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Cher sells West Hollywood condo

By Lauren Beale Los Angeles Times

Publication: The Day

Published April 26. 2013 4:00AM

LOS ANGELES - Singer Katy Perry's fortress-like compound in Hollywood Hills West is for sale at $6.925 million.

The double-gated Mediterranean-style house, built in 1925, sits on nearly 3 acres with a caretaker's apartment/carriage house and a guesthouse.

Called Park Hill, the house features a baronial stone foyer with a sweeping staircase, a two-story living room, stained-glass windows and a carved fireplace mantel in the living room, a pub, a study and a media room. Including a four-room master suite, two guest suites and staff quarters, there are seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 8,835 square feet of living space.

Perry, 28, will be releasing a new album this summer. Among her previous albums are "One of the Boys" (2008) and "Teenage Dream" (2010), which included five No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

She bought the property in 2011 with then-husband Russell Brand for $6.5 million, but never occupied it. They divorced last year.

CHER DITCHES HER IN-TOWN DIGS

Singer-actress Cher has quietly unloaded her Sierra Towers condominium in West Hollywood for $5.25 million.

The 2,302-square-foot pied-a-terre was created by combining two one-bedroom units.

Cher bought the property in 2006 for $3 million, according to public records. She was offering the two-story unit outside the Multiple Listing Service at $5.5 million.

An avid home buyer and decorator, Cher used the in-town residence for one of her first ventures into Balinese-style interiors. Building amenities include concierge service, a gym and a swimming pool.

Cher also has a house in Venice, Calif., in escrow after less than a month on the market. It is owned through her trust and listed at slightly less than $1.9 million.

The remodeled contemporary features high ceilings, sliding glass walls, two fireplaces and a Cher signature amenity - an outdoor shower. A rooftop deck includes a built-in barbecue, sink and refrigerator. There are three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

A BIT OF 'DALLAS'

ON THE WESTSIDE

"Dallas" star Jesse Metcalfe and his fiancee, actress Cara Santana, bought a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1,432,500, public records show.

The 1925 Spanish-style house has been restored and features a courtyard with a fountain. There are five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 2,362 square feet of living space in two stories.

Metcalfe, 34, plays Christopher Ewing in the remake of the TV series "Dallas," which began last year. He played teen gardener John Rowland on "Desperate Housewives" from 2004 to 2009 and starred in the films "John Tucker Must Die" (2006) and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (2009). More recently, Metcalfe starred in the crime thriller "Chase" (2010-11).

The property previously changed hands in 2002 for $1.15 million.

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ACTOR IS READY FOR A NEW SCENE

Actor Neal McDonough and his wife, Ruve, have put their house in L.A.'s Windsor Square on the market at $2.899 million.

Built in 1922, the Southern Colonial-style home features a step-down living room with a fireplace; a dining room that is used as a billiards room, and a high-ceilinged family room that opens to a patio with a spa, wet bar and lounge area. There are five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,067 square feet of living space.

McDonough, 47, is known for roles on the series "Band of Brothers" (2001), "Boomtown" (2002-03) and "Desperate Housewives" (2008-09). He was in the 2012 season of "Justified" and will play Joseph Hooker in the upcoming miniseries "To Appomattox."

The couple bought the quarter-acre property in 2005 for $2.675 million, public records show.

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AN OPENING AT SOWDEN HOUSE

The storied Sowden House in Los Feliz is listed at $4.888 million.

Set behind gates and obscured from the street by heavy foliage, the unusual-looking residence has sometimes been called the "Jaws house" for its facade, which looks like either a Mayan temple or the open jaws of a shark.

Typical of Lloyd Wright designs, beyond the original copper entry door are stairs and a tight hallway, creating a feeling of compression before opening up to the living spaces within.

The 1927 structure is made of so-called textile blocks, patterned concrete blocks also favored by the architect's father, Frank Lloyd Wright. The designs depict water, earth and air.

A later addition to the five-bedroom, six-bathroom house is the pool in the long center courtyard. The living room near the front of the house and master bedroom at the back make the most of this inward-looking garden view.

Seller Stephen Finkelstein has enjoyed the 5,600-square-foot house for his personal use and rented it out for photo shoots and low-key events. "It earns enough to pay for itself," he said.

The distinctive house has been used in the film "Ruby Sparks" and the series "Californication."

Suspicions that the house could be the site where 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was killed in 1947 have brought reality shows and a few kooks to Finkelstein's door.

The so-called Black Dahlia case also has drawn "Paranormal America" and "Ghost Hunters" crews.

Finkelstein bought the house as an investment in 2011 for $3.85 million with a three- to five-year horizon in mind before selling.

Seeing the market heat up for high-end historic properties, the industrial hygienist decided the time was right to put it on the market.

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(Contact the writer: lauren.beale@latimes.com )

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