Newly built

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Balzary, known as Flea, has listed a Malibu house for sale at $4,795,000. (Berlyn Photography)

Singer Katy Perry and comic actor Russell Brand have bought a Sunset Strip-area compound from former National Lampoon Chief Executive Daniel Laikin for $6.5 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. Perry and Brand are in the process of selling their Los Feliz compound, a $3,395,000 listing that was on the market in May for just nine days before entering escrow.

The gated Mediterranean-style house they acquired was built in 1925 and sits on nearly 3 acres with a guesthouse and swimming pool. It features a baronial stone foyer with sweeping staircase, stained-glass windows and a carved fireplace mantel in the living room, a pub, a study and a media room. Including a four-room master suite, two guest suites and staff quarters, the house has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

Perry, 26, is on a nine-month California Dreams tour, which follows her 2010 album, "Teenage Dream." Brand, 36, starred in this year's remake of "Arthur" and is filming "Rock of Ages," to be released next year. The couple, who own another residence in New York, were married in October.

Laikin, a former home builder, was found guilty last year in federal court of manipulating the stock price of the comedy film company. He had bought the property in 2004 for $4.5 million. The compound came on the market in November at $7,995,000.

Barry Sloane of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Ernie Carswell of Teles Properties, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers, according to the MLS.

Ready to jump at an offer

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Balzary, known as Flea, has listed a newly built Malibu house for sale at $4,795,000.

Designed by Marmol Radziner, the contemporary indoor-outdoor home has a cement floor and ocean and canyon views. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an office in more than 3,000 square feet. Outdoor amenities on the gated 2.4-acre site include a free-form swimming pool.

Flea, 48, is a founding member of the Grammy-winning band, which has released nine studio albums since it formed in 1983 and has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. "I'm With You," the group's 10th album, is expected this summer.

He bought the original house on the site in 2002 for $2.55 million. It was burned in the 2007 Malibu fires, according to Times archives.

Sandro Dazzan and Irene Dazzan-Palmer of Coldwell Banker, Malibu Colony, are the listing agents.

One less house, one new role

Update: Actor Ashton Kutcher has sold his Sunset Strip-area bachelor pad for $2.35 million.

The updated Craftsman features a home theater and a two-story wine tower that holds 210 bottles. The 3,235-square-foot house has four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. It sits on nearly an acre with an infinity-edge pool and spa.

This fall, Kutcher, 33, will join the cast of "Two and a Half Men," which fired star Charlie Sheen earlier this year. Kutcher starred on "That '70s Show" (1998-2006) and in the films "Killers" (2010) and "No Strings Attached" (2011).

He bought the house in 2004 for $1 million, rebuilt it but never moved in. Instead, Kutcher married actress Demi Moore in 2005.

Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Steve Sanders of Coldwell Banker's Sunset Boulevard office represented the buyer.