Summer house

The Malibu property of more than an acre where reality star Heidi Montag spent her summer has tropical landscaping and mature trees. (Chad Z. King /

Reality TV star and singer Heidi Montag has been hiding out by the beach this summer at a Malibu place she rented for $25,000 a month, according to the Multiple Listing Service. But she moved on in late August, and the gated contemporary is back on the market at $5.5 million.

Yes, that's Heidi of "The Hills," as in Heidi and Spencer, as in soon-to-be divorced Heidi. Lost? Backing up, Montag began dating fellow cast member Spencer Pratt while working on "The Hills" (2006-10). The pair eloped to Mexico in 2008 and, just for good measure, got married again stateside last year. In July she filed for divorce.

The acre-plus property where she made her summer home has a saltwater lap pool, tropical landscaping and mature trees. The kitchen has a blue glass sink, an eat-in island and a skylight; the master suite has a two-sided fireplace, a wet bar, dual closets, a sunken tub and shower for two. There are 6,636 square feet of living space in which to lose oneself. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house, built in 1972, is also available for lease at $19,500 a month, furnished, with a year lease.

Montag, 23, released the album "Superficial" early this year.

Brian Stevens of Rodeo Realty, Studio City, has the listing, the MLS shows.

Like living at the Jetsons' house

David W. Higgins, the president of production at Sobini Films, has listed his Midcentury home in Sherman Oaks at $949,000.

He bought the 1956 Edward Fickett-designed house nine years ago from the original owner, the late animator and director Brad Case.

"It was in a state of complete disrepair but still made a strong impact — the wide-open spaces, the walls of glass, but most especially the color palette," Higgins said of the 1,919-square-foot residence. Case had worked with Fickett to pick out the bold colors.

In restoring the home, Higgins made some minor changes, such as adding bamboo floors, updating the bathrooms and putting a patterned linoleum floor in the kitchen. But he kept the original colors, including the original turquoise O'Keefe & Merritt stove and cooktop.

"We even purchased the Cases' Midcentury living room furniture and had it reupholstered in colors that matched the original fabric," he said. "However, we did make one change — the bright yellow beams had been a dark gray-blue, which we felt was too heavy a color."

Having inspired Case's work in the '60s and '70s, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house had a similar effect on Higgins, who used it as the basis for his movie "Hard Candy" (2005). Higgins said he and the writer "blocked out every scene in the home, with the idea being that, in a worst-case scenario, we would shoot the film in our home." Ultimately, the movie was shot on a soundstage.

Higgins is the producer and writer of "Burning Bright" (2010) and was co-producer of "Momma's House" (2000) and "Big Momma's House 2" (2006).

Case, who died in 2006 at age 93, worked as an animator and sequence director in films and TV shows stretching from "Pinocchio" (1940) to an episode of "The Tick" (1994) and including "Jetsons: The Movie" (1990).

Barry Dantagnan of Coldwell Banker, Sherman Oaks, is the listing agent.

Artist opts for an at-home studio

Los Angeles artist Chad Robertson and his wife, Kathryn Bakken, have put their Beachwood Canyon-area house on the market at $1,297,000.