Will Forte is selling his century-old Craftsman home in Santa Monica, CA, for $2.45 million. The talented actor and writer snagged the charming residence for $840,000, way back in 2002.
About two weeks after the ink dried on the mortgage, he was offered a coveted spot on “Saturday Night Live.” As a result, he divided his time between this home and New York up until 2010.
Moving on to further successes after his high-profile gig on “SNL,” Forte purchased a $6.25 million home in Carmel, CA, last November.
He has now decided to part with his longtime three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,936-square-foot cottage, just a couple of blocks from the ocean.
Built in 1913, the home also comes with plenty of comic cred—the idea for the television series “The Last Man on Earth” was conceived here. Much of the movie “MacGruber” was also written in the home’s dining room.
It’s easy to see how the meticulous Ocean Park Craftsman was a source of inspiration and comfort to Forte over the years.
Sunshine flows in through the windows and skylights, illuminating its original features, like the brick fireplace, gleaming wood floors, built-in cabinetry, and beamed and vaulted ceilings.
While the cottage has been updated, plenty of attention has been paid to the home’s original character. The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances and glass-fronted cabinets. The bathrooms have marble and porcelain countertops, subway tile, and a free-standing tub.
The upstairs master suite includes a walk-in closet—rare for homes of this age—and sparkling ocean views.
Every square inch of the outdoor space on the 3,215-square-foot lot has been maximized. It includes a gracious wraparound porch, a private back deck perfect for entertaining, and plenty of mature foliage and drought-resistant landscaping.
In addition to its abundant charm, the home’s location is also a major advantage. The quaint shops and restaurants of Santa Monica’s Main Street are a short stroll away.
Jagger Kroener and Michael Grady of The Agency have the listing.
Towering over one of the chicest strands of the Sunset Strip, a turreted home owned by the movie star Rock Hudson in the 1970s has eventually found the right price—and the right buyer.
Listed in May for $3.75 million, the Country English-style property went into contract shortly after the asking price dropped from $3.75 million to $3.35 million.
The glamorous location on Queens Way in Los Angeles, in addition to the fact that the 2,803-square-foot dwelling has the potential to be expanded to double its current size, probably factored into the buyer’s decision.
“Originally built in 1937, the main house boasts a transitional aesthetic, with beautiful vaulted ceilings and classic fixtures,” says the listing agent, Cody Thompson of The Agency.
“The home presents a wonderful opportunity to live in one of L.A.’s most cherished neighborhoods, and also offers incredible value, as it has the opportunity to be expanded upon,” added Thompson.
He also noted the property is ideal for an “end user or investor,” which means that either a buyer could move in and live there as is, or an investor/developer could put in some serious work and turn a hefty profit.
It’s an ideal celebrity hideaway. Behind its secure gates sit a main house with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, a detached guesthouse, and a two-car garage.
The property covers more than a third of an acre and is within walking distance of some of the best nightlife, restaurants, and shops that L.A. has to offer.
With its vaulted ceilings, plenty of paneling, crystal chandeliers, a dramatic staircase, and a plethora of beveled mirrors, much of the old Hollywood glamor is intact. However, some updates may be in order.
Among the home’s other highlights are a wraparound bar in the “saloon,” and the ornately carved antique mantel surrounding the living room fireplace.
Upstairs, on the second floor, there’s a spacious master suite with its own sitting room, fireplace, and balcony. This floor also has a separate guest suite.
The backyard is also impressive, with a guesthouse, pool, and stylish cabana.
A property of this size, at this price, with its view of the glittering lights of L.A., is unique to the area. We’ll keep our eye on how its story unfolds.
The Oxnard, CA, home of the late actor Lyle Waggoner went on the market in mid-June for $4.4 million. The television star passed away in March at the age of 84.
Public records indicate that Waggoner—perhaps most famous for his stint in sketches on the “Carol Burnett Show”—bought the house in 2016 for $3.95 million, after the completion of an extensive remodel and rebuild.
Located right on Mandalay Beach, the spacious 4,644-square-foot home would probably command more than twice the listed price if it were located just 30 miles south, in Malibu.
Since it is farther up the coast, in Ventura County, the property affords more privacy, as well as easy access to Hollywood Beach, the Channel Islands Harbor, and the foothills of the Ventura coast.
The stylish, modern five-bedroom home was built in 2015, and offers direct access to the sandy beach. It has high ceilings, massive windows, large bi-fold glass doors, and generous decks for taking full advantage of the coastline views.
Luxe amenities include an elevator, game room, and a six-car garage. There are also three separate HVAC systems, so that the home does not need to be fully air conditioned if only a part of it is being occupied.
The kitchen is a modern dream, with a waterfall-edged island, quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, and Miele appliances. It offers a lovely view of the ocean.
Waggoner appeared in “Gunsmoke” before he was cast as the host and a regular comedy sketch cast member on the “Carol Burnett Show.” He went on to star on TV’s “Wonder Woman” and featured as a guest star on a number of popular shows.
He went on to create a company that provided a home away from home for stars during film and television productions.
Star Waggons leased to the entertainment industry customized location trailers that can still be seen around Los Angeles during high-profile film shoots. Waggoner also became an accomplished sculptor.
At the very beginning of 2020, the Canadian-born actor Kevin Zegers fell in love with a brand-new home in Studio City, CA. The star snapped the five-bedroom property up before it even officially landed on the market.
In early February, Zegers paid $3.75 million for the sparkling new home in the San Fernando Valley. The place is within dog-walking distance of homes owned by many other celebrities, including Melissa McCarthy, Brian Cranston, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Colin Hanks.
Back in January 2019, a developer with a vision purchased the quarter-acre property for $1.6 million. The original home was quickly demolished. Taking cues from the modern farmhouse style so popular with today’s buyers, the developer then built the wood-accented, 5,455-square-foot domicile.
Neutral exterior colors and raw wood are offset by the black roof on the two-story dwelling. The only recognizable feature left on the property is the decades-old walnut tree in the front yard.
The previous home on the property was built in 1938, and had been through several transformations. It measured (a relatively measly) 2,182 square feet and had three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The developers were able to turn their project around within a year, and it was listed on Feb. 1. Zegers had already made a full price offer on the place, and it closed on Feb. 4.
Among the home’s fine new features are three fireplaces, one in the family room, one in the living room, and another in the spacious master bedroom. The home now also boasts a sparkling pool and spa out back.
Zegers, 35, has starred in a number of films and TV shows. He rose to prominence as the teenage star of the “Air Bud” movie series.
He went on to star in movies including “Transamerica” and “The Jane Austen Book Club.” His TV work includes shows like “Gossip Girl, “Dirty John,” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” He’s married and has two children.
You can’t help but wonder how many juicy plots were hatched in the extraordinary Malibu Colony beach house of Lee Phillip Bell and William J. Bell. The couple created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”—two of the most successful soap operas ever conceived.
With Lee passing away in February at age 91, their prestigious property is now on the market for $21,500,000. The Bells purchased the white-shingled home with 60 feet of beach frontage in 1989 for $4,365,000.
The Bell children no doubt found inspiration in the home as well: Bradley Bell is the executive producer and head writer of “The Bold and the Beautiful”; William James Bell is president of the family’s Bell-Phillip Television Productions; and Lauralee Bell has played Christine “Cricket” Blair on “The Young and the Restless” since 1983.
However, you don’t have to be a soap star, or even a fan, to admire this rare Malibu Colony classic. One of the few residences behind the posh gates of this exclusive community with a pool, it’s the only one in the enclave on the market right now.
Sitting on nearly a third of an acre, the main house measures 3,295 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It comes with a two-story guesthouse.
The shingled facade and gabled roof present a Hamptons style, but the lush landscaping, grassy yard, and mature palm trees are all California paradise.
A white fence encloses the property, and out back are the lagoon-style pool and spa, as well as stairs leading to the beach.
Robin’s-egg blue Dutch doors open to a white, beachy interior, with large picture windows providing gorgeous views at every turn.
Some of the loft-style rooms under the eaves also have exceptional views, as well as features like a fireplace or a chandelier.
Even the brick terrace has a remarkable ocean view.
Just beyond the pool is a deck with stairs to the beach.
Malibu Colony is within walking distance to many of the best shops and restaurants Malibu has to offer.
The elder Bells each earned lifetime achievement awards from the Daytime Emmys and are responsible for the creation of “The Young and the Restless” in 1973 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 1987. Both soap operas still air daily on CBS.
For more photos and details, check out the full listing.
Actors Mark Ruffalo and Zooey Deschanel are not, and never have been, an item.
But one thing they have in common is this charming home in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills not far from Universal Studios. Both actors owned it at one time, although not together. The classic home has returned to the market for $2,985,000.
Ruffalo purchased the 2,957-square-foot home in 2004 for $1.65 million. In 2009, he sold it to Deschanel and her husband at the time, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, for the same price he paid.
Deschanel upgraded and renovated the place before selling it in 2015 for $2,330,000. Key work on the 1933 home included the chef’s kitchen, which was equipped with a Viking refrigerator, La Cornue stove, marble counters, a large center island, farmhouse sink, breakfast nook with built-in banquette, and an attached butler’s pantry.
Now the three-bedroom, four-bathroom residence also features a guesthouse, a recording studio, and an extra structure that could be used for a playhouse, studio, or extra office space.
Other highlights include a sunroom with custom banquette seating and a cozy study with a fireplace.
As with many celebrity homes, the half-acre property sits behind privacy gates and is protected by a high-tech security system. There are numerous dining/conversation areas and raised garden boxes located on the grounds, all shaded by mature landscaping.
Ruffalo, 52, is a three-time Oscar nominee. He has become better known in recent years for playing Bruce Banner/Hulk in the “Avengers” films.
Deschanel, 40, is an actress, model, and singer/songwriter. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Fox series “New Girl.” On the big screen, she’s had memorable roles in “500 Days of Summer,” “Yes Man,” and “Elf,” among others.
Long before coronavirus became a reality, contractor Hal B. Hayes believed that chlorinated pool water would decontaminate just about anything—including nuclear fallout.
In response, he built a bomb shelter within his Hollywood Hills estate that was accessible via the pool. You had to dive in and swim through a short tunnel to reach it.
However, if you want to see whether the shelter still exists, you will need to open your wallet—wide. The home is on the market for $30 million.
Jason Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Group has the listing, along with his colleagues Mary Fitzgerald and Peter Cornell, and with Brian Stace of Pinnacle Estate Properties. Oppenheim told us that he hasn’t seen the tunnel or the shelter himself, but he believes they may still exist.
The quirky tunnel simply scratches the surface when it comes to the tall tales about this massive estate in the hills. Celebrities including Ted Field, executive producer of “Jumanji,” the actress Elizabeth Taylor, NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer, and musical genius Prince all lived here at one point.
First, we must rewind to the early 1950s. Hayes wanted to build a lavish home that would withstand a nuclear attack. For the exterior of the home, he settled on a fireproof gunite surface, intended to absorb atomic shock waves.
He added a number of other interesting features to the mansion, including the possible bomb shelter. One highlight was a car permanently installed on a ledge in the grounds, which looked as if it was driving off a cliff. It had a full bar in the trunk, so Hayes and his guests could enjoy an outdoor cocktail.
The car no longer sits perched on a hillside, and a number of other owners have passed through the gates since the mansion was finished in 1953.
In 2005, Boozer owned the place and rented it to Prince for $70,000 a month. The late musical legend reportedly gave performances in the home, which enthralled his fans.
However, Boozer was less than enthralled when he found that Prince had painted his signature symbol and purple stripes on a number of surfaces in the home. A lawsuit ensued, which was later dismissed.
Today, the estate includes the 10-bedroom, 13-bathroom, 18,410-square-foot original mansion, plus three other adjacent parcels of land. The current spread covers a whopping 2.15 acres.
The main mansion is filled with luxe features including a ballroom, wine room, and a pool with a swim-up bar and grotto.
One of the neighboring parcels included in the package also has a home sitting on it. The Tudor-style residence features 20-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, bar and billiard room, as well as a pool and spa.
According to Oppenheim, the package deal offers a buyer a number of options. One popular idea is to tear down the Tudor and create another large estate on that lot and the lots behind it.
Alternatively, a buyer could build an enormous family estate with several luxury homes on the property. Oppenheim told us he has already had a Saudi family inquire about that possibility.
Using it as a rental could also be an option—several reality shows have been filmed on the premises. And depending on the zoning laws, the agent says an upscale rehab facility or a corporate retreat might be a good fit for the property.
Although he describes the interior of the main mansion as “a little tired and in need of love and attention,” Oppenheim says he doesn’t believe that the 1950s home will meet with the wrecking ball.
“It’s so grand, and has such impressive scale, it’s likely the new owner will do an extensive remodel,” he says, noting that the massive deck for entertaining that overlooks the city is unlike anything he’s seen in the area.
He also says that the private rooftop tennis court with views of the city is almost unheard of in the Hollywood Hills.
And Oppenheim knows the area. He starred in the Netflix reality series “Selling Sunset,” which documented his high-end real estate business.
As for this storied offering? “Nothing matches it,” says Oppenheim.
It appears that crime does pay—at least in the movies.
James Cagney, famous for playing cinematic tough guys, once owned an island in Newport Harbor, CA. Known as Collins island, it’s located on the western tip of Balboa Island and has since been divided into eight separate residential properties. One of those properties is now on the market for $10 million.
The four-bedroom home measures a relatively modest 3,116 square feet, but it appears larger thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows with water views. The property comes with 140 feet of premium water frontage, large decks, and a private pier with a slip that can accommodate a boat up to 60 feet.
The neighborhood features nearby beaches, a boardwalk, and the Balboa Fun Zone, which offers games and rides. Like Cagney, the merry-go-round is a classic.
And since this place is situated on a prime spot right on the water, you have front-row seats to morning crew workouts, harbor boating action, sailing regattas, and paddleboarders. Of course, there are spectacular sunsets and holiday boat parades to enjoy as well.
But the house itself has plenty to offer. Bright and airy, it features hardwood floors throughout, and floor-to-ceiling windows and doors with access to the decks.
The rooms are generous, particularly the kitchen, which features white cabinetry and counter seating. The great room has a fireplace and dining area, and the living room also boasts a fireplace as well as views galore.
The master bedroom comes with a fireplace, and many of the bedrooms offer cozy window seats.
Cagney, who died in 1986 at age 86, owned the island from 1938 to 1948, and it’s rumored that he may have even won it in a poker game. Off screen, Cagney he was a fan of the seas, and was reported to have had boats harbored on both the East and the West coasts. Although he’s known for playing gangsters in “The Public Enemy,” “Angels with Dirty Faces,” and “White Heat,” he was a song-and-dance man who won an Academy Award for his role in the musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
Steve High and Evan Corkett of Villa Real Estate hold the listing.
When people hear the word “ramada,” a hotel chain usually springs to mind.
But eons before Ramada Inns dotted interstates, Native Americans built shade structures with roofs but no walls. These ingenious buildings (rama means “branch” in Spanish) constructed from poles and branches were designed for maximum airflow.
Now you can own one of the most architecturally significant examples of a ramada in the entire Southwest, plus the large, luxurious home it shades. Ramada House, built by architect Judith Chaffee, in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, AZ, is on the market for $1,995,000.
Listing agent Scott Jarson is in love with the desert design and the practical nature of the ramada.
“Nestled beneath a slat canopy of wood posts and beams, the ramada offers shelter from the sun, but keeps the views completely unobstructed,” he notes.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home was built in 1975 and designed for maximum privacy and views of its 8.75 acres.
The ramada was designed to cast intriguing shadows at different times of the day.
The home beneath the canopy appears to be made of adobe, but it’s actually built with mortar-washed slump block, which, like adobe, keeps the air inside cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Floors in the four-bedroom home are tile and concrete, and natural wood is used for accents throughout the house.
The sellers are the original homeowners, and they’ve thoughtfully updated the 3,797-square-foot home. Most spaces offer a blend of classic Southwestern features.
Unique details include a library with 10-foot-tall bookcases, an office with fireplace (there are two fireplaces total), and plenty of built-in storage throughout the home.
The modern kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, tile flooring, and pale wood cabinetry, plus easy access to the formal dining room and another dining area.
There are multiple patios, decks, and oversize windows providing lovely vistas, connecting the indoors and out. Outside, there’s a pool finished with an earth-colored plaster, the better to blend into the scenery and reflect the night sky.
All this, plus a tax break thanks to the home’s historical designation? According to the agent, it’s worth it for a buyer in search of a distinctive desert dwelling.
“For those seeking a truly remarkable home with architectural provenance and integrity, the Ramada House offers something completely unique and authentic,” says Jarson.
For more photos and details, check out the full listing.