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December 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A mounted snow leopard worth more than $250,000, pieces of armor and designer clothes were among the items recovered by sheriff's detectives investigating a party planned over social media and held, without the owner's knowledge, at a vacant, multimillion-dollar La Habra Heights mansion. [Updated at 7:21 p.m., Dec. 11: Early Wednesday, 16 people were arrested in connection with the vandalism and robbery that occurred at the home in late November, Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Dole Food Co. Chairman and Chief Executive David H. Murdock has put his mansion in Bel-Air on the market for $30 million. Built in 1927, the American Colonial Revival classic is entered through a gallery with 14-foot arched ceilings and parquet and walnut plank floors. The main house features two offices, a sun room, a wet bar and a spiral freestanding staircase. Also on the 1.5-acre property are a swimming pool, a pool house, a guest house, a detached garage and a greenhouse.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jerry Buss' Playa del Rey mansion has come on the market at $5.95 million. The late Los Angeles Lakers owner had the Italian-style villa custom built in 1998. The hilltop estate features slam-dunk views of the ocean, marina and cityscape. Lakers logos adorn the stained-glass double-door entry. Among features are a winding staircase, beamed ceilings, a wood-paneled library, a grand terrace off the living room, a rooftop deck with a spa, balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
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.
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.
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.
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