Hot Property: Choose your sport

We managed to represent lots of different sports in this week’s selection, with elite athletes and others from the pro basketball, hockey and tennis worlds. But just for good measure, we’ve thrown in a couple of musicians and an actor among the buyers and sellers.

Comfortable chairs, walls of books and a vinyl record player make the living room Jason George’s favorite spot to be. Check out our video inside the “Grey’s Anatomy” actor’s Studio City home.

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Another high score for baller

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James has scored another high-end home in Brentwood.

A limited liability company linked to the NBA superstar has paid $23 million for a newly built spec mansion there. The entity is the same one used by James two years ago to buy another home in the Brentwood area for about $21 million.

Set up from the street, with city-to-ocean views, the 15,846-square-foot home has a home theater, a wine cellar, a cigar room and an onyx-lined wet bar.

There are eight bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms as well as a spa with a steam room, a sauna and a massage room.

A swimming pool and spa complete the grounds.

James, 32, is a 13-time NBA All-Star and a three-time NBA champion.

The Red Rocker is ready to sell

Sammy Hagar, the rock vocalist who fronted the bands Montrose and Van Halen, has put a chateau-inspired home in Lake Arrowhead on the market at $5.9 million.

Sitting atop a sloping lot overlooking the lake, the house has views of the water from four levels.

The 8,057-square-foot home contains a game room, multiple lounges and a soundproof recording studio. The master suite, one of eight bedrooms, has 30-foot-tall ceilings.

Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 for his work with Van Halen.

He’s familiar with the place

Tom Gores, chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity and owner of the Detroit Pistons franchise, has bought his former home in Beverly Park back for $38 million in a deal completed off-market.

The Tuscan-style mansion, built in 2000, was among the properties used by Gores to purchase a newly built estate in Bel-Air last year for $100 million.

The Beverly Park estate appeared in the public record in October 2016 with a sale price of $40 million, and in March this year was listed for $49 million.

Designed by Donald Ayres, the mansion has 24,000 square feet of interior space with seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.

A swimming pool and spa, lawns, mature trees and gardens fill more than two acres of grounds.

Dropping his beach vibe

Mike Dirnt, bassist for the band Green Day, has sold his super-cool beach house in Montecito for $3.85 million.

The narrow three-story house, along the sand at Miramar Beach, has an arched top, glass doors and balconies. Retractable stairs on the top floor lead to an ocean-view lookout.

The 1,186 square feet of surf-inspired ship-like interiors feature teak and Brazilian hardwood floors, teak cabinetry, two kitchens, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Dirnt, 45, is a founding member of Green Day and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A magical spot in Pasadena

Summer Bishil of “The Magicians” series has landed a Midcentury Modern home with some magic of its own in Pasadena for $1.8 million.

The 1952 classic has walls of glass that open to panoramic canyon, mountain and cityscape views. Among the eye-catching features is a living room fireplace with a circular opening.

Set on about a half-acre, the nearly 2,000-square-foot house has been updated.

The artfully landscaped grounds include a courtyard with a pond and waterfall and a swimming pool behind and below the house.

Bishil, 29, has TV credits that include “Lucky 7” and “90210.” She was in the films “Crossing Over” (2009) and “Towelhead” (2007).

Hockey great flips in Westlake Village

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has sold a house in Westlake Village for $3.4 million. That was a relatively quick pass. The former center had just bought the place at the end of last year for $3.3 million.

Set in the gated Sherwood Country Club area on roughly three-quarters of an acre, the stately Mediterranean looks out onto a golf course fairway and takes in the mountains beyond.

Sliding glass doors off the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house open to European-inspired gardens, a resort-style swimming pool and an expansive terrace.

Gretzky, 56, earned the nickname “The Great One” during a career that spanned two decades. The 18-time All-Star and Hall of Famer played for such NHL teams as the Los Angeles Kings.

She lobs penthouse onto market

Former pro tennis player Gabriela Sabatini has a penthouse duplex for sale in Key Biscayne, Fla., at $2.89 million.

The 3,138 square feet of living space includes a private gym, five bedrooms and 3.5 remodeled bathrooms. A private rooftop terrace expands the space out of doors and takes in panoramic city, bay and ocean views.

There’s another gym in the 1980s 12-story building as well as 12 tennis courts.

Sabatini, 47, won both singles and doubles titles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the women’s grand slam singles title in the 1990 U.S. Open. She retired from the sport in 1996.

From our archives

Ten years ago, Frankie Muniz of “Malcolm in the Middle” fame, listed his home in the Sunset Strip area at close to $3.9 million. The traditional-style 1941 home had five bedrooms and four bathrooms in just under 2,000 square feet.

Twenty years ago, Jerry O’Connell, the then-23-year-old star of Fox’s sci-fi series “Sliders,” became a first-time home buyer with his purchase of a Sunset Strip-area condo for about $250,000. The unit had two bedrooms and two bathrooms in about 1,200 square feet.

Thirty years ago, actor Michael Caine sold a Beverly Hills mansion that was built in the 1950s by Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. The four-bedroom house had been listed for $2.95 million.

What we’re reading

A Santa Monica woman has spent $16 million buying and rehabbing condos in one of Lake Geneva's most opulent mansions, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. She’s got one more to go before she owns the entire three-story, 40,000-square-foot Illinois edifice.

Ready for a little real estate fantasy? For just $61, you can become a co-owner of a 13th-century French castle, reports Mental Floss. The hitch? You’ll be owning Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in western France with others who have donated to the cultural heritage restoration site. So far, they number more than 9,000.

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