Posted on Sat, Sep. 16, 2006
Singer Macy Gray will try to say goodbye to her home
By Ruth Ryon
Los Angeles Times
Macy Gray is making a big change on the home front while hoping for another Grammy. The singer-songwriter-actress has put her San Fernando Valley estate on the market at about $4.6 million.
Gray, in her mid-30s, won her first Grammy in 1999 when she was named best new artist, and she's anticipating that ``Big,'' her new album, will be as successful as her debut album -- ``On How Life Is'' -- when it hits stores in the fall.
Her home, in the Encino neighborhood, was built in 1998 with nearly 10,000 square feet on slightly more than an acre, and has seven bedrooms and 9 1/2 bathrooms. She's owned it since 2002. The gated Colonial-style home has a basketball/sports court, a pool and spa, a circular driveway, dual staircases, a dome ceiling and a guesthouse. Her closet has a rack for wigs.
Known for her sultry voice, Gray plays a female pimp in the just-released movie ``Shadowboxer,'' co-starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren. The mother of three recently opened the M. Gray Music Academy in North Hollywood.
Saddling up: Michael Berns, consulting producer on the CBS drama ``Waterfront'' and co-executive producer of ABC's ``Invasion'' and NBC's ``Las Vegas,'' has put his home in Point Dume, near Malibu, on the market at $3.5 million.
Berns is selling because he wants to move to a horse property. The house he listed has five bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, a gym/guesthouse, a sauna and a key to a private beach.
Built in 1955, it is on 1.5 acres and has a fire pit, an outdoor shower and a playhouse.
They're game: In a case of one sports star selling to another, former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Slava Medvedenko has sold his Manhattan Beach home to L.A. Kings hockey player Alexander Frolov for about $2.3 million.
Built in 1991, the Mediterranean-style home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,000 square feet.