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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013
Bringing to mind a country estate in Europe, the Tuscan-style Mendenhall Estate sits on acres of landscaped grounds in a gated community. The graceful mansion's high-ceiling living room, master suite and swimming pool take in views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. PHOTOS: The Mendehall Estate in Topanga Location: 21000 Mendenhall Court, Topanga 90290 Asking price: $21.5 million Year built: 2004 House size: Eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 23 acres Features: Media room, office, wine cellar, children's wing with game room, covered terraces, saline swimming pool, spa, lighted tennis court, soccer field, bocce court, well, solar panels, fruit trees, four-car garage, 35 on-site parking spots, zoned for horses About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes resold in the 90290 ZIP Code at a median price of $980,000, according to DataQuick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and his wife, social activist Amy Wakeland, are mulling whether to move into Getty House once renovations underway at the official residence are completed. The couple live with their toddler daughter, Maya, at their private Silver Lake residence. But Garcetti, in a brief interview at the spacious Getty House grounds, said it's possible they'll swap their modernist, eco-friendly abode for the 8,076-square foot English Tudor-style mansion in Windsor Square.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Mark Swed
Vincent Price once lived on Swallow Drive, just up the hill from the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, in a house full of art. The actor, who was both connoisseur and also the deliriously over-the-top investigator of evil as the mad Dr. Rappaccini in the 1963 horror flick“Twice-Told Tales,” needed but drive five minutes to enter into the enthralling grip of one of the most refined gardens in the county. Would Price have been right for the title character of Gotham Opera's production of “La Hija de Rappaccini,” an early opera by Daniel Catán that had an unusual outdoor performance at Greystone just before sunset Saturday?
NATIONAL
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.
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