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One fewer house of Payne for Tyler Perry

Actor and writer Tyler Perry, who created the "House of Payne" TV series, sells his home in the Bird Streets area of Hollywood Hills West for $11.25 million.

January 26, 2013|By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times

Actor and writer Tyler Perry has sold his tricked-out home in the celebrity-studded Bird Streets area of Hollywood Hills West for $11.25 million, public records show.

The impeccably decorated 9,725-square-foot contemporary features a glass-floor catwalk that serves as the ceiling of the wine cellar, a window in the billiards room that looks into the water of the swimming pool, a nightclub/lounge with a bar and a disco ball, a gym, four fireplaces, four bedrooms, six bathrooms and a sauna. The site, which is more than a third of an acre, has expansive city light and mountain views.

Perry, 43, is known for his recurring role as a larger-than-life elderly woman named Madea. His Madea films include "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (2005) and "Madea's Witness Protection" (2012). He created the television series "House of Payne" (2006-12) and has done extensive work as a director and producer. Forbes estimated his net worth in November at $400 million.

He paid $9.6 million for the property in 2006.

Production closes in Brentwood

The Frank Gehry-designed Schnabel House in Brentwood has changed hands for $9.5 million.

The seller is Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Jon B. Platt, who restored the home, according to Los Angeles Times archives.

Gehry, whose works include the Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown, is known for his "deconstructionist" style of architecture.

Built in 1989, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence has been described as "a village that looks inward." There is a main house, an office, a guesthouse and a garage-and-gym structure with a breezeway. The half-acre of grounds include a reflecting pond, a swimming pool and an olive orchard.

Platt spent about five years on the renovation work. Among his credits are "Angels in America," "Wicked" and "The Book of Mormon."

Public records show the property previously sold in 2006 for $9 million.

Aaron Kirman, Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, were the listing agents. Cory Weiss of Partners Trust represented the buyer.

Writing himself out of a scene

Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton has sold his estate in Beverly Hills for $8 million.

Built in 1929, the 11,012-square-foot Spanish-style mansion retains its period details and features a two-story living room, a recording studio, a gym, a library, nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The walled and gated property of more than half an acre includes a swimming pool, a spa, fountains and a paddle tennis court.

Thornton, 57, directed, wrote and starred in the movie "Sling Blade" (1996), for which he won a best screenplay adaptation Oscar. Last year he directed, co-wrote and appeared in "Jayne Mansfield's Car" and starred in "The Baytown Outlaws." His upcoming films include "Parkland" and "Red Machine."

The blues singer-songwriter has released several albums. He is also the author of "The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts," published last year.

Thornton bought the property in 2000 for $3.75 million, according to public records.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency was the listing agent. Lilly Shayan of Keller Williams in Beverly Hills represented the buyer.

Competition is over in Studio City

Songwriter, singer and former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has parted with her home in Studio City for $6.3 million.

Built in 1923, the 7,600-square-foot French chateau-style house was renovated and expanded by DioGuardi and her husband, home builder Mike McCuddy. The five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home sits on 3 acres with an infinity pool and a hot tub. Features include a 23-foot-tall stone fireplace, herringbone walnut floors and a sauna.

DioGuardi, 42, was on the panel of "American Idol" for two seasons starting in 2009 and was a judge on "Platinum Hit" in 2011. She has written hundreds of songs and worked with Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Pink and "Idol" winner Kris Allen, among others. The record producer co-owns Arthouse Entertainment, a music publishing company.

Public records show that DioGuardi bought the property in 2004 for $3.5 million.

H. Blair Change of the Agency and Andrea Korchek of Wish Sotheby's International Realty were the listing agents. Rose Borne of Sotheby's Beverly Hill office represented the buyer.

An Angel lists her estate

Actress Cheryl Ladd has listed her 22.5-acre estate in Santa Ynez at $3.995 million.

The Italian-style villa, with 6,557 square feet of living space, sits off a circular motor court ringed with potted olive trees, Italian cypress and native landscaping. A large foyer overlooks a sunken living room. Features include stone fireplaces, a covered colonnade loggia, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and beamed and paneled ceilings.

Ladd, 61, joined the cast of "Charlie's Angels" from 1977 to 1981. She plays Mrs. Claus in the holiday film "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" and stars this year in "The Perfect Wave."

Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby's International Realty is the listing agent.

Actor sells home in Studio City

Actor Ethan Suplee has sold his Studio City house for $1.6 million.

Once home to Jane Fonda, the country English-style residence of 3,787 square feet was built in 1951 and sits on nearly an acre of wooded grounds with a detached office/guesthouse, a gym and a swimming pool. There are three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Suplee, 36, appeared in the action-adventure film "Unstoppable" (2010) and starred in "My Name Is Earl" (2005-09). He starred last year with Mariel Hemingway in "Rise of the Zombies" and appeared in the series "Men at Work" and "Raising Hope."

Public records show the property was last sold in 2006 for $2 million.

Lauren Reichenberg of Extraordinary Real Estate was the listing agent. Alissa Solomon of Teles Properties represented the buyer.

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