An ocean­front score for Dal­las Mav­er­icks owner Mark Cuban

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sunday Showcase - By Neal J. Leit­ereg and Jack Flem­ming

Mark Cuban, the bil­lion­aire, tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity and owner of the Dal­las Mav­er­icks bas­ket­ball fran­chise, has a new va­ca­tion spot to spend his off sea­sons. He’s paid $19 mil­lion for a home in La­guna Beach.

The con­tem­po­rary-style home is found within Mon­tage, a re­sort com­mu­nity that over­looks the ocean. Built in 2010, the stone-fin­ished house has a gated court­yard en­try, high ceil­ings, ma­hogany fin­ishes, six be­d­rooms and 7.75 bath­rooms. There are bi-fold­ing walls of glass in the com­mon ar­eas for in­door-out­door liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing.

A cen­ter-is­land kitchen, two fam­ily rooms, an of­fice/den and a for­mal din­ing room ex­ist within about 7,900 square feet of in­te­rior space. On a lower level, reached by a float­ing glass stair­case, a me­dia room boasts a wall of flatscreen TVs. A wet bar and a glass-en­closed wine cel­lar com­plete the space.

Out­side, ocean views and lush land­scap­ing cre­ate a back­drop for a swim­ming pool and a fire pit. A built-in bar­be­cue area sits nearby.

The prop­erty had been on the mar­ket since Jan­uary with an ask­ing price of $25.995 mil­lion.

Cuban, 60, co-founded the in­ter­net ra­dio com­pany Broad­, which was sold to Ya­hoo dur­ing the dot-com boom of the 1990s for $5.7 bil­lion in stock. He pur­chased a ma­jor­ity stake in the Mav­er­icks in 2000. Un­der Cuban’s own­er­ship, the team won an NBA ti­tle in 2011 and is now val­ued among the top fran­chises in the league.

He has ap­peared on the in­vest­ment re­al­ity series “Shark Tank” as a pan­elist since 2011.


Kris­ten Wiig of “Satur­day Night Live” fame has sold a Sil­ver Lake home she owned in a trust for $5.225 mil­lion, or $100,000 over the ask­ing price.

The Mid­cen­tury Modern-style house, which dates to 1954, is named the Martin Res­i­dence for ar­chi­tect Al­bert P. Martin.

Set up from the street on a slop­ing hill­side, the twos­tory house opens with a red front door to a great room. Orig­i­nal sconces, oys­ter-colored ce­ment floors and a con­crete-block fire­place are among char­ac­ter de­tails of the ren­o­vated and re­stored home. Walls of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows bring in views from the front and back.

The 3,515-square-foot floor plan also holds an of­fice, a light-filled kitchen, a den, three be­d­rooms and three bath­rooms. A movie theater, reached by a slid­ing wood wall, is a new ad­di­tion. A sep­a­rate guest space holds a stu­dio and a sauna.

Out­side, wrap-around deck­ing sur­veys the Sil­ver Lake Reser­voir. There’s also an in­fin­ity-edge swim­ming pool with a spa.

Wiig, 45, was a fix­ture on “Satur­day Night Live” from 2005 to 2012. Since then, the ac­tress has starred in films in­clud­ing “Skele­ton Twins,” “Ghost­busters,” “Mas­ter­minds” and “Down­siz­ing.”


Ac­tor Johnny Galecki, fa­mous for his roles in the sit­coms “Roseanne” and “The Big Bang The­ory,” is look­ing to shed some land in Santa Margarita. His 160-acre ranch is on the mar­ket for $850,000.

The list­ing ar­rives af­ter a wild­fire tore through the prop­erty last year.

En­tered through cus­tom rock gates, the hilly ter­rain now holds a 4,000-square­foot work­shop, an un­filled pool with a swim-up bar, a silo and a vine­yard with five acres of Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon grapes and two acres of Zin­fan­del. Be­fore the fire, the ranch held a 3,588-square-foot log cabin.

The work­shop, with con­crete floors, in­cludes an un­fin­ished two-bed­room apart­ment that spans 1,000 square feet. A so­lar panel sys­tem heats the pool.

Pomegranate, or­ange

and nut trees fill out the land­scape, which also in­cludes sev­eral ponds.

Galecki, 43, has been nom­i­nated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role on “The Big Bang The­ory.” His cred­its on the sil­ver screen in­clude “Na­tional Lam­poon’s Christ­mas Va­ca­tion,” “In Time” and “Rings.”

It’ll likely be a loss for the ac­tor; records show he bought the prop­erty seven years ago for $1.2 mil­lion.


Robert Her­javec has found his lat­est in­vest­ment in New­port Beach. The busi­ness­man and “Shark Tank” star has pur­chased a water­front home through a trust for $7.95 mil­lion.

Taken down to the studs and re­built last year, the con­tem­po­rary-style house has har­bor views from its spot on the Bal­boa Penin­sula.

The two-story house fea­tures a cen­ter-is­land kitchen, a din­ing area and a sunny liv­ing room an­chored by a floor-to-ceil­ing stone fire­place on the main level. White walls pair with French oak floors through­out 3,550 square feet of in­te­rior.

All four be­d­rooms are found up­stairs, which is reached by a ca­ble-rail­ing stair­case. The master suite looks out on the wa­ter through pic­ture win­dows and fea­tures cus­tom tile and a free­stand­ing tub in the bath­room.

Pock­et­ing doors lead out­side, where a wood deck de­scends to a turf lawn. A grill and pri­vate dock com­plete the water­front scene.

A na­tive of Canada, Her­javec founded in­ter­net se­cu­rity soft­ware in­te­gra­tor BRAK Sys­tems in 1990 and sold it to AT&T Canada a decade later for $30.2 mil­lion. He’s ap­peared as a judge in all 10 sea­sons of “Shark Tank,” a re­al­ity show where en­trepreneurs pitch their busi­nesses to in­vestors in­clud­ing Her­javec, Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary.


NBA leg­end Shaquille O’Neal has put his mas­sive lake­front man­sion out­side of Or­lando, Fla., back on the mar­ket for $21.99 mil­lion, a roughly $6-mil­lion re­duc­tion from the orig­i­nal ask­ing price.

In many ways, the over­size es­tate mir­rors the larger-than-life bas­ket­ball great. En­com­pass­ing 3 acres of grounds, the com­pound has a to­tal of 12 be­d­rooms and 13 bath­rooms across 31,000 square feet. High­lights in­clude a 6,000-square-foot bas­ket­ball court, a 17-car show­room and a 95-foot-long swim­ming pool dubbed “Shaq-apulco.”

Su­per­man, one of the big man’s many nick­names, swoops in through­out the prop­erty. His logo ac­cents the movie theater and master suite bed, as well as a fish tank set into a mu­ral that de­picts a Shaq-driven semi-truck.

Out­side, palms top a wa­ter­fall-fed pool and spa flanked by an out­door kitchen. A tiki-style cabana leads to a pri­vate dock with two cov­ered boat slips. A 10-foot pri­vacy wall sur­rounds the prop­erty.

O’Neal, 46, played for six teams dur­ing his sto­ried ca­reer, win­ning three NBA cham­pi­onships with the Lak­ers and one with the Heat. In 2011, he joined the TNT’s “In­side the NBA” pro­gram as an an­a­lyst.


In Palm Springs, a cus­tom ten­nis re­treat built for late Bri­tish ty­coon James Han­son is now in play at $4.8 mil­lion.

The 10,000-square-foot es­tate was con­structed in 1982 and out­fit­ted with the busi­ness­man’s lav­ish de­sign tastes. Save for a newly added swim­ming pool, fire pit and out­door ca­ter­ing kitchen, the home still wears the same col­or­ful style.

Vi­brant col­ors fill the in­te­rior, in­clud­ing gold walls in the foyer and pink floors in the liv­ing room. Shades of green ac­cent the for­mal din­ing room, bil­liards room and sun room — with the lat­ter two rooms each host­ing a wet bar. A to­tal of six be­d­rooms and eight bath­rooms are spread through­out.

The house sits on a de­sir­able 1.47-acre lot in the Old Las Pal­mas neigh­bor­hood. A main house, a guest­house and a lighted ten­nis court make up the es­tate. There’s also a four­car garage with a work­room.

Han­son, along with his busi­ness part­ner Gor­don White, bought up com­pa­nies through­out the ’70s and ’80s and built a con­glom­er­ate worth $28 bil­lion. He died in 2004 at 82.

His son Robert sold the home in 2007 for $3.1mil­lion, records show.

An­drew Bramasco/TNS

NBA fran­chise owner Mark Cuban’s new home in a La­guna Beach re­sort com­mu­nity makes the most of its ocean view with bi-fold­ing walls of glass and a wealth of out­door liv­ing space. A lower level of the 7,900-square-foot home is set up for en­ter­tain­ing with a wall of flatscreen TVs, a bar and a wine cel­lar.


Bas­ket­ball great Shaquille O’Neal has chopped $6 mil­lion of the ask­ing price for his 31,000-square-foot man­sion out­side of Or­lando, Fla., Now listed at $21.99 mil­lion, the colos­sal crib boasts such larger-than-life de­tails as an in­door bas­ket­ball court, a 17- car show­room and a 95-foot-long swim­ming pool.

Cold­well Banker/TNS

The Palm Springs es­tate was built in 1982 for Bri­tish mogul James Han­son. The sin­gle-story home of 10,000 square feet still wears Han­son’s ec­cen­tric de­sign tastes such as gold walls, pink floors and green ac­cent shades.

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