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Ex-MLB player Garrett Atkins sells Laguna Hills house for $4.5 million

Ex-MLB player Garrett Atkins sells Laguna Hills house for .5 million

Garrett Atkins and the 7,418-square-foot house on 2.2 acres he just soldCOMPOSITE BY MARILYN KALFUS; INSET: FILE PHOTO; BING MAPS

Former Major League Baseball player Garrett Atkins has sold his six-bedroom Laguna Hills house for $ 4.5 million.

He was asking $ 4.598 million.

The 7,418-square-foot house, blending European architecture with a soft contemporary interior, is set on 2.2 acres in the Nellie Gail equestrian community. The home includes a regulation tennis court and a spa with a waterfall flowing into the swimming pool.

A chef’s kitchen opens to a great room with a fireplace and bar. A home theater, library and first-floor office are among the features.

Outdoors are a basketball court, large veranda and spacious loggia with a fireplace and a flat screen TV.

Atkins, who graduated from University Hill School in Irvine in 1997, retired from baseball after stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Colorado Rockies.

Shawn Halan and Carole Meikle of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty were the listing agents; Halan also represented the seller, according to the MLS.

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John Lautner home back on the market

An iconic home on Balboa Island star architect John Lautner has fallen out of escrow.

The home, listed for $ 4.399 million, has been on and off the market for years. It went into escrow on Oct. 19.

The dome-shaped home at 804 S. Bay Front was the residence of the late philanthropists Robert and Marjorie Rawlins. The couple’s gifts helped bring classical concerts to Orange County from around the globe; they paid for music scholarships and gave the UC Irvine’s School of Arts its first endowed chair.

Michael LaFetra, a film producer and preservationist who restores architecture, bought the house. In 2010, he put it up for sale at $ 5.495 million.

Lautner, a onetime student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a variety of one-of-a-kind properties in Los Angeles and elsewhere. He died in 1994.

Built in 1979, the Balboa Island house has 2,100 square feet, three bedrooms and an elevator.

The property is represented by Tim Smith of Coldwell Banker Previews International.

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Pelican Point estate sells for $ 10 million

A Spanish Colonial-style house on an elevated corner of Pelican Point in Newport Coast has sold for $ 10 million.

It was listed for $ 10.9 million.

Built in 2004, the 8,713-square foot residence, with five bedroom suites, boasts walls of French doors opening to gardens and views of the Pacific Ocean. Interiors include formal living and dining rooms, an office, walk-in pantry and an elevator, along with three fireplaces, coffered ceilings and arched hallways.

There also is a 2,000-square-foot subterranean garage.

The house, at 26 Shoreline, is on a bit over a third of an acre and has a swimming pool. The gated community offers private access to the beach.

Rob Giem of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty was the listing agent; Pallie Jones of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News