Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has purchased the Cecil B. DeMille estate, a Los Feliz mansion once owned by the early filmmaker, for $24.5 million.
Found behind gates in the Laughlin Park area, the 2-plus-acre estate was home to DeMille for roughly 40 years. Following his death in 1959, it was maintained by the movie mogul’s family for three decades until it was sold in 1988.
The classical-style main house, built in 1913, has been restored and renovated in the spirit of its original vintage while incorporating some modern upgrades. Details include delicate molding and wainscoting, scaled formal areas and arched French doors. There are four fireplaces, including one in the master bedroom.
Also within the 11,000 square feet of interior space: a grand foyer, a formal living room, a wood-paneled dining room, six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The kitchen has been remodeled and features a broad center island.
Outside, concrete steps lead through formal gardens, sitting areas and specimen trees. A pool house sits across from the swimming pool, which has cascading fountains on either side.
Elsewhere on the property, which has views of the city lights and ocean, is a guesthouse with a separate entrance.
The property came to market in March for $24.95 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. In April, based on 16 sales, the median sales price for single-family homes in the area was $1.65 million, down 5.7% year over year, according to CoreLogic.
Jolie, 41, won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2004. Her acting credits include such films as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001), “Mr. Mrs. Smith” (2005) and “The Tourist” (2010).
Last year, she lent her voice to the animated comedy “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
Stand inside your sale
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has officially beat it out of Beverly Hills, selling his home of about eight years for $3.9 million.
The traditional-style house, built in 1947, sits on a three-quarter-acre lot that includes a two-room guesthouse. A swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace, lush landscaping, mature trees and a brook-fed pond make up the grounds.
The 3,267 square feet of living space contains living and dining rooms, an updated kitchen, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the den, living room and master bedroom. Bay windows bring garden views inside.
The property had been listed for $4.15 million, according to the MLS. Corgan, by way of a trust, bought the property in 2009 for $3.85 million.
Corgan, 50, is a co-founder, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Smashing Pumpkins. The alternative rock band has hits that include “Tonight, Tonight,” “Cherub Rock” and “Stand Inside Your Love.”
A slight change in tune
In a bid to drum up interest from potential buyers, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame has tuned the asking price for his home in a guard-gated Calabasas community to $4.995 million, or about $500 per square foot.
Built in 1987, the exotic-vibe three-story is amped up with a range of rock-star amenities: a full-blown recording studio, a movie theater, an indoor spa, two kitchens, a central atrium with cascading waterfalls and a retractable glass roof.
The nearly 10,000 square feet of living space also has formal living and dining rooms, a library/office and a wine room. A wet bar and lounge area sit off the atrium. The black-hued master suite has a massive walk-in closet for a total of five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms.
Outdoors, the landscaped grounds center on a piano-shaped swimming pool with a spa and waterfall feature. A pair of patios, outdoor fireplaces and custom torch lighting fill out the setting.
Views from the more than quarter-acre site take in the valley and city lights.
Lee, 54, is a founding member of Motley Crue and the rock band Methods of Mayhem. More recently, the drummer-songwriter has collaborated with artists such as the Bloody Beetroots, Courtney Love and the Smashing Pumpkins.
He’s ready to take a buyer to the mat
Mike Mizanin, actor, reality television personality and reigning intercontinental champion of the WWE, has put his home in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $3.65 million.
Tucked behind gates and lush landscaping, the Mediterranean-style house was renovated and expanded by Mizanin and has more than 4,500 square feet of living space. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house sits on three lots totaling about half an acre with a swimming pool, a basketball court and a custom, glass-wall spa.
Features include a screening room, a master suite with a soaking tub and a center-island kitchen. A newly added game room has a wet bar and bi-folding glass doors that lead to a patio with a built-in barbecue. Balconies wrapped in decorative ironwork extend from the second and third floors.
Mizanin, whose ring name is The Miz, earlier this month defeated Dean Ambrose at WWE Extreme Rules 2017 to win the intercontinental championship for the seventh time.
The 36-year-old originally gained fame as a personality on MTV’s “The Real World: Back to New York” and the competition series “WWE Tough Enough.” His acting credits include the films “The Marine 3: Homefront” and “Christmas Bounty.”
He bought the property five years ago for $1.865 million, records show.
Cutting a new reel in Bel-Air
James Robinson, chairman and chief executive of Morgan Creek Productions, has listed his estate on an acre in Bel-Air for sale at $23.95 million.
The Colonial Revival-style house, built in 1935, has a symmetrical, wide front and a two-story portico supported by four broad pillars. Sets of black shutters create visual contrast against the white-painted facade.
Inside, grand living spaces recall an era of entertaining and luxury. Parquet and tile floors, crown molding and wainscoting are among the appointments. The family room centers on a speakeasy-style bar. There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms and four fireplaces in all.
A swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and brick patio with a fountain sit at the rear of the property. Also within the grounds is a three-bedroom guesthouse and a detached three-car garage.
The property last changed hands in 1993 for $2.5 million, property records show.
Robinson co-founded Morgan Creek Productions in 1988 with former 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios Chairman Joe Roth. The film studio has released such box-office hits as “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994).
More recently, Morgan Creek Productions co-produced the film “All Eyez on Me,” the biographical film about rapper Tupac Shakur in theaters in June.
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