LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning director James Cameron is eyeing a blockbuster sale in Malibu. His prized compound, a collection of two mansions he’s owned for decades, hit the market last week at US$25 million.
Cameron, a film industry veteran whose scores of credits include The Terminator and Titanic, began compiling the estate in the late 1980s, buying an 8,300-square-foot home with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. He added the place next door in 2003, buying the 7,700-square-foot home of late actor George C. Scott.
Together, the two estates combine for 16,000 square feet on four acres and take in views of the rolling hills above Surfrider Beach. There are 11 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a guesthouse, a guardhouse, two pools, two spas, a sports court, a gym and a lounge.
Each home features sunny living spaces sandwiched by beamed ceilings and Saltillo tile floors. One wraps around a dramatic courtyard with fountains, and the other boasts a custom movie theatre fitting for a decorated director.
Both properties are tucked into a four-home cul-de-sac in guard-gated Serra Retreat, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an enclave more jam-packed with celebrities over the years.
In 2004, singer Olivia Newton-John bought the home opposite Cameron’s from the widow of actor Charles Bronson for US$5.995 million and sold it four years later for over US$10 million, records show. Britney Spears scooped up the other home in the cul-de-sac for US$6.3 million in 2004 and sold it three years later to The Mummy director Stephen Sommers for US$10 million.
In addition to the two homes, Cameron has owned plenty of undeveloped land in Malibu. He began buying parcels after the release of Titanic in 1997 and eventually amassed a collection of 730 acres of ranchland in the Santa Monica Mountains and planned to develop it into a family sanctuary called Tranquility Base.
He eventually put the land on the market for US$25 million in 2007 and sold 703 acres of it seven years later to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for US$12 million.
Cameron, 66, is known for directing blockbuster films with big budgets and groundbreaking special effects. His films have won 21 Academy Awards over the course of his career. His credits include Aliens, The Abyss and True Lies. Two of his films, Avatar and Titanic, are the second- and third-highest grossing films of all time, respectively.
Flipping for their latest project
Husband-and-wife actors and frequent Hot Property subjects Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays have put their latest home offering on the market in the Hollywood Hills for US$1.995 million.
The couple, whose love of renovation work has been well-documented, restored the Laurel Canyon compound, which was once part of a small real estate empire owned by actor-producer Beach Dickerson. Dickerson, who was a mentor to scores of Hollywood types, acquired more than a dozen Laurel Canyon properties following the Second World War using G.I. Bills and leased them over the years to a number of writers, directors and entertainers, including Bernsen.
Nicknamed "The Crown Jewel," the compound makes the most of its lofty perch with three upper structures and a lower bungalow built into the hillside.
The two-bedroom main house and nearby pool house, both updated with light hues, are grouped around a brick-rimmed pool, a spa and decking. The A-frame-style guesthouse, which retains a rustic vibe and vintage fireplace, is in the back corner of the grounds. Including the lower bungalow, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms in all.
Views from the property take in the canyon and downtown L.A.
Bernsen, 66, gained fame in the role of divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the 1986-94 series L.A. Law and starred in the Major League films. He was on Psych throughout its 2006-14 run and recently appeared on the CBS crime drama Magnum P.I.
Pays, 61, is an interior designer and actress known for her role as Dr. Tina McGee on the original The Flash series and its latest iteration on the CW.
It’s seen a little bit of lovin’
Singer-songwriter Elle King is staging a sale in Hollywood Hills, where her Mediterranean-style home full of authentic details and chic outdoor spaces is on the market for US $1.665 million.
Spanning three stories, the 1980s abode draws the eye with a wooden garage door, wrought-iron accents and shades of orange and turquoise that break up the white stucco exterior. Three balconies are perched on the front of the home, while a few more extend from the rear.
Dark hardwood floors, crown mouldings and arched doorways provide period charm in the common spaces. The living room has a stone fireplace and custom chandelier, and the kitchen adds slabs of rainforest marble.
Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a family room, a study, a wet bar, and a dining room with a built-in buffet also lie within some 3,500 square feet of living space.
Almost every room opens to a deck or patio. The outdoor spaces include a dining area set beneath string lights and a patio with a spa and a covered lounge. A tiered garden descends to a turf yard at the edge of the quarter-acre property.
The daughter of actor Rob Schneider, King has released two albums over the last six years including 2018’s Shake the Spirit. The 31-year-old has been nominated for three Grammys: two for her song Ex’s and Oh’s and one for her duet with Dierks Bentley, Different for Girls.
— Los Angeles Times