Pop star Natasha Bedingfield, who launched her own British invasion of the U.S. airwaves with such often-played hits as "Unwritten," has purchased a home in the Los Feliz area for $2.3 million.
The London-born singer-songwriter bought a 4,792-square-foot contemporary with four bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, a media room, gym and office in three stories.
Grammy nomination: A Sept. 5 Hot Property column item on record producer Joel Diamond listing his Calabasas home for sale incorrectly described him as a Grammy winner. Diamond produced Engelbert Humperdinck's Grammy-nominated hit "After the Lovin'." —
The recently renovated house, built in 1953, has city light and mountain views. There is a swimming pool and a detached three-car garage with a guesthouse above.
Bedingfield, 27, earned a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance in 2007 for the title song on her debut album, "Unwritten." She released "Pocketful of Sunshine" in 2008 and tweets that she has been back in London for part of the summer working on her third album.
The face of Gap advertisements proved herself a savvy home shopper. The price of the house she acquired had been dropped $2 million since coming on the market in January 2008 at $4,495,000.
The husky-voiced singer appeared this year on "America's Got Talent" and "Dancing With the Stars," among other shows. She performed songs for 2009 movies including "Bride Wars" and " Confessions of a Shopaholic."
Richard Stanley of Coldwell Banker, Los Feliz, had the listing. Bedingfield was represented by Aaron Montelongo of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office.
Solid-gold space in Calabasas
Grammy-winning record producer Joel Diamond has listed his gated English country-style home in Calabasas for sale at $1,895,000 or for lease at $9,850.
The 4,400-square-foot house, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms in two stories, was built in 1980. It sits on an acre of park-like grounds that include a seasonal creek crossed by a whimsical wooden bridge.
"You will hardly believe you are in Los Angeles," said Diamond, who shares the home with his teenage daughter.
The dining area can accommodate 16, and the movie screening room features a 10-foot screen. A winding exterior staircase leads to the spa area.
There is a newly built 1,600-square-foot guesthouse, a full-size tennis court, a gazebo and an outdoor entertainment area with a 30-foot granite bar, fireplace and a TV that rises out of a deck.
Diamond has produced 36 gold and platinum records for recording artists such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Helen Reddy, Gloria Gaynor and David Hasselhoff. He has held executive and creative positions for music companies including Sony. Among recent projects of his Silver Blue Productions were three No. 1 CDs for the classical music group the 5 Browns.
The listing agents are Wendy Carroll of Sotheby's International Realty, Malibu, and Douglas E. Carroll of Prudential Malibu Realty.
Guaranteed to laugh it up here
A Beverly Hills house originally designed in 1956 by architect Wallace Neff for comic actor Groucho Marx has come on the market at $12.9 million.