The French-style house, designed by noted architect John Elgin Woolf and built in 1939, sits behind gates and hedges on a 1.4-acre promontory with city and ocean views. Features include a center hall, four fireplaces, an office, maid's quarters, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,776 square feet of living space.

Muselli Lerner, who died last year, became an attorney at 20 in France and worked with the Resistance as a criminal defense lawyer during the German occupation. She and Lerner met after she came to New York in 1957 on business.

Three-time Academy Award winner Lerner is remembered for his work on such musicals as "My Fair Lady," "Camelot" and "Brigadoon." He died in 1986 at 67.

Angela Roessel of Keller Williams' Los Feliz office is the listing agent.

Fit for an avatar in Playa del Rey

Art director Robert Stromberg has listed his house in Playa del Rey at $1.599 million.

The 1920s Spanish-style house features a family room, a library/den, a rooftop studio/library, four fireplaces, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and about 3,300 square feet of living space. There is an outdoor living room and a detached studio.

The property previously changed hands in 1999 for $689,000, public records show.

Stromberg, 47, won Oscars for art direction of "Avatar" (2009) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). He was production designer on "Oz the Great and Powerful," now in release.

Alice Plato of Coldwell Banker's Marina West office is the listing agent.

No longer the talk of WeHo

"Gossip Girl" actress Kelly Rutherford has sold a house in West Hollywood for $980,000.

The Spanish-style bungalow, built in 1926, features wood floors, a dining room skylight, an updated kitchen, two bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms. The deck contains a bar and a built-in barbecue.

Rutherford, 44, starred on "Gossip Girl" from 2007 until the final episode in December. She was also in the series "E-Ring" (2005-06) and "Melrose Place" (1996-99).

The house had been leased at $4,700 a month. Public records show Rutherford bought the property in 2005 for $1.25 million.

Michelle Ficarra of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Carmela Orti of Keller Williams, Hollywood Hills, represented the buyer.