Lauded ac­tor finds a first-rate plot

Los Angeles Times - - HOT PROPERTY - By Neal J. Leit­ereg

Ac­tor Ed Nor­ton of “Fight Club” fame has bought a John Laut­ner-de­signed home along the sand in gated Mal­ibu Colony for $11.8 mil­lion.

Known as the Stevens Res­i­dence, the mod­ernist tri­umph draws in­spi­ra­tion for its curved form from the shape of waves.

Built in 1968, the wood-and-con­crete house fea­tures re­tractable walls of glass, her­ring-bone-pat­terned floors and wood slats that fil­ter nat­u­ral light. An ope­nair sec­tion shel­ters a swim­ming pool.

A step-down liv­ing room, an eat-in kitchen, five bed­rooms and five bath­rooms also lie within nearly 3,400 square feet of in­te­rior space.

Rear deck­ing and a front court­yard cre­ate ad­di­tional liv­ing space out­side. Steps lead down to 37 feet of sandy beach­front.

The prop­erty was of­fered four years ago for $22 mil­lion, about dou­ble what it sold for, records show. More re­cently it was listed for $13.75 mil­lion.

Tracy Mal­tas of Dou­glas El­li­man was the list­ing agent. Christo­pher Cor­tazzo of Cold­well Banker Res­i­den­tial Bro­ker­age rep­re­sented the buyer.

Nor­ton, 47, has earned Os­car nom­i­na­tions for his per­for­mances in “Pri­mal Fear” (1996), “Amer­i­can His­tory X” (1998) and “Bird­man” (2015). Last year he lent his voice to the an­i­mated com­edy “Sausage Party” (2016).

Set be­hind fences se­cured by cam­eras, the gen­tly rolling bluff was once a polo field. It fea­tures 500 feet of ocean­front, a path to the beach and panoramic Pa­cific views. The Santa Bar­bara Moun­tains and is­lands are also vis­i­ble from the eques­trian prop­erty.

The ac­tor has used the site for sports, a wed­ding and fam­ily en­joy­ment.

Cost­ner, 62, won best pic­ture and best direc­tor Os­cars for “Dances With Wolves” (1990). This year he ap­peared in “Hid­den Fig­ures.”

Public records show that the prop­erty changed hands in 2006 for $28.5 mil­lion.

Cathy Ti­tus and Eric Wilde of Cold­well Banker Prop­erty Shoppe and Tim Hoc­tor of T.E. Hoc­tor & Co. are the list­ing agents.

Michael McNa­mara Shoot­ing LA

JOHN LAUT­NER de­signed the 1968 home in Mal­ibu Colony that ac­tor Ed Nor­ton has bought.

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