DeGeneres buys and sells in L.A.

Times Colonist - - Homes - NEAL J. LEITEREG and JACK FLEM­MING

LOS AN­GE­LES — Af­ter spend­ing much of the last year chang­ing spots in Santa Barbara County, Ellen DeGeneres and Por­tia de Rossi are turn­ing their at­ten­tion back to Los An­ge­les.

In re­cent weeks, the en­ter­tain­ment power cou­ple have bought a Bev­erly Hills home steeped in Old Hol­ly­wood his­tory for $15 mil­lion US. They’ve also qui­etly sold an­other home in the area for $35 mil­lion, records show.

The home they just bought — a Hol­ly­wood Re­gency de­signed by ar­chi­tect-to-the-stars John El­gin Woolf and built in 1962 — was the long­time home of late ac­tress and phi­lan­thropist Mar­jorie Lord. Lord was best known for her role as wife to Danny Thomas’ char­ac­ter in Make Room for Daddy as well as the spinoff Make Room for Grand­daddy.

Af­ter Lord’s death in 2015, the prop­erty came up for sale in 2016 and sold for $8.3 mil­lion. It has since been re­stored.

Now pol­ished to a fine sheen, the sin­gle-storey house boasts scaled for­mal rooms, web­pat­terned wood ceil­ings and orig­i­nal Pull­man en­try doors. A cir­cu­lar foyer sits be­yond the en­try. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows in nearly ev­ery room take in city-toocean views.

The 5,100 square feet of liv­ing space also holds a reimag­ined kitchen with a sky­light-topped is­land, a break­fast nook, a fam­ily room and a den/of­fice.

The curv­ing de­sign of the house en­cap­su­lates pri­vate court­yards for each of the five bed­rooms and 4.5 bath­rooms. A cov­ered pa­tio lined with col­umns, a bar­be­cue and a small swim­ming pool com­plete the grounds.

The home DeGeneres and de Rossi sold sits on about three­quar­ters of an acre. It has four bed­rooms, eight bath­rooms and nearly 6,000 square feet of liv­ing space. The cou­ple had owned the prop­erty for about three years.

It was sold off-mar­ket to Sue Gross, the ex-wife of bil­lion­aire in­vestor Bill Gross.

DeGeneres, 60, has won sev­eral Em­mys for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which pre­mièred in 2003.

Last year she co-cre­ated and pro­duced the show Lit­tle Big Shots with Steve Har­vey.

De Rossi, 45, has tele­vi­sion cred­its that in­clude the le­gal drama Ally McBeal and the sit­com Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment.

Nor­ton com­pletes his scene change

Film ac­tor Ed­ward Nor­ton has called it a wrap on Mal­ibu’s Las Flores Beach, sell­ing his home there af­ter more than a decade of own­er­ship for $4.395 mil­lion.

The ocean­front re­treat is prime for in­come po­ten­tial with a split floor plan that in­cludes three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and two full kitchens. There are fire­places in the fam­ily and liv­ing rooms.

Out­side, ex­pan­sive deck­ing meets 13 me­tres of sandy beach­front. A tiki-hut-style bar, an above-ground spa, a sun deck and tall palms com­plete the set­ting.

The prop­erty came up for sale in Fe­bru­ary with an ask­ing price of $5.25 mil­lion, but was more re­cently listed for $4.5 mil­lion.

Nor­ton bought the place in 2008 for $2.72 mil­lion, real es­tate records show.

Nor­ton, 49, is known for his Os­car-nom­i­nated roles in Pri­mal Fear (1996), Amer­i­can His­tory X (1998) and Bird­man (2015). His up­com­ing projects in­clude Mother­less Brook­lyn, a crime drama that he co-wrote, di­rected and stars in.

The sale is not a com­plete de­par­ture from Mal­ibu for Nor­ton. Last year, he paid $11.8 mil­lion for a John Laut­ner-de­signed home in a dif­fer­ent beach com­mu­nity, the Los An­ge­les Times pre­vi­ously re­ported.

Ex-NBA star wants nearly $20M for un­fin­ished home

In Mal­ibu, a three-par­cel spread with a half-fin­ished man­sion is be­ing shopped by re­tired NBA big man Kevin Gar­nett.

The 15-time All Star has set the price at $19.9 mil­lion, more than three times the $6.4 mil­lion he paid in 2003 for the prop­erty, which orig­i­nally held a sixbed­room villa.

Spread­ing across seven acres of grounds, the es­tate sits at the end of a gated drive­way that ends at a cir­cu­lar mo­tor court.

An 11,000-square-foot man­sion is the fo­cal point of the ocean­view prop­erty. The home is un­der con­struc­tion and slated to be fin­ished in 12 months, ac­cord­ing to Hil­ton & Hy­land, which holds the list­ing. Should a buyer snap it up be­fore then, there would be an op­por­tu­nity to cus­tom­ize cer­tain parts not yet com­pleted.

The new home, which sports an L-shaped de­sign, bor­ders a swim­ming pool and spa.

Gar­nett, 42, played for the Tim­ber­wolves, Celtics and Nets dur­ing a dec­o­rated ca­reer that saw him win an MVP award with Min­nesota and an NBA cham­pi­onship with Bos­ton. In 21 sea­sons, he tal­lied 14,662 re­bounds, the ninth high­est in league his­tory.

Hip-hop pro­ducer moves into Mi­ami Beach

DJ Khaled has bought a 12,750square-foot man­sion in Mi­ami Beach. The hip-hop pro­ducer turned so­cial me­dia star closed out Septem­ber by pay­ing $21.75 mil­lion for the water­front es­tate of Michael Lerner, the en­tre­pre­neur who pop­u­lar­ized the “Baby on Board” sign.

The min­i­mal­ist-vibe res­i­dence boasts five bed­rooms and a mix­ture of open-plan liv­ing spa­ces. Among them is an ex­pan­sive great room topped by cumaru wood ceil­ings and a for­mal din­ing room that re­sem­bles a cor­po­rate board­room. An over­sized is­land an­chors the kitchen.

On the up­per level, reached by a float­ing stair­case or el­e­va­tor, a ma­hogany-draped master suite opens to a pri­vate bal­cony. Other sec­ond-storey perks in­clude a safe room and a movie theatre.

The back­yard adds a 25-me­tre swim­ming pool and a two-storey gazebo with a kitchen and an out­door shower. A four-bed­room guest­house sits on the other end of the one-acre prop­erty.

Khaled, 42, has re­leased 10 stu­dio al­bums and boasts col­lab­o­ra­tions with Ri­hanna, Justin Bieber, Drake and Kanye West. He be­came an in­ter­net hit for his mo­ti­va­tional posts in which he de­tails the “keys to suc­cess.”

Re­tired bas­ket­ball star Kevin Gar­nett is shoot­ing for $19.9 mil­lion US for his un­fin­ished man­sion in Mal­ibu.

Hip-hop pro­ducer DJ Khaled paid $21.75 mil­lion US for a mod­ern Mi­ami Beach man­sion that has five bed­rooms and 12,750 square feet of liv­ing space.

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