Desert digs are a fit with su­per­model Cindy Crawford

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

Su­per­model Cindy Crawford and hus­band Rande Ger­ber have found a fash­ion­able spot in the desert, pay­ing $4.9 mil­lion for a home in La Quinta’s ex­clu­sive Madi­son Club.

The stone-fin­ished con­tem­po­rary home, built in 2013, is en­tered through a gated court­yard with col­umns of fire, re­flect­ing ponds and trop­i­cal land­scap­ing.

Be­yond the en­try, some

6,000 square feet of liv­ing space have four bed­rooms, 4.5 bath­rooms, an of­fice and a chef ’s kitchen with a curved is­land/bar. A wine room sits be­hind floor-to-ceil­ing glass doors in the for­mal din­ing room.

There are wall fire­places in the liv­ing and fam­ily rooms as well as the mas­ter suite. Ad­di­tional liv­ing space for guests lies in a sep­a­rate wing. Pock­et­ing walls of glass open to a mas­sive cov­ered pa­tio with bar seat­ing, an al

fresco din­ing area and a fire­place.

The Tom Fazio-de­signed golf course sits just be­yond an in­fin­ity-edge pool and spa. Panoramic moun­tain views abound.

Crawford, 53, took to model­ing in her teenage years and has ap­peared on hun­dreds of mag­a­zine cov­ers. Ger­ber, 57, is a for­mer model and a nightlife in­dus­try busi­ness­man. He co-founded the te­quila brand Casami­gos with ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney.

The cou­ple have been ac­tive as home buy­ers and sell­ers in re­cent years.

Two years ago, Crawford and Ger­ber paid $11.625 mil­lion for the Bev­erly Hills home of OneRepub­lic front man Ryan Ted­der and his wife, Genevieve. A year ago, they sold a Malibu es­tate that they ren­o­vated for $45 mil­lion.


Ac­tress Melanie Grif­fith has sold a re­treat in Aspen, Colo., she owned with her ex-hus­band An­to­nio Ban­deras for $4 mil­lion.

They first listed the prop­erty four years ago at $9.9 mil­lion and di­vorced that same year.

Built in 1994, the gableroofe­d house has vaulted ceil­ings, walls of glass and a mas­sive two-sided stone fire­place.

There are five bed­rooms and six bath­rooms within the 7,391 square feet of liv­ing space.

The stain­less-steel kitchen fea­tures an is­land with bar seat­ing. A bil­liards room looks out on the sur­round­ing moun­tain­side. The wine cel­lar dou­bles as a tast­ing room.

Mul­ti­ple pa­tios, decks and a fire pit area sur­round the moun­tain lodge-like mul­ti­story house.

Grif­fith, 61, starred in such films as “Crazy in Alabama” (1999), “Lolita” (1997) and “Work­ing Girl” (1988).

Ban­deras, 58, is known for such films as “Once Upon a Time in Mex­ico” (2003) and “Des­per­ado” (1995). Last year he played Pablo Pi­casso in the TV se­ries “Ge­nius.”

The two-acre prop­erty pre­vi­ously changed hands in 2002 for $3.5 mil­lion.


An­to­nio Vil­laraigosa, the for­mer mayor of Los An­ge­les and a one­time Cal­i­for­nia gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date, has listed his home in the Hol­ly­wood Hills for sale at $2.995 mil­lion.

The con­tem­po­rary-style house sits on a hill­side lot with views of the Hol­ly­wood sign, Grif­fith Ob­ser­va­tory, down­town L.A. and, on a clear day, the ocean.

Built in 1977 and since ren­o­vated, the mul­ti­story home has Fleet­wood pocket doors, sky­lights, a Bulthaup kitchen sys­tem, a me­dia room and an of­fice/ den.

A two-way fire­place di­vides the liv­ing and din­ing rooms. Over­size win­dows are ori­ented to­ward nearby land­marks.

Four bed­rooms and 3.5 bath­rooms lie within the 3,660-square-foot in­te­rior. The mas­ter suite, which has a walk-in closet, opens di­rectly to pa­tio space.

A small gym is in the sep­a­rate guest­house.

Vil­laraigosa, 66, served eight years as Los An­ge­les’ 41st mayor. Last year, he fin­ished third in the pri­mary for gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia, be­hind even­tual win­ner Gavin New­som and busi­ness­man John Cox.

Since leav­ing the L.A. mayor’s of­fice in 2013, Vil­laraigosa has made mil­lions by ad­vis­ing com­pa­nies such as Her­bal­ife and Banc of Cal­i­for­nia, teach­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and through speak­ing fees.

In Novem­ber, fol­low­ing the pri­mary elec­tions, he re­port­edly joined a Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ing firm.

He bought the Hol­ly­wood Hills home in 2015 for about $2.5 mil­lion.


Ar­mand Mar­ciano, who co-founded the denim brand Guess Inc. with broth­ers Ge­orges, Mau­rice and Paul, has his cus­tom home in the Lake Sher­wood com­mu­nity on the mar­ket. Orig­i­nally listed at $7.995 mil­lion, the home’s price was re­duced this week to $7.495 mil­lion.

As one might imag­ine from a fash­ion pow­er­house, the Ital­ian villa-style home is full of fash­ion­able de­tails.

Arched French doors, lacey iron­work and blond wood-beamed ceil­ings are among fea­tures of note.

Sparkling fix­tures keep the eyes mov­ing up­ward in the chef ’s kitchen and fam­ily room area.

A grand fire­place an­chors the great room, which has French doors that open to the back­yard.

The den/game room, which has a wet bar, is awash in rich wood­work.

In the for­mal din­ing room, a cus­tom tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled wine cel­lar sits be­hind a wall of or­nate glass doors.

A to­tal of four bed­rooms and 6.5 bath­rooms in­clude a mas­ter suite out­fit­ted with an at­tached gym, two walk-in clos­ets and a fire­place.

Out­side, the 8,380square-foot house is set off by a cus­tom swim­ming pool and spa, an out­door kitchen, a cov­ered pa­tio with a fire­place and a pav­il­ion.

For­mal gar­dens and lawn fill out the roughly one-acre site.

Views take in sur­round­ing moun­tains and Lake Sher­wood’s pri­vate golf course.

Mar­ciano co-founded Guess jeans with his broth­ers in 1981 and served as a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for the cloth­ing brand. He left the com­pany in 2003.

Built in the 1970s, the mul­ti­level house of for­mer L.A. Mayor An­to­nio Vil­laraigosa is for sale at $2.995 mil­lion. (Lee Man­ning Pho­tog­ra­phy/TNS)

Jeff El­son/TNS

The Lake Sher­wood home of Guess co-founder Ar­mand Mar­ciano sits on about an acre. In­side, a two-story great room with a mas­sive fire­place an­chors the 8,380-square-foot floor plan.

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