Cardinals owner finds new home base
LOS ANGELES — It may be some time before baseball returns to Los Angeles, but that's not stopping St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt from landing a new offseason dugout. The businessman was the buyer of Eva Longoria's Hollywood Hills compound.
DeWitt paid $8.25 million for the place — which wasn't even in the same ballpark as Longoria's original $14 million asking price — and is just the latest in a string of high-profile names to own the French-influenced estate. Before Longoria, box office star Tom Cruise owned the compound.
Spanning 2.75 acres, the property includes a three-bedroom villa, four-bedroom guesthouse, two studios and a stone cottage. Outside, a whimsical bridge tops a resort-style pool lined with boulders.
Hardwood floors sit under whitewashed beams in the living spaces, which include a formal dining room and kitchen with a farmhouse sink. French doors line the living room, opening to a flagstone terrace overlooking L.A.
The master suite opens to a terrace of its own, one of many that fill out the back of the property. Meandering stone pathways navigate the landscaped grounds filled with patios and fountains.
DeWitt, 78, bought the Cardinals for $150 million in 1995 and has seen the team's value soar in the decades since, with Forbes currently estimating the club's worth at $2.2 billion. During his tenure, the team has won two World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.
About the time of the sale, he quietly unloaded his place in Studio City in an off-market deal for $3.4 million.
As an actress, Longoria starred in "The Young and the Restless" before an eight-season run on the comedy-drama series "Desperate Housewives," which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The 45-year-old also has been directing lately with credits on "The Mick" and "Grand Hotel."
Stuntman sees action
Stunt performer and actor Chris Pontius, of "Jackass" fame, has a bid in hand but is still "accepting backup offers" for his longtime home. The Hollywood Hills residence came up for sale earlier this month for $1.245 million.
The Midcentury Modern-style residence, built in 1959 and since updated, sits amid a forest of dense landscaping in the Nichols Canyon area. Details include hardwood floors, clerestories and an eye-catching copper fireplace in the living room. A wall of windows frames leafy views and a bubbling stream that cuts through the grounds.
An office/den with built-ins sits behind pocketing doors off the living room. The galley-style kitchen is accompanied by a dining area. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms within more than 1,100 square feet of interior space.
Pontius bought the property in 2002 for $535,000, public records show.
The 45-year-old gained fame as a cast member on the MTV show "Jackass" and the franchise's feature films. He previously hosted the "Jackass" follow-up show "Wildboyz" and also appeared on hidden camera show "Totally Busted."
Flip was no flop
Tarek El Moussa, star of HGTV's "Flip or Flop," and his girlfriend, Heather Rae Young of Netflix's "Selling Sunset," wrapped up an off-market sale in Costa Mesa, selling their modern farmhouse for $2.705 million.
That's $430,000 more than El Moussa paid for the place in 2018 and $130,000 over the asking price.
"I realized the value of my home was the highest it had ever been and now would be a great opportunity to sell," El Moussa said. "I also realized the prices would not stay this high, which prompted my decision to take advantage and sell high, sit on the sidelines for a year or two, and later buy low."
It's no surprise that the HGTV star made some changes during his stay, touching up the floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room and the massive marble island in the kitchen. An expansive open floor plan with whitewashed beams, walls of glass and clerestory windows anchors the 3,000-square-foot home.
Outside, a fire pit overlooks a swimming pool and spa.
A staple in the Orange County real estate scene, El Moussa has flipped homes across Southern California for his hit show "Flip or Flop," which is set to air its ninth season this summer. Young appears on Netflix's "Selling Sunset," a reality series that focuses on luxury listings. Its second season was to premiere Friday.
Tribune News Service