A Mid­cen­tury move for Ma­roon 5’s James Valen­tine

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They might not be moves like Jag­ger, but James Valen­tine is cer­tainly mak­ing moves. The Ma­roon 5 gui­tarist has listed his Los Feliz home for sale at $3.785 mil­lion and bought a Toluca Lake home from mega-pro­ducer Dana Brunetti for $6.4 mil­lion.

The home Valen­tine is sell­ing, a strik­ing Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern residence built in 1960, is known as the Steel House for its steel con­struc­tion and can­tilevered wing. Ar­chi­tect Neil A. John­son drew in­spi­ra­tion from the post­war Arts & Ar­chi­tec­ture Case Study House pro­gram when de­sign­ing the residence. A re­cent restora­tion by Mark Had­dawy has brought it back to its orig­i­nal form.

Set on a knoll with city-light views, the sin­glestory home epit­o­mizes cool Cal­i­for­nia modernism with its clean lines, over­hang­ing eaves and walls of glass. Some 2,100 square feet of in­te­rior fea­tures ter­razzo floors, beamed ceil­ings and an open floor plan.

A sus­pended fire­place serves as the fo­cal point in the liv­ing room. A gar

den-view din­ing room and an up­dated kitchen sit off the liv­ing room area. There are three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

The flat-roofed residence sits on about a third of an acre and has a swim­ming pool with a spa, a cold plunge and a sauna. A car­port is be­low the house.

Valen­tine’s new residence was built by Toluca Lake pi­o­neer Wil­liam Klump in the 1920s. Among fea­tures of the 6,500square-foot house are mod­ern fix­tures, Ken­tucky oak her­ring­bone floors and a mar­ble-clad kitchen. Curved French doors, wood pan­el­ing and a vin­tage phone al­cove speak to the home’s 1920s roots.

The quar­ter-acre prop­erty was pre­vi­ously owned by Eury­th­mics singer-song­writer Dave Ste­wart and TV pro­ducer Mark Brazill. Silent-film star Billie Dove, Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Janet Gaynor and Park French, the orig­i­nal ar­chi­tect of Toluca Lake, are among oth­ers to have lived there.

Valen­tine, 40, was part of the mu­si­cal trio Square and also played with the ska band Reel Big Fish be­fore join­ing Kara’s Flow­ers, later re­named Ma­roon 5, in the early 2000s. The group is known for such hits as “Harder to Breathe,” “Makes Me Won­der” and “Moves Like Jag­ger.”

Brunetti, 46, has pro­ducer cred­its that in­clude the ac­claimed Net­flix se­ries “House of Cards” and the films “21” and “Mas­ter­mind.” His films “The So­cial Net­work” and “Cap­tain Phillips” both re­ceived Os­car nom­i­na­tions for best pic­ture.


Tom Petty’s scenic re­treat has fi­nally found a fan. The Lake Sher­wood villa that was owned by the late rocker at the time of his death has sold for $4 mil­lion.

Petty paid $4.41 mil­lion for the prop­erty in 2007, and af­ter mul­ti­ple years of relists and price cuts, it was most re­cently of­fered for $4.695 mil­lion.

Olive and cy­press trees sur­round the hill­top es­tate, which cen­ters on a stoneclad home built in 1931.

Span­ning three sto­ries above Lake Sher­wood, the villa is awash in Old World de­tails. A cen­ter­piece great room fea­tures 2-foot-thick stone walls, beamed ceil­ings and flag­stone floors. Saltillo tile floors ac­cent the fam­ily room and kitchen. In the din­ing room, French doors open to a bal­cony over­look­ing the lake.

The 5,300-square-foot in­te­rior also holds three bed­rooms and three bath­rooms. The most im­pres­sive by far is the mas­ter suite, which fea­tures a sauna-like bath­room with a deep stone tub and a pri­vate bal­cony with a fire­place.

Out­side, stone path­ways de­scend to 125 feet of wa­ter frontage, as well as a boat ramp and dock.

Petty, who died in 2017 at 66, gained fame in the late ’70s as the front man of Tom Petty and the Heart­break­ers. The group’s hits in­clude “Break­down,” “Free Fallin’” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.” The singer­song­writer later em­barked on a suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer that in­cluded the al­bums “Full Moon Fever” and “High­way Com­pan­ion.”


Hus­band-and-wife Hun­gar­ian curlers Gy­orgy Nagy and Ildiko Szek­eres have made their way to the United States, pay­ing $6.1 mil­lion for a Mediter­raneanstyl­e man­sion in Bel-Air.

Cov­er­ing half an acre, the grand es­tate had waf­fled on and off the mar­ket for the last four years — first list­ing for $7.5 mil­lion in 2015 — be­fore the Olympians fi­nally bought it.

A long, gated drive­way winds through the park-like grounds, even­tu­ally land­ing at a flag­stone mo­tor court with three garages. In­side, a chan­de­lier-topped foyer with dual stair­cases and cus­tom in­laid floors set the stage for the 8,360-square­foot in­te­rior. A for­mal din­ing room sits off one side of the foyer, and a bright liv­ing room with light hard­wood floors sits off the other.

The cen­ter-is­land kitchen switches things up a bit, pair­ing crisp white cab­i­netry with black coun­ter­tops and tile floors. Pic­ture win­dows take in ver­dant views of the back­yard.

Up­stairs, the mas­ter suite is a space all of its own with a gym, sauna, ocean-view bal­cony and pala­tial mar­ble bath­room. In to­tal, there are six bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms.

A ter­race tops the garages in the front. Out back, palm trees hang over a foun­tain-fed pool, pa­tio and lawn.

To­gether, Nagy and Szek­eres have com­peted in five world mixed dou­ble curl­ing cham­pi­onships, win­ning a sil­ver medal in 2009.


Ac­tress and singer Bridgit Mendler of Dis­ney Chan­nel fame has put her home in Sil­ver Lake on the mar­ket for $1.997 mil­lion.

The tra­di­tional-style house, built in 1935 and well-main­tained, is gated and sits high up from the street with views of the reser­voir.

Past a cov­ered brick front porch, the home opens to a lit­tle over 2,400 square feet of white-walled in­te­rior.

A liv­ing room with a fire­place, a clas­sic din­ing room with built-ins, three bed­rooms and 3.75 bath­rooms are among the liv­ing spa­ces. The vaulted-ceil­ing kitchen has been up­dated with cus­tom tile floors, an is­land and a win­dow al­cove.

The mas­ter suite lies up­stairs and fea­tures a vin­tage shower and soak­ing tub topped by a sky­light. An­other bed­room has bonus space for an of­fice.

Out­side, the hedged prop­erty has mul­ti­ple pa­tios and a per­gola-topped sit­ting area. A veg­etable gar­den with raised planter beds sits above the back pa­tio.

Mendler, 26, bought the house six years ago for $1.075 mil­lion.

The ac­tress-singer is known for her roles on the Dis­ney Chan­nel shows “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Good Luck Char­lie.” More re­cently, she ap­peared on the se­ries “Un­date­able” and “Nashville.”

As a singer, Mendler was fea­tured on the sound­track for the tele­vi­sion movie “Lemon­ade Mouth,” in which she also starred. She re­leased her de­but solo al­bum “Hello My Name Is … ” in 2012.


Philadel­phia Ea­gles run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les has pur­chased a newly built home in Tarzana for $3.655 mil­lion.

Fash­ioned in the mod­ern farm­house style, the twos­tory spread has 6,000 square feet of liv­ing space, oak floors with gold in­lays, cus­tom pan­el­ing and de­signer fix­tures. The gleam­ing kitchen, an­chored by an over-sized is­land, opens to the fam­ily room. A but­ler’s pantry sits off the din­ing room. There’s also a the­ater.

The mas­ter suite has one of four fire­places and a walk-in closet for a to­tal of five bed­rooms and five bath­rooms.

Out­side, a patch of lawn fills space be­tween the home and a zero-edge swim­ming pool. A sports court, a fire pit, a built-in bar­be­cue and a pool house fill out the grounds.

The pur­chase marks some­thing of a north­ern mi­gra­tion for the Ea­gles speed­ster, who be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with the San Diego Chargers and has made his home in San Diego for about a decade.

In July, Spro­les put his Poway home — a sprawl­ing Mediter­ranean-style man­sion of nearly 9,000 square feet in San Diego County — on the mar­ket.

The 4.44-acre prop­erty is cur­rently listed for about $3 mil­lion.

The 36-year-old tail­back, now in his 14th NFL sea­son, has made three Pro Bowls with the Ea­gles as a spe­cial teams player. In 2011, he led the NFL in all-pur­pose yards with 2,696. He is cur­rently tied with Dave Meggett for sev­enth all-time in punt re­turns for touch­downs with seven.

Ma­roon 5 gui­tarist James B. Valen­tine is seek­ing $3.785 mil­lion for his Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern-style home in Los Feliz. (Si­mon Ber­lyn/TNS)

Juwan Li/TNS

Hun­gar­ian curlers Gy­orgy Nagy and Ildiko Szek­eres paid $6.1 mil­lion for the Mediter­ranean-style man­sion in Bel-Air.

Jo David/Char­maine David Pho­tog­ra­phy

Dis­ney Chan­nel ac­tress Bridgit Mendler is ask­ing $1.997 mil­lion for her Sil­ver Lake home. The tra­di­tional-style house, built in 1935, fea­tures an up­dated kitchen with vaulted ceil­ings and a win­dow al­cove.

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