-white interiors. Walls of glass and clerestory windows bring light into the interiors.

The 4,098-square-foot house also has a state-of-the-art recording studio, a bar and a three-car garage. There are five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

Akon, who calls Atlanta home, spends a fair amount of time in Los Angeles recording, producing music and pursuing acting. The 41-year-old will be in the independent thriller American Heist this year as well as several other upcoming films.

Among his hit songs were Locked Up, Smack That and I Want to Love You.


Although Chris Bosh is set to remain in one beach city, he may be leaving another. The Miami Heat forward-center, fresh off signing a $118 million contract that will keep him in South Beach for the next five seasons, has listed his mansion-estate in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades for sale at $14.5 million.

The gated estate, built in 2001, frames views extending from Topanga Canyon to the Pacific Ocean from its 1.45-acre knoll in Palisades Highlands. Mixing Mediterranean and Balinese influences, the 10,700 square feet of living space sports an office with a fireplace, a grand dining room, a home theater and a chef’s kitchen.

The ocean-facing master suite, one of six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, has a fireplace, a sitting room, an exercise room, a massive walk-in closet and spa-like bath.

Outdoors, the setting unfolds in resort-like fashion with a large infinity pool with a swim-up bar, cabanas, an outdoor kitchen, a sunken fireplace and a lounge.

Bosh, a nine-time All-Star, purchased the property in December 2012 for $9.4 million. He previously offered the home as a $45,000-a-month rental and had, at one point, leased the property to Community actor and musician Donald Glover. Glover, who goes by the moniker “Childish Gambino,” used the estate to record the album Because the Internet.

When it comes to professional basketball players and real estate, Bosh is among the NBA’s most prolific spenders. In addition to the Pacific Palisades property, the big man’s holdings include a 12,300-square-foot mansion in Miami Beach that he purchased in 2010 for $12.333 million, as well as a 4,200-square-foot condominium at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Dallas that he bought last year for $3 million. He also owns a pair of properties in Desoto, Texas.


David Arquette, the ex-husband of Courteney Cox and executive producer of Cougar Town, has sold the Beverly Hills home they shared. The property was listed last year at $19.5 million, and the sales price has not yet appeared in the public record.

Designed by modernist architect A. Quincy Jones and built in 1959, the museum-like trophy home sits on nearly an acre in the Trousdale Estates area. Features of the living space include a center hall, an updated kitchen with a breakfast area, a den/office, five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a service entrance.

An expansive lawn abuts the dramatic circular swimming pool, which adjoins a fountain. There are unobstructed city views. Garage space can accommodate six vehicles.

Arquette and Cox renovated the house during their ownership.

Arquette, 42, is also an actor and director. He recently became engaged to actress Christina McLarty.

Cox, 50, has starred in Cougar Town since 2009 and was on Friends from 1994 to 2004. She is engaged to Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid.

Arquette and Cox, who were divorced last year, bought the home in 2004 for $5.45 million.


Robert Picardo of the Star Trek: Voyager and StarGate series has listed a stately home in Pasadena for $7.2 million.

The Craftsman/English Tudor was designed by architect Myron Hunt and built in 1913. Hunt collaborated with Elmer Grey on such projects as Occidental College in Eagle Rock and L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel.

Beyond the grand foyer is a living room, a sun room, a formal dining room, a family room, a kitchen with a butler’s pantry and two powder rooms. Upstairs, the 8,742-square-foot house has a game room, six bedrooms, five bathrooms and attic storage.

A 927-square-foot guesthouse with two bedrooms sits above the three-car garage, which has a workshop, a changing room and a bathroom. More than an acre of grounds includes mature trees, lawn, a swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen/patio area.

Picardo, 60, will be in this year’s TV movie Star Trek: Renegades. Fans may remember him for his Emmy-nominated work as Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years.

He bought the property in 2000 for $1.765 million, public records show.


Toby Huss of the new AMC series Halt and Catch Fire listed his historic home in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood at $850,000 and in less than two weeks it was in escrow.

With its boxy design, center dormer window and wide front porch, the American Foursquare house, built in 1907, is typical of the style that took hold between the late 1890s and 1930s.

Like so much of L.A. housing, a peep into property records reveals a slice of Hollywood history. The place was home to prolific screenwriter Kathryn Scola in the 1950s. She co-wrote Baby Face (1933), starring Barbara Stanwyck.

The restored home includes such period details as oak flooring and two fireplaces with vintage tile work and original hardware. The 2,274 square feet of living space includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The lot, at slightly less than a quarter of an acre, contains a guesthouse, a swimming pool and a koi pond.

Huss, 47, has scores of acting and voice work credits. He was in The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Reno 911!, and he did various voices for the animated TV series King of the Hill for more than a dozen years.

The actor bought the property less than a year ago for the current asking price.


Tom Hallick, the veteran actor and soap star, has bought a spot by the ocean in Marina del Rey for $630,000.

The two-bedroom condo has a balcony and marina and city views from its fourth-floor perch.

Interior details include travertine floors, slate countertops, stainless-steel appliances and maple cabinets. The two bathrooms in the 1,422- square-foot unit have been remodeled.

The 24-hour security complex, constructed in 1972, has three swimming pools, a spa, gym, tennis courts, racquet ball courts, paddle tennis, a restaurant and a car wash.

Hallick was in the series Gangster Squad last year and has been in the soap operas The Young & the Restless and Days of Our Lives.

Neal J. Leitereg of the Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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