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Ex-Laker Kwame Brown lists Playa del Rey home

July 25, 2009|LAUREN BEALE

NBA player and former Laker Kwame Brown has listed his super-sized house in Playa del Rey at $2,975,000.

The contemporary, with views of the ocean, city and marina area, has four bedrooms and five bathrooms in a roomy 6,329 square feet. The kitchen's large breakfast bar can seat a starting lineup or eight to 10 regular-sized people. The open floor-plan house was built in 1989.

"My favorite part is the movie room in the basement," Brown said. The media room has a built-in projector, screen and a wet bar.

Brown, 27, bought the property for $3,375,000 in 2005. He joined the Lakers that year and was starting center in 2006.

Although Brown lives and owns in Detroit, according to his listing agent, the 6-foot-11 Pistons center has fond memories of the beach city house, whose step-down master bedroom has a fireplace, built-ins and a balcony.

"I will miss the amazing views from all the floors -- especially my bedroom -- and seeing the sunrise in the morning," Brown said. He signed with the Pistons last July after a brief stint with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brown, the first pick in the 2001 NBA draft, put the house on the market at $2,999,000, or for lease at $12,000 a month, in November before withdrawing it in late May.

Sherille Varela of Prudential California Realty, Glendale, now has the listing.


Actors get their asking price

Acting couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have sold their home in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood for $2,495,000.

The redone traditional house has four bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms and two offices in 3,832 square feet, according to the Multiple Listing Service. There are formal living and dining rooms, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, French doors, two second-floor terraces, laundry areas on the first and second floors, a flat grass yard and a pool with spa. White subway tile and cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances and dark wood floors give a sleek look to the kitchen, which has a large center island with two sinks, a wine cooler and seating for three.

The two-story house, built in 1940, was sold for its asking price. The couple had purchased the property in 2006 for $2.1 million.

McCarthy had regular roles in the ABC sitcom "Samantha Who?" (2007-09) and the comedy/drama "Gilmore Girls" (2000-07). Falcone played neighbor Howard on the NBC "Friends" spinoff series "Joey" (2004-06), starring Matt LeBlanc.


Severing his ties to Brentwood

Two-time Emmy-winning producer and writer Gary David Goldberg has sold his Brentwood estate for $15.15 million.

The Paul Williams-designed home, which was built in 1942, has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 6,908 square feet.

The two-story house, on about 3 acres with a swimming pool and pool house, is reached by a long driveway leading to a motor court and a three-car garage with chauffeur's quarters. There are greenbelt views, seven fireplaces, a media room, sun room, library, wine cellar and a two-bedroom staff wing.

The property had been listed in January at $19,995,000 but originally came on the market at $23.9 million in July 2007.

Goldberg, 65, and his company Ubu Productions -- whose screen credits concluded with the command "sit, Ubu, sit" to his black Lab -- created nine TV series including the NBC sitcom "Family Ties" (1982-89) and, in association with DreamWorks, "Spin City," which ran on ABC from 1996 to 2002.

Emil Alexander of Prudential California Realty, Pacific Palisades, had the listing. Lea Porter, Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills East, represented the buyer.


Catcher exits Manhattan Beach

Milwaukee Brewer Jason Kendall has sold a Manhattan Beach home for $5.45 million.

The Mediterranean house, in the "hill section" of the beach community, has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 7,398 square feet. There are views of the ocean and Palos Verdes Peninsula, two fireplaces, walnut floors, French doors and a 300-square-foot basement bonus room.

A one-bedroom guest suite sits above the detached three-car garage.

Kendall, 35, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs before joining the Brewers. He marked his 2,000th career hit in May.

The catcher purchased the two-story house for $3.32 million in 2000, the year it was built. The property came on the market in September at $7.3 million and was withdrawn at the end of April.

Anthony Stellini of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, listed the home at the beginning of June at $6.3 million. David Caskey of Shorewood Realtors, Hermosa Beach, represented the buyer.


Culver City is her Eden for living

Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman has purchased a Spanish-style duplex in Culver City for $765,000.

The side-by-side cottages, built in 1928, have hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, curved archways and tile roofs. One unit has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and the other has one bedroom and one bathroom, for a total of about 1,400 square feet. There are two 400-square-foot garages on the 8,098-square-foot property.

The film, television and video game composer received four Emmys for the PBS nature series "The Living Edens" in 1998 and 1999.

Juilliard School-trained, she has scored films including "Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jr." (2008), "Out at the Wedding" (2007) and "Man in the Chair" (2006). Her video game music credits include EverQuest II and Halo 3.

Joan Moon, now of Cavanaugh Realtors, Culver City, listed the property when she was with Re/Max Marquee Partners, West Los Angeles. She also represented the buyer.



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