Look­ing to score $10-mil­lion sale

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

Reg­gie Bush is off to the races on the West­side of Los An­ge­les. The South­ern Cal­i­for­nia foot­ball star and his wife, Lilit, have put their Pa­cific Pal­isades home of five years on the mar­ket for $9.995 mil­lion.

The con­tem­po­rary-style house — taken down to the studs and re­built about a decade ago — com­bines glass, stone and pol­ished wood sur­faces to strik­ing ef­fect.

On the ground floor, a piv­ot­ing glass-and-mar­ble-front door gives way to an open-con­cept floor

plan. Bi-fold­ing walls on two floors bring in ex­pan­sive views of the ocean while con­nect­ing in­doorout­door liv­ing spa­ces.

The es­ti­mated 7,500 square feet of liv­ing space in­cludes a din­ing room, an of­fice, a sep­a­rate gym and a liv­ing room with black­out cur­tains that con­verts to a home the­ater. A row of sky­lights tops the gleam­ing kitchen, which is equipped with custom cab­i­netry and a wide is­land/bar. There’s also a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled wine cel­lar.

The ex­pan­sive master suite in­cludes a pri­vate wrap­around ter­race, a

fire­place and a spa-like bath­room. There are five be­d­rooms and 5.5 bath­rooms in all.

The cov­ered pa­tio is equipped with heaters for year-round liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing.

The in­fin­ity-edge swim­ming pool and spa run along an em­bank­ment on the edge of the prop­erty. A firepit, a built-in bar­be­cue and a deck/lounge area with custom un­der­light­ing cre­ate ad­di­tional liv­ing space out­side.

Bush, 34, starred at Helix High School in La Mesa be­fore earn­ing All-Amer­i­can hon­ors twice, a Doak Walker Award and a Heis­man Tro­phy (later for­feited) as a mem­ber of the USC foot­ball pro­gram.

He was drafted sec­ond over­all by the New Or­leans Saints in the 2006 NFL draft and also played for the Dol­phins, Li­ons, 49ers and Bills over 11 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro selection with New Or­leans in 2008.

In March, Bush was hired by Fox Sports as a col­lege foot­ball stu­dio an­a­lyst, join­ing former USC team­mate Matt Leinart.


Mike Trout is chas­ing his third MVP award, but the An­gels star found time to shell out $9.15 mil­lion for a mas­sive man­sion in New­port Beach.

The sale ar­rives a few months af­ter the eight-time All-Star inked a record­break­ing $426-mil­lion con­tract that will keep him with the An­gels for the next 12 years.

Found roughly 20 miles south of Ana­heim’s An­gel Sta­dium, the home in gated Har­bor Ridge re­cently re­ceived a dra­matic face-lift, swap­ping Tu­dor-style in­te­ri­ors for a more con­tem­po­rary vibe. Gone are the par­quet floors and stately wood pan­els, re­placed by wide-plank hard­wood and crisp white walls.

Within 9,000 square feet of in­te­rior are six be­d­rooms and eight bath­rooms.

A for­mal en­try with a sweep­ing stair­case kicks off the mul­ti­level floor plan.

An ex­pan­sive liv­ing room with vaulted beam ceil­ing, a din­ing room un­der cof­fered ceil­ings and an open­con­cept kitchen and fam­ily room are among the liv­ing ar­eas.

Four sets of French doors ex­pand the space to a wrap­around deck with views of the har­bor, city and ocean, which is about two miles away.

Ameni­ties fill out the lower level. Wrapped in a darker color pal­ette than the rest of the home, it holds a bil­liards room, wet bar, wine cel­lar and sauna, as well as a fam­ily room with a fire­place. There’s also an el­e­va­tor.

Out­side, a cov­ered lanai de­scends to a swim­ming pool and spa. Else­where, an amenity for pups: a built-in dog­gie bath.

Trout, 28, joined the An­gels in 2011 and has since racked up 1,314 hits and 282 home runs in ad­di­tion to six Sil­ver Slug­ger awards and two Amer­i­can League Most Valu­able Awards. The hefty con­tract extension he signed in March was the largest in North Amer­i­can sports his­tory.


In Hol­ly­wood Hills, ac­tor Breckin Meyer of “Garfield: The Movie” and “Franklin & Bash” has un­loaded his 1960s Mid­cen­tury home for $1.725 mil­lion.

A price cut seemed to seal the deal. Af­ter introducin­g the prop­erty ear­lier this year for $1.995 mil­lion, Meyer trimmed the tab by $100,000 and found a buyer a month later.

Fitting right in among the Mid­cen­tury dwellings of Nichols Canyon Colony, the sin­gle-story res­i­dence fea­tures bright pops of color in­side and out. Blue plan­ta­tion shut­ters and a bright red front door adorn the ex­te­rior, and shades of blue con­trast with hard­wood floors and walls of glass in­side.

The home’s high­light is a dual-sided fire­place of white-painted brick book­ended by custom built-in shelves, which run floor-to­ceil­ing in the open floor plan. The space com­bines two re­mod­eled liv­ing ar­eas, an open-con­cept din­ing area and a kitchen with tile ac­cents.

In 2,146 square feet, there are three be­d­rooms and three bath­rooms. The master suite opens di­rectly to a flag­stone pa­tio with a pool and spa. Land­scap­ing and block walls se­clude the space.

Meyer, 45, starred in the ’90s films “Clue­less,” “The Craft” and “Es­cape From L.A.” be­fore more re­cent roles in “Su­perMan­sion” and “Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor.” As a mu­si­cian, he’s played drums for Ben Harper, Cy­press Hill and the Night­watch­man.


Mu­si­cian Frank Simes — who has toured and per­formed with Ste­vie Nicks, Mick Jag­ger and the Who — has put his long­time home in Sierra Madre on the mar­ket at $1.15 mil­lion.

The three-level house, built in 1948, has a rus­tic style be­fit­ting its canyon set­ting.

Steeply vaulted ceil­ings, ex­posed beams and two fire­places add char­ac­ter to the main liv­ing ar­eas. A wall of win­dows in the liv­ing room takes in views of the San Gabriel Valley and down­town L.A.

A record­ing/mu­sic stu­dio where Simes has cre­ated nu­mer­ous mu­si­cal scores and com­po­si­tions is on the lower level with a step­down con­ver­sa­tion pit.

The 2,181 square feet of liv­ing space in­cludes a kitchen with a farm­hous­es­tyle sink, a din­ing room, three be­d­rooms and three bath­rooms. The master suite, which sits lofted above the liv­ing room, has a walk-in closet.

Out­side, the park-like prop­erty fea­tures three tiers of pa­tios, decks and sit­ting ar­eas. Below the house, a two-car garage and park­ing area can ac­com­mo­date up to eight cars.

Simes is the com­poser, pro­ducer and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the Who, and has per­formed with the rock group on tour as a key­boardist, per­cus­sion­ist and backup vo­cal­ist,. He has re­ceived nearly a dozen platinum al­bums work­ing with artists such as Rod Ste­wart and Don Hen­ley.

He has owned the home with his wife, per­form­ing artist-lyri­cist Lisa Verlo, for more than a decade.


Talk show host and one­time “Ap­pren­tice” win­ner Leeza Gib­bons has paid $5.46 mil­lion for a his­toric Han­cock Park home.

The Coun­try English­style home was de­signed by Paul R. Wil­liams and built in 1928. Homes de­signed by Wil­liams have at­tracted gen­er­a­tions of Hol­ly­wood stars, and the charm­ing two-story is no ex­cep­tion. The house was owned in the mid-2000s by ac­tors and former cou­ple Cole­man Laf­foon and Anne Heche.

For the last decade, the prop­erty was owned by tele­vi­sion writer-pro­ducer Matt Olm­stead and his wife, NBCUniver­sal ex­ec­u­tive Dawn Parouse Olm­stead. Set on a tree-lined street, the house has been up­dated while re­tain­ing many clas­sic de­tails. Arched door­ways, leaded and stained-glass win­dows and orig­i­nal fix­tures are among fea­tures of note. Rich wood-pan­eled ceil­ings and an an­tique mir­ror above the fire­place keep the eyes mov­ing up­ward in the liv­ing room.

Roughly 5,200 square feet of liv­ing space holds a din­ing room with a fire­place, an up­dated kitchen, a fam­ily room and an of­fice. Five be­d­rooms and six bath­rooms in­clude an ex­panded master suite.

A two-story guest­house sits next to the pool and out­door kitchen.

Tall hedges, brick pa­tios and lawn fill out the grounds.

Gib­bons, 62, hosted “Leeza,” her day­time talk show, from 1993 to 2000. More re­cently, she was host of “Amer­ica Now,” “Ex­tra” and PBS’ “My Gen­er­a­tion.”

In 2015, she won “Celebrity Ap­pren­tice,” be­com­ing the sec­ond woman to win the re­al­ity show.

Matt Olm­stead has writ­ing and pro­duc­ing cred­its that in­clude the ac­claimed po­lice pro­ce­dural drama “NYPD Blue,” “Chicago Fire” and “Brook­lyn South.” He is the co-creator of the spin-off se­ries “Chicago P.D.” Dawn Parouse Olm­stead cur­rently serves as pres­i­dent of Univer­sal Con­tent Pro­duc­tions for NBCUniver­sal.

Former NFL star Reg­gie Bush is seek­ing $9.995 mil­lion for his Pa­cific Pal­isades home of five years. (Jeff El­son/TNS)

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