Former Palm Springs home of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh

The former Palm Springs home of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh is listed at $1,295,000. (Clark Dugger)

TV and film actor J.K. Simmons,of the police drama "The Closer" and the "Spider-Man" movies, and his actress wife, Michelle Schumacher, have put their Hollywood Hills-area contemporary on the market at $1,795,000.

The two-story view home, built in 1999, sits on more than half an acre on a gated street. It has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in about 4,190 square feet, with vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces and a balcony off the master suite. One of the bedrooms was converted into a home office. Simmons customized the three-car garage to house their two family cars and his prized Corvette.

The couple, who have two children, oriented the home toward family life. The living room contains a pool table, a ping-pong table and, yes, a Spider-Man pinball machine.

The pair bought the property in 2003, when they moved from New York City. The home's privacy -- it is surrounded by trees and greenery -- and out-of-the-way location are what sold them on it, according to listing agent Mati Nabhan.

Simmons, 54, costars as assistant police chief Will Pope on "The Closer" (2005-present) and was police psychiatrist Dr. Emil Skoda on "Law & Order" (1997-2004). He played hard-boiled editor J. Jonah Jameson in the 2002, 2004 and 2007 "Spider-Man" movies.

Schumacher, 42, was in nine episodes of the HBO series "Oz" (2000-2003), on which Simmons was a regular.

Nabhan is with Sotheby's International Realty, Los Feliz.

'Clarissa' explains: change of scenery

Actress Melissa Joan Hart has sold her Sherman Oaks home for close to $2.5 million.

The one-story Spanish-style house has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,911 square feet. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, and the latter opens to a deck with a view of the yard and swimming pool.

Hart, 33, had listed her residence for sale in October at $3.25 million but had since reduced it to $2.85 million.

This year she stars in the ABC Family film "My Fake Fiance" and the upcoming thriller "Nine Dead" from her company, Hartbreak Films. Hart played the title characters in the TV series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996-2003), episodes of which she also produced and directed, and "Clarissa Explains It All" (1991-94). She recently opened Sweet Harts, a shop selling candy, gelato and baked goods in Sherman Oaks.

The actress, who had owned the custom home since 2005, sold to get a change of scenery, according to her listing agent, Matt Epstein of Re/Max on the Boulevard, Sherman Oaks.

It was financed by a green ogre

David Lipman likes to call the Hollywood Hills residence he recently listed at $2,195,000 "the house Shrek built."

The producer first saw the home at night and said he "was immediately drawn to the view of downtown L.A. sparkling through the hills. Then I turned back, studied the house and saw the incredible lines and was blown away."

When he bought the classic midcentury house in 2000 for $678,000, it needed work. To counter years of neglect, he embarked on a complete overhaul of the home, which had been designed by architect Merle Roussellot and built in 1961.

"I re-engineered the house and removed many of the interior walls to focus on the view and the simplicity of the design," Lipman said. He opened it up to the outside by adding more windows and pocket doors.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, with fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, has a swimming pool and sits on a hillside cul-de-sac.