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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Hailey Branson-Potts
One firefighter was injured Thursday night battling a huge house fire in Beverly Hills that took nearly two hours to extinguish. The blaze in the 1000 block of Wallace Ridge was reported just before 9 p.m. and required firefighters from Los Angeles city and county, Culver City and Santa Monica departments to help douse the flames. Aerial video showed the roof of the 4,500-square-foot, multi-million dollar home being swallowed in flames. No civilians were injured but one firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Some University of California regents on Tuesday said it might make more sense to sell off a university-owned mansion that needs a major overhaul rather than restore the Contra Costa County property. The idea was broached as a r egents committee approved initial repairs of Blake House, the estate where most UC presidents had lived since the 1960s but which has been empty for the last five years. The 13,200-square-foot-residence, located about 11 miles north of the UC system's Oakland headquarters, needs a major overhaul, officials say. Administrators have estimated that a full overhaul of Blake House could cost between $3.5 million and $6 million.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Paramount Chief Executive Brad Grey and his wife, Cassandra, have listed their estate in Bel-Air at $27.5 million. Built in 2006, the traditional-style mansion is gated and sits on more than an acre of land. Features within the 10,616 square feet of living space include a two-story entry with a curved staircase, a paneled den with a bar, a living/media room, a gym, a Pilates studio, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Several chandeliers, sconces and decorative mirrors are excluded from the sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Blake House, the Northern California mansion that is intended to be the official residence of the University of California system president, may be coming back to life. Because of its rundown condition, UC executives in 2008 stopped living in the Mediterranean-style mansion in the unincorporated Contra Costa County neighborhood of Kensington. With a financial crisis for the university at the time, nothing much was done to fix up the 13,200-square-foot house, which is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
To attend the preview party for the $28.2-million Hollywood Hills compound flipped by actor-turned-developer Brad Blumenthal and his business partner Leo Hauser this summer you needed that valuable Tinseltown commodity: an invitation. Think movie previews and red-carpet events. Nothing draws interest quite like exclusivity in this town. Here's my insider experience: Turning onto a side street off Sunset Strip I left my car with the valet service and was greeted by about a half-dozen young men in suits with matching iPads bearing the name “The Agency.” One of these real estate agents, whose company is marketing the estate for sale, checked me off the guest list,  and I moved to the driveway where a trio of Lamborghinis from a local dealer caught the eyes of passersby.
BUSINESS
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.
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