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November 2, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Bebe Stores founder Manny Mashouf has put a Sunset Strip-area home on the market at $4.65 million. The 5,200-square-foot home opens to a backyard infinity pool, spa, fire pit and outdoor kitchen. The contemporary Mediterranean features cathedral ceilings in the living room, ocean and city views, four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms and a four-car garage. Public records show Mashouf bought the property in 2006 for $4.264 million. The clothing store magnate bought it for use by one of his children, who has moved to San Francisco to launch an anti-aging water called Fix, according to listing agent Susan Del Prete of Nelson Shelton & Associates.
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BUSINESS
November 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Neil Peart of the rock band Rush has bought a home in Santa Monica for $4.95 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The seller, real estate attorney Gary B. Torpy, had listed the Richard Landry-designed Mediterranean at $5.125 million. The 6,200-square-foot, two-story house was built in 2001. The step-down living room adjoins a music room. French doors off the dining room lead to an outside courtyard. A double-sided fireplace in the master suite opens to both the bedroom and bathroom.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Friends" star Matthew Perry has put two homes up for sale and sold a condo in the last three weeks. His contemporary-style house in the Sunset Strip area is priced at $5,695,000. The 4,100-square-foot mid-century modern features disappearing walls of glass that open to a patio and swimming pool, a home theater and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. There are three bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. He bought the property in 2006 for $1.7 million. The actor's ocean-view Malibu house is listed at $13.5 million.
HOME & GARDEN
September 10, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Christina Aguilera has sold her Sunset Strip-area house for $4,653,815. The Midcentury Modern, built in 1960, is in the celebrity-populated "bird streets. " The 6,500-square-foot post-and-beam house has a recording studio, a screening room and walls of glass opening to a pool, a 12-person spa and a fireplace. There are four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. "It's a very specific house — really stylish, but needs work," said Peter Lavin of Links Real Estate, Hollywood. He represented buyer Carsten Fischer, a director and corporate senior executive officer for Tokyo-based Shiseido.
HOME & GARDEN
August 20, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"The Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood's latest quest is to find a buyer for the Santa Monica house he recently put up for sale at $1.85 million. The Spanish-style home, built in 1924, is described in the listing as an "opportunity to remodel … or to build a new home. " There are no circular doors, but a Queen Anne Victorian entrance opens into a round foyer with a British brewery cast-iron tile floor. Including a guesthouse with an office attached to the two-car garage, the property has a total of three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,130 square feet of living space.
HOME & GARDEN
August 13, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Time
You might expect this summer's real estate scene to be slow, but the season has delivered two super-quick deals of note. One sale in the works involves the former Sunset Strip-area home of legendary film director Orson Welles . The gated compound came on the market at $1,285,000 late last month and in less than two weeks a sale was pending. With its crown molding and wainscoting, the 1921 main house is the picture of Southern Colonial style. The property, one third of an acre, also has a guesthouse and a swimming pool.
HOME & GARDEN
August 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney's onetime residence in Los Feliz, the wonderful world where his daughters grew up, has come on the market at $3.65 million. The two-story French Normandy-style house, built in 1932, sits behind gates on an acre with views to downtown. Disney, not one for retaining walls or formal gardens, according to a 1940 interview in Better Homes & Gardens, often picked native plants over imports and created informal terraces using rocks to hold back soil. The property, then an acre and a half, was home to foxes, quails, opossums and rabbits.
HOME & GARDEN
June 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Zsa Zsa Gabor's longtime Bel-Air estate is listed for sale at $15 million. The French Regency-style mansion sits on a 1-acre gated promontory with views of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island and the ocean. The 28-room home, built in 1955, features a formal sitting room with an antique French fireplace, an oversized dining room with city views, a butler's pantry off the kitchen and staff quarters. There are four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath in the house's 6,393 square feet.
HOME & GARDEN
June 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Lakers Assistant General Manager Ronnie Lester has sold his Manhattan Beach home for $1.65 million. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2002, has a two-story-tall living room, a formal dining room and a family room that opens to the kitchen and back lawn. Including a guest suite and a master suite with a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace, the house has a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms in the nearly 4,300 square feet. Lester, 52, played for the Lakers in 1985 and 1986.
HOME & GARDEN
June 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Music executive and songwriter Jon Lind has listed his Windsor Square home for $1,399,000. The 1940s ranch-style house has been used as a family retreat and a place to entertain. Its 1,870 square feet include a breakfast room, a butler's pantry, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. A swimming pool and a pool house with half-bath are on the site, more than a quarter acre. As senior vice president of A&R at Disney's Hollywood Records, Lind has overseen recordings by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
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