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March 22, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Rancho Mirage estate of the late President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford has sold for $1.675 million. The buyers are entertainment business manager John McIlwee and Dreamworks Animation executive Bill Damaschke, who announced their intentions to preserve the 6,316-square-foot midcentury home. They purchased the furniture, including sofas and desks, and some of the artwork separately. The Fords built the Welton Becket-designed home in 1979. The gated compound encompasses 1.37 acres.
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HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Palm Springs property that actor Cary Grant lived in for 20 years has come on the market at $2,995,000. The 19th century Spanish farmhouse replica was built between 1927 and 1930 on 1.5 acres in the area known as the Movie Colony for its famed residents. Called Las Palomas, or the Doves, the house features thick whitewashed walls, hand-painted kitchen and bathroom tile, kiva fireplaces and handmade terra-cotta roof tiles. A soaring wood-beam ceiling, stone fireplace and tile floor add character to the living room.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Melissa Gilbert , who made her mark as a child star on "Little House on the Prairie" starting in the mid-1970s, has listed her Tarzana home for sale at $1,195,000. The gated compound of more than a third of an acre sits at the end of a cul-de-sac. The 4,609-square-foot ranch-style house, built in 1955, includes five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms. The upstairs master suite, with vaulted ceilings and a balcony, overlooks the swimming pool. A separate 1,309-square-foot guest quarters contains open living space, a kitchenette, a bedroom and a bathroom.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and his wife, vocalist Selene Vigil, have snared a buyer for their Malibu house, selling it for $2.453 million. Wilk is known to have an affinity for the number 3, and this sales price delivered one. He uses threes in his drum playing and decision-making. The ocean-view contemporary, built in 2001, features walls of glass, a large deck, a loft office, two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. The house has about 2,750 square feet of living space.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has sold his tricked-out house in the Hollywood Hills West for $2.125 million. Built in 2005 and designed for entertaining, the home features a two-story entry, an open floor plan, 20-foot ceilings, five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,706 square feet of living space. There is a swimming pool, a patio and a lawn. Dyrdek, 38, is executive producer, a creator and appears in the series "Wild Grinders" (2012), "Ridiculousness" (2010-12) and "Fantasy Factory" (2009-12)
BUSINESS
December 18, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
When singer Nancy Sinatra put a Santa Monica compound she owned on the market last month, it appeared her boots were ready to do some walkin' — to borrow from the title of her '60s hit. But it seems they ran instead. Sinatra, the daughter of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy, sold the property in 16 days for $5 million. The asking price was $4.895 million. The Cape Cod-inspired home and guesthouse sits on a nearly half-acre flat lot off a cul-de-sac.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Everyone needs a hobby. Actor Jeremy Renner has put his latest house remodeling project on the market in Holmby Hills at $24.95 million. The Roaring '20s Art Deco-style mansion includes a wine cellar, a theater, five fireplaces, six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 10,005 square feet of living space. The two-acre property features gates, a cobblestone driveway and a swimming pool with spa. Renner, 42, was nominated for Oscars for his work in "The Hurt Locker" (2008) and "The Town" (2010)
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Annette Cook, the founder and chief executive of Barefoot Dreams, and her husband, Stan , have sold an ocean-view contemporary in Malibu for $3 million. The gated home, built in 1983, has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,089 square feet. It sits on 1 1/2 acres with lawns and fruit trees. There are stone patios, a built-in barbecue, a fire pit and a spa. A separate guest suite with a den, a bathroom and a kitchen sits above the three-car garage. Cook has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "The Big Idea With Donnie Deutsch," among other shows, to discuss her business success, born out of the need to pay off $85,000 in student loans.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steven Seagal has listed his ranch in Northern California for sale at $12 million. Called Lava Lakes Nature Preserve, the 4,400-acre working cattle ranch sits in Shasta Valley with views of Mt. Shasta. The acreage includes seven lakes, meadowland, a 14,000-square-foot log home, a 4,200-square-foot house, a guesthouse, barns and corrals. The main house has high ceilings, 11 bathrooms, 12 bathrooms and off-the-grid capability. The smaller home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Perhaps hoping to hit a home run of a different sort, former baseball outfielder Barry Bonds has put his Italian-inspired estate in Beverly Park up for sale at $25 million. Designed to function both as a place to host large-scale events and as a family home, the 17,100-square-foot villa sits beside a circular motor court centered on a multi-tiered fountain. The 1.85 acres of grounds include an outdoor kitchen, a swimming pool with a cabana, a 2,100-square-foot sports court, an olive grove, a lawn and a rose garden.
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