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February 8, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
If I had a spare $29.5 million or so lying around, I'd definitely be in the market for the Moraga Vineyards estate in Bel Air, which is now up for sale. You know those rows of vines you see across the 405 as you ride the tram up to the Getty Museum ? That's it. According to the winery's website, Moraga is the first commercial winery to be bonded in the city of Los Angeles since Prohibition ended in 1933. I was there once, and it really is Shangri-La, the vineyards as meticulously groomed as the romantic Provençal-style garden.
April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Joining this spring's bumper crop of L.A.-area mega estates for sale is Liongate, entering the fray priced at $65 million. Other Westside contenders include the $135-million Beverly House, Jamie McCourt's $55-million home and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $50-million moated residence. Although two lion statues still stand at one of the gates, the reworked 1938 mansion in Bel-Air has dropped the plural from its former Lionsgate name. Singer Kenny Rogers, who sold the estate in 1983 for $5.8 million, is credited with placing the lions outside the gate.
May 16, 1985
Bruce W. Barren, a resident of Bel-Air, has received an Award of Civic Merit, the highest honor given by the county Board of Supervisors, for his efforts in providing jobs in Southern California. He is an economist and banker, and is an adviser to the county's Economic Development Commission.
April 9, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Michael Bay, the "Transformers" film series producer, has sold his estate in Bel-Air for $11.45 million. The three-story clean-lined contemporary was designed by the late Jack Warner, whose architectural firm worked on the Bel-Air Country Club. The 7,919-square-foot, museum-like house features high ceilings, a family room with a bar, library, a home theater, a wine cellar, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. The nearly one-acre promontory has views that encompass the Los Angeles Basin, Mt. Baldy and Santa Monica Bay.  The site includes a swimming pool and mature trees.
April 25, 2011
A regal residence in Bel-Air Location: 10425 W. Revuelta Way, Bel-Air 90077 Size: 15 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and three half-baths in about 23,000 square feet in two residences Published on: Nov. 29, 2009 Listed then for: $38 million Listed now for: $30 million Price reduced: 21 % Nautical nuance on the Strand Location: 1600 the Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 Size: ...
October 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Pamela Bowen, who stars in the 2012 Web series "Broken at Love," has kissed her Bel-Air house goodbye, selling it for $4.86 million. The traditional-style main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool sit on a knoll with unobstructed 180-degree views extending from downtown to the Pacific. The main house features a media room, a study and a gym. There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms and about 4,300 square feet of living space. The gated house, which Bowen rebuilt in 2007, was purchased in 2003 for $2,435,000.
December 9, 2012
Designed for large-scale entertaining, this gated Mediterranean has a loggia that can seat more than 50 guests and a formal dining room for as many as 40 that opens to a terrace. A wing devoted to the master bedroom suite contains a bar, dual bathrooms, walk-in closets and a gym. Location: 979 Bel Air Road, Bel-Air 90077 Asking price: $16.7 million Year built: 1990 House size: Five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, more than 10,000 square feet Lot size: 37,994 square feet Features: Stone floors, high ceilings, library, family room, den, screening room, office, service entrance, seven fireplaces, guest house, covered patio, courtyards, fountains, koi pond, swimming pool, motor court for 10 cars, three-car garage About the area: In the third quarter, 35 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.798 million, according to DataQuick.
February 28, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
A new story in the March 8 issue of the Hollywood Reporter floats the idea that News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch may be interested in buying Moraga Vineyards, the 13-acre Bel-Air estate now for sale at close to $30 million.  The key attraction for the media mogul is “the fully functioning and staffed namesake winery, developed beginning in the late 1970s by current owner Tom Jones, the former CEO of aerospace giant...
March 8, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Talent manager turned home remodeler Sandy Gallin has sold his latest residential project in Bel-Air for $23 million. The late-'30s Paul Williams-designed home belonged to "Father Knows Best" actress Jane Wyatt until her death. Gallin bought the house in 2007 for $7 million and remodeled and expanded it into a seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom home that blends Williams' traditional style with the contemporary architecture of Scott Mitchell. Among the signature Williams design elements is a two-story circular entryway with a sweeping staircase.
February 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Debra Messing, who stars on the TV series "Smash" set on Broadway, has sold her house in Bel-Air in a  month for $11.4 million. The traditional-style house, designed by architect Paul R. Williams and built in 1937, features bay windows, updated interiors, a den, a bar, a gym, four fireplaces, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 6,400 square feet. The more than half-acre gated property, sheltered by tall hedges, includes a swimming pool, a cabana and a brick driveway. Messing bought the property from actress Renee Zellweger in 2003 for $7 million, public records show.
April 3, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Victoria Tennant has listed her home in Bel-Air for sale at $6.995 million. The Traditional-style house, built in 1949, sits behind gates on close to three-quarters of an acre with a brick patio, a swimming pool, gardens and mature trees. Decorated by Kathryn Ireland, the home features a formal dining room, a library, a country kitchen, an office, a downstairs family room, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The master suits includes dual bathrooms, a fireplace and office or nursery space.
March 27, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ashok Amritraj is in the midst of producing his own double feature of sorts - buying an estate in Bel-Air for $8.25 million and listing a house in the Encino/Sherman Oaks area for sale at $2,199,900. The Italian villa-style mansion he bought features a two-story entry, hand-carved wood details, four fireplaces, an elevator and a six-car garage. There are seven bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms and 11,500 square feet of living space. The more than half-acre site contains a swimming pool, a spa and lawn.
March 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, have popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. Their seriousness about finding a buyer this time around may be indicated by their choice of a listing agent who has been around the block, specifically their block, several times. Farrah Fawcett hired Paul Czako of Gussman Czako Estates to sell the then five-bedroom home in 1999 for close to $2.7 million, according to Times archives . The former “Charlie's Angels” star had owned the three-acre property for more than 20 years.
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steppingstones cross a reflecting pool at the entrance to this contemporary home, which evokes a travertine-encased museum. Designed with expanses of walls for art display and an open floor plan for entertaining, the house centers on a 34-foot-high window-topped gallery that runs the length of the roof and brings in natural light. Location: 2251 Linda Flora Drive, Bel-Air 90077 Asking price: $12.5 million Year built: 2013 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 9,372 square feet including guesthouse, breezeways and patios Lot size: 3.2 acres Features: Fourteen-foot-tall ceilings, glass walls, glass-floor library looks down on wine room, upstairs office, deck, guesthouse with kitchen, swimming pool, loggia with fireplace, gated driveway, motor court, three-car garage, canyon views About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
March 12, 2014
Re "Home's height stretches the limit," March 6 Kudos to The Times for reporting L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz's work to have the city approve the construction of a massive new mansion in Bel-Air. This area's hillsides are being razed, our streets chewed up, the character of our community whittled away, all with the help of our elected representative. It's a betrayal of public trust that our city councilman sided with the developer of a 40,000-square foot residence instead of protecting the interests of the majority of his constituents.
March 6, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Homeowner groups from areas spanning the Santa Monica Mountains are accusing the Los Angeles City Council of undercutting hillside building restrictions by allowing a Bel-Air home to exceed height limits by nearly 40%. "Little by little, they are dismantling" hillside development limits enacted three years ago, said Marian Dodge, president of the nonprofit Federation of Hillside and Canyon Assns. The latest flare-up in the long-standing battle over hillside construction, encompassing some of Los Angeles' priciest neighborhoods, centers on a home proposed for Bellagio Road in Bel-Air.
April 5, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
If, like me, you're holding yourself back from snatching up Tom and Ruth Jones' 16-acre Moraga Vineyards estate in Bel Air, you might want to stop into the Redd Collection in Culver City Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a vertical tasting of wines from the estate. A flight is $50, which is a little steep but certainly a lot more affordable than the property, which is listed at about $29.5 million. (See a slide show here .) The tasting, which is free with a store purchase of $250 or more, consists of three vintages (1999, 2005 and 2010)
April 15, 2012
This gated Mediterranean-style mansion in Bel-Air centers on a dramatic round hallway off the entry. Wrought iron handrails ring the second level, and the hall is topped by clerestory windows and decorative glass. Location: 2244 Weybridge Lane, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $9.75 million Year built: 2001 House size: Seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 10,828 square feet Lot size: 37,369 square feet Features: Projection room, den, wine room, office, bar, gym, spa with sauna, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, infinity pool, six-car garage, motor court About the area: Last year, 147 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.8 million, according to DataQuick.
March 4, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A band of homeowners associations have lined up in opposition to allowing a Bel-Air home to exceed city height rules, arguing that hillside development restrictions are being eroded by granting exceptions to some landowners. “Little by little, they are dismantling” the hillside ordinance enacted three years ago, said Marian Dodge, president of the nonprofit Federation of Hillside and Canyon Assns., which includes dozens of local groups. If this home is allowed to build higher, she argued, “any neighbor can say, 'Why can't I?
February 25, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
Hugo Bolanos is the executive chef of Hotel Bel-Air, overseeing the entire food and beverage operation of the iconic hotel, including Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. The Guatemala native attended Pasadena City College and worked as executive sous-chef at Puck's Spago in Beverly Hills. His culinary training includes time spent at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee in Paris and Daniel, Babbo and Le Bernardin in New York. Most recently he was chef de cuisine at Puck's steakhouse Cut. At Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, Bolanos is cooking, for example, grilled Marcho Farms veal chop; Dover sole with black trumpet mushrooms and sweet and sour shallots; black truffle pot pie with Jidori chicken; and New Zealand venison with braised red cabbage, chestnut puree and Marasca cherries.
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