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Actor-producer Matt Battaglia and his wife, Tina, said they will be putting their Hollywood Hills home on the market in early April for $4,595,000.
The contemporary, designed for entertaining by Hector Baylon of L.A.-based Randall/Baylon Architects and built in 2007, has a media room, an office, four bedrooms and 3 3/4 bathrooms in 4,200 square feet. The couple used dark and distressed African mahogany wood floors throughout to give the house a "warm feel," Matt Battaglia said. A swimming pool and spa were added this year.
"I wanted to build my dream house with jetliner views from downtown to the ocean," said Battaglia, who bought the land in 2004 for $250,000, according to public records.
After several hillside builders told him it would take 24 months to complete the home, he decided to hire a neighbor who was a contractor and move the project along himself. The house was completed in 12 months for about $600,000 less than what other contractors bid, he said "Just shows what kind of mark-ups some of them have and how some of them drag out the process to earn higher fees."
Now the Battaglias want to sell to move to an area closer to the beach with bigger yards.
Battaglia, 44, has acted in more 90 films and television shows and just completed work on "Thor" (2011). He has guest starred on "Big Love" (2007), "24" (2006 and 2007) and "Friends" (1997) and was a co-producer on the Golden Globe-nominated "Brothers" (2009).
"Building this house is what led me into producing," Battaglia said. "It's all about attaching the right elements and having experts in their fields handle their items — with everyone working together in collaboration for the finished product."
He said he realized if he could build a house, he could "surely can make a movie."
"The key is in finding the right project that everyone wants," he said.
Thinking along those lines, Battaglia has optioned three bestselling books and is in development or negotiations to produce several films and TV shows. In February, Fox Television Studios closed a deal with Battaglia to executive produce a series based on the novel "Bad Monkeys" by Matt Ruff.
Tina Battaglia has the house listing at Teles Properties, Beverly Hills.