Actor Ed Norton of “Fight Club” fame has bought a John Lautner-designed home along the sand in gated Malibu Colony for $11.8 million.
Known as the Stevens Residence, the modernist triumph draws inspiration for its curved form from the shape of waves.
Built in 1968, the wood and concrete house features retractable walls of glass, herringbone-patterned floors and wood slats that filter natural light. An open-air section shelters a swimming pool.
A step-down living room, an eat-in kitchen, five bedrooms and five bathrooms also lie within nearly 3,400 square feet of interior space.
Rear decking and a front courtyard create additional living space outside. Steps lead down to 37 feet of sandy beachfront.
The property was offered four years ago for $22 million, about double what it sold for, records show. More recently it was listed for $13.75 million.
Tracy Maltas of Douglas Elliman was the listing agent. Christopher Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.
Norton, 47, has earned Oscar nominations for his performances in “Primal Fear” (1996), “American History X” (1998) and “Birdman” (2015). Last year he lent his voice to the animated comedy “Sausage Party” (2016).
Dancing with a lower price tag
What price can you put on a dream? For Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner, the dollar figure just dropped from $60 million to $55 million. That’s what he’s now asking for his 10-acre oceanfront spread in Carpinteria.
Costner purchased the freeway-close acreage about a decade ago with the vision of building his forever home there, but his plans have changed.
Set behind fences secured by cameras, the gently rolling bluff was once a polo field. It features 500 feet of oceanfront, a path to the beach and panoramic Pacific views. The Santa Barbara Mountains and islands are also visible from the equestrian property.
The actor has used the site for sports, a wedding and family enjoyment.
Costner, 62, won best picture and best director Oscars for “Dances With Wolves” (1990). This year he appeared in “Hidden Figures.”
Public records show that the property changed hands in 2006 for $28.5 million.
Cathy Titus and Eric Wilde of Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe and Tim Hoctor of T.E. Hoctor & Co. are the listing agents.
A prime piece of Beverly Hills
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has gone shopping on the Westside, buying a home for $12.9 million in a deal completed off-market.
Never publicly listed for sale, the 1956-built house sits on a half-acre lot that backs up to the Spanish-style estate that Bezos bought in 2007 for $24.45 million.
In other words, it’s a real-world firewall for the multibillionaire.
Details are few and far between, but tax records show that the home has 4,586 square feet of interior space on one level. Formal living and dining rooms, four bedrooms and six full bathrooms are among the living spaces. There are two fireplaces.
Mature trees, patio space and a swimming pool fill the backyard. A motor court with two gated entrances marks the entrance to the property.
Combined with the neighboring estate, the two properties total about 2.5 acres.
Bezos, 53, founded Amazon.com in 1994 and owns nearly 81 million shares in the company. With a net worth of about $85 billion, he is among the richest people in the world.
A new ‘top dog’ in the U.S.
The Bel-Air estate may be known as Chartwell, but it’s off the charts in terms of asking price. The home of the late Univision billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio is for sale at $350 million — making it the most expensive U.S. residential listing.
“There are very few [homes] of this caliber in Los Angeles,” said Corey Weiss of John Aaroe Group. “Like the Playboy Mansion and other homes in Bel-Air, the initial asking price is in the stratosphere.”
Classic-TV watchers may remember the 25,000-square-foot main residence, built in 1933, from the credits of the sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Designed by architect Sumner Spaulding for grand entertaining, the mansion was inspired by 18th century French neoclassical style. Under Perenchio’s direction, the residence was enhanced and restored by designer Henri Samuel. Features include a detailed limestone facade, a ballroom, a wine cellar and a paneled dining room.
The property was amassed during the last 30 years to include 10.3 acres of grounds. Adjacent sites acquired to expand the estate include a Wallace Neff-designed guesthouse and the long driveway. The grounds contain manicured gardens, a tennis court, covered parking for 40 cars, a 75-foot swimming pool and a pool house.
The price is jaw-dropping, but Drew Mandile — the agent who has brokered past deals for the famed Owlwood estate and Fleur de Lys — noted that L.A. is a prime target for wealthy international buyers.
“People are seeing the prices in L.A. as good prices when you compare them to other places,” he said. “Here you get a lot of land. Weather here is amazing, and people like it here; it has been recognized as a great place to live.”
And, he added, “it is the most prime estate around.”
Perenchio, former chairman and chief executive of Univision, died in May at 86.
The property is listed by Jeff Hyland, Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland; Joyce Rey, Jade Mills and Alexandra Allen of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury; and Drew Gitlin and Susan Gitlin of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
Sale is uncharacteristically quiet
After several attempts to hook a buyer, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has quietly sold his longtime home in Hollywood Hills West for $2.95 million.
Built in 2002, the multilevel house features sweeping views, open-plan spaces and plenty of character. Of note is a cartoon-like mural in the dining room and a fish tank in the master bathroom. A modern chandelier tops the bar area.
A formal entry, a breakfast room, a den, a home theater, three bedrooms and four bathrooms are within more than 4,200 square feet of living space. Balconies on three levels allow for indoor-outdoor living.
The purchase took place outside the Multiple Listing Service. West previously listed the house for sale in 2010 for $3.995 and, more recently, in 2013 for $3.3 million. Records show he bought the property in 2003 for $1.75 million.
West, 40, is one of the bestselling hip-hop artists of all time. Among his records is “The College Dropout,” “Graduation” and “Yeezus.” Last year he released the album “The Life of Pablo.”
He and his wife, reality television personality Kim Kardashian, who have been married since 2014, also own property in Bel-Air and Hidden Hills.
He’ll be running routes from the Valley
Earlier this year, the Chargers franchise found a new home in L.A., and now its longest-tenured star has done the same.
Decorated tight end Antonio Gates and his wife, “WAGs” personality Sasha Gates, have purchased a newly built home in Encino for the asking price of $6.995 million.
Reached by a winding and gated driveway, the contemporary-style home emphasizes clean lines, retractable walls of glass and open spaces in its 8,500 square feet of living space.
Eye-catching details include a floating staircase, a screening room and a glass-enclosed wine cellar/tasting room. A floor-to-ceiling wall fireplace divides the family room and center-island kitchen. The master suite, which features two walk-in closets and a spa-like bath, opens to a private terrace. There are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in all.
A covered patio space with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace feature creates additional living space outdoors. An infinity-edge swimming pool, a basketball half-court and a four-car garage make up the grounds.
Patricia Phillips of Rodeo Realty was the listing agent. Brittney Hinds of eXp Realty of California represented the buyers.
Antonio Gates, 37, has been in sell mode of late, divesting himself of his Poway home in May and putting another home in Hollywood Hills up for sale.
The eight-time Pro Bowler appeared in 14 games for the Chargers this year, catching 53 passes for 548 yards and seven touchdowns. He is the Chargers’ all-time record-holder for receiving yards (11,192) and touchdown catches (111) and is tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most scores by a tight end in NFL history.
Moving fast on the market
Prolific actress Missi Pyle is poised for a quick sale in the hills of Sherman Oaks.
The actress’ traditional-style home is now listed as “pending” after listing in late July for $899,000, according to the MLS.
Set up from the street, the crisp-white house was built in 1949 and has canyon, city-light and mountain views.
Hardwood and ceramic tile floors, arched doorways and plantation shutters are among features of the two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom house, which has fireplaces in the living room and den. French doors lead from the dining room to a wraparound porch for indoor-outdoor living.
Expansive patio space, a spa, planters and mature trees fill out the backyard. There’s also an attached garage.
Leah Lail of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage holds the listing.
Pyle, 44, has scores of acting credits that include “As Good as It Gets” (1997), “Big Fish” (2003), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) and “Gone Girl” (2014). This year the actress will appear in the action-adventure flick “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and the thriller “Traffik.”
She bought the house three years ago for $729,000, public records show.