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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.
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April 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
  P ink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. The three-time Grammy winner, who sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Oscars this year, listed the gated property at $4 million three years ago or for lease at $8,500 a month. She ended up with a tenant instead of a buyer. The two-story home has been leased out for as much as $10,000 a month. The Spanish-style house, built in 1946, features hand-hewn double entry doors and a two-story foyer.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Three-time Grammy winner Pink has listed her Sherman Oaks home for sale at $4 million or for rent at $8,500 a month. The gated Spanish-style house, built in 1946, features hand-hewn double entry doors and a two-story foyer. The 4,434-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The nearly three-quarters of an acre property includes an infinity pool, a grotto-style spa behind a waterfall and a barbecue pavilion. Pink, 31, released five studio albums since 2000, then marked the decade last year with her "Greatest Hits … So Far!
BUSINESS
March 29, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Gisele Bundchen , supermodel and actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady , have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 million. The country French chateau is reached by a winding driveway that ends at a cobblestone motor court. Adding to the Old World ambience created by architect Richard Landry is a moat-like koi pond that meanders alongside the mansion. The limestone-clad house incorporates reclaimed ceiling beams, salvaged tile, antique doors and marble fireplace surrounds.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Songwriter, singer and former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has sold her home in Studio City for $6.3 million. Built in 1923, the 7,600-square-foot French chateau-style house was renovated and expanded by DioGuardi and her husband, home builder Mike McCuddy. The five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home sits on 3 acres with an infinity pool and a hot tub. Features include a 23-foot-tall stone fireplace, herringbone walnut floors and a sauna. DioGuardi, 42, was on the panel of "American Idol" for two seasons starting in 2009 and a judge on "Platinum Hit" in 2011.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Westlake Village estate of TV producer and writer Bill Bickley, whose credits include "Happy Days" and "The Partridge Family" from the 1970s, is on the market at $4,395,000. The 2.5-acre property includes a 7,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a nine-car garage and an infinity pool. Bickely's extensive body of work includes hundreds of episodes of series such as "Step by Step" and "Family Matters" in the 1990s. Public records show the house last changed hands in 2004 for $3,585,000.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Albert Brooks has sold the former Merv Griffin estate for $6.275 million. The 2-acre-plus property had been priced at $6.995 million. The listing says the property is in upper Bel-Air, although the Los Angeles Times Mapping Database considers the location to be Sherman Oaks. The 5,100-square-foot single-story house sits off a circular motor court. Features include wood-paneled ceilings, expanses of windows, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There is a tennis court, an infinity pool with a spa and mature landscaping.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013
Set behind a wooden gate and marked by towering palms, this Spanish Revival-style home sits on a quarter-acre of beachfront with a courtyard, an infinity-edge pool and a waterfall spa. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the 100 feet of frontage along the Redondo Beach bike/pedestrian walkway and the sand. Location: 717 Esplanade, Redondo Beach 90277 Asking price: $14.25 million Year built: 2000 House size: Four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,028 square feet Lot size: 11,508 square feet Features: Wood-beam vaulted ceilings, 22-foot-tall entry foyer, tile stair risers, wrought-iron banister, library, five fireplaces, gym, office, balconies, radiant-heated deck with cooking area, swimming pool, patios, three-car garage About the area: In the first quarter, 52 single-family homes sold in the 90277 ZIP Code at a median price of $914,000, according to DataQuick.
HOME & GARDEN
February 17, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
John Schneider, whose career has spanned from "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s to "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s to the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000. The actor described the English-style house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair. " "In the summer, it has ivy on the outside," he said. "We have fall at the house. You have to rake leaves. " Schneider raised his children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85)
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Matthew Perry has bought a newly built custom house in the Sunset Strip area for $8.65 million. That might explain why he put his West Hollywood condo up for sale last month at $2,995,000. At his new home, walls of glass in the main living area and master bedroom open to an outdoor dining room, alfresco living room, a synthetic lawn and swimming pool. Steps lead from the infinity pool down to a theater, which has velvet seating for nine, a $12,000 projector and 2-inch-thick underwater pool windows.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Pink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. The three-time Grammy winner, who sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the Oscars this year, listed the gated property at $4 million three years ago or for lease at $8,500 a month. Recently it was leased out at $10,000 a month. The Spanish-style house, built in 1946, features hand-hewn double entry doors and a two-story foyer. The 4,435-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and sometimes actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 million. The country French chateau is reached by a winding driveway that ends at a cobblestone motor court. Adding to the old world ambience created by architect Richard Landry is a moat-like water feature that meanders alongside the mansion. The four acres of grounds contain waterfalls, ponds, an infinity pool, lawns, gardens and pathways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The manslaughter case against German architect Gerhard Becker was novel from the start. Los Angeles prosecutors charged that Becker built a Hollywood Hills West mansion with such disregard for public safety and building codes that he should be held criminally liable for the death of a Los Angeles firefighter who was crushed by 1,000 pounds of ceiling while battling a blaze there in 2011. Becker, 49, was set to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter and faced up to four years in jail.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013
Set behind a wooden gate and marked by towering palms, this Spanish Revival-style home sits on a quarter-acre of beachfront with a courtyard, an infinity-edge pool and a waterfall spa. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the 100 feet of frontage along the Redondo Beach bike/pedestrian walkway and the sand. Location: 717 Esplanade, Redondo Beach 90277 Asking price: $14.25 million Year built: 2000 House size: Four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,028 square feet Lot size: 11,508 square feet Features: Wood-beam vaulted ceilings, 22-foot-tall entry foyer, tile stair risers, wrought-iron banister, library, five fireplaces, gym, office, balconies, radiant-heated deck with cooking area, swimming pool, patios, three-car garage About the area: In the first quarter, 52 single-family homes sold in the 90277 ZIP Code at a median price of $914,000, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Merv Griffin's former retreat in La Quinta has sold for $7 million. The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot Moroccan-style main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.
TRAVEL
April 28, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
Here are three tweets I would have sent from my recent stay at Santa Barbara's just-reopened El Encanto hotel if I hadn't been busy behaving like royalty and pretending the Internet didn't exist: - Arriving Encanto. Tab for a 375-sf room w/fireplace and regal bathroom: $575 for 1 night, $35 for pkng, plus tax. Hey, what's with extra stairs? - Sunset on terrace. Ordering abalone. Below: lush grounds, distant sea, SB's red roofs. We're 200 ft above normal life. - Waiting for dinner.
HOME & GARDEN
March 19, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
John Schneider, whose career has spanned "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s and the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000. The actor raised his three children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85) and "Dr. Quinn" (1993-98) were shot. Schneider described the English-style ivy-covered house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Gisele Bundchen , supermodel and actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady , have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 million. The country French chateau is reached by a winding driveway that ends at a cobblestone motor court. Adding to the Old World ambience created by architect Richard Landry is a moat-like koi pond that meanders alongside the mansion. The limestone-clad house incorporates reclaimed ceiling beams, salvaged tile, antique doors and marble fireplace surrounds.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Of all the magnificent houses in the Los Angeles-area for sale right now, La Villa Contenta in Malibu is a front-runner for the grandest indoor pool. Recently reduced to $54 million and encompassing about eight acres, the Mediterranean estate was built in 2002 and imbued with a formal old-world style. Yet underlying the design is a tremendous sense of fun. How else can one explain the skylight-topped indoor swimming pool ballroom with colorful ceiling medallions, wall murals, ornate chandeliers, columns and French doors that slide away?
BUSINESS
January 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Songwriter, singer and former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi has sold her home in Studio City for $6.3 million. Built in 1923, the 7,600-square-foot French chateau-style house was renovated and expanded by DioGuardi and her husband, home builder Mike McCuddy. The five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home sits on 3 acres with an infinity pool and a hot tub. Features include a 23-foot-tall stone fireplace, herringbone walnut floors and a sauna. DioGuardi, 42, was on the panel of "American Idol" for two seasons starting in 2009 and a judge on "Platinum Hit" in 2011.
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