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Melanie 'Scary Spice' Brown and Stephen Belafonte sell Tarzana home

The renovated country French-style house sells for $3 million. It features Venetian chandeliers, a gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 8,604 square feet of living space.

March 20, 2012|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times

Singer Melanie Brown — Scary Spice from her days with the Spice Girls — and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have sold their Tarzana compound for $3 million.

The renovated country French-style house features Venetian chandeliers, a gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 8,604 square feet of living space. The chateau and a swimming pool sit on more than half an acre. Outdoor living spaces include a dining room with chandeliers, a living room and a cabana. Brown and Belafonte added the gym, a detached recording studio and a detached movie theater in what the listing said was $1-million renovation.

Mel B, as she is also known, joined the Spice Girls in 1994, and the "Spice" album started their journey to becoming the bestselling female group in music history. She released her first solo album, "Hot," in 2000.

Brown, 36, has acted on stage and in film, and is a judge for the Australian version of "The X Factor." She has written and performed soundtracks for TV shows including "Live From Studio Five" (2009 and 2010). She also has appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" (2007-10) and "Loose Women" (2009-11).

Belafonte was a guest judge last year on "The X Factor" and produced "Mel B: It's a Scary World" (2010) for television. His film work includes "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans" (2009) and "Mutant Chronicles" (2008).

The pair bought the gated San Fernando Valley home two years ago for $3.159 million and had listed it in January at $3.45 million.

Charmaine DeGraté of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office was the listing agent. Andrew Mortaza of Keller Williams World Media Center represented the buyer.

lauren.beale@latimes.com

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