Usher beats it out of his L.A. villa

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Real Estate - By Neal J. Leit­ereg and Jack Flem­ming LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES (TNS)

Grammy-win­ning singer Usher has bid a fi­nal good­bye to his L.A. home, selling the Span­ish villa above the Sun­set Strip for $3.3 mil­lion.

He bought the 1920s home three years ago for about $3.368 mil­lion, real es­tate records show.

Tucked be­hind walls and gates, the house has more than 4,200 square feet of liv­ing space, a two-story en­try and a pur­ple-clad din­ing room. Arched doors and sten­ciled beams in the liv­ing room are among orig­i­nal de­tails. The kitchen, which has a break­fast area, has been up­dated.

Five bed­rooms and 4.75 bath­rooms com­plete the floor plan.

Out­side, the prop­erty has ex­ten­sive deck­ing and pa­tio space. Views take in the city lights, tree­tops and sur­round­ing canyon.

The 40-year-old Usher, gained fame in the 1990s with the record “My Way.”

More re­cently, he re­leased his eighth stu­dio al­bum, “Hard II Love.” Among his scores of hits are “Nice & Slow” and “U Re­mind Me.”


Ran­dall Cobb of the Green Bay Pack­ers has touched down in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s San Fer­nando Val­ley, buy­ing a tra­di­tional-style home in the area for about $4.76 mil­lion.

The pur­chase comes roughly a month af­ter the dec­o­rated wide re­ceiver sold an­other home in Vir­ginia. Cobb’s new home, lo­cated in Tarzana, is around the same size as his pre­vi­ous digs on the

East Coast. How­ever, the 7,000-square-foot spread goes the dis­tance in terms of ameni­ties with a movie the­ater, a gym, a bil­liards room, a wine cel­lar, a swim­ming pool with a spa and a full-size bas­ket­ball court.

With white sid­ing and navy blue plan­ta­tion shut­ters, the ex­te­rior wears a Cape Cod look. In­side, cof­fered ceil­ings top hard­wood floors across the open floor plan.

On the main level, there’s an in­door-out­door liv­ing room with a fire­place, a dou­ble-is­land kitchen with a tile back­splash and a pair of chan­de­lier-topped din­ing ar­eas. Pock­et­ing doors open to a cov­ered pa­tio with an­other fire­place.

Up­stairs, both the mas­ter suite and loft open to pri­vate ter­races that take in city-light views. In­clud­ing the de­tached guest house, there are five bed­rooms and 5.75 bath­rooms.

Af­ter a stand­out ca­reer at Ken­tucky, Cobb was drafted by the Pack­ers in the se­cond round of the 2011 NFL draft.

In eight sea­sons, he has 458 catches and 44 touch­downs, as well as a Pro Bowl trip in 2014.


Ac­tress and model Lily Collins is ready to fly the coop in West Hol­ly­wood, list­ing her con­do­minium of about a decade for sale at $2.995 mil­lion.

Lo­cated within the Sierra Tow­ers build­ing, the corner unit fea­tures about 1,700 square feet of liv­ing space, a sin­gle mas­ter suite and two bath­rooms. Walls of win­dows cen­ter on views from down­town Los An­ge­les to Cen­tury City.

The main liv­ing area is largely de­voted to open­plan space and con­sists of liv­ing and din­ing rooms, a wet bar and an up­dated kitchen.

A cus­tom walk-in closet/ dress­ing room and a builtin of­fice are part of the mas­ter suite. A pri­vate ter­race ex­tends the liv­ing area out­doors.

The high-rise, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Jack A. Char­ney and built in 1965, is full ser­vice and has valet park­ing, 24-hour se­cu­rity and a swim­ming pool.

Two cov­ered park­ing spa­ces are in­cluded with Collins’ unit. Collins, 29, is the daugh­ter of mu­si­cian Phil Collins and an­tique dealer Jill Tavel­man. She got her first taste of show busi­ness at the age of 2 with a role on the BBC show “Grow­ing Pains.”

Since then, Collins has scored film roles in “Mir­ror Mir­ror” (2012), “The Mortal In­stru­ments: City of Bones” (2013) and War­ren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Ap­ply” (2016).


Tom Petty’s for­mer home is stay­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try. The late rocker’s one­time En­cino es­tate has been pur­chased by an en­tity tied to Randy Spendlove, the pres­i­dent of mo­tion pic­ture mu­sic at Para­mount Pic­tures, for $4.485 mil­lion.

On a tree-filled acre, the gated es­tate dis­plays a markedly dif­fer­ent style com­pared with the late rocker’s stay. An ex­ten­sive re­model has given the 9,076-square-foot in­te­rior a more con­tem­po­rary vibe.

An ex­pan­sive great room, an­chored by a floor-to­ceil­ing stone fire­place, opens the floor plan. Set un­der vaulted ceil­ings lined with sky­lights, the space has hard­wood floors and a sweep­ing stair­case.

White-painted brick sur­rounds the fire­place in the fam­ily room and the stain­less steel stove in the white­washed kitchen.

The mas­ter suite, one of six bed­rooms and nine bath­rooms, ex­pands to a pri­vate ter­race.

There’s also a gym, wine cel­lar and guest suite with a kitch­enette.

Out­side, palms top a la­goon-style pool and spa. In­door-out­door lounges, a kitchen, wa­ter­fall and lawn com­plete the prop­erty.

Spendlove has worked for A&M Records, Mi­ra­max Films and Para­mount Pic­tures dur­ing his time in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, collaborating with artists such as Bey­once, Sh­eryl Crow and Green Day along the way.

In 2003, he won the Grammy for com­pi­la­tion sound­track al­bum for a mo­tion pic­ture for “Chicago.”


The Stu­dio City home where late rap­per Mac Miller recorded his show, “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Fam­ily,” is up for grabs at $2.79 mil­lion.

Miller lived in the up­scale pad with his friends prior to and dur­ing film­ing of the MTV2 se­ries, which aired from 2013 to 2014. He used the lower unit as a record­ing stu­dio.

Perched on a hill in the Sil­ver Tri­an­gle neigh­bor­hood, the house of­fers six bed­rooms and 6.5 bath­rooms in 6,220 square feet. An in­fin­ity-edge pool and spa fronts the prop­erty, and four bal­conies take in views of the canyon and city.

Through a dou­ble-door en­try, there’s a dra­matic stair­case lined with Blue Bar­racuda gran­ite and wrought-iron rails. The gran­ite con­tin­ues in the kitchen, ac­cent­ing the back­splash and top­ping the cen­ter is­land.

Other high­lights in­clude a for­mal din­ing room and a liv­ing room with a fire­place. Both fea­ture Ital­ian tile floors.

Up­stairs, a mas­ter suite lies on a sep­a­rate wing and has a fire­place, a spa tub and cherry hard­wood builtins. There are five bed­rooms in all.

Miller, who died in Septem­ber at 26, was a na­tive of Pitts­burgh. In ad­di­tion to a bevy of mix­tapes, he re­leased five stu­dio al­bums, in­clud­ing 2018’s “Swim­ming.” His first stu­dio al­bum, 2011’s “Blue Slide Park,” was the first in­de­pen­dently dis­trib­uted al­bum to de­but at No. 1 on the Bill­board 200 since 1995.


Singer-song­writer Ronald Is­ley, whose nick­name is Mr. Biggs, is hop­ing for a siz­able sale out­side St. Louis, list­ing his brick man­sion for $2.895 mil­lion.

Built in 1993, the cul-de­sac es­tate is ap­proached by a tri­an­gu­lar mo­tor court. A mar­ble-splashed foyer, com­plete with a wind­ing stair­case and dome ceil­ing, opens the 8,373-square-foot floor plan.

From there, a great room draws the eye with columns, a wet bar and two sto­ries of bow win­dows. There’s also a chan­de­lier topped din­ing room with pan­eled walls, a chef ’s kitchen with cus­tom cab­i­netry and a for­mal liv­ing room with wood-cof­fered ceil­ings.

A mar­ble fire­place, one of four in the home, an­chors the ex­pan­sive mas­ter suite com­plete with dual clos­ets and a sit­ting room. In all, there are four bed­rooms and nine bath­rooms. Ameni­ties fill out the lower level; there’s a cus­tom movie the­ater, a bil­liards room, a salon, a sauna and a gym.

A pair of bal­conies take in views of the back­yard, where a pa­tio wraps around a swim­ming pool and spa. The land­scaped grounds span 2.2 acres.

Is­ley, 77, co-founded the Is­ley Broth­ers in 1954. Blend­ing gospel, doo-wop and R&B styles, the group recorded hits such as “Twist and Shout” and “It’s Your Thing.”

R&B su­per­star Usher has sold his Span­ish-style home above the Sun­set Strip for $3.3 mil­lion.

Set on a tree-filled acre of grounds, the one-time En­cino home of Tom Petty sold to an LLC con­nected to mu­sic pro­ducer Randy Spendlove for $4.485 mil­lion.

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