Hot Property: Jesse James names his price for Sunset Beach home
Also: Comedian Barry Sobel is selling in Venice, Bruce Davison lists his Sherman Oaks place, and the old Clifford E. Clinton Los Feliz estate is sold.
The beachfront Mediterranean that Jesse James recently sold sits on the sand in Sunset Beach. (Adam Greer)
The beachfront Mediterranean sits along the sand in Sunset Beach on a gated corner lot with views of the ocean, Catalina, the Long Beach skyline and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. A stone path leads past a fountain to the double-door entry of the two-story villa. The great room features stone floors, coved ceilings and an oversized fireplace with a stone surround and mantel. A crescent-shaped island with bar seating and a food prep area with sink separates the living and dining areas from the kitchen, which has granite counters, maple cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a powder room in 3,600 square feet.
The second-story master suite with beam ceiling includes a fireplace, a walk-in closet, his and hers vanities and a custom-made brass spa tub. A media/game room, a wet bar, an office and en suite guest room complete the second floor.
Designed for entertaining, a glass-enclosed lanai with a swimming pool, a grotto, a waterfall, a waterslide and automated tiki torches overlooks the beach.
The three-car garage has built-in tool storage and space for a workshop. A state-of-the-art security system includes multiple cameras and video and audio systems.
James bought the property newly remodeled in 2002 for $3.6 million. He and Bullock had lived in the home since their 2005 wedding. The pair separated in March following reports that James had been unfaithful, a fact he acknowledged last week on ABC's "Nightline" with a simple "yep." Bullock filed for divorce a month ago in Texas.
Bullock, 45, won the Academy Award for lead actress this year for "The Blind Side." She owns property and businesses in several states.
James, 41, is chief executive of custom cycle maker West Coast Choppers. He competed on "Celebrity Apprentice" (2009) and hosted the cable series "Monster Garage" (2003-06).
Although his real estate agent declined to comment on why James is selling the family home, where he is heading or what other properties he owns, the biker told "Nightline" that the paparazzi has been stalking his every move. It has been widely reported that James will relocate to Austin.
The listing agent is Chuck Buscemi of First Team Real Estate, Huntington Beach.
Stand-up guy takes his show on the road
"I've been livin' la vida Yoda, and it's time to go," says comedian, writer and actor Barry Sobel, who has listed his condominium in a gated Venice complex at $849,000.
A decade ago he was splitting his time between the two-bedroom "fortress," as he calls it, and the Paramount Hotel in New York City while writing for "Saturday Night Live."
One Friday before a Saturday show, comic Jimmy Fallon was working with Sobel on a parody song in the unit's second bedroom/office and "Livin' La Vida Yoda" was born.
"I was crying-laughing so hard that I had to crawl on the floor to the other room," Sobel said.
The modern loft-style town house features floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings and a deck with mountain and city views. There are 1,263 square feet of living space in three levels.
The kitchen has slate countertops, stainless-steel appliances and Italian tile floors. Among personal touches is a strategically placed 8-by-10 of Fallon bearing the inscription, "Ha, you found the garbage."
Sobel is not including the photo in the purchase price but said it could be negotiated separately.
Near shops and restaurants and decorated with oversized Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen posters, the place "is like a Pee-Wee's Playhouse for an adult," Sobel said. "I go everywhere on my bike."