By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2012
The male cast members of "Friends" are keeping a score of Los Angeles real estate agents in Gucci loafers.
David Schwimmer, a.k.a. Ross Geller, sold his gated home in Hancock Park this summer for $8.865 million, public records show. He bought the 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean in 2001 for $5.5 million and listed it in November at $10.7 million.
The restored house, set on more than an acre on a palm-tree-lined street, was built in 1926 by Koerner & Gage, an architectural firm that also contributed to the design of the dome-topped Beverly Hills City Hall.
The main house includes a grand living room with 15-foot ceilings, a wood-paneled library, a den, a state-of-the-art screening room, a formal dining room, nine bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two powder rooms, five fireplaces, a wine cellar and a butler's pantry. A detached guesthouse contains a bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen.
Mature trees and landscaping, a swimming pool, spa, north/south tennis court and a pavilion complete the grounds. There is a three-car garage.
Schwimmer, 45, directed the movie "Trust" (2010), as well as episodes of "Friends" and "Joey." He has been on the series "Web Therapy" this year with "Friends" costar Lisa Kudrow and is in the thriller "The Iceman." He plays half of a friendless couple in the off-Broadway show "Detroit."
Magali Bergher of Westside Estate Agency and Arleen Ruby of Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills were the listing agents.
Joey is ready for landlording sequel
Hoping to re-up as a landlord is actor Matt LeBlanc — that's Joey Tribbiani to "Friends" fans. He has put an unfurnished house in Pacific Palisades up for lease at $12,995 a month.
The 1930s Spanish-style home features a step-down living room, a paneled dining room, a library/den, an updated kitchen, four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms and nearly 4,000 square feet of living space in two stories. Architectural details include beamed ceilings, wood floors and original fixtures, ironwork and tile. The half-acre tree-filled lot has canyon views.
LeBlanc, 45, played Tribbiani starting in 1994 in the decade-long ensemble series and a spinoff called "Joey" from 2004-06. He has starred in "Episodes" since last year.
No doubt his real estate agent, David Offer of Prudential California Realty in Brentwood, or a property manager will handle the day-to-day landlording details. LeBlanc spends his working hours in London shooting the comedy series even though it is set in L.A.
Public records show he bought the property in late 2006 for $7.4 million. LeBlanc leased it out two years ago at $13,000 a month.
Chandler takes another stab at sale
Returning to the market after a half-year hiatus is actor Matthew Perry's chic house in the Hollywood Hills West area, priced at $5.295 million.
Built in 1955 and reinvented as a contemporary, the 4,100-square-foot house features white terrazzo floors, retractable walls of glass, a home theater, a media room, three bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. A pool with spa, lawn, an outdoor fireplace and patio space complete the third of an acre of grounds. There are city and canyon views.
Perry, 43, played Chandler Bing on the sitcom "Friends" from 1994 to 2004. He stars as a sportscaster on the new comedy "Go On."
Public records show the property last changed hands in 2008 for $4.475 million. The current price is a slight drop from the $5.695 million asked last year.
Greg Holcomb and Mark Rutstein of Partners Trust in Beverly Hills are the listing agents.
Buyer goes for slugger's batting cage
Patience often pays off when waiting for the right pitch, and it also can pay off in home selling. Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and his wife, Sandra, have sold their 4-acre-plus estate in Bradbury for $17,410,961. The couple listed their custom house nearly two years ago at $19.8 million.
The newly built Mediterranean, designed for both formal entertaining and casual indoor-outdoor living, includes such custom features as a 2,500-square-foot rec room outfitted as a batting cage. The 16,600-square-foot home, in a 24-hour gate-guarded community, sits off a circular driveway. The entry has a 35-foot-high painted ceiling.
A 2,500-square-foot guesthouse includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a 1,300-square-foot cabana has a kitchen. Outdoor amenities include an infinity pool, a tennis court, a basketball court, two tees and two putting greens with sand traps.
There are seven bedrooms and 17 bathrooms on the property. For the math-challenged, that works out to a little more than $1 million a bathroom.
Beltre, 33, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1998 to 2004. He is a three-time All-Star.
Lynwen Hughes-Boatman of Deasy/Penner & Partners, Pasadena, was the listing agent. Robin Marquez of Coldwell Banker Top Team in Chino represented the buyer.
Cast changes in the Hollywood Hills
Actress Kiele Sanchez and her ex-husband, writer-director Zach Helm, have sold their house in the Hollywood Hills for $1.75 million.
The restored Mediterranean, built in 1928, features a two-story entry, stenciled beam ceilings and original tile work. The 4,000 square feet of living space includes a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, an updated kitchen, a breakfast area, a service entrance, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Sanchez, 34, has starred since 2010 on "The Glades," which has been renewed for another season. She was on "Lost" in 2006 and 2007.
Helm, 35, wrote and directed "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" (2007) and wrote "Stranger Than Fiction" (2006). He has written the screenplay for the 2013 horror-comedy "Freezing People Is Easy."
Public records show that the property last changed hands in 2006 for $2.775 million.
Jennifer Pinckert and Scott Carmody of Partners Trust were the listing agents. Michael Dronge of Keller Williams in Beverly Hills represented the buyer.
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