Who can keep track of those Spice Girls and their real estate doings?
Scary Spice (Melanie Brown), who apparently got the nickname for not always following Emily Post's advice, no sooner listed her Hollywood Hills home for $2,999,999 than it sold for more than the asking price.
The contemporary, which the Multiple Listing Service described as "ultra chic," came on the market in late March and sold for $3.14 million. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 3,476 square feet and was purchased in 2007 for $3 million, public records show.
"Given the current economic and real estate markets in Los Angeles, Melanie and Stephen [Belafonte] are delighted," said listing agent Charmaine DeGrate. "They plan on expanding their family and will need a larger home."
The house, which had been extensively (and expensively) remodeled, has an eight-camera security system with night vision. The outdoors area includes a living room with a flat-screen TV, a kitchen, a saline pool, a spa and three waterfalls.
Inside, there is a state-of-the-art entertainment area. The home has sweeping ocean and city views and a gourmet kitchen.
In short, a very Spice-worthy property.
Brown joined the Spice Girls in 1994, helping push the sales of their three albums to more than 40 million copies worldwide.
Her theater debut came with "The Vagina Monologues" in London, and she had lead roles in the movies "Lethal Dose" (2003) and the comedy "The Seat Filler" (2004), which also starred Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. She also played Mimi in the musical "Rent" on Broadway.
And, like every good celebrity with a publicist worth his salt, she did a stint on "Dancing With the Stars," where she partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They were the highest-scoring couple during the 2007 season.
Brown, 33, also has her hand in fashion design -- emphasizing tight-fitting clothes with her signature animal prints.
Sally Forster Jones and DeGrate, both of Coldwell Banker Previews International, Beverly Hills, had the listing.
Bel-Air home, an actor's hideout
Character actor Robert Loggia, who often plays mobsters, has listed his longtime Bel-Air home at $3.65 million. The sunny half-acre backyard with its pool set in total privacy would surely work for a "meet."
Loggia, who played "Feech" La Manna on HBO's "The Sopranos," has a French Country-style home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,620 square feet. It was recently remodeled and features a flexible floor plan with two master suites upstairs, both with finished bathrooms. There is an office-gym. The home, gated for privacy, features high ceilings, recessed lighting, hardwood floors and two-story windows.
The perpetually tanned 69-year-old Loggia, with his trademark white hair, has been a TV and movie fixture for decades. In addition to his recurring role on "The Sopranos," he also appeared in "Malcolm in the Middle," "Dharma & Greg," "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story" and "Independence Day" (1996).
Tania Ferris of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills South office is the listing agent.
-- Ann Brenoff
Tough guy with a cushy retreat
Tough guy Brian "The Boz" Bosworth -- the former NFL Seattle Seahawks linebacker turned action star -- has listed his Malibu home for $8,995,000.
The ocean-view villa, located on a knoll overlooking Paradise Cove, sits on about 1.7 acres. The 8,854-square-foot house with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms was built in 1999. There is a four-car garage, pool, spa and pool house.
Bosworth's film debut came in 1991 with the movie "Stone Cold," in which he starred as an undercover police officer. He also appeared in "The Longest Yard" (2005).
Bosworth, 43, played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1987 to 1989.
Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Malibu West is the listing agent.
-- Ann Brenoff
To sell, they had to be good sports
There's a sold sign at one of the three L.A.-area Maloof family homes that Hot Property in November reported were on the market.
Matriarch Colleen Maloof, whose family's holdings include the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, has parted with her Tuscan-inspired home in the gated Mulholland Estates area of Beverly Hills for $7.3 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
That's 8.75% below the $8 million she paid for the home in 2006, a search of property records shows. The November asking price was $10,995,000, but the house had recently been listed at $8,985,000.
The 11,000-square-foot home, built in 2005, is billed as an "entertainer's dream" with a sunken great room with a sunken bar, and outside, a heated, covered patio, pool with spa and an outdoor kitchen.
The indoor kitchen -- with four ovens, four dishwashers, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two additional refrigerator drawers and two center islands -- is certainly equipped to prepare food for a large family gathering or a party.
As for the other Maloof listings: Joe Maloof's Brentwood home has been reduced to $4.2 million from $4,995,000 in November, and Phillip Maloof's Beverly Hills home is now listed at $10,865,00 from the previously reported $16,995,000.
-- Lauren Beale
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