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HOME & GARDEN
January 8, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
It was no small feat for Jack Black to find a house to buy in the Los Angeles area. It was a two-year search, local real estate agents report. But now the "Gulliver's Travels" star has purchased Flea's Los Feliz-area home for $5,965,000, Redfin.com shows. Sitting on a flag-shaped lot of more than half an acre, the two-story 1915 house had been renovated by Flea (a.k.a. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Balzary), who added a Topanga Canyon ambience. The kitchen is infused with a hippy vibe.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: British actress Alex Kingston and her husband, German writer Florian Haertel, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $3.1 million. It was redesigned by Paul Hinckley and rebuilt in 2001 into a modern house of glass, wood and concrete with 4,257 square feet of living space. The entry opens to a living room with a high Douglas fir ceiling and a two-sided fireplace. There are six bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. A swimming pool hugs the back of the house, which sits on nearly half an acre, with city and reservoir views.
HOME & GARDEN
December 18, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Brody Estate in Holmby Hills has sold for $14,888,000. The proceeds from the sale of the A. Quincy Jones house will go to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. In mid-November, the Huntington received a gift of more than $100 million from the Frances Brody estate. The combined funds, the largest single donation the institution has ever received, will be used for the 120-acre botanical gardens. Brody, who died in November 2009 at 93, sat on the gardens committee during her 20 years on the Huntington's board.
HOME & GARDEN
December 17, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Real estate developer George Santo Pietro has sold a Beverly Hills Post Office-area mansion he built on spec for $23.5 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The 24,595-square-foot Italian-style villa sits on more than 2 acres in gated Beverly Park. The nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom house features a two-story-high living room, a wine room and a theater. The master bedroom suite has two sitting rooms. The grounds include parking for 40 cars and a swimming pool. Built in 2007, the sprawling mansion was originally listed at $50 million.
HOME & GARDEN
December 17, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Investment executive Louis Gonda and his wife, Kelly, have sold their Beverly Hills compound for $23 million. For the city proper, the purchase price is a record for this year and one of the highest sales prices ever. Designed by L.A. architect Peter Choate, the Georgian-style mansion sits on 1.5 acres above the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Gondas have used it as a family home and have hosted philanthropic events for as many as 300 guests at a time. The main house has a wood-paneled library, a family room with a step-down bar and a commercial-grade kitchen with two islands.
HOME & GARDEN
December 11, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Oh, there's no place like ____ for the ________. " That's one holiday song you may not be hearing this season from "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" host and Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, who has sold his home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.25 million, above its asking price, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The buyers are artist Alexandra Nechita and her boyfriend, Suh-Tahn fashion designer Dimitri Tcharfas . The renovated 1931 country English-style house has a step-down living room with a vaulted ceiling and fold-away glass doors that open to a patio with city views.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2010
Location: 1506 Lexington Road, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $24,475,000 Lot previously sold for: $5.7 million in 1986 Size: In the main house are nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and four half-bathrooms in 22,798 square feet. The guesthouse has one bedroom and one bathroom in about 1,100 square feet. Two staff apartments have one bedroom and one bathroom in about 400 square feet each. The guard house has a half-bath. Additional features: Oak floors, Viking stove/oven, Bosch dishwasher, Traulsen stainless-steel refrigerator-freezer, yarn room, rotunda library foyer upstairs, spa, semi-finished attic.
HOME & GARDEN
December 3, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
TBWAChiatDay advertising guru Lee Clow, co-creator of Apple's "Think Different" campaign, has purchased a vacation home at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes for $2.2 million. The newly built, furnished ocean-bluff casita includes an outdoor terrace, three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,040 square feet of living space. Clow, who lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, plans to use the second home as a place to host family and friends and to write. He is also known for is work on the Apple Macintosh "1984" commercial, the Energizer Bunny and the Taco Bell Chihuahua.
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