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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The city of Los Angeles has spent $375,000 so far to fix up Getty House in the months leading up to Mayor Eric Garcetti's arrival, officials said Tuesday. Garcetti spokeswoman Vicki Curry said the General Services Department, which handles upkeep of city-owned properties, used the change in mayors this year to address "a significant backlog" of deferred maintenance on the property. The biggest share of the cost -- more than $247,000 -- went toward new paint and plaster repairs for the interior and exterior of the 8,076-square-foot English Tudor-style mansion, Curry said.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The show's over. Madonna has sold her mansion in Beverly Hills for $19.5 million. The single MLS listing photo offered only an aerial view, and agents and their clients who toured the home were among the few who have had a look inside. Those expecting the gabled-roofed home to have a gothic air were disappointed. "Tastefully decorated" was the word in real estate circles. During nearly a decade of ownership, the pop icon went on a spending spree, rebuilding and expanding the estate, which was completed in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
With its saturated colors, chrome-plated furniture, pink feathery plumes and outrageous animal chairs (ghoulish octopus, goth rhinoceros), the latest makeover of Greystone Mansion into decorator show house isn't exactly a lesson in try-this-at-home design.   No matter. Visitors who appreciate an over-the-top experience will find plenty in the Fendi Casa mirror TV, the crazy color combinations (red and turquoise in a tribute to Italian fashion designer Valentino), the patterned wall applications and the opulence loaded into the sprawling 1928 Tudor mansion.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Madonna has sold her mansion in Beverly Hills for $19.5 million, The Times has confirmed. The property was first marketed last year as a pocket listing and this year appeared on the Multiple Listing Service priced at $22.5 million. During her nearly decade of ownership, the pop icon rebuilt and expanded the estate, completing it in 2010. The discrete MLS listing showed only an aerial view, and agents and their clients who toured the home were among the few who have had a look inside.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Oprah Winfrey announced Wednesday that she was auctioning the contents of her 23,000-square-foot estate near Santa Barbara next month and donating the proceeds to her leadership academy for girls in South Africa. The move isn't entirely a surprise. In the March issue of O the Oprah Magazine, Winfrey wrote in her typical first-person confessional style that she planned to remodel the Montecito mansion to better reflect her "true" self. The idea came after a visit from Los Angeles-based interior designer Rose Tarlow , who bluntly told Winfrey, "This house has nothing to do with you. "  Winfrey went on to write: "The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets and sherbet palette - it was all very grand, but it wasn't very true to myself.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Wolfgang Puck has purchased a mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Beverly Crest for $14 million. The seller was Hyatt Hotel heir Anthony Pritzker. Set at the end of a gated drive on 1.25 acres, the 1938 villa is entered through a two-story foyer. Features include 15-foot living room ceilings, a two-story library, a limestone galleria, a media room, a game room with a bar, a wine cellar, eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in 12,289 square feet of living space. The updated kitchen has plenty of freezer space for Puck's signature gourmet pizzas.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Mark Wahlberg has sold his home in the 90210 ZIP Code for $12.995 million - a million dollars less than the actor-producer was asking when he listed it two years ago. The contemporary Mediterranean estate, built in 1985, has been updated throughout its 11,500 square feet of living space. In addition to the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom main house, the property features a guesthouse and a detached gym where the actor trained for his starring role in "The Fighter" (2010). The 1.75 acres include a swimming pool with a grotto and waterfalls, a putting green and a sports court.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A Westside estate that has come on the market at $24.25 million may have as many film and television credits as it does amenities -- and it has no shortage of those. The 27,816-square-foot villa has been used as a filming location for the television shows “Charmed,” “Judging Amy,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Prison Break, ” among others. Plus, it has been the site of numerous movies, music videos and still shoots. Set on 1.3 acres, the three-level  mansion features a grand foyer with dual staircases and an overhead dome, a two-story library, three elevators, six bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.
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