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October 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen has listed a house in Studio City for sale at $2.65 million. Built in 1990, the modern-style house features a step-down living room, high ceilings, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and five bathrooms in its 6,302 square feet of living space. An elevator leads to the third-floor master suite, which has a fireplace and dual walk-in closets. The three-quarter-acre lot includes a saltwater swimming pool with spa, flat yard space, mature trees and a three-car garage.
August 31, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"House for Sale," a stage adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's essay, will make its off-Broadway debut Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 at the Duke on 42nd Street. In the piece, Franzen wrote about trying to sell his childhood home after his mother's death for a price she would find appropriate. Daniel Fish, who adapted the piece and will direct the show, said Franzen's essay will be presented on stage verbatim, although not entirely the way the National Book Award-winning novelist wrote it. The cast includes Rob Campbell, Christina Rouner, Lisa Joyce, Merritt Janson and Michael Rudko.
August 24, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The whispering about town is that "Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt has listed a house in Toluca Lake for sale at $2.895 million and is trying to lease out another house she owns up the street. The traditional-style house for sale was built in 1952. It features a flexible floor plan, an office, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,921 square feet of living space. The quarter-acre site includes a swimming pool and a patio with a built-in bar. Public records show the property was purchased in 1998 for $1.695 million.
January 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Pierce Brosnan has sold his Malibu beach retreat for $2.6 million. Brosnan and his wife, environmental activist and former broadcast journalist Keely Shaye Smith, put the property on the market at $3.9 million in 2010 while building another house nearby. The gated Mediterranean they sold has separate space for use as an office or media room and sits on more than a quarter of an acre with lawn space and a courtyard fountain. The flower boxes and hydrangea-lined pathways are perhaps a nod to Brosnan's Irish roots.
November 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Tony Danza has sold his longtime Malibu beach house for $8 million. It came on the market in July at $9.1 million. The 1949 traditional main house, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, sits on 50 feet of beachfront. The entire second level of the home is a master suite including a sitting area, fireplace and deck. The property also has two detached guest suites for a total of about 3,000 square feet of living space. Danza, 60, won TV fans with his roles in the sitcoms "Taxi" (1978-83)
October 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Ethan Suplee has listed a Studio City house for sale at $2,295,000. Formerly Jane Fonda's residence, according to listing details, the country English-style home of 3,787 square feet was built in the early 1950s. It 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, 35, appeared in the action-adventure film "Unstoppable" (2010) and starred in "My Name Is Earl" (2005-09)
May 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress-producer Jodie Foster has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale at $9,975,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. Climbing vines and red brick accents give the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom compound an East Coast vibe. Encompassing nearly an acre of land, the compound includes a 1949 main house, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a guesthouse. Foster, 48, won her Oscars for roles in "The Accused" (1988) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). She stars in and directs "The Beaver," released Friday, and will star in the upcoming "God of Carnage.
December 16, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Foreclosure activity fell by a record amount in November as U.S. lenders put the brakes on repossessions after the uproar over faulty foreclosure practices this fall. But experts said the lull was probably only temporary, and home prices could take a hit early next year as banks begin foreclosing again at a faster clip. With a moribund market for new homes, constricted lending by big banks and the poor economy dampening prospects for buyers, the housing market in Southern California also weakened last month, according to data released Wednesday.
December 2, 2009 | By Dina ElBoghdady
The uneven nature of the economic recovery was on display again Tuesday with the release of mixed data on pending home sales, manufacturing and construction spending. The residential real estate market showed signs of gaining momentum in the new data, while manufacturing appeared to lose steam after a growth spurt over the summer. More troubling, the commercial real estate sector seemed to be in "free fall," as one analyst put it. All told, the data did little to help economists assess how fast the economy was growing and whether that growth would be strong enough to generate jobs.
November 24, 2009 | By Alejandro Lazo
Home buyers last month snapped up previously owned properties at the fastest pace in more than two years, a Realtors group said Monday. Home resales increased 10.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.1 million units in October from a downward-revised pace of 5.54 million in September, according to the National Assn. of Realtors in Washington. The October figure was up 23.5% from the seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.94 million units a year earlier. The last time the sales pace was that swift was in February 2007.
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