November 12, 2013 |
Megan Ellison, a film producer and the daughter of Oracle head Larry Ellison, has sold her three-house compound in Hollywood Hills West for close to $47 million. The first sale, which closed in the summer at $20.5 million, was of the 2010 Esquire magazine design house, described then as “the ultimate bachelor pad.” The four-bedroom, seven-bathroom contemporary was purchased by Megan Ellison in 2010 for $13.75 million. Then late last month the other two houses sold together for $26.25 million.
August 30, 2009 |
Having lunch with jewelry designer Loree Rodkin is like devouring a juicy Hollywood novel. First to be discussed are her famous affairs -- with Don Henley, Bernie Taupin and Richard Gere. Then her lifelong friendships with Cher and Elton John, and her extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as being introduced to Paris by Salvador Dali and propositioned by Jimi Hendrix (she turned him down). It's no wonder that she's had two offers to option her life story. Not that Rodkin is a party girl.
April 9, 2013 |
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
June 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Liberace's old off-Strip mansion is up for sale for a veritable song, but is the property fabulous or a decrepit fixer-upper? Built in 1962, the once-lavish 14,939-square-foot spread sits on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and features two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining. There are flashes of the legendary pizazz once embodied by Liberace, whose life was the subject of the recent HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” which details the eccentric entertainer's secretive romance with former chauffeur and lover Scott Thorson.
June 14, 2012 |
Just in time for his recent marriage to actress Drew Barrymore, art consultant William Kopelman has sold his bachelor pad in West Hollywood for $885,000. Built in 2004, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home had been featured five years ago in Elle Decor. The 1,548 square feet of loft space includes an upper level office looking down on the double-height living room, white high-gloss floors and lacquer cabinetry, a built-in bar that closes up inside a wall and large windows.
August 9, 2013 |
Although talk show host and football analyst Michael Strahan was initially a reluctant seller, a $3-million gain in less than a year helped him overcome his hesitancy. Strahan and his fiancee, television personality Nicole Murphy, have sold their Bel-Air home for $11 million in an all-cash deal. The couple had planned to build their dream house on the 1-acre site, which they bought last year for $7.8 million. They had torn down most of the existing 1926 Mediterranean home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2010 |
Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, who famously slept on a mattress on the floor when he was governor the first time, has picked out an upscale loft only blocks from the Capitol as his home away from home in Sacramento. After weeks of touring downtown buildings ? including a much-ballyhooed stop at the mansion he grew up in more than a half-century ago, when his father was governor ? Brown settled on a slice of converted auto showroom with a brick facade and industrial-chic interior. Ever careful to nurture the incoming governor's franchise on frugality, Brown's campaign staff declined to say how much he would pay for the 1,450-square-foot apartment.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2011 |
A Hollywood Hills party palace owned by English glamour photographer Richard Franklin is listed at $7.5 million. The renovated 1990 house has been rented long- and short-term to a string of entertainment figures including actor Fabio, hip-hop label Def Jam cofounder Russell Simmons and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. Designed as a bachelor pad and photo studio, the 6,500-square-foot home features a two-story disco, a theater with a floor-to-ceiling movie screen, a casino, a gym and an eagle's nest deck at the top of the house.
June 18, 2006 |
GREETING guests on his penthouse rooftop, Eugenio Lopez Alonso seems to have all the requisite props for his jet-set playboy lifestyle. Swingin' bachelor pad crammed with expensive artworks? Check. Second home in Beverly Hills, done up in chic, high-Modernist style? Check. Two yippy dogs, named Jasper (as in Johns) and Pollock (as in Jackson)? Yup. Posse of glamorous, attractive pals hanging out nearby? Check. Private source of steady income? Um, you're kidding, right?