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November 3, 2013 | By Scott Gold
SANTA BARBARA--Perched on a rock, steps away from the gentle waves licking at the shore, 20-year-old Michael Jimenez allowed his eyes to wander up an oceanfront cliff, to a majestic estate nestled in a grove of cypress and eucalyptus trees. He shuddered. For decades, mystery has shrouded the manor known as Bellosguardo, where every blade of grass seemed to be in place, but no one ever seemed to be home. Among young people like Jimenez, who grew up here, there were whispers about an abandoned orphan, about spirits from the nearby cemetery.
April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Joining this spring's bumper crop of L.A.-area mega estates for sale is Liongate, entering the fray priced at $65 million. Other Westside contenders include the $135-million Beverly House, Jamie McCourt's $55-million home and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $50-million moated residence. Although two lion statues still stand at one of the gates, the reworked 1938 mansion in Bel-Air has dropped the plural from its former Lionsgate name. Singer Kenny Rogers, who sold the estate in 1983 for $5.8 million, is credited with placing the lions outside the gate.
August 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actors Jeremy Renner and Kristoffer Winters have sold their latest house remodel in Holmby Hills for $24 million. The buyer of the Roaring '20s Art Deco-style mansion, which was listed at $24.95 million, is British luxury property developer Nick Candy. The Reserve, which has a wine cellar, a theater, five fireplaces, six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 10,005 square feet of living space, was sold furnished and toothbrush ready. Among items included were a stocked bar and linens. The two-acre property features gates, a cobblestone driveway and a swimming pool with spa. Renner and Winters have been buying and redoing residential properties for more than a decade.
April 1, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
After an international bidding war, a Westside mansion often described as a French palace has changed hands for $102 million, making it the most expensive residential sale ever recorded in Southern California. As is often the case with high-end properties, the identity of the trophy home's unnamed buyer has been obscured behind layers of lawyers, agents and a limited liability company. But the real estate equivalent of a bread crumb trail suggests that the purchaser of the opulent estate is onetime junk bond king Michael Milken, who has spent more than two decades devoted to philanthropic efforts since he pleaded guilty in 1990 to securities fraud.
October 22, 2012 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
They call it the monster mansion. With giant spider webs and a skeleton frame loosely covered with black tarp like sagging skin, this Redondo Beach home blends right in at Halloween. But as residents on this quiet residential street can attest, the home doesn't transform after the holiday. They've watched it take shape, and then dilapidate, over the last eight years. What was one South Bay developer's dream home has become an everyday nightmare for the community just a mile from the marina.
June 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Behind the gates of bucolic Rolling Hills, where multimillion-dollar homes stretch out on roomy spreads, sits a house that is unusual even by mansion standards. In keeping with rules that homes in the equestrian enclave be single-story, the early California Spanish-inspired residence is one level - at least, above ground. Unseen are five subterranean stories formed when the owner excavated down to bedrock, uncovering fossil fragments of whales and dolphins along the way. The nearly 50,000-square-foot behemoth is rivaled by the best Westside compounds in size if not perhaps in imagination.
August 22, 2011 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Southern California mansion is slated for a substantial upgrade. The GOP presidential hopeful has owned an oceanfront home worth $12 million in La Jolla - on the northern edge of San Diego - since 2008. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Romney has filed an application to bulldoze the existing one-story, 3,009-square-foot home and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. A Romney campaign official said the reason for nearly quadrupling the size of the home was to make room for the couple's five married sons and 16 grandchildren.
December 20, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Nearing completion after five years of construction in the hills of Bel-Air, Chateau des Fleurs looms like some super-sized Hollywood notion of dynastic France. From the street, the two-story mansion on three acres - where Stone Canyon and Bellagio roads converge south of the Hotel Bel-Air, across from the fourth fairway of the Bel-Air Country Club - is largely obscured by fences, trees and equipment. A better view is available from an ungated lawn on nearby Siena Way, where an observer can peer down on the palatial, U-shaped residence with its Versailles-inspired mansard roof and dormer windows and ponder: Just how much house does a family need?
June 14, 1987
Regarding the Picasso Museum in Paris, the original owner of the Hotel Sale would no doubt be amused at your columnist Frank Riley's imaginative explanation of the mansion's name (May 17). With the accent properly restored over the letter E, the word means salted, the house having been built for a 17th-Century gentleman who enjoyed the privilege of collecting the tax on salt. The sales tax was a later invention. ALICE NAER North Hollywood
September 29, 1985 | David Fox \f7
Between "Dynasty" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie "Commando," there's murders, machine guns and gore galore at Greenacres, the former Harold Lloyd estate. The 44-room, 48,000-square-foot renaissance villa that straddles the L.A. and Beverly Hills city limits is the site of a bloody massacre in "Commando." Schwarzenegger single-handedly seeks revenge on an exiled Latin American politician. Hundreds die all over the gardens.
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.
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.
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fourteen teens accused of throwing a clandestine party at an unoccupied La Habra Heights mansion -- and then looting it of everything from  collectible medieval armor to a mounted snow leopard -- are due in court Wedesday to face trespassing and burglary charges. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damage in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were  collectible medieval armor, scuba gear, designer suits and the snow leopard, valued at $250,000.
March 18, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
More than a dozen teens have been charged in connection with a break-in at a La Habra Heights mansion, where they allegedly threw a party while the owners were away and stole, among other items, a mounted snow leopard. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damages in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were pieces of armor, racks of designer clothing and the rare, $250,000 snow leopard. Detectives with the Los Angeles County's Sheriff's Department eventually found the leopard in one of the teens' possession.
March 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Barry Bonds, the former All-Star outfielder, has sold his Italian-inspired estate in gated Beverly Park for $22 million. Designed as a family home capable of hosting large-scale events, the 17,100-square-foot villa sits off a circular motor court with a fountain. The 1.85 acres of grounds include a swimming pool, a 2,100-square-foot sports court and an olive grove. Ceiling heights up to 30 feet, hand-painted murals, limestone columns and Venetian plaster walls are among interior details.
March 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as with the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. Orange County authorities allege that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle before the killings, entered his family's home and shot his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, as they slept. The bodies were found by authorities early on Feb. 8. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
May 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Bruce Willis has listed his Beverly Hills mansion at $22 million. The walled and gated estate includes a 1928 Spanish-style house and a tennis court on an acre of landscaped grounds. There is a screening room, an inner courtyard, 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 10,379 square feet of living space. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it Willis, 58, is known for the “Die Hard” film series. His scores of credits include starring roles in “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
June 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Liberace's old off-Strip mansion is up for sale for a veritable song, but is the property fabulous or a decrepit fixer-upper? Built in 1962, the once-lavish 14,939-square-foot spread sits on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and features two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining. There are flashes of the legendary pizazz once embodied by Liberace, whose life was the subject of the recent HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” which details the eccentric entertainer's secretive romance with former chauffeur and lover Scott Thorson.
March 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion has been arrested in connection with the slayings, authorities said Friday. The shooting in early February also left an 8-year-old boy seriously wounded. Orange County sheriff's officials are set to release details on the case and the arrest of Ashton Sachs at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and his former wife, Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found shot to death Feb. 9 in their San Juan Capistrano home, located in an upscale neighborhood.
February 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a hand-cut cobblestone driveway, Stratford Manor centers on a stately French Normandy-style mansion. The sprawling estate is a car-lover's delight with multiple garages and an auto lift. Location: 4033 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011 Asking price: $11.5 million Year built: 1995 House size: Seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 3.98 acres Features: Two-story foyer, winding staircase, mahogany paneled library/office, 1,200-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, 800-square-foot office, multiple fireplaces, four-car polished tile garage, additional detached two-car garage, gate house/car barn with auto lift, outdoor family/screening room, infinity-edge pool, expansive lawns, year-round streams, three bridges, San Gabriel Mountains views About the area: Last year, 277 single-family homes sold in the 91011 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.21 million, according to DataQuick.
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