Basketball star Elton Brand has sold his 5,471-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills for $4,550,000, and has paid $3,350,000 to purchase an 8,992-square-foot house in Gladwyne, Pa.

 

We're a little late to the party on the L.A. piece of this story, but given that we had broken the news back on July 7 of Brand having re-listed his Hollywood Hills house, we didn't want to let too much time go by before writing about his unloading of the house. The Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff was the first to write on October 7 about Brand's sale of the walled and gated house at 8412 Carlton Way in the Hollywood Hills, which Brand had had on and off the market for two years.

 

Indeed, public records show that Brand sold the house on August 25, with the deal being recorded on October 3. That means that Brenoff, who pulled her information on the sale from the MLS, wrote about the sale just four days after it was recorded. The buyer, who is not a celebrity, is a talent agent.

Built in 2003, the house has concrete, stone, stucco, glass and wood finishes throughout, along with three and a half baths, 20-foot ceilings, floating wall sections, Brazilian walnut floors, suspended staircases and two fireplaces, according to public records and listing information. Outside on the tiny, 0.15-acre lot are city views, a pool and garage spaces for five vehicles, according to public records and listing information. Brand purchased the house in early 2004 for $3,500,000, according to public records.

Take a look at the Los Angeles Times' then-"Hot Property" columnist Ruth Ryon's write-up of Brand's house when it first was listed in June 2006 (before we had started blogging). And see our July 7 post for a review of Brand's other properties.

Brand, who on July 9 signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, recently paid $3,350,000 for a six-bedroom stone mansion on 4.37 acres in Gladwyne, Pa., according to public records and according to a September 30 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Brand's new, English Cotswold manor-style house was used in the 1990 shooting of the movie "Rocky V." He closed on that 8,992-square-foot house on August 12, with the deal being recorded on September 17, according to public records.

Built in 1926, Brand's new house has six full baths, three half baths, "an array of deep-silled windows," a newly renovated gourmet chef's kitchen and breakfast room with furniture-style Plato cabinetry, a library, nine skylights and a gas fireplace, according to public records and listing information. Other features include a guest suite with a kitchen and a large living room, and views of the Schuylkill Valley, according to listing information. The property is bounded on three sides by the Philadelphia Country Club.