Tony Gonzalez wants to put you into the driver's seat
Buy his house for full price and the Atlanta Falcons tight end will throw in a Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, posed in an anti-fur advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (Associated Press; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
Should the NFL player sell for full price, he's promised to include a nice accessory in the four-car garage: a new Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
The Spanish-style beach house, built in 1983, is two blocks from the sand. Its 1,700-square-foot rooftop deck, with views from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is one of its best features, Gonzalez said. The roof deck has several living areas -- one has a built-in grill and sound system -- and there's even an outdoor bedroom.
"I totally gutted the house when I bought it," said Gonzalez, who purchased the property in 2003 for $1,575,000, according to public records. "It was amazing to see the transformation from what it was to what it is now."
The home's 3,725 square feet of living space include two living rooms, an upgraded kitchen, a dining room, a bar, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master bedroom suite was expanded to feature a fireplace and patio.
"It broke my heart to let the house go," he said, "but we have a family now and wanted to move closer to the grandparents down in Huntington Beach."
Gonzalez, 33, was born in Torrance. He played football, baseball and basketball for Huntington Beach High School and continued in football and basketball at UC Berkeley. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in 1997, and he was traded to the Falcons in April.
Among his NFL records for a tight end: He had the most receptions -- 102 -- in a season in 2004, and the most seasons -- four -- with at least 1,000 yards receiving. He has made 10 Pro Bowl appearances.
Supporters of many causes, Gonzalez and his wife posed largely in the buff for an anti-fur ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals late last year alongside the text: "We'd rather go naked than wear fur."
The house had been listed for three months in late 2008 at $3,999,000. Kofi Natei Nartey of Sotalot Realty Group, Los Angeles, is the listing agent.
The L word these days is landlord
"How I Met Your Mother" actress and former model Cobie Smulders has purchased a Los Feliz-area triplex for $991,000.
The 1922 Southern Colonial-style property has two town houses and a carriage house with a balcony above the garage. Each unit has two bedrooms, one bathroom and hardwood floors, and they sit behind hedges among mature trees.
Smulders, 27, stars in the CBS romantic comedy (2005-present) and has appeared on other shows, including "The L Word" (2005) and "Smallville" (2004).
The property came on the market in June at $989,000.
The listing agent was Greg Bender of Prudential California Realty's Los Feliz office. Stephanie Younger of Teles Properties' Brentwood office represented the buyer.
He's out of the picture now
Fashion photographer David LaChapelle has sold his 1920s Spanish-style home in the Sunset Strip area for $1.6 million.
The multilevel house with a view of the Chateau Marmont has three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms in an open floor plan of 1,912 square feet. There is a remodeled kitchen, dark hardwood floors, a blue-tile swimming pool and a spa.