May 7, 2013 |
Whimsical Marmont Manor in the Hollywood Hills, which recently came on the market at $24.5 million, may not be everyone's cup of English breakfast tea - but it takes the cake (or crumpet) for being eye-catching. The gated English Country-style compound includes a 1937 main house with guest annex, a caretaker's cottage, an artist's studio, a three-level building with a den, gym and wine cellar, an aviary, a tennis court, a swimming pool, gardens, a swan lake and more than 300 mature pine trees.
April 26, 2013 |
Christina Aguilera recently closed escrow on a mansion in gated Mulholland Estates, buying the Westside home of Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and his wife, Holly , for $10 million. The Mediterranean, custom built in 1992, features a family room with exposed beams, a paneled library, two bars, five fireplaces, a screening room, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 11,107 square feet of living space. A saltwater swimming pool with spa, a bathhouse and a gazebo also sit on the more than three-quarters of an acre of grounds.
April 26, 2013 |
Of all the magnificent houses in the Los Angeles-area for sale right now, La Villa Contenta in Malibu is a front-runner for the grandest indoor pool. Recently reduced to $54 million and encompassing about eight acres, the Mediterranean estate was built in 2002 and imbued with a formal old-world style. Yet underlying the design is a tremendous sense of fun. How else can one explain the skylight-topped indoor swimming pool ballroom with colorful ceiling medallions, wall murals, ornate chandeliers, columns and French doors that slide away?
April 21, 2013 |
Perhaps you recall the must-see-to-believe story of the Designer Dollhouse Showcase , for which top Los Angeles architects and interior decorators revealed the obsessive-compulsive gene that drives them to get every last detail just right , even if the project at hand is just 1:12 scale of reality? Now comes word that at the charity auction where bidding on each designer dollhouse was expected to start at $15,000, "most" of the 10 houses did sell. Officials declined to specify which ones sold, or for how much, treating the auction results like some matter of national security.
April 19, 2013 |
Author-screenwriter-actress Victoria Foyt has listed her longtime Westside home at $29.95 million. Set on 3.3 acres behind antique wrought-iron gates, the 14,000-square-foot mansion was built in 1932. The Mediterranean-style home features an arched entry colonnade, an oval foyer with a grand staircase, Art Deco tile work, inlaid wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a sun room, carved stone fireplace mantels and a hidden bar revealed with the push of a panel. There are 12 bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms. A 72-foot-long swimming pool, a cabana, terraces, a guest house and a brook complete the grounds.
March 29, 2013 |
Could it be time to get out of Dodge? Former Dodgers Chief Executive Jamie McCourt is quietly offering her Westside estate at $65 million. The Palladian-style villa, which is not in the Multiple Listing Service, was marketed as having 20,000 square feet of living space when she and ex-husband Frank McCourt bought the property in 2004 for about $25 million. Also on the 2.6-acre site then were two guesthouses, a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool. She has since added a subterranean indoor pool.
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March 3, 2013 |
Rex Scouten, whose 48-year career in the White House began with the Trumans and ended with the Clintons, and whose duties included helping first families transition to their oversized new home, died Feb. 20 at a hospital near his home in Fairfax, Va. He was 88. The cause was complications from hip surgery, said his daughter Carol Scouten. Scouten started as a Secret Service agent and ended his career as curator of the White House's art and furnishings. Most of his years were spent as chief usher of the White House, primarily managing the 132-room mansion.
February 20, 2013 |
Word is out that financier Gary Winnick is quietly floating his storied estate in Bel-Air for sale at $225 million. Winnick, who founded and later sold Global Crossing, bought the Bellagio Road mansion in 2000 from Dole Food Co. owner David Murdock. The $94-million deal, which involved the telecom mogul ponying up a parcel of land, stood as the highest-priced home sale in California for years. Although a seller can ask any amount for a property, the 8.4-acre trophy home is for sale at the right price, said a person familiar with Winnick's real estate dealings who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
February 13, 2013 |
Actress Jane Fonda bought a home in Beverly Hills last year with a feature that might seem counterintuitive for a fitness guru: an elevator. The Holmby Hills house that pop icon Michael Jackson leased has one within its 17,200 square feet of living space. So does the nearby 56,500-square-foot mansion heiress Petra Ecclestone bought from socialite Candy Spelling two years ago for $85 million. But home elevators aren't just for the super-rich anymore. Baby boomers looking to age in place are installing them to ease the burden of bad knees and growing girth.