Built in 1969, the Buff & Hensman-designed Wong House has walls of glass that capture views of downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. The turn-key house has been restored, and Reynolds added solar upgrades and high-tech bells and whistles.
The master suite opens to a walled garden. There are two bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,835 square feet of living space. Two rooms originally used as bedrooms in the post-and-beam house were converted to a family room. It remains to be seen whether the star power of the house will make up for the missing bedrooms.
The nearly half-acre site features a lawn, a deck and saltwater swimming pool. Along the property line sit overflowing pot fountains intended to block or muffle voices.
Reynolds, 35, and Johansson, 27, were divorced last year after three years of marriage.
He stars with Denzel Washington in the recently released film “Safe House.” Last year, Reynolds starred in “Green Lantern” and “The Change-Up.”
Johansson starred in “We Bought a Zoo” (2011) and played Natasha Romanoff in the sci-fi adventure “Iron Man 2” (2010). She will star this year in “Under the Skin” and “The Avengers.”
The then-married couple purchased the property for $2.9 million. The sales price of roughly $1,000 a square foot was considered high for the area at the time, according to local real estate agents.
Downtown Penthouse Has Star Appeal
Actor-director-producer Vincent Gallo has listed his penthouse in downtown L.A. for sale at $2.599 million.
Once leased to actor Nicolas Cage, the four-level loft has an open floor plan, exposed brick walls, floating-style staircases, inch-thick maple floors and an in-unit elevator. There are two bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms in the 4,300-square-foot space. Three outdoor and rooftop living areas, including a movie theater, have city views and add 3,100 square feet of space.
The penthouse sits atop what was once the West Coast headquarters of the National Biscuit Co. The seven-story factory was built in 1925. Linear City renovated the former Nabisco Bakery in 2007 into 104 live-work lofts. The complex is a Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument, which allows for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act. Building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, a 75-foot-long saline swimming pool and a gym.
Gallo, 50, is also a singer and songwriter. He starred in such independent films as “Essential Killing” (2010) and “Tetro” (2009) and will star in the upcoming movie “The Legend of Kaspar Hauser.”
Public records show Gallo bought the property in 2009 for $2.34 million.
Former Dodger Finds New Home Base
Retired professional baseball player Eric Davis and his wife, Sherrie, have listed their home in Calabasas at $2.195 million.
The Mediterranean-style house, built in 1994, sits on about half an acre with a swimming pool and spa, barbecue pavilion, half basketball court and stretches of lawn. The 7,239-square-foot home features a marble-floored entry, a wrought-iron staircase, a media room with a wet bar, an office, four bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Davis, 49, played for the Dodgers in the early ‘90s and ended his playing career with the San Francisco Giants in 2001. The former center fielder now works for the front office of the Cincinnati Reds, where he played from 1984 to 1991. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2005.
The couple will scale down to a smaller single-level home in the area, according to their listing agent, David Yobs of Prudential California Realty. With their children grown, they don’t need as large a home anymore, Yobs said.
Public records show they bought the property in 2001 for $1.65 million.
Moving On to Their Next ‘Project’?
Mandana Dayani of “The Rachel Zoe Project” and her husband, TV executive and producer Peter Traugott, have sold their Hollywood Hills West-area home for $1.5 million.
The traditional-style house, built in 1952, was designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The living room opens to a terrace on the main level, and the lower level to a swimming pool with spa. The master bedroom features dual walk-in closets, a den and a bathroom for a total of three bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms in the 2,240-square-foot house.
Dayani, vice president and general counsel for Rachel Zoe Inc., joined the cast of the reality show in the 2011 season. Traugott is the television division president of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He will be an executive producer for the NBC pilot “No Harm Done.” His production credits include last year’s pilot for “Ringer,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and “Samantha Who?” (2007-09).
Traugott bought the property in 2003 for $1.29 million, public records show. The couple was married in 2010 and put the house on the market late last year at $1.549 million.
‘30s Home Built for Nobel Prize Winner
A gated home in the Pacific Palisades/Brentwood area built for Nobel Prize-winning writer Thomas Mann is available for lease at $15,500 a month.
Constructed in 1939, the 5,266-square-foot house on an acre of property has been updated to enhance the indoor-outdoor traffic flow. Features include a family room/game room with a bar, walls of glass, a study with built-in shelves, five bedrooms and five bathrooms. A cabana stands beside the swimming pool. A commemorative plaque depicting Mann is on a wall of the house.
Mann, who died in 1955 at 80 in Zurich, Switzerland, wrote novels, short stories and essays. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. The anti-Nazi writer fled Germany in the early ‘30s for Switzerland before moving to the U.S. His short story “Disillusionment” is the basis for the Peggy Lee-recorded song “Is That All There Is?”
Although the house has a Pacific Palisades address in the Multiple Listing Service, The Times’ Mapping L.A. database shows it sits within the Brentwood neighborhood.
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