Lawrence satisfies hunger for a house in Beverly Crest
LOS ANGELES — Actress Jennifer Lawrence of “The Hunger Games” films has bought a house in Beverly Crest for $8.225 million.
Among recent owners is singer and television personality Jessica Simpson, who handed it off a year ago to the current seller, billionaire Sumner Redstone’s girlfriend Sydney Holland.
What a difference a year makes. Simpson had aspirations of selling the property near the $8 million mark when she listed it in May 2013 but ended up selling to Holland for $6.4 million.
The 5,500-square-foot French-style house was built in 1991 and has high ceilings, an updated kitchen, an office, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The front of the house has a stone and floral courtyard with a koi pond. The backyard has a lawn and a swimming pool.
Lawrence, 24, won a lead actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). She has been in the films “American Hustle” (2013), “Winter’s Bone” (2010) and “The Burning Plain” (2008) and was in the sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show” from 2007 to 2009.
The property came on the market in July at $7.895 million.
Not your average new build
Writer-producer-director Jeff Franklin, creator of the television show “Full House,” has listed a mansion he had built on spec in Hollywood Hills West. The asking price has been reported at $30 million, although it is listed as “price on request.”
Designed by architect Richard Landry, the contemporary house is set on a nearly half-acre knoll above the Sunset Strip with city and ocean views. The grounds include an infinity-edge swimming pool with a spa.
A sweeping circular staircase connects the three levels of living space, which extends outdoors through numerous balconies and patio space.
The master suite features a retractable skylight with a motorized blackout shade, walls of glass, a fireplace and an indoor-outdoor shower. There are three other bedrooms, a bonus room that could be used as a bedroom, a home theater and eight bathrooms.
The subterranean garage has room for six cars and was designed to double as a nightclub.
Franklin, 59, also developed the series “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.”
He bought the property in 1988 for $1.9 million.
Picture-perfect in Los Feliz
Portrait photographer Mark Seliger has listed his Richard Neutra-designed house in Los Feliz at $4.5 million.
Restored to maintain its architectural integrity, the 1949 Alpha Wirin House is a prime example of Neutra’s Midcentury Modern work.
Walls of glass take in views of the cityscape and downtown Los Angeles. Balconies add an indoor-outdoor element to the hillside home. Wood ceilings and built-ins add warmth inside.
The two-story house has 2,262 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and three bathrooms. Steps lead to a swimming pool below the house.
Seliger is known for his photographs of notables such as President Obama, Mick Jagger and Kurt Cobain. He has shot covers for Rolling Stone, GQ and Vanity Fair.
He bought the property in disrepair a decade ago for $1.575 million. Designer Mark Haddawy worked on the restoration.
A legend in his own home
Singer-songwriter-actor John Legend, 35, and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, 28, have listed their home in Hollywood Hills for $1.995 million.
Set on more than a quarter-acre on a cul-de-sac, the remodeled 1960s contemporary has nearly 2,000 square feet of Asian-inspired interiors that complement the home’s gardens, fountains and outdoor bathtub.
Custom details include etched teak cabinetry, textured stone floors and rain gutters insulated for low sound. The home features an open-plan living area with beamed cathedral ceilings, a center-island kitchen, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. One of the bedrooms serves as a recording studio.
Legend has won nine Grammys, including three in 2010 for writing the R&B song “Shine,” for performance on “Hang on in There” and for best R&B album (“Wake Up”). Teigen was on the cover of Sports Illustrated this year.
Legend bought the property in 2007 for $1.512 million.