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California house hits a home run

Ex-MLB player Rollins buys gated estate for community-record price

Sean Garrison

Natalie Zea and husband Travis Schuldt paid US$2.15 million for a small compound in Glendale, Calif. The Spanish-style estate is awash in character details including three tiled fireplaces. The half-acre property includes attached and detached guest houses, a swimming pool and a sports court.

Daniel Dahler

The Hollywood Hills home of film producer Stuart Cornfeld and wife Johanna Went is for sale at US$2.65 million.

Sean Garrison

Natalie Zea and husband Travis Schuldt paid US$2.15 million for a small compound in Glendale, Calif. The Spanish-style estate is awash in character details, including three tiled fireplaces.

Daniel Dahler

One-time Dodger Jimmy Rollins has picked up a new base in Encino, Calif., paying a record US$10.65 million for the mansion. The 14,900-square-foot house, built in 2017, features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a theatre and a gym.

Onetime Dodger Jimmy Rollins has picked up a new base in Encino, paying a record $10.65 million for a mansion in the area. The 14,900-square-foot house, built in 2017, features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a movie theater and a gym. (Daniel Dahler)

LOS ANGELES — Former professional baseball player Jimmy Rollins has circled the bases on a record home sale.

A trust tied to the former Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop has bought a gated estate in Encino for US$10.65 million, setting a new record for the community.

The sale price is also among the highest ever recorded in the San Fernando Valley, according to real estate agents with knowledge of the area.

Set behind walls and gates, the neoclassical-vibe house is fronted by a horseshoe driveway that surrounds a circular fountain feature. The facade features four thick pillars supporting a covered porch, a balcony and an ornate frontispiece.

Beyond the double front doors of the 14,900-square-foot house is a two-storey entry with a sweeping double staircase and domed ceilings. Crisp white walls are awash in wainscoting and gold trim. Sconces and contemporary chandeliers keep the interior well lit. Living spaces include formal living and dining rooms, a theatre room and a wine cellar. The open-plan kitchen and family room has bi-folding doors that open to the grounds. Elsewhere are a gym, a sauna and an indoor pool. A cabana with a fireplace, a swimming pool and spa, lawns and a sports court make up the grounds. A two-bedroom guest house sits near the pool. There are eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in all.

The 2017-built estate had been listed for US$11.999 million.

Rollins, 39, is a three-time all-star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player.

He spent the majority of his 17-season career with Philadelphia and won a World Series title with the team in 2007.

This is how you get to Glendale

Actor Natalie Zea, who stars on the TBS show The Detour, and her husband, actor-producer Travis Schuldt, have bought the Glendale compound of music industry veteran Henry Marx for US$2.15 million.

The Spanish-style home, built in 1926, is full of character and romantic details, such as the vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, arched windows and three tiled fireplaces. A fireplace decorated in floral tile work creates visual interest in the outdoor courtyard.

Beyond the hand-carved double-entry doors, the roughly 5,000 square feet of living space includes a great room, a step-up dining room, a centre-island kitchen, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The den is filled with wood-panelled built-ins and a skylight-topped wet bar.

Outside, the gated half-acre lot holds a swimming pool and spa, expansive decking, a sports court and an outdoor kitchen. There are attached and detached guest houses, a pool house and a three-car garage. Views take in the surrounding treetops and mountains.

Marx, founder of the Music Force publishing company, bought the property four years ago for US$1.5 million, records show. Oscar-winning sound editor-designer Stephen Hunter Flick is another former owner.

Zea, 42, is known for her television roles on Justified and The Shield. Schuldt, 43, has credits that include the daytime soap opera Passions and the sitcoms Scrubs and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Last year, he appeared on General Hospital and NCIS.

Streamline Moderne model

Zoolander producer Stuart Cornfeld and his wife, performance artist Johanna Went, have listed their home in the Hollywood Hills for sale at US$2.65 million.

Set above the famed Chateau Marmont, the three-storey house is a stellar example of Streamline Moderne design. Built in the 1930s, the house has emphasized curves, clean lines and sets of metal-framed windows characteristic of the late Art Deco-period style. Porthole cutouts and period fixtures give the interior a nautical vibe.

The 2,771 square feet of living space includes a living room and sitting area that share a two-sided fireplace.

The formal dining room has seating for a dozen and the updated kitchen stays true to the period, with chrome, hardwood and checkerboard floors.

A balcony sits off the master suite, which features a one-of-a-kind pitched skylight and en-suite bathroom awash in artistic tile. In total, there are three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a sauna.

A wine room with walls of curved bookshelves sits next to the garage and has a door that leads to the patio. Bamboo and privacy hedges complete the setting.

Cornfeld, 65, is a producer for Red Hour Productions, which he operates with actor Ben Stiller. Among his film credits are Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). He also served as an executive producer for the Comedy Central shows The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail and Another Period.

— Los Angeles Times

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