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February 28, 2007 | Annette Haddad
Westside Estate Agency, a Beverly Hills-based real estate brokerage known for its star-powered clientele, is opening an office in Malibu. It would be the company's second location. Last year the agency booked more than $1 billion in sales, and co-founders Stephen Shapiro and Kurt Rappaport were ranked the top two agents in Los Angeles County. Westside Estate Agency has represented some of the biggest names in entertainment and business, including Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle Corp.
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April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Fleur de Lys, the Westside mansion that recently sold for a Southern California record-breaking price of $102 million, is now available for lease for $400,000 a month to long-term tenants. The timing is good for the new, and as yet unidentified, owner. Another mega estate, historic Beverly House in Beverly Hills, reentered the for-sale market at $135 million and also is available to let at $600,000 a month -- making Fleur de Lys look like a relative bargain. Fleur de Lys claims roughly 50,000 square feet of living space on five acres.
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February 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Producer-director Bud Yorkin and his wife, actress Cynthia Sikes, have sold their estate in the Beverly Crest area for $19.5 million. The gated traditional home, built in 1938, has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and about 10,528 square feet of living space. Features include a main hall with a sweeping staircase, a 60-foot-long living room with a sunken bar, a wood-paneled study and a projection room. The nearly 2 acres of grounds include a tennis court, a swimming pool, lawn, fountains and rose gardens.
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February 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Brian Grazer, the prolific film and television producer, has sold his Malibu Colony beach house for $17.375 million, making it the second most expensive sale to post so far this year in the local Multiple Listing Service. Designed for entertaining and built in 1995, the renovated Mediterranean-style home features a deck off the living room and breakfast room. The three-story house has 6,067 square feet of living space, including an art studio, a media room, an office, a gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
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October 23, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest has listed his gated Hollywood Hills estate for $14.95 million. The 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean, built in 1974, sits on nearly an acre of hilltop with canyon and city views. Remodeled during Seacrest's ownership, the villa has a wine cellar and a screening room. Including the guest house, the property has six bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms. A tennis court, a swimming pool and mature trees complete the grounds. Seacrest, 35, has hosted "American Idol" since 2002.
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January 15, 2012
Philanthropists Bud and Betsy Knapp, then the owners of Architectural Digest, set out in the 1990s to create a personal living space that allowed for large-scale entertaining and civic events, could display an extensive art collection and met their need for privacy. Five years in the making, the gated estate bordering the Bel-Air Country Club is pavilion-style, with the indoors and the outdoors connected through the extensive use of glass walls and doors. PHOTOS: Bel-Air home Location: 10807 Bellagio Road, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $23.95 million Year built: 1998 Architect: Hugh Newell Jacobsen House size: Five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 13,089 square feet Lot size: 36,600 square feet Features: Media room, office, bar, gym, sauna, service entrance, staff apartment, swimming pool, and fireplaces in the living room, dining room, library and master bedroom.
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June 14, 2009 | Lauren Beale
Historic Hancock Park manor Location: South Hudson Avenue Size: 14,071 square feet, with seven bedrooms in the house and one in the guesthouse. There are 12 bathrooms, including two in the pool house. Published on: Sept. 28, 2008 Listed then for: $17.5 million Listed now for: $12.5 million Price reduction: 28.6% Listing agents: Stephen Shapiro, (310) 860-8888; Aileen Comora, (310) 300-1082; and Paul Lester, (310) 300-0851; Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills -- Lauren Beale -- latimes.
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June 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale. The asking price is "available upon request" on the Westside Estate Agency website, but local real estate industry sources place it at $49 million. The four-structure compound was formed starting in 2007 through three property purchases on the same street. Among the sellers was Max Mutchnick, co-creator of the TV series "Will & Grace" (1998-2006), who sold his house for $29 million. The 15,000 square feet of interior space in the compound include a 9,200-square-foot main house, two guesthouses and an additional three-bedroom house that can be used as office space or staff quarters.
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December 1, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Norm Zada, the former Stanford professor and money manager who created Perfect 10 magazine, has sold his compound in gated Beverly Park for $16.5 million. The Richard Landry-designed main house has 12,000 square feet of living space. A glass-and-steel bridge connects it to the 8,000-square-foot guesthouse. The 6.89-acre estate includes two pavilions, a paddle tennis court, a waterfall and a swimming pool. The property includes 10 bedrooms plus a maid's room; 18 bathrooms; and a gym. The property came on the market last year at $24.5 million.
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September 26, 2010
Location: 2261 Hercules Drive, Los Angeles 90046 Asking price: $3,695,000 Previously sold for: $2,540,000 in 2007 House size: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a half bath in 4,057 square feet Lot size: 14,610 square feet Additional features: Thermador Professional six-burner, dual oven with stove-top grill, GE Monogram wine cooler, dual Fisher Paykel dish drawers, Sharp microwave, outdoor dog...
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January 30, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of houses sold last year at $1 million and above statewide jumped to a six-year high, according to real estate information service DataQuick. In the strongest showing, the number of homes sold at $2 million and up set state, Southern California and L.A. County records. "The luxury market did bounce back last year," said housing market analyst Paul Habibi, a real estate lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
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January 30, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A boom in California's luxury home sale market is yet another example of the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor if a newly released report is any indication. Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of homes sold at $1 million and above statewide last year was up 45.1% to 39,175 - the most since 2007, according to real estate information service DataQuick. And the slice of the market luxury for homes sold at $2 million and up set new records at the state, Southern California and L.A. County levels last year.
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October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Shari Belafonte's home is a castle. And she has just listed her unusual home in the Box Canyon area at $1.26 million, The Times has confirmed. The distinctive residence, built in 1956 and called - appropriately - the Castle, is described as a cliff-top “feudal fortress” on Realtor.com . Set on six acres, the 3,465-square-foot home features steeply pitched roofs, three fireplaces, a turret gym (perhaps a modern take on a torture chamber),...
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October 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Zac Efron has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills for $3.995 million. The actor, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city to ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry. Including the guesthouse there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The more than three-quarter-acre lot contains a pool and spa area with a waterfall.
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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.
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May 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Nick Nolte has put a Malibu compound up for sale that has seen a galaxy of stars come through its arched entryway. Besides Nolte, other notables to have owned the house include comedian Tommy Chong, Don Felder of the Eagles and music producer David Foster. Priced at $8.25 million and set in the Bonsall Canyon area, the two-acre retreat is covered with sycamore and pine trees. The main house, built in 1963, features 19-foot vaulted ceilings, skylights, six stone-and-carved-wood fireplaces, marble floors and mahogany French doors.
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October 28, 2012
Tropical landscaping surrounds this post-and-beam single-story house designed as an ocean-view retreat. Strong horizontal lines provide a framework for unusually angled walls and windows, a triangular fireplace that juts into the living room and a teardrop-shaped granite-topped island in the kitchen. Location: 28815 Grayfox St., Malibu 90265 Asking price: $15.9 million Year built: 1972 Architect: John Lautner House size: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,650 square feet Lot size: 1.09 acres Features: Heated sandstone floors, walls of glass, stainless-steel appliances, library/study, office, gym, covered patio, outdoor steam room and shower, tennis court, swimming pool About the area: In the third quarter, 49 single-family homes sold in the 90265 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.833 million, according to DataQuick.
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April 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Nick Nolte's celebrity pedigree home in Malibu is for sale at $8.25 million. Among former film and music industry figures to own the house are comedian Tommy Chong, Don Felder of the Eagles and music producer David Foster. Set in the Bonsall Canyon area on two acres studded with sycamore and pine trees, the main house features  19-foot vaulted ceilings, skylights, six fireplaces, marble floors and mahogany French doors. There are four bedrooms including the master suite, which has its own sitting area, office and library, and two of the fireplaces.
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February 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Producer-director Bud Yorkin and his wife, actress Cynthia Sikes, have sold their estate in the Beverly Crest area for $19.5 million. The gated traditional home, built in 1938, has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and about 10,528 square feet of living space. Features include a main hall with a sweeping staircase, a 60-foot-long living room with a sunken bar, a wood-paneled study and a projection room. The nearly 2 acres of grounds include a tennis court, a swimming pool, lawn, fountains and rose gardens.
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