Ellen DeGeneres puts new spin, new price on for­mer Mar­jorie Lord es­tate

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Real Estate - By Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming

For many, home own­er­ship is the Amer­i­can dream. For oth­ers, such as TV host Ellen DeGeneres and ac­tress Por­tia de Rossi, it’s a high-stakes hobby.

DeGeneres and de Rossi have listed for $17.995 mil­lion the Bev­erly Hills es­tate they bought last year.

The Hol­ly­wood power cou­ple, who have a se­ri­ous side gig fix­ing up

and sell­ing prop­er­ties, paid $15 mil­lion for the res­i­dence only about seven months ago.

The Hol­ly­wood Re­gency-style res­i­dence, for­merly the long­time home of ac­tress and phi­lan­thropist Mar­jorie Lord, was de­signed and built in 1962 by noted ar­chi­tect John El­gin Woolf. Prior to last year’s sale, the home was re­stored by Los An­ge­les-based de­sign firm Mar­mol Radziner.

Steeped in Old Holly

wood glam­our, the sin­glestory house fea­tures a cir­cu­lar foyer that opens to a sun­lit com­mon area and scaled for­mal rooms.

The 5,100 square feet of liv­ing space hold open liv­ing and din­ing rooms, a den/of­fice, a break­fast nook, five bed­rooms and 4.5 bath­rooms.

Pri­vate court­yards sit off each of the bed­rooms.

Out­side, sparsely land­scaped grounds hold a cov­ered pa­tio lined with col­umns, a built-in bar­be­cue and a small swim­ming pool. Views ex­tend from city to ocean.

DeGeneres, 61, has won mul­ti­ple Em­mys for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which pre­miered in 2003. Last year she co-cre­ated and pro­duced the show “Lit­tle Big Shots” with Steve Har­vey.

De Rossi, 46, has tele­vi­sion cred­its that in­clude the le­gal drama “Ally McBeal” and the sit­com “Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment.”


The ink was barely dry on his re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment when all-pro foot­ball star Rob Gronkowski sold his pent­house con­do­minium in Bos­ton for $2.3 mil­lion.

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots player had owned the unit for three years, records show.

Lo­cated in the Sea­port Dis­trict, the cor­ner-unit condo is a vi­brant mix of wood and brick.

Beamed ceil­ings top maple floors in the com­mon spa­ces, and a list­ing photo shows a Gronkowski jersey hang­ing from a brick wall in the liv­ing room.

High­lights in­clude a chan­de­lier-topped din­ing area and a cus­tom-built kitchen with dual ovens and milled an­tique fir car­pen­try.

Two bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and an of­fice round out the 2,063-square­foot floor plan.

Out­doors, a spi­ral stair­case as­cends to a pri­vate rooftop deck that adds 340 square feet of en­ter­tain­ing space. City light views abound.

Gronkowski, 29, spent nine sea­sons with the Pa­tri­ots, rack­ing up five Pro Bowl se­lec­tions and three Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onships dur­ing his time there.

In 2011, he be­came the only tight end to lead the league in re­ceiv­ing touch­downs with 17.

The home is part of Fort Point Place, a condo com­plex lo­cated a few blocks from the wa­ter, and in­cludes two park­ing spots.


Ac­tor-mu­si­cian Jim Belushi has set a new course in Brent­wood, relist­ing his villa for sale at $27.995 mil­lion.

His search for a buyer be­gan nearly two years ago at an ask­ing price of $38.5 mil­lion and with an ad­join­ing par­cel measuring about half an acre. The ad­di­tional lot is not in­cluded with the lat­est list­ing.

Set at the end of a cob­ble­stone drive­way, the gated es­tate cen­ters on an Ital­ianate-style man­sion built in 2010. The three­story home, which was styled by for­mer White House dec­o­ra­tor Michael Smith, has six bed­rooms, 11 bath­rooms, liv­ing and din­ing rooms, a study/li­brary and a screen­ing room within 11,821 square feet of space.

Off the fam­ily room and kitchen, which in­cludes a cen­ter is­land, French doors lead to a pergola-topped pa­tio with a fire­place.

Out­side, the roughly one-acre prop­erty in­cludes ex­panses of lawn, stone foun­tains and me­an­der­ing path­ways. The swim­ming pool is ac­com­pa­nied by a pool house with a Jacuzzi and a cold plunge. A de­tached guest­house lies else­where.

The ac­tor is known for his film roles in “Trad­ing Places” (1983), “Mr. Destiny” (1990) and “Jin­gle All the Way” (1996).

He starred as the ti­tle char­ac­ter in the sit­com “Ac­cord­ing to Jim,” which ran for eight sea­sons. More re­cently, he ap­peared on the 2017 se­ries con­tin­u­a­tion of “Twin Peaks.”


As his team fights for a play­off spot, Blake Grif­fin is mak­ing some moves out west. The Detroit Pis­tons star has shelled out $4 mil­lion for a con­tem­po­rary home in Man­hat­tan Beach.

The two-story es­tate was built last year and sits half a mile from the beach.

French oak floors and pock­et­ing doors are among fea­tures of the 3,600square-foot house, which has a liv­ing room with a built-in fire­place and chan­de­lier-topped din­ing room. Cus­tom tile work makes ap­pear­ances in the kitchen, bath­rooms and a mas­sive wet bar with float­ing shelves in the base­ment.

Three pri­vate bal­conies sit off the sec­ond story, which holds most of the five bed­rooms and 4.25 bath­rooms. The master suite, set be­neath tongue­and-groove ceil­ings, adds a built-in fire­place, a free­stand­ing tub and a steam shower.

It’s not Grif­fin’s only L.A.-area home. The for­mer Clip­pers star paid $9 mil­lion for a Cape Cod-style home in Pa­cific Pal­isades in 2013 and put it up for sale at $10.995 mil­lion ear­lier this year.

Grif­fin, 30, has made six all-star teams dur­ing his ca­reer, which be­gan when the Clip­pers drafted him No.1 over­all in the 2009 draft. He has av­er­aged about 25 points per game for the Pis­tons this year, his first full sea­son with the team.


For­mer UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Sal­cedo, who last week re­signed from his po­si­tion amid al­le­ga­tions of in­volve­ment in the col­lege ad­mis­sions scan­dal, has put his home in Cen­tury City on the mar­ket for $2.349 mil­lion.

Sal­cedo was placed on leave af­ter be­ing in­dicted on charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit rack­e­teer­ing af­ter fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ac­cep­tance of two stu­dents to the school un­der the pre­tense of be­ing soccer play­ers. He is al­leged to have re­ceived $200,000 in bribes as part of the scheme.

The two-story home, built in 1939, has about 2,900 square feet of liv­ing space, four bed­rooms and 4.5 bath­rooms.

Fea­tures in­clude wide­plank wood floors, arched door­ways and French doors that open to the back­yard.

A fam­ily room with a fire­place ad­joins the up­dated kitchen, which has an is­land/break­fast bar.

Out­side, the hedged back­yard holds a paver­lined pa­tio, lawn and land­scap­ing. A two-car garage sits off the front.

The 46-year-old Sal­cedo worked his way from UCLA ball boy to coach af­ter star­ring for the Bru­ins and win­ning a na­tional cham­pi­onship as a player in the 1990s.

As coach of the Bru­ins men’s team, he com­piled a 182-89-4 record in 15 sea­sons with 14 NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances and two na­tional cham­pi­onship game ap­pear­ances (2006, 2014).

He bought the house three years ago for $1.9 mil­lion.


Swae Lee of the broth­erly hip-hop duo Rae Srem­murd has dropped $2.15 mil­lion on a scenic man­sion in Chatsworth.

The rap­per took to In­sta­gram to show off his new digs, say­ing he paid all cash for the hill­side es­tate.

Cus­tom built in guardgated Sum­mit Ridge, the nearly one-acre prop­erty holds a 7,800-square-foot home and a back­yard with a swim­ming pool and spa, a gazebo and a pair of stone ea­gles.

A two-story foyer with cus­tom in­laid floors and a sweep­ing wrought-iron stair­case kicks off the floor plan.

Other high­lights in­clude an of­fice, for­mal liv­ing and din­ing rooms, a me­dia room and chef ’s kitchen. There are six bed­rooms and 6.5 bath­rooms in­clud­ing a master suite with an ex­panded sit­ting area and a spa tub.

A pair of cov­ered pa­tios ex­tends the liv­ing space out­side, tak­ing in moun­tain and city light views.

Lee, 23, formed Rae Srem­murd with his brother Slim Jxmmi in 2013, and they’ve re­leased three al­bums since: “Srem­mLife,” “Srem­mLife 2” and “SR3MM.” Their hits in­clude “No Type,” “No Flex Zone” and the meme-ified “Black Bea­tles.”

Se­rial home­buy­ers and sell­ers Ellen DeGeneres and Por­tia de Rossi are seek­ing about $18 mil­lion for a Bev­erly Hills home they bought about seven months ago. Once owned by ac­tress Mar­jorie Lord, the Hol­ly­wood Re­gency-style house was de­signed by John El­gin Woolf and built in 1962. The 5,100-square-foot house was re­cently re­stored by L.A.-based firm Mar­mol Radziner. (Jim Bartsch/TNS)

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Ac­tor Jim Belushi has put his Brent­wood es­tate back up for sale at about $28 mil­lion. It had been listed last year for $30 mil­lion and, be­fore that, as much as $38.5 mil­lion. At the heart of the es­tate is an Ital­ianate villa-style home with six bed­rooms and 11 bath­rooms. The cus­tom res­i­dence fea­tures in­te­rior de­sign work by for­mer White House dec­o­ra­tor Michael Smith.

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Above and left: Rob Gronkowski sold the Bos­ton con­do­minium a few days af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment from the NFL. Found in the Sea­port Dis­trict, the cor­ner unit has an in­dus­trial vibe with its brick walls and ex­posed beams. A spi­ral stair­case winds up to a rooftop pa­tio space with a view of the city and har­bor.

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