CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2012 |
When firefighters arrived at the $11-million mansion in the Hollywood Hills last year, they thought they had a chance to save the 13,500-square-foot structure. More than 80 firefighters raced to the home, and 19 were temporarily trapped as the fire spread. Veteran firefighter Glenn Allen was on the ground floor when several hundred pounds of plaster and lumber fell on him. His colleagues dug him out using chainsaws to cut through the debris, but his injuries were so severe that he died two days later.
January 27, 2012 |
Actress Selma Blair has listed her Sunset Strip-area house at $1.78 million. The single-story home, built in 1922 and updated to a contemporary look, features white wood floors, walls of glass and fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. Its nearly 3,000 square feet include three bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. The gated property, surrounded by tall hedges, has a patio area for outdoor dining and a koi pond. Blair, 41, starred last year in "Darkhorse" and "Replicas.
January 20, 2012 |
Call central casting. Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their Malibu beach house to talk-show host and comedian Ellen De Generes for $12 million. The 4,088-square-foot house, built in 1962, features walls of glass, dark bamboo flooring, three fireplaces, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The ocean-view home sits on 1.26 bluff-top acres with a tennis court, a lap pool and beach access. Pitt, 48, starred last year in "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life. " He will star in the upcoming "Cogan's Trade" and "World War Z. " Jolie, 36, won an Oscar for her supporting role in "Girl, Interrupted" (1999)
January 12, 2012 |
Producer Leslie Belzberg has listed her Bel-Air home for sale at $2.395 million. The remodeled post-and-beam house, built in 1963, retains its midcentury vibe with walls of glass, oversized flagstone fireplaces and cork floors. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is sited to capture views of the ocean and Santa Catalina Island. A two-lane lap pool is in the backyard. A frequent collaborator with director John Landis, Belzberg worked as a producer on such Landis films as "Beverly Hills Cop III" (1994)
January 11, 2012 |
Actor Pierce Brosnan has sold his Malibu beach retreat for $2.6 million. Brosnan and his wife, environmental activist and former broadcast journalist Keely Shaye Smith, put the property on the market at $3.9 million in 2010 while building another house nearby. The gated Mediterranean they sold has separate space for use as an office or media room and sits on more than a quarter of an acre with lawn space and a courtyard fountain. The flower boxes and hydrangea-lined pathways may have been a nod to Brosnan's Irish roots.
January 9, 2012 |
Actress Kiele Sanchez and her ex-husband, writer-director Zach Helm, have put their Los Feliz area house up for sale at $1.849 million. The restored Mediterranean retains its 1920s vibe with stenciled beam ceilings and original tile work. About 4,000 square feet of living space includes a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Sanchez, 35, has starred on "The Glades" since 2010. She was on "Lost" in 2006 and 2007. Helm, 35, wrote and directed "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" (2007)
December 15, 2011 |
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have sold their Encino home for $2.5 million. The six-bedroom, 61/2 -bathroom Tuscan-style villa, built in 2001, sits behind gates on a tree-lined street. The 6,718-square-foot home features a two-story entry, a silver-leafed coffered ceiling in the dining room, an office, a den and a master bedroom suite with a sitting area, a fireplace and a balcony. The kitchen opens to a family room. French doors from the public rooms lead to landscaped grounds with a saline pool and spa. The house was featured in their reality show, "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" (2007-11)
December 13, 2011 |
Composer-arranger Roger Neill has put his Studio City house up for sale at $1.499 million. The midcentury ranch house sits on 1.2 acres of park-like grounds with views of the San Fernando Valley. Features include a library, an island kitchen, breakfast area, walls of glass and fireplaces in the living room and master suite. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Neill worked on the animated comedy "King of the Hill" for 13 seasons. He has written music for more than 20 films and hundreds of television episodes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2011 |
The Historic Highlands district is prototypical of the Pasadena-Altadena aesthetic: turn-of-the-century Craftsman homes next to 1920s Spanish bungalows across from grand colonial-revival mansions, set amid a forest of mature oaks, eucalyptus and jacaranda trees. The tidy north Pasadena neighborhood resounded Thursday with the whine of chain saws biting into many of those trees, as residents dug out after a night of howling winds turned palm fronds into missiles and launched limbs into backyards.
December 2, 2011 |
The Beverly Hills-area home of self-help guru James Arthur Ray has sold for $3.015 million. The "Harmonic Wealth" author was sentenced last month in Arizona to two years in prison for the deaths of three clients overcome by heat during a sweat lodge ceremony. He was convicted of negligent homicide in the 2009 incident. Ray had purchased the more than 7,000-square-foot house earlier that year for $4 million. Bank approved for a short sale, according to the listing, the contemporary Mediterranean features a step-down living room, a gym, an office, three fireplaces, six bedrooms and five bathrooms.