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Natasha Bedingfield buys Los Feliz home for $2.3 million

Also: Joel Diamond, Groucho Marx, Bruce Livingstone, Robert Griffith

September 05, 2009|LAUREN BEALE

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.

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.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, September 12, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 40 words Type of Material: Correction
Grammy nomination: In the Sept. 5 Home section, a 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'."
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, September 12, 2009 Home Edition Home Part E Page 4 Features Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
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 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.

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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.

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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.

The Trousdale Estates home, which has been rebuilt and updated but maintains its Neff footprint, is entered through a landscaped motor court with a central fountain. The one-story contemporary has strong horizontal lines, with walls of wood and glass, and terrazzo and walnut floors. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms in slightly more than 6,000 square feet.

A pool, a spa, a waterfall, an alfresco dining area, patios and a fire pit extend the living space outdoors. The gated three-quarter acre lot has downtown L.A. and canyon views.

Marx, the brother identifiable by his trademark cigar, wire rims and fake eyebrows and mustache, made films both with his siblings, including "Duck Soup" (1933) and "A Night in Casablanca" (1946), and without, such as "Copacabana" (1947), in which he played opposite Carmen Miranda.

He hosted the radio quiz show "You Bet Your Life," which later was picked up by television and ran from 1950 to 1961.

The actor shared the home with his third wife, actress Eden Hartford, until his death in 1977 at the age of 86.

Jeeb O'Reilly of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, have the listing.

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The '60s live on in landmark home

A 1966 landmark home in Los Feliz designed by architect Edward H. Fickett has sold in less than a month.

The post-and-beam house appeared on the Multiple Listing Service in late July, and the same day, Bruce Livingstone, founder of iStockphoto.com, made an offer of $2,445,000 with a 15-day close that was accepted. The property had been listed for $2.5 million.

The three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bathroom house, called the Jacobson House for its original owners, is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and had been kept intact and meticulously maintained. The 2,926 square feet of living space in two stories features high ceilings, an open floor plan, exposed beams, walls of glass and floor-to-ceiling doors. There is a swimming pool and a two-story atrium.

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