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'American Idol' winner David Cook gets out of his kitchen

The singer-songwriter sells his house in the Hollywood Hills for $1.365 million.

January 05, 2013|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times

"American Idol" winner David Cook has sold his house in the Hollywood Hills for $1.365 million.

The tricked-out Beachwood Canyon-area house, built in 1979, has views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory, a recording studio and a custom-designed dog yard, according to the listing. There are two corner fireplaces, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in nearly 3,100 square feet. The updated kitchen features a large center island and granite counters.

Cook, 30, won the seventh season of the singing competition show in 2008. Since his win on "Idol," he has toured and released the albums "David Cook" and "This Loud Morning." Cook has performed on "Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance."

The singer-songwriter paid $1.318 million for the property in 2010, public records show. He sold because he relocated to Tennessee.

Michelle Kaplan of Pinnacle Estate Properties was the listing agent. Anthony Diaz-Perez of Teles Properties represented the buyer.

She'll be landing elsewhere

Actress Michele Lee, the star of "Knots Landing," has parted ways with her longtime estate in Westwood for $7.4 million.

The Mediterranean-style villa, built in 1929, has views of the fairways at Los Angeles Country Club and sits on more than an acre with a tennis court and swimming pool. There are two kitchens, a screening room, a gym, a wine tasting room, an office, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, nearly 9,600 square feet of living space and a staff wing.

Among her scores of credits, Lee, 70, starred in the comic film "The Love Bug" (1968) and on the "Knots Landing" prime-time soap opera (1979-93). She appeared this year in the comedy series "Fumbling Thru the Pieces."

The property came on the market in August at $7.85 million.

Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office was the listing agent. Ben Bacal of Sotheby's Sunset office represented the buyer.

Crooner bids Malibu digs farewell

Country singing giant Glen Campbell has sold his Mediterranean-style house in a gated Malibu community for $4.45 million.

Built in 2004 and redone in 2009, the villa features a theater with a billiard room, living and family rooms, a den, four fireplaces, four bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 6,540 square feet of living space. It sits on less than an acre with mature palms, olive trees and a swimming pool.

Campbell, 76, traveled the nation on what was billed as his final tour last year. He announced two years ago that he has Alzheimer's disease.

The multiple Grammy-winner popularized such songs as "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." The singer-guitarist has released more than 70 albums, including 2011's "Ghost on the Canvas."

He bought the property in 2005 for $3.425 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Irene Dazzan-Palmer and Sandro Dazzan of Coldwell Banker's Malibu Colony office were the listing agents. Howard Zuckerman of Prudential's Sherman Oaks office represented the buyer.

Desert compound infused with style

Fashion heiress Patricia Gucci has listed her estate in Mountain Center for $9 million.

The Riverside County compound consists of a nearly 11,000-square-foot main house, a guest house, tennis court quarters, a swimming pool with spa and a kennel. The contemporary Moroccan-style estate has a screening theater, a library, 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.

Built in 1989, the two-level mansion sits on 23 acres in a gated community. There are views of Coachella Valley, Joshua Tree National Park and mountain ranges.

Gucci, 49, is the granddaughter of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion company bearing his name. Her father, Aldo Gucci, expanded the brand worldwide.

The previous recorded sale of the property was for $950,000 in 1993, public records show. Gucci is selling because she is moving to Europe.

Richard Bartholomew and Jane Dorian of Partners Trust are the listing agents.

Complete with a Hollywood past

The longtime Brentwood residence of comic Phyllis Diller has been sold for $9.35 million. The property came on the market in late September at $12.9 million.

The Country English-style house, built in 1914, sits on 1.23 acres. Features include an organ room, a salon with a stage, a wig room and a telephone room she dubbed the John Wilkes Booth. Diller bought the 9,266-square-foot house in 1965 and entertained such Hollywood elite there as comedian Bob Hope, costume designer Edith Head and late-night show host Johnny Carson. There are eight bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Diller died last year at 95.

Bruce Nelson and Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates were the listing agents. Anne Leeds of Gibson International represented the buyer.

'Newsroom' producer upsizes in Hills

Alan Poul, executive producer of "The Newsroom," sold his house in the Hollywood Hills for $993,000 and purchased another one nearby.

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