(LOS ANGELES, CA) - Tony Gonzales, tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, has listed his Manhattan Beach home at $3.9 million with Gibson International, a new realty firm based in Brentwood.
A new realty firm in this economy? It doesn't faze Scott Gibson, head of Gibson International. "There are challenges, but they can be transcended," he said, referring to the high number of foreclosures and other problems in the nation's housing market.
We are having a lot of fun, and we are fortunate to have people come in with us - close to 50 by the end of this week - who are top agents I can enjoy seeing every day," Gibson said.
Among them is Randy Forbes Jr., who has the Gonzales listing.
The home was featured on the MTV show "Cribs," but that was a few years ago. More recently, Gibson was president of Coldwell Banker, from L.A. to Palm Springs and the Santa Ynex Valley, before he spent three years in the real estate business on the East Coast.
Gibson, 53, started in real estate in 1978. He is a grandfather of two. During the passing years, he worked his way up the ladder and learned that there is a place for high-end agents. "There was no attempt to become an elitist," he said, "but every day, there were opportunities in the marketplace." Still, he waited for what he deemed to be the right time to open his company.
"Why now?" he asked. "The idea, the drive and the passion make the difference," he said.
Singer/songwriter Jewel, a three-time Grammy nominee, and her bull-riding, former rodeo champion husband, Ty Murray, have put their Hollywood Hills retreat on the market at $1.75 million.
The couple has a 2,200-acre ranch in Texas, where they may spend more time, although both have been active in their careers. Murray, 39, was featured in a series of Miller Lite commercials and starred in "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge," a TV show in which he tried to teach nine celebrities how to ride a bull. Jewel, 34, has sold more than 27 million albums worldwide, including "Perfectly Clear," released in June.
Their Hollywood Hills home has city views plus two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,700 square feet. The master bedroom suite has a private deck. There is also a brick patio for entertaining, an office and an attached three-car garage. The home was built in 1938 but was recently restored.
Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates, Westlake Village, has the listing.
Three-time Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans, who died at 92 in 2007, former home for more than 50 years is now for sale now at slightly less than $10 million.
The mid-century modern-style home has a guest house with a pool and a main house with 12-foot ceilings and views reaching to the ocean. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms in 3,500 square feet, records show.
Evans and his writing partner, Jay Livingston, wrote "Que Sera, Sera," "Silver Bells" and "I'm All Yours in Buttons and Bows."
Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the listing.