Macy Gray is making a big change on the home front while hoping for another Grammy. The singer-songwriter-actress has put her Encino estate on the market at about $4.6 million.
Gray, in her mid-30s, won her first Grammy in 1999 when she was named best new artist, and she's anticipating that "Big," her new album, will be as successful as her debut album -- "On How Life Is" -- when it hits stores in the fall.
Her Encino home, built in 1998 with nearly 10,000 square feet on slightly more than an acre, has seven bedrooms and 9 1/2 bathrooms. She's owned it since 2002. The gated Colonial-style home has a basketball/sports court, a pool and spa, a circular driveway, dual staircases, a dome ceiling and a guesthouse. Her closet has a rack for wigs.
Known for her sultry voice, Gray plays a female pimp in the just-released movie "Shadowboxer," costarring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren. The mother of three recently opened her own music school, the M. Gray Music Academy, in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 17, 2006 Home Edition Real Estate Part K Page 2 Features Desk 0 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Hot Property: The Sept. 10 column stated that Macy Gray won a Grammy for best new artist in 1999. Gray won in 2001 for best pop female vocal.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 17, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
Hot Property: The Sept. 10 Real Estate column said Macy Gray won a Grammy for best new artist in 1999. Gray won in 2001 for best pop female vocal.
Moe Abourched at Re/Max on the Boulevard has the listing, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Trading ocean views for a gallop
Michael Berns, consulting producer on the CBS drama "Waterfront" and co-executive producer of ABC's "Invasion" and NBC's "Las Vegas," has put his Point Dume home on the market at $3.5 million.
Berns is selling because he wants to move to a horse property. The house he listed has five bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, a gym/guesthouse, a sauna and a key to a private beach used exclusively by local homeowners.
Wide-plank mahogany hardwood floors are featured all through the one-story, ranch-style house, built in 1955. It is on 1.5 acres and has a fire pit, an outdoor shower and a playhouse.
Jill Reeder of Coldwell Banker-Malibu West has the listing.
A spare room for Uncle Mick's visits
Kells Jesse was 17 when he first came to America from London in 1979 with his uncle, Mick Fleetwood, on a world tour of Fleetwood Mac.
After years on the road with his uncle, Jesse became a production designer, working on TV commercials for top directors from L.A. to New York. His clients include Hanes, Sears and Volvo.
While working on the commercials, Jesse was drawn to the La Canada Flintridge area and its midcentury houses. He and his wife, Meshell, recently bought one, built in 1962, for $915,000.
Their home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,840 square feet. Situated on a cul-de-sac, the home has city and mountain views.
Phyllis Harb, who's now with Dickson Podley Realtors in La Canada Flintridge, represented Jesse and his wife in buying the home. Richard Hollbrook of Prudential John Aaroe represented the seller.
Passing the ball in Manhattan Beach
In a case of one sports star selling to another, basketball player Slava Medvedenko has sold his Manhattan Beach home to L.A. Kings hockey player Alexander Frolov for about $2.3 million.
Built in 1999, the Mediterranean-style home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,000 square feet.
The house has three fireplaces and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. A breakfast room overlooks the yard, which has a pool, a spa and towering walls that provide privacy.
And here's something that might impress the most security-conscious: The house has a high-tech system with a dozen hidden cameras.
Ed Kaminsky of Sport Star Relocation in Manhattan Beach had the listing.
Rugrat letting go of Sunset sandbox
Cheryl Chase, the voice of Angelica C. Pickles on the cartoon series "Rugrats," has put her Sunset Strip-area home on the market at $1.2 million.
The house, off Sunset Plaza, is within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
The traditional-style gated house has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and an office/den in slightly more than 2,000 square feet. The home was built in 1954 and was recently upgraded with a new kitchen and deck. The backyard has a patio.
Actress Betty Hutton was a former owner.
Iris Karni of Re/Max, Brentwood, has the listing.