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August 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione
This ornate villa overlooking Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates feels like it could be in Italy. But views of Santa Monica Bay and points north, and on clear days, the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown Los Angeles, belie that. Yet the views alone don't account for the $10.9-million price tag. The home's eye-popping extravagance begins with a $1.7-million foundation and continues from the ground up. Marble mosaic floors and 300-year-old terra-cotta pavers from France stand atop that base — and that's just what's underfoot.
July 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Mixed martial arts champion Anderson da Silva, known as the Spider, has bought a home in Palos Verdes Estates for close to its $1.76-million asking price. The ocean-view house of 3,000 square feet has four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. The lot is more than half an acre and includes a swimming pool. The 36-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champ, who was renting in Redondo Beach, purchased the home to be closer to where he trains. He also owns homes in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.
October 28, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Donald Trump has put an estate in Rancho Palos Verdes on the market at $12 million. Located at Trump National Golf Course, which he owns and operates, the 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean has a great-room entry, marble flooring and wall-to-ceiling sliding doors that disappear from view. The five-bedroom, nine-bathroom house features a game room with a bar that is a replica of the one at the course restaurant. The wine room is enclosed behind glass, and the master bedroom has a patio and fire pit. The U-shaped house, designed by Luis de Moraes of Envirotechno Architecture, opens onto a courtyard with an infinity pool.
July 6, 2010
Eyesore, or classic? Re "2 dreams, 1 lot," July 1 A homeowner paid $2.5 million for a tear-down in Palos Verdes Estates and says he's "just a regular guy from the area." That -- and the fact that it is a Lloyd Wright house toward which the bulldozer is aimed -- speaks volumes. So does the photo of the magnificent house with an array of about a dozen homes above it, none of which have the grace or creativity of that 1958 design. A neighbor labeled the house a "laughingstock" and an "embarrassment."
July 1, 2010 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
It had been the dream of a local surgeon: a gray, spaceship-like structure with floor-to-ceiling windows and a facade that jutted out toward the Pacific Ocean. "I don't want a big square house like that one," Dr. Louis Moore reportedly told the architect, pointing to a neighbor's home during a drive around Palos Verdes Estates. And so, in 1958, an avant-garde, five-bedroom home with angular appendages was completed on the cliff above Malaga Cove. Now the current owner wants to build his own dream house.
January 23, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Palos Verdes Estates woman who upset neighbors by renting out her 7,000-square-foot house for weddings, film shoots and other large gatherings, including an art and furniture auction, pleaded no contest Friday to creating a public nuisance. Melahat Uzumcu was sentenced to three years' informal probation and fined $500. She is not allowed to rent the home for commercial purposes and must give the city 72 hours notice if more than 50 people visit her at once. Uzumcu was charged with four misdemeanors before agreeing to a plea with the city prosecutor.
October 26, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
In Palos Verdes Estates, where the first home builders 80 years ago had to pass muster before an "art jury," it came as little surprise when city fathers nixed wireless telecommunications contraptions that would clash with the community's carefully nurtured ambience and obstruct ocean vistas. "When you move to a community, you want cell coverage, but you also want beauty and aesthetics," said attorney Scott J. Grossberg, who helped the city wage a legal battle against Sprint. Earlier this month, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the seaside community, ruling that city officials could bar the construction of unsightly cellular towers.
October 11, 2009 | Lauren Beale
509 Via Media, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 Listed for: $1,499,000 Size: Three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,668 square feet Lot size: 7,140 square feet Features: Built in 1956, the two-story home has hardwood floors, a flagstone fireplace in the living room and air conditioning. There are coastline, ocean and city views. MLS ID: V09075990 2240 Via Anacapa, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 Listed for: $2,099,000 Size: Four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 3,250 square feet Lot size: 7,657 square feet Features: Built in 2006, the two-story Mediterranean has hardwood, stone and travertine floors; fireplaces in the family room, living room and master bedroom; and a walk-in pantry.
September 30, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb
The question is whether Melahat Uzumcu will have to move from her big house, to the other big house. Uzumcu's 7,000-square-foot house in Palos Verdes Estates sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean, with a view of the South Bay laid out in front of it. There are seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and floors custom made with wood from Brazil. The bathrooms have granite tile and marble counters. There are three fireplaces and three living rooms. Two life-size statues guard the front door.
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