Boxer Oscar De La Hoya reportedly has sold his California retreat and training facility for $2.1 million to mixed martial arts fighter Tito Ortiz.
The Wall Street Journal's "Private Properties" column first reported the story on Friday, and the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon followed with her take on the sale on Sunday.
Public records haven't yet cleared for the property, at 713 North Star Drive in Big Bear Lake, so we can't independently confirm the sale price and buyer data. When we can, we'll provide it for you here.
In the meantime, we would note that De La Hoya's listing agent clearly is making the rounds with publicizing the sale. Check out the website (http://www.parkinson-group.com/delahoya.html) that the listing agent set up for the retreat, and note that she references its sale to Ortiz, 32, and makes no effort to hide the property's address. Unlike most celebrity real estate sales, where agents are most willing to talk in order to publicize the listing but are less likely to talk once a deal has actually closed, De La Hoya's agent clearly isn't keeping this sale a secret.
Features at the retreat, which is on just over an acre, include a one-bedroom, 3,900-square-foot main house that De La Hoya built in 2000 and a three-bedroom, 3,262-square-foot guest house, both of which have vaulted ceilings, log support beams and walls of glass, according to public records and listing information. Other features include an indoor spa and waterfall in the main house, and a separate gym with a steam room that used to be the property's garage. De La Hoya purchased two of the three properties--on which the guest house sits, at 739 North Star Road--in 1995 for $73,000 and $78,000, and he paid $70,000 in 1996 for the third parcel, on which the main house sits, at 713 North Star Road, according to public records.
"I'm a huge fan of De La Hoya as a fighter and as a businessman," Ortiz told the Wall Street Journal last week.
De La Hoya had listed the retreat last November for $2,499,000. He separately owns a home in Puerto Rico. He also made celebrity real estate columns in the early part of this decade after he sold his 10,369-square-foot house at 11037 Anzio Road in Los Angeles' Bel-Air area in early 2002 for $3.75 million. De La Hoya had owned that house since 1997, when he purchased it for $3.35 million, according to public records.