Designer buys a place with flair

Interior designer Waldo Fernandez has bought a home in the Hollywood Hills West area for $2.4 million.

Designed in 1940 by architect F. Pierpont Davis and later redone by Hollywood Regency-style proponent John Woolf, the Italian villa was named "one of the 100 most desirable homes to own" by Architectural Digest.

The living room is adorned with 12-foot-high, hand-carved ceilings from a European cathedral and an oversized limestone fireplace. A domed ceiling caps the dining room, where French doors open to a terrace overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. The master suite features a 16-foot ceiling, a skylight and a fireplace. The house has three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Fernandez, who started as a set designer on the 1960s films "Doctor Dolittle" and "Planet of the Apes," worked on the face-lift of the Beverly Hills Hotel for Merv Griffin in the late 1980s. His celebrity clients have included Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Taylor and Goldie Hawn.

Property records show the house was last sold in 1984 for $267,500.

Brent Watson of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office was the listing agent. Roberta Foresta of Evergreen Realty represented Fernandez.

Where comic wrote his material

The longtime Beverly Hills home of the Morey Amsterdam family has been sold for $4.9 million.

The 5,854-square-foot house, built in 1958, has walls of glass that open to the backyard, a living room with a fireplace and a step-down bar, a breakfast room, a den with a fireplace, four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms.

The Amsterdams often entertained at the single-story home, throwing dinner parties in the formal dining room or larger parties around the kidney-shaped swimming pool.

The family made some additions to the house, adding a "playroom" with large picture windows, a television, a card table and a desk, where the comic wrote material.

Morey Amsterdam, who died in 1996 at age 87, played office worker Buddy Sorrell on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66) and was in show business for more than seven decades.

Deborah Moore of Keller Williams in Beverly Hills was the listing agent. Izzet Levi of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office represented the buyer.

Tight end keeps it simple

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis has purchased a condo at the Residences at W Hollywood for about $1.2 million.

The unit has two bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms, nearly 2,100 square feet of interior living space and a deck off the master bedroom. The open floor plan encompasses the living room, dining room and kitchen with a center island.

Lewis, 28, played in college for UCLA. He has been with the Jaguars since he was drafted in 2006.

The 2010 Pro Bowl player was attracted to the building's location near restaurants, night life and shopping as well as its amenities, which include 24-hour concierge service and a rooftop pool. The newly built condo will provide hassle-free living when he is in town and eliminate upkeep concerns during the season while he is on the road, Lewis said through a spokesman.

Ron Barnes of PowerPlay Destination Properties had the listing. Naomi L. Klein of Nourmand & Associates in Beverly Hills represented Lewis.

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