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August 26, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Singer-actress Hilary Duff has sold her Toluca Lake estate for slightly less than its asking price of $5.5 million. The buyers are designer Don Stanzione and Sheri Callan, owner of Callan Advertising, which focuses on the independent film industry. The reinvented Mediterranean mansion, built in 1951, features a central courtyard, high ceilings, an industrial-style kitchen, a gym, a billiards room, multiple offices, art and dance studios, a bar, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 9,277 square feet of living space.
August 17, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Galaxy star forward Landon Donovan has sold his compound in Manhattan Beach for $4.2 million — just shy of its $4.295 million asking price. The two-house compound, built in 2007 and 2008, includes a swimming pool. The rustic Mediterranean main house features a great room-style open floor plan, 11-foot ceilings, terra-cotta and wood floors, wrought ironwork and vaulted ceilings. There are five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 5,715 square feet of living space. The smaller house includes a gym, a massage room, a sauna, a cold plunge, a home theater, a 300-bottle wine cellar and a guest suite.
August 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Michelle Stafford, who stars on "The Young and the Restless," has sold her home in Los Feliz for $2.145 million. The Daytime Emmy winner restored the 1933 Mediterranean revival estate and sold because she ready to move on to a new project. The 4,533-square-foot house, designed by architect Horatio W. Bishop, features period details including leaded stained-glass windows and decoratively painted ceiling beams. The entry rotunda is replicated in the lower level guest suite and leads to a terrace.
August 5, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles has listed his house in Brentwood at $3.495 million. The Mediterranean home, built in 1947 and recently renovated, sits on a walled site of about a third of an acre. The 2,636-square-foot main house features high ceilings, a loft library, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The two-story guesthouse has a gated entrance. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool with spa, a kitchen, a lawn and fruit trees. Ackles, 34, has played brother Dean Winchester on the series since 2005 and has directed a few episodes.
July 29, 2012
Five years in the making, this custom Mediterranean takes advantage of ocean views from its perch in Manhattan Beach's Hill Section. Designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining, it also features a swimming pool, a two-story pool house with a game room and an outdoor kitchen with grill. Location: 250 S. Dianthus St., Manhattan Beach 90266 Asking price: $9.995 million House size: Five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 9,000 square feet Lot size: 14,368 square feet Features: Den, library/study, media room, gym, craft room, sauna, breakfast bar, walnut floors, antique fireplaces, stone counters, faux painted walls, murals, stenciling, koi pond, waterfall.
July 24, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Rihanna and Chris Brown have traveled some rough seas in the past, first together, then very much apart. But have the two singers been canoodling on a boat in the South of France?  Here's what we know: Rihanna has been on an extended vacation with girlfriends, first indulging a retail-heavy stint on Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. From there the gang drifted to the French region of the Mediterranean, where she relaxed and partied on her rented yacht with the likes of Magic Johnson in St. Tropez, the Daily Mail said . Chris Brown conveniently touched down on a boat himself, also in St. Tropez, where he's in town to film a music video with rapper Ludacris.
July 22, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Whether it's as sellers or landlords, actor-director Warren Beatty and his wife, actress Annette Bening, are up for new roles. They have listed their ivy-clad home in Beverly Crest for $6.995 million. The house, built in 1992, had been for rent last year at $27,500 a month and is still available for lease at $19,995 a month. The Mediterranean-style mansion of 10,594 square feet includes a media room, a library, a gym, an office, maid's quarters, six family bedrooms and eight bathrooms in two stories.
July 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Luxury cruise line Cunard will launch a five-day summer sale Thursday that slashes prices on selected Mediterranean voyages and New England cruises. The deal includes stateroom upgrades and a $300 credit for sailings from U.S. ports. The deal: Among the lowest fares in the Grand Summer Event Sale are $899 a person for an inside cabin on a 12-day Holy Land Explorer starting Sept. 6 in Rome and $1,199 per person for an inside cabin on a Pearls of the Black Sea cruise starting Sept.
July 8, 2012
Set on a wooded hillside, this towering Mediterranean overlooks the canyons in Beverly Crest. A vine-covered bridge at the back of the four-story house leads to a patio and a 65-foot lap pool. Location: 10023 Westwanda Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $1.899 million Year built: 1993, since remodeled House size: Four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2,833 square feet Lot size: 7,999 square feet Features: Antique French limestone fireplace mantel in the living room, wet bar, granite kitchen counter tops, Viking stove, built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator, lighting timers, sound system, electronic control for the front entry, elevator, automatic pool cover.
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