June 11, 2013 |
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.
November 27, 2012 |
Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears is a Thousand Oaks homeowner, public records now show. The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area. Features include pocket doors, limestone and oak floors, beamed ceilings, two offices, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a home theater/bonus room, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,456 square feet of living space.
April 26, 2013 |
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?
July 1, 2012
A waterfall cascades from an infinity pool to mark the entrance to this Malibu contemporary. The waved copper roof plays off the Pacific, which can be viewed from most rooms including the living room, where underwater windows also provide a look into the swimming pool. The details Location: 31533 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265 Asking price: $3.995 million Year built: 2010 Architect: S.K. Das House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 1.71 acres Features: Three fireplaces, 15-foot ceilings, wired for surround sound, white oak kitchen cabinets, Viking appliances, breakfast area, elevator, 1,700-square-foot deck off the master bedroom, 2,500 square feet of lawn, palm trees, native shrubs and plants, orchard and herb garden.
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January 3, 2014 |
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.
April 20, 2008 |
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
November 28, 2004 |
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have purchased a Pacific Palisades home for close to its asking price of $4.5 million, according to public records. The actors bought a gated, traditional-style estate with five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in about 6,000 square feet.
HOME & GARDEN
December 27, 2010 |
Actress Katey Sagal and her husband, writer-producer Kurt Sutter, have sold their Hollywood Hills compound for $3.77 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The 1937 traditional-style house sits on more than half an acre with mountain and city light views. There is a library, a great room, a gym, vaulted beamed ceilings and five fireplaces. Within about 7,000 square feet of living space are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The gated compound has a separate office, a guest apartment with a kitchen, an infinity pool, a sports court and mature trees and landscaping.
November 2, 2011 |
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.
April 28, 2013 |
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.