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Christina Aguilera Sells Sunset Strip Home for $4.65 Million

» Featured Columnists | By Lauren Beale | September 12, 2011 12:27 PM ET



The Midcentury Modern, built in 1960, is in the celebrity-populated "bird streets." The 6,500-square-foot post-and-beam house has a recording studio, a screening room and walls of glass opening to a pool, a 12-person spa and a fireplace. There are four bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

"It's a very specific house -- really stylish but needs work," said Peter Lavin of Links Real Estate, Hollywood. He represented buyer Carsten Fischer, a director and corporate senior executive officer for Tokyo-based Shiseido. Fischer offered $4.7 million for the house, and the sales price reflects discounts for repair credits.

Christina Aguilera, 30, is among the world's bestselling recording artists with sales of more than 50 million records. The Grammy-winner's hits include "Ain't No Other Man," "Beautiful" and "What a Girl Wants." She is a coach on the TV singing competition "The Voice" (2011).

Public records show the pop star bought the property in 2003 for $5 million. She had listed it originally in 2008 for close to $8 million.






He's Changing the Dial in Venice

Former KCRW music director Tom Schnabel has sold his Venice, California home for $2.9 million.

The contemporary Mediterranean and a detached studio open to a solar-heated saltwater pool with spa and drought-tolerant landscaping on the walled lot. The 3,030-square-foot home, built in 1994, has a two-story-tall living room, an underground wine cellar, an expansive roof deck with mountain views, two bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Schnabel, 64, was music director from 1979-90 at the radio station, where he started and was a host of the "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program.



His New Dis Fit for a King

Former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan, have listed their home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for sale at $8.5 million.

The Lake Sherwood house, completed in 2010, has 8,450 square feet on a single level. The modern Mediterranean features two offices, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a home theater and a master suite with dual bathrooms and dual closets. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The 1.4 acres include an infinity pool.

Courtnall, 46, started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1983 and retired from the Los Angeles Kings in 1999.

Vaughan, 50, appeared on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and "The Wayans Bros." (1995). She is the daughter of late jazz singer Sarah Vaughan.

Public records show the couple bought the lot in 2008 for $2,375,000.



Head Turner Attracts a Fan

Update: A former home of silent film star Clara Bow has sold for $6,375,000. The Spanish-style house in Bel-Air came on the market in early July at $6,995,000.

Built in 1928, the Moorish-influenced residence includes a courtyard, ballroom, rooftop deck, enclosed sleeping porches, six bedrooms and 7½ bathrooms in 8,900 square feet.

A guesthouse with a bedroom and bathroom sits above the three-car garage for a total of 9,450 square feet of living space. At nearly three-quarters of an acre, the gated lot has a pool with a sun deck and a motor court.

Bow, who died in 1965 at 60, was a flapper and sex symbol in the Roaring Twenties. Among her nearly five dozen film appearances were starring roles in the 1927 hits "Wings" and "It," earning her the nickname "The It Girl."

The property was previously sold in 1991 for $2,475,000, public records show.



Luxe High-rise Finds a Buyer

Update: TV personality and former model Cristina Ferrare and her husband, former ABC Entertainment President and Morning Light Productions founder Tony Thomopoulos, have sold their Wilshire Corridor condo for $2.8 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. That's also how much they paid for the high-rise unit in 2003.

Designed for entertaining, the contemporary 3,277-square-foot unit has 10-foot ceilings, marble and hardwood floors, an open-plan living and dining room and a breakfast room. The master bedroom has dual bathrooms and three closets. The condo has three bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms total. Building amenities include a concierge and wine storage.

Ferrare co-hosted "A.M. Los Angeles" in the '80s.

The couple listed the condo in late April at $3,195,000.




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