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Dancer Cheryl Burke buys Hollywood Hills home for $1,295,000

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has sweeping city and mountain views.

July 18, 2009|LAUREN BEALE

Professional ballroom dancer Cheryl Burke of "Dancing With the Stars" has purchased a midcentury modern post-and-beam house in the Hollywood Hills for $1,295,000.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,494-square-foot home, built in 1957, has 180-degree city and mountain views, a stone fireplace, vaulted wood ceilings and a separate studio office. There are two decks for dining, lounging, entertaining or practicing a season-winning samba.

The two-time Emmy nominee for choreography partnered with singer Drew Lachey (Season 2) and football player Emmitt Smith (Season 3) to become the ABC reality show's first two-time winner. She and actor Gilles Marini were the Season 8 runners-up in May, losing to gymnast Shawn Johnson, who won Olympic gold, and dancer Mark Ballas.

Burke, 25, purchased the house from Jon Shapiro, executive producer of the Daytime Emmy-winning PBS series "Curious George" (2006-present) and producer of "U2 3D" (2007), which followed the Irish rock group's global "Vertigo" tour. Shapiro bought the property in 2007 for $1,539,000, public records show.

Michael J. Okun of Prudential California Realty, Studio City, had the listing. Eden Escamilla of Re/Max Marquee Partners, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.


Cher relists her Malibu estate

Update: Now that the interiors are redone, Cher has put her ocean-view Malibu estate back on the market for $41 million.

The singer-songwriter-actress had listed the home at $45 million in August but withdrew it in early May while the work was going on, according to her listing agent, Robert Kass of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.

The Italian Renaissance-inspired house, which Cher built in 1999, has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a theater and a gym in 13,126 square feet. It sits on 1.7 acres of bluff top with a tennis court, infinity pool and a guesthouse.

The updated look is "light, Zen, bright, beachy and beautiful," Kass said.

Cher, 63, an Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winner, appears regularly at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


Horse stables in this hood

Actor Morris Chestnut, whose breakthrough role came in the film "Boyz N the Hood," has listed his digs N the hills at $4,495,000.

The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom remodeled Mediterranean sits on 2.4 acres in bucolic Hidden Hills. It features a tennis court, a swimming pool, a covered patio, a barbecue area and a five-stall stable, according to the Multiple Listing Service. A long sweeping driveway leads past mature trees and an expansive grass lawn to a porte-cochere.

The 5,522-square-foot house, built in 1974 and expanded over the last two years, has a teen suite on one floor, and all other living areas on the main floor. There are open-beam ceilings, stone floors and two master bedroom suites. French doors off one suite open to the pool.

Chestnut, 40, purchased the home in 2007 for $3.3 million, public records show.

He starred in this year's "Not Easily Broken," a relationship drama from Sony's TriStar Pictures. Among his other film credits are "The Perfect Holiday" (2007), "Half Past Dead" (2002), "The Best Man" (1999) and "G.I. Jane" (1997). In the 1991 film "Boyz N the Hood," he was cast alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube.

The listing agents are Marc Shevin and Rory Shevin of Prudential California Realty, Calabasas, according to the MLS.


Out on a high note in Los Feliz

Actor-composer-artist Michael Toland and his wife, Stephanie, have sold a 1921 Mediterranean in the Los Feliz area for $2.5 million.

The couple restored the five-bedroom, 6 1/2 -bathroom, 5,995-square-foot home "back to its original beauty," Michael Toland said, "and added all the modern stuff," such as marble bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen.

The home was designed on a grand scale with extra-large living and dining rooms for entertaining, he said, "and we sure did a lot of that." The Tolands purchased the property for $1,385,000 in 2003.

Toland has extensive television credits, including guest appearances on "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2009), "Ghost Whisperer" (2007) and "Without a Trace" (2005) and is currently shooting an independent movie.

The TV and film composer is also a fine artist. He left his mark by painting an antique Mediterranean map at the entrance to the rumpus room of the two-story estate.

"We loved that place," he said, but it was time to downsize. "We love to have new experiences and it was also time to move on."

The pair hasn't moved far. "We found a great midcentury place in the hills overlooking Lake Hollywood that we will be calling home for a while," Toland said.

David Rosen of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills East, had the listing. Patricia Ruben of Sotheby's International Realty, Los Feliz, represented the buyer.


It captures that East Coast vibe

The Beverly Hills Post Office area home of producer David Ladd and his wife, actress Dey Young, is on the market at $5,995,000.

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