Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" fame has listed his house in the Hollywood Hills at $1.995 million.
Built in 1933 as a Spanish-style home with a red tile roof, the house was modernized by mid-century architect Hal Levitt, who used it as his personal residence for four decades starting in 1964.
Large windows bring light into the vaulted-ceiling living room. The redesigned kitchen opens to a patio with a fire pit adjacent to the backyard pool. The 3,535-square-foot house features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. There is a gym/guest bedroom on the lower level.
Hall, 41, has starred as Dexter Morgan on the Showtime series "Dexter" since 2006 and was on "Six Feet Under" (2001-05). He and his second wife, actress Jennifer Carpenter, divorced in December.
Jeff Kohl and Josh Myler at the Agency are the listing agents, according to the company's website.
On to his next big adventure
Actor Harrison Ford has sold his compound in Brentwood for $8.195 million.
The Colonial Revival-style house, designed by Gerard Colcord and built in 1951, sits at the end of a long gated driveway. On more than three-quarters of an acre with mature trees and three detached guest suites, the two-story main house has been restored and remodeled in keeping with the original design.
Features include paneled walls, four fireplaces, extensive built-ins and a bomb shelter. There is a swimming pool and a detached workshop.
Ford, 69, played Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. He also starred as adventurer Indiana Jones in that film series. A fifth installment is reportedly in the works.
Last year, Ford starred in "Cowboys & Aliens." His movie "42," about baseball's Jackie Robinson, will be released in 2013.
Public records show that the actor bought the property in 1983 for $1 million. He put it on the market in April for $8.295 million.
David Offer of Prudential California Realty in Brentwood represented Ford and the buyer.
Dressed-down clothier's former homes for sale
A trio of Beverly Hills trophy estates that were owned by Guess co-founder Georges Marciano are being sold through a bankruptcy proceeding.
Marciano, 65, was countersued for defamation in 2008 by seven former employees who he alleged had embezzled millions of dollars. A jury awarded the employees $470 million, which the judge later reduced to $260 million. The sales are subject to court approval.
The most expensive property is the former home of Columbia Pictures honcho Harry Cohn and, later, talk-show host Mike Douglas. Listed at $24.5 million, the 19,590-square-foot house sits on 2 acres with two two-bedroom guesthouses, a sunken tennis court, a swimming pool, lush gardens and a motor court where Marciano sometimes parked 11 Ferraris.
The Italian Revival two-story, built in 1927, opens to a two-story wood-paneled foyer leading to a sweeping staircase. Features include a billiard/game room, a card room, two kitchens and a screening room.
Also for sale at $8.25 million is a Paul Williams-designed traditional-style house with tennis court that has been remodeled. The two-story, 8,000-square-foot home is behind gates on more than an acre. Features include master suite access to the swimming pool and a total of six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
The third home, another two-story traditional, is listed at $10.9 million. Set on nearly 1.5 acres with a guesthouse, pool and tennis court, the 11,032 square feet of living space include a two-story foyer with circular staircase, nine bedrooms and 111/2 bathrooms.
Linda May of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office is the listing agent for the three properties.
Half-off sale in Beverly Hills
A 36,000-square-foot house in Beverly Hills that came on the market two years ago at $68.5 million has been sold for $34.5 million. The seller was C. Frederick Wehba, who co-founded the international real estate investment firm BentleyForbes.
The French Palladian-style three-level house, which Wehba sold furnished, features a hand-carved limestone exterior, marble columns and bronze beveled double-pane windows and doors.
Columns continue inside the home, which is entered through a two-story circular grand foyer with dual staircases that is topped by a skylight. The formal dining room looks out on a wide terrace and can easily accommodate a table that seats 20. There are nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, underground parking for eight cars and gold-plated doorknobs.
The two acres of grounds include a central fountain, a pool with a pavilion entertaining area, a tennis court and gardens.
The house sits on part of what was once Beverly Hills co-founder Max Whittier's estate. In the late 1970s, owner and Saudi sheik Mohammed al Fassi drew the ire of neighbors by painting his white mansion green and its plaster statues of nudes in multicolor anatomical detail. That house was gutted by fire in 1980 and later razed. Eventually the lot was subdivided.
Wehba and his wife, Susan, bought the property for an undisclosed amount in 2004 and starting constructing the family home in 2006.
"They built it for well over $40 million to $45 million," said Mauricio Umansky, one of the listing agents. The Wehbas sold, Umansky said, because their plans changed as their family grew up.
Umansky of the Agency in Beverly Hills and Joyce Rey and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office were the listing agents. Joan Cohen of Sotheby's represented the buyer.
Restaurateur moves near his meals
Wealth manager and restaurateur Kerry Moy is joining the live-in-downtown crowd at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.
He has purchased a one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with a den/study. The sales price is not yet available on the public record, but similar homes are listed in the $1-million range.
The 1,303-square-foot condo takes in views of the swimming pool, the downtown skyline and L.A. Live. Moy, who owns and invests in restaurants as a sideline to his day job in financial management, customized the place by opening up the office area to capture the views and moving walls so his dinner guests also can enjoy the vista.
Moy said the unit is fast becoming his primary residence as the opening nears for his latest venture, Leka, a steakhouse and tapas eatery at 6th and Flower streets.
"I never would have thought of moving downtown until I saw the growth that is forecasted," he said. "The potential here is just huge."
His 11 Southern California restaurants include two others downtown — Wokano and the Green Hut Cafe — and two more are planned.
The Agency of Beverly Hills had the listing. Kevin Dee of Charles Dunn Co. in Los Angeles represented Moy.