CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 |
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 23, 2013 |
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 |
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.
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
June 28, 2013 |
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.
September 29, 1985 |
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.