DiCaprio Scores in Many Ways

Residential News » Residential Real Estate Edition | By Ruth Ryon | December 7, 2008 1:15 PM ET

(LOS ANGELES, CA) - Leonardo DiCaprio is a winner on many fronts, and the awards season hasn't even begun yet.

DiCaprio co-stars with Kate Winslet, his "Titanic" co-star, in the upcoming movie "Revolutionary Road," which is already being described as an Oscar contender and still hasn't been released.

Time magazine named DiCaprio one of the "most influential" people in the world, but Forbes magazine simply called him "the fifth highest paid actor in Hollywood." That's probably closer to the truth, and DiCaprio should be commended for it.

DiCaprio doesn't seem to flaunt his signs of success, even though he is asking a shade under $9 million for just one of his Malibu properties. That property appears to be quite modest in contrast with some others owned by people in the entertainment industry. It has a main house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms in slightly more than 2,300 square feet. It also has a steam shower and a separate guest house with two one-bedroom suites.

It's one outstanding feature is its location, on a bluff overlooking the ocean with a stairway to a secret cove. The home has great views of the Pacific and, yet, it has a grassy yard and a sense of privacy.

Other DiCaprio movies include "Romeo & Juliet" (1996), "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), "Gangs of New York" (2002), "Blood Diamond" (2006) and "Body of Lies," (2008).

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, who plays a gay lawyer on the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters," has settled into a mid-L.A. area home he bought for close to $1.3 million.

The David E. Kelley series, starring Calista Flockhart in one of her first TV roles since the popular "Ally McBeal," shoots in recently built studios in Manhattan Beach.

The three-bedroom house Rrhys bought was built in 1924 but was recently remodeled. It has a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dark hardwood floors, spa-like bathrooms and a wooden deck.

The house was on the market for 36 days when it closed escrow for about $30,000 less than its asking price.

Enzo Ricciardelli of Sotheby's International Realty, Santa Monica, had the listing, and Jeane-Pierre Provo of Century 21 represented Rhys in buying, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Palais Rhoul, a family-owned boutique hotel in Morocco, has been put on the market for about $32 million.

It doesn't look much like Winston Churchill's favorite hotel, the grand La Mamounia, also in Marrakech, but Palais Rhoul has had some distinguished guests lately - George Clooney and David Beckham.

And if the buyer prefers a home to a hotel, Palais Roul can be turned back into a house, as it was a dozen years ago, according to listing agent, Xavier Attal of Immo Best International in Paris.

The Rhoul family, Parisian restaurateurs, built a Greco Roman-style house for themselves on the outskirts of Marakech, turning the 12-acre site into a hotel with 20 suites, two restaurants, and a garden with silk tents and a spa.

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