The 7,000-plus-square-foot house was purchased by McMahon in 1990 for $2.6 million, according to The Times' archives.

In 2006 he listed the contemporary Mediterranean at $7.699 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. It was on and off the market at a variety of lower prices for the next several years.

Then in 2008 an ailing McMahon defaulted on $4.8 million in mortgages with Countrywide Financial. Donald Trump announced his intention to buy the first mortgage, but it eventually was sold to another investor who rented the house back to McMahon. The comedian, game show host and talk show sidekick died in 2009 at 86.

The property was sold at foreclosure to a group of investors for $3.951 million in October 2010. After an extensive makeover, repairs and staging, the house was listed in November at $3.475 million.

The home, built in 1989, has six bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. It sits on a third of an acre with a swimming pool and dining pavilion.

Ernie Carswell and Christopher Pickett at Teles Properties were the listing agents, according to the MLS. Leah Lail of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office and Steve Frankel of the Beverly Hills North office represented the buyer.

Beaming out of the Westwood area

The Westwood-area home that actor Leonard Nimoy bought with his first wife, Sandra Zober, has been sold for $1.95 million.

The traditional-style house, built in 1938, also has contemporary elements and features window seats, high ceilings, walls of windows, skylights and two fireplaces. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,664 square feet of living space. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, a spa and a pool house.

The couple bought the house in 1968 when Nimoy was playing Spock on "Star Trek." They were divorced in 1987, and Zober remained in the home. An art collector and patron, she died in April at 83.

The house, which was sold above the asking price within two months of coming on the market, had been listed at $1.72 million.

Spencer Krull of Teles Properties was the listing agent. Judith Gottesfeld of Gibson International represented the buyer.

Something for WeHo to gossip about

Not every home that didn't sell last year is sitting vacant. "Gossip Girl's" Kelly Rutherford listed her West Hollywood bungalow for sale or lease in May and ended up leasing it out at $4,700 a month.

Built in 1926, the Spanish-style home includes a sky-lighted dining room, an updated kitchen with limestone counters, two bedrooms and 13/4 bathrooms. Outdoors, the deck features a bar, and a built-in barbecue is surrounded by tropical landscaping.

Before her role as Lily van der Woodsen on "Gossip Girl" (2007-present), the 43-year-old actress was in the series "E-Ring" (2005-06) and "Melrose Place" (1996-99).

The house was listed for sale at $1.299 million or for lease at $4,995 a month. Public records show Rutherford bought the property in 2005 for $1.25 million.

Michelle Ficarra of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, handled both sides of the transaction.