Play­ing mu­si­cal chairs in En­cino

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

Half a decade is plenty for Pete Wentz, who has put his En­cino home of five years on the market for $2.395 mil­lion.

The house has been a hot spot for mu­si­cians over the years; Wentz bought it from R&B singer-song­writer Eric Benet for $1.965 mil­lion in 2014, records show. That was around the same time Wentz sold his old place in Stu­dio City for $1.23 mil­lion.

Built in the 1950s and re­mod­eled a decade ago, the gated prop­erty sits on

roughly half an acre in Amestoy Es­tates. There are a palm-lined mo­tor court in the front and a re­sort-like back­yard with a bas­ket­ball court, salt­wa­ter pool and spa un­der hang­ing lights.

Arched door­ways and hard­wood floors fill the sin­gle-story floor plan, which holds five bed­rooms and 4.5 bath­rooms in 4,091 square feet. Beamed ceil­ings top the liv­ing room, gourmet kitchen and mas­ter suite, and the mas­ter also adds a spa tub and sauna.

Out­side, gar­dens and cit­rus trees bring a lit­tle color to the hedge-lined grounds.

Wentz, 40, is best known as the lyri­cist and bas­sist for Grammy-nom­i­nated pop-punk band Fall Out Boy, which re­leased its sev­enth stu­dio al­bum, “Ma­nia,” last year.

In ad­di­tion, he co-founded record la­bel DCD2 Records with band­mate Pa­trick Stump in 2005.

NO LONGER A FREE AGENT

NBA su­per­star Kevin Du­rant has wrapped up some busi­ness in Mal­ibu, sell­ing his ocean­front home on Broad Beach for $12.15 mil­lion.

Ac­count­ing for real es­tate com­mis­sions and other fees, the sale comes out as a bit of a wash for the 10time all-star. He bought the place last year for $12.05 mil­lion, the Los An­ge­les Times pre­vi­ously re­ported in April.

Set off of a pri­vate and gated street, the mul­ti­level house was re­cently re­mod­eled and fea­tures 5,100 square feet of con­tem­po­rary liv­ing space.

High ceil­ings, sky­lights and French oak floors are among de­tails of note. Slid­ing walls of glass take in ocean views on three lev­els.

Liv­ing spa­ces in­clude a liv­ing room with a fire­place, a din­ing area, a cen­ter­is­land kitchen, a home theater, four bed­rooms and six bath­rooms.

A sep­a­rate me­dia room fea­tures a glass-en­closed wine wall. There’s also an el­e­va­tor ser­vic­ing each floor.

An out­door spa and din­ing pa­tio fin­ish off the in­door-out­door set­ting. A small wooden stair­case descends from the main pa­tio area di­rectly to a sandy cove.

Du­rant, 30, is ex­pected to miss the en­tire 2019-20 sea­son after rup­tur­ing his Achilles’ ten­don dur­ing the NBA Fi­nals. The for­mer NBA MVP re­cently agreed to a four-year deal with the Brook­lyn Nets worth $164 mil­lion, team­ing up with fel­low stars Kyrie Irv­ing and De­An­dre Jor­dan.

In 78 games for the War­riors last year, the high­scor­ing for­ward av­er­aged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 as­sists.

SCREEN­WRITER SEEKS AC­TION

Screen­writer and pro­ducer Christo­pher Markus, whose cred­its in­clude the Marvel block­busters “Avengers: In­fin­ity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” has put his Sil­ver Lake home on the market for $1.995 mil­lion.

Found in the Moreno High­lands area, the mod­ern-style home was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Steven Hill as his per­sonal res­i­dence and built in 1988. A stu­dio/guest­house where nu­mer­ous Marvel screen­plays were penned sits across from the main res­i­dence.

The three-bed­room, four-bath­room house fea­tures more than 2,800 square feet of liv­ing space across mul­ti­ple lev­els, high ceil­ings and hard­wood floors.

An up­dated kitchen and din­ing room over­look the liv­ing room, which fea­tures a wood-burn­ing fire­place and pic­ture win­dows that bring in the views.

Two other wood-burn­ing fire­places lie in the mas­ter suite and stu­dio.

Out­side, con­crete steps and a bridge are used to nav­i­gate a col­lec­tion of pa­tios, deck spa­ces and ter­races.

Views from the hill­side prop­erty take in the sur­round­ing city lights, moun­tains and the land­mark Hol­ly­wood sign.

Markus, 49, has col­lab­o­rated with fel­low screen­writer Stephen McFeely on nu­mer­ous projects in­clud­ing the “Cap­tain Amer­ica” films and “Thor: The Dark World” as well as the last two “Avengers” movies.

Out­side of the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse, the duo have writ­ten screen­plays for the “Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia” films and the com­edy “Pain & Gain,” star­ring Dwayne “The Rock” John­son and Mark Wahlberg.

BUZZ IN WITH AN OF­FER

In Bev­erly Hills, the es­tate of the late ac­tress Elaine Ste­wart and her hus­band, late game show cre­ator Mer­rill Heat­ter, is on the market for $19.5 mil­lion.

Built in 1923, the land­scaped es­tate of­fers plenty of room to move. Set on three-quar­ters of an acre, the prop­erty has a Span­ish Re­vival-style main house, a pair of guest­houses, a swim­ming pool, ten­nis court and foun­tain court­yard.

Ap­proached by a palm­topped mo­tor court, the two-story main res­i­dence fea­tures a fa­cade of tan stucco and clay tile. Floors al­ter­nate be­tween hard­wood, car­pet and tile in­side.

In­clud­ing the two guest­houses, there are six bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms across 7,742 square feet.

Ste­wart, who died in 2011 at 81, starred in dozens of MGM films dur­ing the ’50s and ’60s, with cred­its in­clud­ing “The Bad and the Beau­ti­ful,” “Take the High Ground!” and “A Slight Case of Larceny.”

Heat­ter, who died in 2017 at 91, worked as a screen­writer and pro­ducer.

He won mul­ti­ple Day­time Emmy awards for cre­at­ing the game show “Hol­ly­wood Squares,” and his other cre­ations in­clude “Gam­bit” and “Catch 21.”

WHOLE LOTTA SELLIN’ GOIN’ ON

A wop bop alu bop, a wop bam ... gone? That’s the word in Los An­ge­les’ Lafayette Square neigh­bor­hood, where the one­time home of rock ‘n’ roll icon Lit­tle Richard has sold for $1.878 mil­lion.

Built in 1923, the Span­ish Re­vival-style home was pur­chased by Richard in the 1950s for him­self and his mother, Leva Mae Ste­wart.

Dur­ing his own­er­ship, the two-story house was “an open house” for en­ter­tain­ers, with James Brown, Jackie Wil­liams, Etta James and the Coast­ers among those mak­ing vis­its, ac­cord­ing to the biog­ra­phy “The Life and Times of Lit­tle Richard.” Ste­wart’s big din­ners of­ten were shared among the fa­mous guests.

The prop­erty is also where Richard mar­ried Ernes­tine Camp­bell in a cer­e­mony in 1959. The cou­ple di­vorced three years later.

A pe­riod-vibe kitchen, a din­ing room and four bed­rooms also lie within about 3,300 square feet of liv­ing space. The three bath­rooms were pre­vi­ously re­stored.

Richard, born Richard Pen­ni­man in 1932, has scores of hits in­clud­ing “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Long Tall Sally” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ (Goin’ On).”

The Mediter­ranean-style home of Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy sits on more than a third of an acre. (Alexis Adams/TNS)

Berk­shire Hath­away HomeSer­vices Cal­i­for­nia Prop­er­ties/TNS

The Bev­erly Hills es­tate of late ac­tress Elaine Ste­wart and late game show cre­ator Mer­rill Heat­ter in­cludes a main house, two guest houses, a swim­ming pool and a ten­nis court.

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